It’s thought that the presence of more bison would help native youth better understand and connect with their culture.  |  File photo

First Nations seek free-roaming bison herds

Efforts are underway to increase the number of free-ranging bison in Western Canada and Montana. Signatories to the 2014 bison treaty, which includes numerous First Nations, are working to establish regions where bison can roam and where native connections with the iconic species can be re-established. Leroy Little Bear, a scholar integral to formation of […] Read more

Canadian bison producers were challenged to think differently about the animals they raise during a presentation at their annual convention last week. | File photo

Producers urged to deal withtwo faces of bison production

Is bison a fully industrialized production system 
or a heritage animal raised in the most natural way possible?

Canadian bison producers were challenged to think differently about the animals they raise during a presentation at their annual convention last week. “This is your navel-gazing talk,” said Dr. Terry Whiting, animal welfare manager with Manitoba Agriculture. “I want you to think about the idea of a bison more than a bison itself.” Bison have […] Read more

Guidelines on humane euthanasia also apply to beef producers. |  File photo

New bison code of practice good info for beef producers

Animal welfare is the underlying theme of Canada’s livestock codes of practice, and the recent bison update is no exception. It is a must read for bison producers and those contemplating getting into the business, but cattle producers would also benefit from reading it. The committee that developed the code comprised individuals involved in the […] Read more


Getting into bison farming made easier thanks to mentors

Mentorship can be the difference between success and failure for young people who want to enter the ag industry

BIG SKY, Mont. — The topic comes up at most farm meetings: how can more young people be encouraged to enter the industry? For two younger producers at the International Bison Conference, mentorship was key. Southern Alberta bison producer Cody Spencer found his way into the business four years ago through Rick Mackenzie, a rancher […] Read more



Crude protein content in feed fell one percent to 9.5 percent btween 2005 and 2015. The issue affects bison as well as cattle.   |  Barb Glen photo

Dwindling protein levels in forage could prove costly

BIG SKY, Mont. — Climate change could lead to diminishing protein in feed for livestock, says an American ecologist who studies animal diets and grasslands. In fact, he said the protein content in grass and forage has already dropped and the slow decline has escaped major attention. Joseph Craine, co-founder of Jonah Ventures and former […] Read more

One million bison a lofty goal?

BIG SKY, Mont. — Two hundred years ago, the North American bison herd was 30 million animals strong. Today, the goal is to increase numbers to one million from the current 392,000 animals in the United States and Canada. It’s called Bison One Million, a plan officially announced during the International Bison Conference July 4-7. […] Read more

Dave Carter, executive director for the National Bison Association, said the declaration is a way to further promote bison. | File photo

Bison Hump Day declared in U.S.

BIG SKY, Mont. — There’s meatless Monday and taco Tuesday, and now Wednesday has its own promotion. Bison Hump Day was announced here today during the International Bison Conference in front of more than 575 bison producers. Dave Carter, executive director for the National Bison Association, said the declaration is a way to further promote […] Read more


The draft code of practice for the care and handling of bison has been released for public comment and will be open for input until Jan. 19. | File photo

Bison handling code seeks public comment

The draft code of practice for the care and handling of bison has been released for public comment and will be open for input until Jan. 19. Notice of the comment period was announced today by the Canadian Bison Association and the National Farm Animal Care Council. “The code development committee has worked hard since […] Read more

Terry Kremeniuk, executive director of the Canadian Bison Association, discusses the outlook for the bison industry during the Peace Region meeting in Grande Prairie, Alta.  |  Barb Glen photo

Ground meat demand keeps bison prices strong

GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. — Prices for Canadian bison remain strong, in part because there are fewer animals available than in past years. The Canadian dollar value relative to the American greenback doesn’t hurt either, bison producers were told Oct. 22 at the Peace Region conference here. Bison Producers of Alberta president Roger Van Haren said […] Read more