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

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

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

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

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

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

Grass versus grain finishing debated for bison

Although bison that are grass fed produce meat that is higher in vitamins, the short growing season poses a challenge

CHASE, B.C. — Feeding bison can be a complicated business, a recent bison field tour near Chase, B.C., was told. John Church, B.C. Innovation Chair in Cattle Industry Sustainability at Thompson Rivers University, said it can be challenging to deliver a consistent market weight animal with the nutritional attributes that consumers want. “In my mind, […] Read more