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COVID-19 – Facing the Storm

The COVID-19 outbreak has hit every corner of our country like a brutal winter blizzard. Blizzards are nothing new for bison…or for the ranchers who take care of them. Bison meat processors and marketers are on the front lines of navigating through the shifting market dynamics right now. While their food service customers have disappeared,
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Our Traveling Tent Revival

Working on behalf of the nation’s bison ranchers sometimes seems a bit like being a tent revival preacher. I returned home on Sunday after joining members of the Kansas Buffalo Association for their annual consignment sale and membership meeting. Meanwhile, NBA Assistant Director Jim Matheson was in Ogden, UT last weekend to provide an update
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Time for Some Deep Breathing Exercises

Angst…it’s not just for teenagers anymore. There’s a fair bit of that floating around the bison business these days. Carcass prices—which tested the stratosphere for eight years—have dropped back to earthly levels in the past six months.  Early auction reports haven’t been terrible, but they haven’t been anything to tell the grand-kids about, either.   
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Let’s Keep the Romance in the Pasture

Time for a pop quiz, folks. There are roughly nine million Holstein dairy cattle in the United States. The bison population in the U.S. stands at about 200,000 animals, having rebounded from the time about 130 years ago when only about 700 were left alive. Here’s the question: Which species has more genetic diversity? Need
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Let’s Process This for a Minute

Perhaps you saw this in the news a couple of weeks ago: New evidence links ultra-processed foods with a range of health risks. When I saw variations of this headline spill in through my news feeds, I immediately did my 1980’s best Valley Girl imitation…”Like, duh.” I assume that the lead researcher in this study
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