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Heifer Calves for Sale

10 Late 2018 Heifer Calves. Average weight 430#.
Call Frank – 720-220-7979 $1,350 each for the lot.
Located in Colorado.


Prairie Legends Conservation Bison Auction

Prairie Legends Conservation Bison Auction Overview
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Sheraton Airport Hotel – Albuquerque, New Mexico – 6:45 PM MT
Things to do in Albuquerque

Be part of the bison industry’s first-ever bison auction specifically created to be bison friendly and to bring truly range-raised, conservation-class bison to a vibrant, profitable market. The sale will feature top-cut breeding stock, larger lots of commercial quality breeding stock, as well as feeder/slaughter-ready production-class animals from many well-known and respected herds.

Prairie Legends Bison, LLC has retained Jud Seaman of Quality Auction Services, LLC to conduct the simulcast video auction. Animals/herds will be videoed prior to sale day and this video will be replayed during the live simulcast auction for bidders present at the Sheraton Airport Hotel in Albuquerque, NM and on the Internet for those that choose to bid from home. Dinner will be served for registered bidders and consignors prior to the auction.
To have animals included in the sale, consignors must have production models and animals that meet specified criteria (see below). Prairie Legends Bison, LLC will evaluate each operation by these criteria. The principles of Prairie Legends Bison, LLC are Ken & Laurie Klemm of Goodland, KS and Mimi Hillenbrand of Rapid City, SD.

See all the details here.


Cumberland Bison Fall Sale

Cumberland, OH
13 (2017) Bulls
50 (2018) Bulls
29 (2017) Exposed Heifers
43 (2018) Heifers
Pasture Raised in a 200+ head grass-fed operation
Both Wood and Plains influence
Fully vetted during roundup prior to pickup
Taking bids fort Mid-October pickup
Contact Cody or Curt: cumberlandbison@gmail.com
                                       (740) 509-8423

340 Contiguous Acre Turnkey Bison Ranch for Sale

340 contiguous acre, turnkey Bison Ranch provides the opportunity to become a leader in the Bison industry. No gas,mineral, timber, water or wind leases and all rights transfer to the new owner. You want to be your own boss and build a legacy, you have found the right place. Especially given there’s nothing available for sale at any price that compares to this ranch and its facilities in NYS. Truly, a one-of-a-kind property. This ranch is available now as a operational Bison Ranch including approx.80 head of Bison, equipment and handling facilities. Otsego County, NY.

The facilities include 2 homes, potential 3rd with some rehab, an additional building lot with a drilled well and electric on the lot, multiple barns, handle facilities, equipment and feed. Plenty of water, managed pastures and crop ground and of course the Bison. 200 ac+/- high fenced, approx 1 ½ ac of corrals, 4 interior gates and 5 exterior, runways and headlock/squeeze shoot with drop down door. The exterior fence 6′ high with 10′ telephone poles 18′ o.c. and 8′ heavy duty T-posts 6′ o.c., in between, with 7 courses of wire and the middle wire is electrified.

There are more than 30 heavy gauge square stock steel gates on the Ranch.

Current owner had worked hard on his pasture and crop management programs resulting in much larger yields. The pasture area has a great combination of small cover, apple trees, hard and softwoods. Lots of good quality water, 5 ponds are scattered around the property for plenty of watering choices along with 5 frost free hydrants, two with electric and 5 drilled wells. Not only would this facility be perfect for meat production or a breeding farm but also be superb as a sport hunting lodge, B&B, or Dude ranch, with the location being close to the famous Cooperstown, NY.

The custom built main house is 2100 sq ft 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 3 car attached garage, views for miles and overlooks a big portion of the fenced pasture yet still a very private setting. The home has a Woodstock wood stove that does most of the heating with a hot water boiler for back up. Covered front porch, full basement with poured walls, Hardwood and tile flooring.The Farmhouse is 1930 sq. ft with 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath and full basement located at the end of a dead end road. The home has a pellet stove backed up with a newer oil fired boiler. Hardwood, tile and carpeted flooring. The covered rear porch give you views of the side hill pastures and corrals, a majestic site when lined with the Bison.The third house on the property that will need complete rehab with the exception of the new foundation completed.

Please click here for all the details and more photos.

Contact
Kevin Jaquay, Broker/Owner
Eagle River Realty, LLC
315-247-4200 / kevinjaquay@gmail.com


Bison For Sale

10 – 3yr. old bison cow/ calf combos available $3500/pair
3 yr. old bull ready to breed $4000.0
Also some late 2018 heifers available.

All were OCV, are currently vaccinated and have had Long Range vaccination.

Located in central SC. Delivery available.
Contact Barry either call or text at 803-606-6579


30+ Heifer Calves for Sale

New Beginnings Ranch & Midwest Buffalo Company are selling 30+ 2019 heifer calves.  As our ranch nears its capacity of over 300 American Buffalo, we are for the first time offering our entire lot of 2019 heifer calves for sale.  As we have grown by retaining our heifers each year, we have reached the point, and the ability, to start offering annually these amazing and beautiful heifer calves.  Our herd foundation stock comes from Custer State Park, North Dakota, Nebraska, and the Gold Trophy Sale of many years ago.  We have worked hard to improve the genetics of our industry and our animals show it with a strong dark color, large frame, and over a 95% success rate in our calving age heifers and cows.  We are taking offers and are available to deliver them directly to you.  All animals will be available for pickup or delivery after our October 19, 2019 roundup. 

Location: Michigan.

Contact Kevin at 313-580-6776 or kevinmacritchie@gmail.com 


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 a minute? … Okay, time’s up.

The answer: Bison have Holsteins beat in terms of genetic diversity. By…a…lot. Not even close.

NBA International Director Robert Johnson sent me an article a couple of weeks ago from Scientific American that discusses how the use of artificial insemination in the dairy industry has led to the collapse of genetic diversity in Holsteins. As a handful of bulls in the 1960’s demonstrated their ability to sire dams that would produce high volumes of milk with less feed, dairy producers everywhere began chasing the straws of semen from those bulls to increase the profitability of their herds.

In 1965, before AI was widely utilized on dairy farms, the average milk cow produced 8,305 lbs. of milk (about 965 gallons) every year. Last year, the average dairy cow in the United States pumped out 22,293 lbs., or about 2,600 gallons, of milk. That’s roughly a 270% increase over the past half century. Impressive indeed.

But look at today’s dairy cow, and you’ll hardly see a picture of robust health. Nature never intended a dairy cow to produce 22,293 lbs. of milk every year, or to carry that weight around in a bag under her belly.

When I cut my teeth in agriculture in the late 1970’s, a good dairy cow could be expected to live a little more than a decade, with 9 or more years of milk production. Today, dairy cows are typically considered spent after about three years of milk production. The downer cow scandal at a slaughter plant a few years ago was caused by spent dairy cows so worn out that they simply could not stand up.

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania began to examine the bloodlines of the nation’s dairy herd a few years ago. Incredibly, they found that more than 99 percent of the males in the national herd can be traced back to two bulls. In other words, there are only two distinct Y chromosomes in the vast majority of cattle in the dairy industry.

AI isn’t the sole cause of this problem. Better nutrition in feed rations and animal management practices have certainly played a role in increased milk production as well. But the widespread use of AI to create more food production is also contributing to a troubling reduction in the genetic diversity in dairy animals, and many other livestock species.

I’m not dwelling on this because I want to denigrate our neighbors in the dairy business. I want to make sure we protect the genetic diversity of our herds.

We’re now in the middle of the rut throughout most of the bison business. It’s the time of year when a lot of people tend to ask me, “Wouldn’t it be easier and more efficient to use AI in bison?”

If we want to turn our herds into commoditized meat wagons, the answer is “yes”. If we want to maintain all of the elements of this magnificent animal that we call The Bison Advantage, the answer is a resounding “No”.

The track record of the dairy industry should redouble our commitment as bison producers to allow romance to happen in the pastures. After all, Mother Nature usually does know best.


Two Honorees Inducted Into National Buffalo Foundation Hall of Fame

Two Honorees Inducted Into National Buffalo Foundation Hall of Fame

JAMESTOWN, ND (August 1, 2019) – The National Bison Association (NBA) recently held their annual Summer Conference in Bismarck, ND. During the conference, two individuals were inducted into the National Buffalo Foundation’s Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is housed at the National Buffalo Museum in Jamestown, ND and recognizes extraordinary individuals whose contributions have helped shaped the world of buffalo. Since its inception in 1980 and including the two most recent inductees, there are 12 historic and 18 contemporary honorees featured in the newly renovated exhibit at the museum.

The Foundation honored Mary Ann Goodnight as the Historical Honoree. She was recognized for her role in saving the buffalo back in 1879 when the animals were threatened with extinction. Along with her husband, Charles, Goodnight was responsible for establishing a herd whose genetics are still in existence today. Goodnight realized that the buffalo were nearing extinction and she urged her husband to attempt to preserve them. They began their herd with three calves, which became the foundation of the historic Goodnight herd. Nearly 120 years later, about 50 head descended from that original herd remained on the Goodnight Ranch and were donated to Texas Parks and Wildlife. In 1997 the herd was moved to Caprock Canyons (TX) State Park.

Donald Beard, the Superintendent of Caprock Canyons State Park, accepted the award on behalf of Mary Ann Goodnight. Beard shared a dream that Goodnight had written about in 1914 where she hoped the Goodnight herd would someday be on display in a park for everyone in Texas to enjoy. “What foresight she had to see that,” noted Beard. “I am extremely honored to be a part of that, to realize her vision and her dream to have these animals out for everyone to enjoy. The animals free range throughout the park and it is a great experience. On behalf of Texas and Texas Wildlife and Parks, thank you for recognizing such a deserving individual.”

The contemporary honoree was Bruce Anderson of Rapid City, SD. Anderson owns and operates Western Buffalo Company in Rapid City. Anderson’s career began in 1979 when his family purchased Ken’s Western Meats. It was a small meat processing plant that they subsequently rebranded as RC Western Meats. The plant mainly processed beef, pork and game, but began processing some buffalo later that first year. Wall Drug, in Wall, SD, was the plant’s first buffalo meat customer, and has continued that relationship for nearly 40 years.

In the late 1980s, Anderson identified a growing market for buffalo meat in the western United States. He understood that with the millions of visitors to Yellowstone National Park, Mt. Rushmore National Memorial, Custer State Park, and other public herds, the American Buffalo had a strong consumer appeal. At that point, Anderson jumped head first into the buffalo business and soon after, RC Western Meats changed its name to Western Buffalo Company and the plant began processing buffalo meat full time.

During the downturn in the late 1990s, the industry hit on tough times and Anderson kept the regional business running by purchasing animals he really didn’t need and seeking out new markets. He became a lifeline to many producers, allowing them to walk out the plant’s doors with a check in their hand at a time when there were no other options. Anderson understood that he had the ability to lend producers a helping hand and he did so, time and time again.

Anderson’s commitment to the industry extends beyond his business. As a volunteer on various association boards of directors, he has served as the National Bison Association (NBA) Regional Director, Vice-President, President, Past President, and Chairman of the Board. He also spent time on the Dakota Territory Buffalo Association (DTBA) board, first as a Director and then working his way up to President. He has been the recipient of the NBA’s Member of the Year Award and the DTBA’s prestigious Pioneer Award for his dedication to the buffalo industry.

Always a strong advocate for the buffalo, Anderson attends many regional meetings and auctions and has given countless presentations and industry updates, thus becoming a valued resource in this ever-changing landscape of buffalo production. For years, he has attended the NBA’s lobbying event to Washington D.C. to help build the industry’s presence and discuss issues with policymakers at USDA and lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

Anderson was also instrumental in helping to develop the NBA’s Commercial Marketers Committee. This highly respected committee is made up of key players in the commercial sector who share information about plant operations, thus making their work more transparent and collaborative so that both marketers and producers can understand and confront issues within the industry.
Without a doubt, Bruce Anderson is a visionary whose years of commitment, service and advocacy have played a crucial role in the development of today’s buffalo industry. As Anderson accepted the award with his family by his side, he noted that he was very humbled and appreciative of the honor. “To quote one of my favorite athletes, Andre Agassi, I can only hope that I was as good for you people as you have all been for me,” he said.


Sinte Gleska University Seeks FT Instructor

Sinte Gleska University seeks to hire a full-time instructor in range management, agricultural science, or related field. Official posting and application instructions are attached or may be found here: http://www.sintegleska.edu/uploads/1/1/3/8/11384118/range_management-ag_science.pdf

SGU is a 1994 tribal land grant college located on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in Mission, SD. Research and grant-writing opportunities related to management of the college’s bison herd are available. Applicants should hold a master’s degree (PhD preferred) in range management, agricultural science, or related field and be willing to develop cultural competencies in working with Native American students.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, a start date as soon as this fall 2019 semester is possible. Questions should be directed to Nick Klein (Nicholas.Klein@sintegleska.edu) and applications should be submitted to Steph White Eyes (Stephanie.WhiteEyes@sintegleska.edu).


Rocky Mountain Bison Association Fall Ranch Tour

The RMBA Fall tour will include tours of the Rocky Mountain Natural Meats Brush plant as well as Rocky Hollow Buffalo Ranch in Kimball, NE. Lear more at https://www.bisonranchers.com/events/.