Production Resources

Bison 101 and 201 Online Training

Bison 101 Online Training

Designed to educate students about the basics of bison production. It is broken into three modules which cover the history of the animal and the industry, the basics of managing them, and finally information on financing a bison operation and some risk management tips.

Bison 201 Online Training

The Bison 201 Online Training is an in depth follow up to the National Bison Association’s popular Bison 101 Online Training and expands on the knowledge obtained in Bison 101 including video references, customizable Excel worksheets and more in depth topics, including: Your Place in the Bison Business, Building a Bison Business Plan, Financing a Bison Operation, Daily Bison Management, Bison Marketing, Legal and Regulatory Issues

Contact us to enroll in the Bison 101 or 102 online training.  It’s free to NBA members, but we need to sign you up through the office, so please give us time to do so.


Calculating Cost of Production

The following seven worksheets are Excel spread sheet files, a Microsoft Office product. If you do not have this software contact the NBA office. Please read the description for each worksheet before starting. Although these worksheets are valuable planning tools, users should keep in mind that many outside factors will affect the outcome of your business.

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Herd Health

Malignant Catarrhal Fever FAQ
Reproduced with permission of the authors Drs. Donal O’Toole, Hong Li, and Tim Crawford

Mycoplasma bovis
Prepared by the National Bison Association January 14, 2013

Mycoplasma bovis is a small bacteria-like organism lacking a cell wall. There are other members of the Mycoplasma genus that cause diseases in various species of livestock but M. bovis is the most pathogenic and most economically important of those infecting North American bovines.

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Bison Welfare Audit

Low Stress Bison Handling

Welfare Audit available here

By Mark Kossler and Aaron Paulson, Turner Enterprises

The last forty years have seen the development and marketing of “resistance free” training in horses as a “new way” of training horses and riding them that makes them soft, safe, reliable, and extremely responsive to the rider’s direction and control. During the same time period, “low stress” livestock handling has been taught and promoted by many, though most would attribute its recent advent and promotion to Bud and Eunice Williams.

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Bison Resources

USDA

Contact your local USDA Extension representative. Select your state and then your county and you will be directed to your local USDA service center.

USDA Agriculture Census

Every five years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture conducts a Census of Agriculture. A new Census will be available in 2017.  A link will be posted here when it is available.

Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) 

The NRCS administers a variety of programs to assist producers in protecting the health of their soil and water. Among the programs heavily utilized by bison producers are the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), and the Water Bank Program (WBP).


Bison Research Library

Thanks to the support of the National Buffalo Foundation and help from members of the NBA Science and Research Committee, NBA members now have access to a thorough library of bison-specific research. The Complete Review of Bison Literature Review project, conducted by Dr. Gerald Huntington, offers full access to nearly 2,000 research papers to NBA members. The papers are organized on a free web service called Zotera, which, according to it’s website, zotera.org, “is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share research.”

  • See Dr. Huntington’s full report on the literature review here.
  • See a citation list with links to the paper’s details and abstracts here.
  • To join the Bison Publications group go to: https://www.zotero.org/groups/2186770/bison_publications and follow the steps in this illustrated guideline explained in detail here. The steps are as follows:
    • Register with the Zotero website.
    • Join the “Bison publications” group
    • Search “Bison” in the Group Search Tool
    • Select “Bison publications”, then “Join” the group

If you are an NBA member your application will be approved. After approval (you won’t be notified) you can log on to Zotero, find the Bison publication group, open the group library to look at the reference database and download the pdf publication from the reference of your choice.

Special thanks to Dr. Murray Woodbury, University of Saskatchewan, for his help in organizing and administering this project.