The National Buffalo Foundation announces the launch of its new website and a fund drive for an upcoming research project. Both projects are the result of a November 2011 survey to bison producers and supporters focusing on education and research.
The www.nationalbuffalofoundation.org website went live Dec. 3 and features basic information about the foundation as well as listing ways to give to the Foundation. The site also includes overviews of Foundation-supported projects and partner testimonials. A special section is dedicated to a fundraising campaign to support a TB testing research study also just launched by the Foundation.
The National Buffalo Foundation is proud to support efforts to conduct a one-time through TB testing and is excited to take the lead role in funding this research project. Our November 2011 survey to National Bison Association members promised to utilize the information gathered to guide the National Buffalo Foundation in funding future projects. This is a direct result of that promise. One-time through TB ranked in the top five research project suggestions. In reviewing those responses, the NBF board perceives this project as the one item in the top five that potentially could benefit all bison producers.
Animal trauma is the No. 2 leading cause of death loss in bison as reported at the 2012 International Bison Conference. Bison producers and those interested in bison conservation require tests that can diagnose tuberculosis infections in bison that currently requires animals enter a restraint system to complete the test. This frequently results in injuries or fatal trauma induced by bison's elevated stress level.
For more information about either the website or TB testing projects, visit www.nationalbuffalofoundation.org. The mission of the National Bison Association is to bring together stakeholders to celebrate the heritage of the American bison/buffalo while educating and creating a sustainable future for our industry.
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