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The future of America’s national mammal continued to brighten as officials from South Dakota State University, the National Bison Association and the National Buffalo Foundation formally launched the Center of Excellence for Bison Studies, to be headquartered at SDSU’s West River Research and Extension facility in Rapid City, South Dakota. Read more

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency has announced updates to the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program. These updates include changes required by the 2018 Farm Bill as well as discretionary changes intended to improve the administration of the program and clarify existing program requirements. Read more

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On a typical June day in Yellowstone, it’s not unusual to see hundreds of bison grazing in the Lamar Valley. The herds appear to aimlessly move back and forth through meadows threaded by a winding river, just passive figures in an idyllic scene. But, as it turns out, that’s far from the full picture. Read more

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The Wildlife Conservation Society and Pueblo of Pojoaque recently co-hosted a conference to advance a bold vision: rewilding the North American continent with the American bison. The 6th Triennial American Bison Society Conference and Workshop kicked off in Pojoaque, New Mexico, and brought together thought leaders including Native American Tribes and First Nations, along with conservationists, political leaders, and ranchers from across the bison’s range—all around the shared goal of th… Read more

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U.S. Sens. John Hoeven, R-ND, and Michael Bennet, D-CO, along with Mike Braun , R-IN, and Tina Smith, D-MN, recently introduced the Truth in Buffalo Labeling Act, which will provide the U.S. Food and Drug Administration with clear authority to stop water buffalo meat and ingredients from being marketed only as “buffalo” in the U.S. marketplace. Read more

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The Montana Department of Livestock will be holding a series of informational meetings on brucellosis regulations. In October of 2018, requirements for brucellosis vaccination of female cattle and domestic bison were extended to Big Horn, Broadwater, Carbon, Jefferson, Stillwater, and Sweet Grass counties. Previously, brucellosis vaccination requirements only applied to the four counties in which Montana’s Designated Surveillance Area is located. Read more

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The National Bison Association recently held their annual Summer Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota. 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, North Dakota, 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 … Read more

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The American Indians have considered the bison a sacred animal for centuries and the bison has continued to support the tribes in the modern era, even with modest numbers. The Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes in Oklahoma are now working to better market the animal most commonly associated with them and open a bison processing facility near El Reno, Oklahoma. Read more

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The Census of Agriculture data recently released illustrates the important and positive role that the American public is playing in helping ranchers to restore bison to its native rangelands and pastures across the country, according to National Bison Association Executive Director Dave Carter. Read more

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If Santa has a breakdown delivering toys this year, he need only stop at Reindeer Club in Bristow, Oklahoma, to call in reinforcements. Nick Ledbetter and his family got the idea to start a reindeer operation years ago at a Christmas event. Read more

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The National Bison Association today commended the U.S. Department of Agriculture's decision to increase in the Livestock Indemnity Program compensation rates offered to producers suffering losses in 2017 and thanked two U.S. Senators for their assistance in facilitating that decision. Read more

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U.S. Sens. Michael Rounds, R-SD, and Michael Bennet, D-CO, recently sent a letter to USDA Undersecretary Bill Northey requesting an increase in the Livestock Indemnity Program compensation rates offered to producers suffering losses in 2017. Read more

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Increasing profitability of farmers market booths, on-farm stores and agritourism enterprises will be the focus of a special training workshop for bison producers and other growers at 2 p.m. on April 13 at the Upland Brewing Co. in Bloomington, Indiana.  Read more

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Responding to a request filed by the National Bison Association, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency has implemented a revised compensation level for 2018 bison claims filed under the Livestock Indemnity Program, with some rates more than double the previous levels. Read more

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With a record year of profitability and stability coming to a close, bison producers are mapping out plans for continued growth in 2018 by expanding efforts to connect with consumers and bringing new producers into the fold, according to Dave Carter, executive director of the National Bison Association. Read more

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Herds of 550 bison make their home on the rangeland at Beaver Creek Buffalo ranch near Goodland, Kansas, a site where pioneers following a branch of the Great Western Cattle Trail once visited the first post office north of Dodge City. Read more

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Alpaca Owners Association, Inc. invites you to visit its member farms and ranches during National Alpaca Farm Days. On Sept. 23 and 24, alpaca owners from across the United States and Canada will invite the public to come to their farm or ranch to meet their alpacas and learn more about the lifestyle they've chosen by raising this fiber producing livestock. Read more

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The largest gathering of the bison community in the past five years, scheduled July 4 to 8 in Big Sky, Montana, is being slated as one-part celebration of the growth of the bison business, one part planning for future expansion, and one part rest and relaxation for the estimated 500 participants from the United States, Canada, Mexico, and around the world. Read more

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U.S. Alpaca Fiber Council announced the formation of their industry-centric organization focusing on processing activities associated with U.S. produced alpaca fleece. Their mission is to assist U.S. manufacturers in production, promotion, profitability and marketability of U.S. alpaca fiber. Read more

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Bison producers looking to build their herds-and prospective producers interested in entering the growing business-will have an opportunity to bid on  100 head of the world's top bison breeding stock at the National Bison Association Gold Trophy Sale at the National Western Stock Show Jan. 21. Read more

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Fresh off a very successful 20th anniversary event, the Dakota Territory Buffalo Association is preparing for its 21st annual winter conference and live animal auction in Rapid City, South Dakota in early February. The conference is slated for Feb. 3 and 4 at the Ramkota Hotel. The Black Hills Buffalo Classic Live Animal Auction will take place on Feb. 5 at the Bridger Steel Pavilion at the Central States Fairgrounds. Read more

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Riding a wave of stability and optimism, an estimated 400 bison ranchers, marketers and enthusiasts are headed to Denver Jan. 18 to 20 to discuss economic and policy issues, and to map plans for continued growth in the bison business during the National Bison Association's 22nd annual winter conference. Read more

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The National Bison Association was recently awarded a $213,272 three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers Market Promotion Program to strengthen bison producers’ ability to connect with their local community at farmers markets, through agritourism activities and with other direct marketing initiatives. Read more

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Veterinarian Randy Shirbroun of Newport Laboratories Inc. addressed more than 200 bison producers regarding the pathology and prevention of diseases caused by Mycoplasma bovis. The producers had gathered for the 2016 National Bison Association Summer Conference held in June at Elk River, Minnesota. Shirbroun specializes in ruminant health issues including those seen in the American bison, which became the official U.S. national mammal in May. Read more

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“Bold Plans for a Bright Future” is the theme for the 64th Annual Convention and Trade Show of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association. The event will take place on July 21 to 23 at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in Norman, Oklahoma. Read more

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As the popularity of raising goats continues to increase, those who choose to enter the business need accurate information on nutrition needs and diet formulation for their animals. Garland Dahlke with the Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University has developed new software that uses guidelines from the National Research Council. Read more

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is proposing to amend its regulations to allow for the importation of bone-in lamb meat from Uruguay. According to the APHIS release, this proposal is based on evidence from a comprehensive, science-based risk assessment that shows bone-in lamb meat can be imported safely from Uruguay provided certain conditions are met. Read more

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China’s rising pork prices are again the center of attention in the global pork market. China’s pork prices skyrocketed at the start of 2016, reaching an all-time high of over RMB 20 per kilogram. A combination of farmers’ losses and government measures to close down unsuitable farms led to destocking over the past two years, which also drove the Chinese sow herd size to a historic low, according to Rabobank report “What’s Happening in China’s Pork Market.” Read more

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The National Sheep Industry Improvement Center board of directors is accepting grant proposals designed to improve the U.S. sheep industry. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 15. Read more

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River Valley Extension District has changed county fair requirements for poultry testing. Previously, River Valley has invited Kansas Division of Animal Health and USDA personnel to conduct avian influenza and pullorum testing at the county fair. With elevated concerns, we can no longer continue testing poultry the day of the fair. Read more