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News Report from The Central Plains Herald and Government of Manitoba.

(Posted June 27, 2012)


Please Read the following article and Our Associations Response below.

Here’s a link to the Governments Press Release:

Here’s a link to the Conservations Explanation and List of Species at Risk:

Manitoba Government to add Bison to Endangered Species list.

(Posted June 27, 2012)

Please see below a letter that was sent to Minister Mackintosh of Manitoba on your behalf from the President of the Manitoba Bison Association Len Epp.  Len was just informed of this information yesterday and has been on the phone since with everyone possibly linked to this decision.  I encourage everyone to write to your Minister Gord MacKintosh at to let him know the impact this would have on you as a individual rancher and as a whole.  The more voices spoken the more they will be heard and let’s stop this from becoming a reality with no thought behind it or research at all.  If you have any questions or concerns you may contact Len Epp the President of the Manitoba Bison Association at . Carmen RamsteadSecretaryManitoba Bison Associationtazzy206@shaw.ca1-866-790-1541     From: [] Sent:June-27-12 2:58 PM

Dear Minister Mackintosh,
            It is with great surprise that I write to you following the news release from June 26th stating that Plains Bison will be moved to the endangered species list in the province.  This comes as a great surprise because producers in Manitoba do not believe that the Plains Bison is endangered at all.  Estimates show that there is over 15,000 Bison in Manitoba. A lot of which would be Plains Bison.  95% of these bison would belong to privately owned herds.   This number along with the approximate other 200,000 Bison in Canada and close to 300,000 in the U.S., we think is sufficient enough to declare that Bison do not need to be on an endangered list anywhere in North America.
            With the collective efforts of Parks Canada, Conservation Associations, Aboriginal Bands, Provincial Governments and Private industry, the recovery of bison in numbers to North America is one of the great success stories of any animal in the world.  Bison numbers did decline following BSE but since then have seen a steady incline on private herds across the Canada and the U.S.  Private industry has now grown the Bison numbers to a point where they have become a very valuable commodity in agriculture and the food industry.  So much so, that we are now seeing a shortage in Bison meat right across Canada and the U.S.  In other words demand has greatly exceeded supply. In conversation with food processors and distributors, they are stating that almost every order placed is being shorted at delivery by up to 50%.  The demand is so high that they need to short everyone so that they can still get some bison to every customer.  This brings us to think that the industry will only grow more in the very near future.  Bison has become a very valid alternative red meat to a health conscience consumer.  It has also been shown that people with allergies to red meat can still consume Bison.
        On an agricultural producer level, the listing of Bison to the Endangered Species list would be catastrophic.  Producers have invested millions of dollars growing the Manitoba herd to very large numbers since the late Eighties.  Fencing, handling facilities and land costs are usually much higher than those of other livestock industries like beef, sheep, and equine operations.  The snowball effect of Bison being on the list would also negatively effect local veterinarians, feed companies, equipment dealers, and livestock equipment dealers in loss of business.
            By placing the Plains Bison on the endangered list the Bison producers of Manitoba would like to know, since there has been no consultation with industry on this decision, how this will affect the privately owned herds.  These are just some of the questions that the Manitoba Bison Association would like to discuss:
            1) How will this affect the movement of privately owned bison within the province?
            2) How this will affect the movement of privately owned bison interprovincially across the country?
            3) How this will affect the movement of privately owned bison through export to the U.S.?
        The listing of Bison on the endangered list would have negative effects on private industry in so many ways.  One being the publics perception of privately raised herds.  Because of the efforts of private industry as well as other organisations to make the Bison in Manitoba a valuable commodity and because of sheer numbers, The Manitoba Bison Association would like to endorse that the Plains Bison be removed from the endangered species list set forth in June 26ths news release.
         I look forward to discussing this with you and please feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience which I hope would be in the very near future.
                 Len Epp
                 President Manitoba Bison Association

Carmen Creek Gourmet Meats Welcomes Golden Bison Consolidated

11.05.2012 Calgary AB—

Today Carmen Creek Gourmet Meats announced Golden Bison Consolidated group of companies, retailing through the trade name High Plains Bison, has purchased certain assets of the business. The collaboration of the two former competitors signals growth through expanded markets, enhanced producer relations and new efficiencies through integrated operations. Carmen Creek will maintain its strong brand identity.

“This is a solid move for us and a boost for our producers and customers,” says Kelly Long, Co-Founder of Carmen Creek Gourmet Meats. “Accessing the experience, expertise, and market reach of Golden Bison means together, we can leverage resources and capital to grow our brands on a global basis. Our go forward strategy includes a sizeable investment in market expansion for the Carmen Creek brand, including a refreshed website, social media, updated packaging and new marketing initiatives,” Long adds. Most important, our producers and customers will experience increased stability with more animal supply and market share.”

“This is a natural fit for us,” says Joe Ricketts, CEO of Golden Bison Co. “We see an ideal opportunity to work with a company and individuals whose core values align with ours. Both of our brands have earned a reputation for delivering exceptional quality bison products; now we can explore efficiencies to enhance the continuity of supply and ongoing market and product development.”

Carmen Creek is an award winning Canadian gourmet bison company with blue chip retail and food service clients in Canada, the US and Europe. Carmen Creek will continue to operate as usual in its current location under the leadership of Founders Kelly Long and Pieter Spinder.

For more information:

Kelly Long, Carmen Creek Gourmet Meats T. 403.215.2320 or

New Bison Parasite

A new parasite affecting bison calves has been found in Canadian herds. The CBA has formed a partnership with government and university researchers and is asking for your help in determining the extent of this new problem in our industry.

The new parasite is a roundworm, called Toxocara vitulorum, and it only affects calves. Adult worms live in the intestinal tract of calves causing mostly diarrhea, and intermittent bloat but also inhibition of growth. Worm eggs are only found in the feces of calves between 21 and 90 days old. Eggs are never found in feces from adult animals, but infected cows will pass the parasite to their calves through their milk. 

In Manitoba and Saskatchewan a project to collect and analyze bison calf feces for the presence of roundworm eggs has been created. The success of this project depends on producer cooperation. We need bison calf feces from as many herds as possible.

A research associate will be contacting Manitoba and Saskatchewan producers by phone to further explain the research and to ask permission to take samples of calf feces from your pastures. We need to learn how this parasite has spread through our industry. The worm is treatable, but has not been searched for previously because it is new in Canada. Your cooperation would be beneficial to both your herd and the industry.

There is a short article with additional information in the Spring Issue of Bison Link. Thanks, from your research team and the CBA!

2012 Bison Cash Advance

For the purpose of the Bison Cash Advance, the new production period began on April 1, 2012. I have attached the new application package for your information. In addition to the application forms and loan rates there is information explaining the program. If you are interested in participating in the program, you can print off the forms and fax them to the number provided or call toll free 1-866-869-4008. 

Click here to download Application Form


Terry Kremeniuk, Executive Director

Canadian Bison Association

Office 306-522-4762

cell 306-537-1483

Fertilizer Restrictions:

(Posted Feb 27, 2012)

Click here to read about a reminder regarding the fertilizer restriction that is intended to reduce the likelihood of fertilizer losses during spring melt which came into effect on January 1, 2011.

Schmallenberg Virus:

(Posted Feb 13, 2012)

This information is provided for information only. This new virus has been identified inone bison in Europe and according to the CFIA news release does not appear to be an immediate danger to Canadian Livestock.

Schmallenberg Virus in Europe

February 9, 2012: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is closely monitoring the emergence of the Schmallenberg virus in ruminant livestock in Europe. Based on what is known about this virus, and what we know about similar viruses, there does not appear to be any immediate danger to Canadian livestock. As well, there is no evidence to date that indicates the virus is associated with any human illness.

Canadadoes not allow live cattle, sheep or goats to be imported from Europe.

To allow for a harmonized response, the CFIA is working with US officials to gather information and assess the situation. The CFIA will also seek input from provincial and territorial governments and the livestock industry.

More information will be shared as it becomes available.

The Schmallenberg virus belongs to a group of viruses that is transmitted by vectors (that is, ticks, midges and biting flies). This makes direct animal-to-animal transmission unlikely. In Europe, it appears to be causing non-specific symptoms (fever, diarrhea, reduced milk yield, etc.) and birth defects in ruminants.

In Germany animals from 473 holdings have been tested positiv for ‛Schmallenberg virus’ so far. The cases occurred in 15 cattle holdings, 438 sheep holdings and 20 goat holdings. Affected federal states are North Rhine-Westphalia (7 cattle, 193 sheep, 7 goat holdings), Lower Saxony (3 cattle, 68 sheep, 3 goat holdings), Hesse (46 sheep holdings, 2 goat), Schleswig-Holstein (1 cattle, 50 sheep holdings), Rhineland-Palatinate (1 Bison, 1 cattle, 24 sheep, 3 goat holdings), Baden-Wuerttemberg (1 cattle, 5 sheep, 4 goat holdings), Brandenburg (10 sheep holdings), Thuringia (14 sheep holdings), Saxony-Anhalt (5 sheep holdings), Hamburg (1 cattle, 4 sheep holdings), Bavaria (9 sheep holdings), Saxony (9 sheep holdings), Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (1 goat holding) and Saarland (1 sheep holding).

Terry Kremeniuk, Executive Director
Canadian Bison Association
Office 306-522-4762
Cell 306-537-1483

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