Today, more than ever before, a growing number of people are experiencing the sweet richness of bison meat. Becoming increasingly more popular in restaurants and dinner tables, bison is regularly part of a memorable eating experience.
  Bison meat is a highly nutrient dense food because of the proportion of protein, fat, mineral, and fatty acids to its caloric value.  
  Bison are raised naturally without the use of growth hormones, stimulants, antibiotics or animal by-products.  


Bison Producers Of Alberta Launch Consumer Website

Are you hungry for a flavourful, tender, lean red meat alternative? Do you want a natural, safe and healthy source of red meat?  Do you want low fat and low calorie red meat which is also low in cholesterol? If you want it all, you want bison meat!
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2014 CBA Census

Canadian Bison Producers


Did you know...
One of the major challenges in planning is the lack of information on the bison production base upon which an industry development or marketing plan can be based. Because the bison industry is in its infancy it does not have the highly developed infrastructure of other sectors. Although there was an expectation that the 2011 Agriculture Census could provide information for planning, the data lacked the detailed herd stratification that could be used to build a industry growth and marketing strategy.

To Fill in the Gaps...
The CBA has developed a questionnaire that is intended to collect industry data that will be used to refine its industry development and marketing strategy.

2014 Census...
This census questionnaire should take only a few minutes of your time and will provide valuable information for the bison industry.
Your responses should reflect your herd on January 1, 2014. All data collected will be kept confidential & will only be reported on an aggregate basis.

Complete and return to the CBA office by any of the following methods:
Fax: 306-522-4768
Mail: P.O. Box 3116
               Regina SK S4P 3G7

We look forward to your participation in this important industry project.

Download a 2014 CBA Census English PDF Version HERE
Download a 2014 CBA Census MS Word English Version HERE

Download a 2014 CBA Census French PDF Version HERE
Down load a 2014 CBA Census French MS Word Version HERE

The Winners Are...

CBA holds a photo contest every year.  The theme for 2013 was "Seasons". Bison Producers submitted photos representing the seasons and the first place photo of each season is featured on the cover of CBA's Publication Smoke Signals' February cover.

To view the First, Second and Third place photo of each season, click HERE

CBA Donates $15,000 to STARS

January 16, 2014



Terry Kremeniuk, CBA Executive Director and STARS Personnel


The CBA thanks those who bid so actively at the CBA Fun Auction for a life-sized fiberglass bison statue.  After all the dust settled, Rita and Armin Mueller, bison producers from Bentley Alberta were the successful bidders with the bison statue selling for $10,500. The story did not end there.  Armin and Rita donated the bison back to the CBA in support of future fundraising or promotional activities.


Also a thank you to those producers who came forward that evening and helped to increase the donation to STARS to $15,000.



Terry Kremeniuk and STARS Personnel


STARS Air Ambulance received a generous donation on January 16th by three cooperative organizations: Canadian Western Agribition (CWA), the Canadian Bison Association (CBA) and Bouchard Livestock. Extensive fundraising activity held during the 2013 CWA generated $30,125 for STARS. Read News Release HERE

Marty Seymour (CWA), Brian Bouchard (Bouchard Livestock), Terry Kremeniuk (CBA) and STARS personnel





On Sunday night, November 10, 2013, at the CBA Annual Convention Fun Auction...


After the silent auction & fun auction items were sold, Terry Kremeniuk, CBA Executive Director, introduced Larissa Helbig of Thundering Ground Bison Ranch, a bison producer (and CBA member) who was critically injured in 2011 and would not have survived if not for STARS getting her to the hospital so quickly.


The auctioneer, Brennin Jack announced, "Our next item for sale is the fiberglass bison. The money raised on this item will be donated to STARS".


CBA Live Fun Auction Auctioneer, Brennin Jack. Nov 2013  CBA Fibreglass Bison.Auctioned for STARS

Brennin Jack, Brennin Jack Auctioneering, Readies the Crowd


After the dust settles..."SOLD for $10,500 to bidders Armin & Rita Mueller!"


THANK YOU to the all the bison producers who attended and bid on the auction items and helped to raise over $10,000 for STARS.


Thank you to Larissa for sharing her story with all of us and a very big thank you to the Muellers for their generosity and support for the auction and STARS.

Jeffrey Dickson, STARS Community Relations, with Larissa Helbig accepting the check from Rita and Armin Mueller

Jeffrey Dickson, STARS Community Relations, with Larissa Helbig accepting the check from Rita and Armin Mueller


Some Links You May be Interested In

Canadian Bison Industry in the News


Canadian Bison Association Receives Over $225,000 for Agri-Marketing Over the Next 5 Years

Read More HERE


EU Trade Deal good for the Bison Industry

Read More HERE  (scroll down)

if you want to see any of the recipes that we highlighted during July is Bison BBQ Month, look below for the links:

BBQing Bison Steaks


Steaks recommended for grilling/barbecuing include Rib Eyes, T-Bones, New York Strip (Striploin) and Tenderloin. Other bison steaks such as sirloin tip and inside round should be marinated before grilling.


When grilling steak, place bison steaks 4 - 6 inches above medium hot coals/tiles/etc.

  • 1" thick - Rare: 6 - 8 minutes; Medium: 8 - 10 minutes
  • 1½" thick - Rare: 8 - 10 minutes; Medium: 10 - 12 minutes
  • 2" thick - Rare: 10 - 12 minutes; Medium 14 - 18 minutes


Bison steaks taste best when grilled to rare (135 degrees F) or medium rare (145 degrees F).

Do not cook beyond medium (155 degrees F)

Did You Know...

Nutrient Composition of Various Protein

Live Web Camera Allows a Real-time View of Bison Watering Hole in Grasslands National Park


Parks Canada has announced a partnering initiative with to bring a slice of Canada's natural wonder to audiences around the world.. is a philanthropic media organization and media division of the Annenberg foundation. 

To read more about this initiative go HERE. 

Go to the webcam page HERE

There are 2 cams to choose from:

  1. Plains Bison & Prairie Dogs
  2. Plains Bison - Water Hole


Have you checked out the live-cams yet? Here's 2 pictures taken at different times.


Web Cam Picture of Bison.Grasslands N'al Park Fall 2013


Off the Beaten Palate

PBS debuted Off the Beaten Palate's "Discover Canada Series" on June 6, 2013.  This series features 3 different Canadian provinces, New Brunswick, Ontario and Alberta and of course, bison will be featured along with some recipes.


In one evening viewers were presented a special broadcast of back to back episodes beginning at 7:30pm EST on Thursday, June 6th.


PBS Press Release HERE

Off the Beaten Palate's Webpage HERE

View the Alberta/Bison feature HERE

Bison Jerky In Space

YouTube Clip: Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield describes how a person's sense of taste changes in weightlessness and then he shares a collection of Canadian Food which includes Bison Jerky from Saskatchewan brought to the Space Station on board SpaceX's Dragon.  Watch HERE

To read an article on the Bison producers who created the jerky, go HERE

The Winners Are...

CBA holds a photo contest every year.  The theme for 2012 was "Seasons". Bison Producers submitted photos representing the seasons and the first place photo of each season is featured on the cover of Smoke Signals.

To view the First, Second and Third place photo of each season, click HERE

Agriculture More Than Ever

Join the conversation


A new initiative underway invites you to champion the agriculture industry and play a role in changing perceptions about agriculture. To read about the initiative click HERE.

A Field Guide to Plains Bison and Portraits of the Bison, both books by Wes Olson and photos by Johane Janelle, are available at the Canadian Bison Association.

Click on the Picture Above to see a larger version.

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Bison Deligts Cookbook


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"Barbecue Bison Perfectly Every Time"

EBOOK is now available.To download your FREE copy of the "Barbecue Bison Perfectly Every Time" EBook, simply click on the following link.

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Slow Cooked Bison in Wine

Slow Cooked Bison in Wine

  • 2 1/8 lbs boneless bison blade steak cut into 2 inch cubes
  • ½ cup (250 ml) hot water
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) beef bouillon powder
  • 10 oz (284 ml) cream of mushroom soup
  • 10 oz (284 ml) mushroom pieces drained
  • 1 x 1 ½ oz (1 x 42 g) envelope of onion soup mix
  • ½ cup (125 ml) red wine
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