Bison Producer Training Materials

The Bison Producers Handbook

The Bison Producers Handbook is a comprehensive book that is packed with information for veteran bison producers and newcomers alike. Industry experts collaborated to develop nearly 300 pages of useful, readable information on all aspects of bison marketing and production. This book comes FREE with an Active, Associate, Friend of the Industry or Student Membership. To join the CBA click here.

Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Bison: Review of Scientific Research on Priority

The development of the Bison Code of Practice began with a review by the Scientific Committee review of priority bison welfare issues. The Scientific Committee developed a report synthesizing the research results related key animal welfare issues. The report of the Scientific Committee is considered an important source of information about the handling and management of bison. To access the report click here.

The Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Bison

The Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Bison replaces its predecessor developed in 2001 and published by the Canadian Agri-Food Research Council (CARC). The Codes of Practice are nationally developed guidelines for the care and handling of farm animals. They serve as our national understanding of animal care requirements and recommended practices. Codes promote sound management and welfare practices for housing, care, transportation, and other animal husbandry practices.

The information in the Code is as a result of a rigorous Code development process, taking into account the best science available for each species, compiled through an independent peer-reviewed process, along with stakeholder input. The Code development process also takes into account the practical requirements for each species necessary to promote consistent application across Canada and ensure uptake by stakeholders resulting in beneficial animal outcomes. Given their broad use by numerous parties in Canada today, it is important for all to understand how they are intended to be interpreted.

Requirements - These refer to either a regulatory requirement or an industry imposed expectation outlining acceptable and unacceptable practices and are fundamental obligations relating to the care of animals. Requirements represent a consensus position that these measures, at minimum, are to be implemented by all persons responsible for farm animal care. When included as part of an assessment program, those who fail to implement Requirements may be compelled by industry associations to undertake corrective measures or risk a loss of market options. Requirements also may be enforceable under federal and provincial regulation.

Recommended Practices - Code Recommended Practices may complement a Code’s Requirements, promote producer education, and can encourage adoption of practices for continual improvement in animal welfare outcomes. Recommended Practices are those that are generally expected to enhance animal welfare outcomes, but failure to implement them does not imply that acceptable standards of animal care are not met.

The Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Bison is considered a must read as it is a valuable tool for both current and new producers. For an electronic copy of the code click here.

Planning Your bison business

Preparing a business plan improves the chances of success. Expanding operations use business plans to demonstrate that careful consideration has been given to the businesses development. For start-up operations, it shows that the entrepreneurs have done their homework. Within your plan, you will be able to evaluate alternative scenarios and make appropriate adjustments without the risk of business failure. You will be able to forecast returns and compare options from focusing on one link in the bison value chain to establishing a fully integrated operation from a cow-calf operation to branding and marketing your own bison products. To assist in developing your business plan click here.