Saskatchewan Bison Association
The Saskatchewan bison industry has experienced substantial growth. According to census data, over the 20-year period from May 1996 to May 2016 the bison industry has grown from 7,006 to 40,418 bison respectively. Also the Saskatchewan bison industry has grown from 15.5% to 33.9% of the national herd. The census also shows that compared to the 2011 data, Saskatchewan is the only province that recorded an increase in bison numbers.
Bison produced in Saskatchewan is marketed locally, exported to the United States and Europe to meet the ever growing demands for this nutrient-dense, tasty product that is raised without growth promotants or antibiotics added to the feed.
Bison are processed in Saskatchewan for the local markets and in Alberta and the United States for international markets.
The Saskatchewan Bison Association
The Saskatchewan Bison Association (SBA) was established on July 27, 1991 to promote the bison industry and to represent the interests of bison producers. The association is managed by a 10 member board of directors. Administrative services are provided through a contract with the Canadian Bison Association located in Regina Saskatchewan.
In Saskatchewan there were 303 farmers and ranchers who produce bison according to the 2016 census. Of these producers about 200 are members of the Saskatchewan Bison Association.
A Vision for the Saskatchewan Bison Association
Our vision reflects the preferred future state for the Saskatchewan Bison Association. The vision inspires people to work collectively towards achieving that future and creating outcomes that members and others can support.
Our vision is to make a difference for our members and the bison industry.
The Mission of the Saskatchewan Bison Association
The Mission Statement defines the organization’s purpose and primary objective. The Mission informs the key measures of the organization’s long-term objectives and the ends it works towards.
The mission of the Saskatchewan Bison Association is to facilitate opportunities
for the Saskatchewan bison industry to grow and prosper.
The Values of the Saskatchewan Bison Association
The Saskatchewan Bison Association is committed to the following fundamental guiding principles. The principles or values guide our organization’s behaviours, decision-making processes, actions and the programs and services we provide.
Leadership: we are responsible for providing strong leadership and will do our best to be informed and have the knowledge to achieve results for our members.
Positive: we strive to always be positive and look to find possible solutions and effective ways of doing business.
Trust: we are confident that others will do as they say they will and trust that will contribute to a positive outcome or future.
Respect: we respect our organization and it members and we respect each other as individuals.
Accountable: We acknowledge and assume responsibility for our actions and decisions.
Integrity: we are open, honest, responsible and transparent in all of interactions and in a manner consistent with our values and beliefs.
Strategic Priorities for the Saskatchewan Bison Association
Five interrelated, mutually supportive strategic priorities are at the heart of the Saskatchewan Bison Association’s strategic plan. These strategic priorities are as follows:
1. Board and Association Development
2. Increased Visibility and Awareness
3. Resource Development
4. Voice for the Industry
5. Programs and Services for Members
Strategic Priority: Board and Association Development
develop a Board Orientation Manual
review and revise Association Bylaws
develop a plan to strengthen member engagement
develop a plan for Board development and training
create an annual Board work plan
develop a plan for the recruitment, training and retention of volunteers
Strategic Priority: Increased Visibility and Awareness
continue to develop and deliver producer sessions
create content for SBA page on the website and for the electronic newsletter
develop and distribute up to date marketing materials
o print materials
o industry information
o Bison Advantage
o promotional items
Strategic Priority: Resource Development
continue with the benchmarking program
develop Bison 101 and Bison 102 and a plan for delivery
identify and apply for provincial funding programs as appropriate
develop a plan to increase the number of producers and revenue from producers
develop partnerships with like-minded organizations to minimize costs for programs
Strategic Priority: Voice for the Industry
continue to maintain partnerships with other agricultural organizations
actively participate in government sponsored events
develop a plan for community visibility
actively promote Association and industry accomplishments and achievements
Strategic Priority: Programs and Services for Members
provide regular updates and pricing information through newsletter
develop a process to provide more support to producers regarding regulated services
develop a Research Committee to identify priorities for research in collaboration with the CBA
survey producers to identify needs for information