Nutrition Feeding your Bison

Cut out the fat

Feeding bison heifers to grade A1 or A2 requires a different approach than feeding bison bulls to similar grades. Carcasses from bison heifers often have excess fat and are prone to being downgraded to A3 and A4 grades. This article is based on a presentat…
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What Are Bison Fed? - August 2003

The Recommended Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Farm Animals-Bison is a document that outlines the recommendations on how to raise bison. It can be found at:
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Finishing Rations for Bison - May 2003

Yes, there is some information on bison finishing rations on our website in our Resource Library. Go to www.bisoncentre.com. Go to the Resource library and select Production Information for the Established Producer. There is a section about feeding bison.…
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Is Alfalfa hay good for Bison?

Bison will do very well on alfalfa hay. Most bison producers report that their bison prefer to eat grass over alfalfa when given a choice on pasture. Once the grass is gone, the bison eat the alfalfa. When the feed is cut and made into hay, bison will read…
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The Care and Feeding of Bison

The authors of this article surveyed bison producers who sold bison to the North American Bison Co-op to determine the common feeding practices of bison farmers. They also asked the farmers what were their greatest concerns for the bison industry. The info…
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Feeding Orphans

Every year a few newborn calves need to be bottle raised. Here are a few tips on how this can be successful on your farm.
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Selenium

Selenium is a mineral that is required by the body in small amounts in order to function properly. Many areas of North America have soils that are deficient in the mineral and therefore livestock raised in these areas are prone to deficiency as well. Und…
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Growing and Finishing Bison: Principles and Practices

This presentation was originally given at the International Bison Conference 2000 in Edmonton, Alberta. Murray discusses the theory of feeding bison for growth and for finishing. He also explains how to calculate break even prices for finished bison and fo…
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Grain Overload

Many people believe that bison are not susceptible to grain overload (carbohydrate engorgement) and do not take precautions when introducing their bison to grain. Bison are not as susceptible as other farm species but they will eat too much grain if given…
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Copper Deficiency

Copper is a mineral that is important for the proper function of many tissues in the body. Deficiency of this mineral can lead to a variety of disease conditions. Deficiencies can be caused by lack of the mineral in the feed or by excesses of other miner…
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