Management, gain and productivity of Peace Country bison (Bison bison)
B. D. Rutley, C. M. Jahn, and R. J. Hudson
Canadian Journal of Animal Science 77: 347 - 353
With the increase in bison ranching came an identified need for research to improve productivity and management of commercial bison herds. Previous research, obtained from free-ranging and park herds (McHugh 1958; Meagher 1978; Reynolds et al. 1982; Hawley 1987; Reynolds and Hawley 1987; Hawley 1989; Meagher 1989; Renecker et al. 1989), has limited application to commercial herds for three main reasons. Park and free ranging herds are managed respecting policies of
- limited manipulation of stocking densities,
- no supplemental feeding, and
- male:female ratios near 1: 1.
Growth and production research is limited (Richmond et al. 1977; Schaefer et al. 1978; Hudson and Frank 1987; Koch et al. 1988) or dated (Peters 1958). The techniques that enabled industry expansion have been developed by individual bison producers (Dowling 1990; Anonymous 1993) but have not been confirmed scientifically.
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