Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Bison 101 class offered Nov. 23
month for interested bison producers
Groups representing farmers, ranchers, Native American tribes, and conservationists have launched National Bison Day to be recognized the first Thursday of each November. National Bison Day provides an opportunity to recognize the historic role of bison in America and the efforts to restore bison as a part of a sustainable food system.
Nationwide consumer demand for bison meat continues to outstrip the supply and has prompted an increased interest in raising bison as alternative livestock. To help address this trend, the Minnesota Buffalo Association is bringing back its popular "Bison 101" class for farmers and producers interested in starting a buffalo herd.
Minnesota Buffalo Association's President Dale Rengstorf says the class, now in its third year, is so well received that the Association is offering it again this year.
"Bison are easier to raise than other livestock as they are extremely hardy and can thrive in most landscapes, which means less work for the farmer," said Rengstorf. "Raising bison has allowed at least 95 percent of our members to carry out their more labor-intensive farm activities and/or to also work a day job."
Sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's Minnesota Grown Program, the free "Bison 101/ Raising an American Icon" class will be held Friday,
Nov. 23, from 2-4 p.m. at the Central Livestock Sales Barn in Albany, Minn. The barn is located at 34412 County Road 10, just off of Interstate 94 at exit 147. The following day, the Minnesota Buffalo Association will hold its 16th annual live buffalo auction; the only bison auction in the Upper Midwest.
Although walk-ins are welcome, those interested in attending are encouraged to register and reserve a take-home educational packet by e-mailing info@
mnbison.org, or by calling (507) 454-2828, with names of attendees. For more information on the class or the auction, visit the Minnesota Buffalo Association website at www.mnbison.org or call (507) 454-2828.