Research and Publications

Through research conducted by industry specialist, the following reports have been established.  All reports below are in PDF format.

Bison Research

Western Canada Retail Bison (Bison bison) Meat Fatty Acid Profiles (June 2014)

The Real Dirt on Diatomaceous Earth Used for Worming Bison (April 2014)

Feeding Oats to Bison.... Whole vs. Rolled? (January 2014)

USDA Report: Emerging Pathogen in Ranched Bison (November 2013)

Managing Disease Risk in Northern Alberta Wood Bison - Outside of Wood Buffalo National Park 2012-2013 Progress Report (June 2013)

Bison Research Project: Examining Causes of Death in Albert Herds (2012)

Mycobacterium Avium (2011)

Nutrient Composition for Retail Cuts of Bison

Determination of Carcass Characteristics of Finished Bison Heifers

Forage Diets Produce Healthier Meats


Bison Marketing & Economics

Expected Meat Yield from Bison Bull Carcass


Bison Nutrition & Health & Production

What To Look For In A Breeding Bull (October 2015)
Preventing Clostridial Disease in Bison
(February 2015)
How to Select a Veterinarian for Your Bisons' Care (August 2013)

Summer is the Time to Keep an Eye Out for Water Deprivation (August 2013)

Transporting Animals During Hot and Humid Weather English Version  French Version (June 2013)

Nutrition: Feeding Your Bison - Cut Out the Fat...BEFORE It's Even On! (May 2013)

Foreced to Graze Early? Some Options for Stemming the Losses (May 2013)

Bison Pasture Management (2011)

Tropical Parasite Found in Northern Bison Herds (2011)

The Importance of a Forage Feed Analysis

Selecting the RIght Heifers (2011)

MCF: What You Need to Know (2010)

Coping with Poor Quality Forages (2010)

New Scoop on Poop in Bison

Grass Finishing Bison (2009)

Feeding Systems (2009)

Copper Balance in Bison - Are Your Bison Getting Enough? (2006)

Science and Nutrition: New Ideas in Bison Nutrition (2006)

Feeding Bison Cows (2005)

Beef Cattle Rules of Thumb: Does it Apply to Bison? (2005)

Bison Behavioral Management and Handling Facility Design (2005)

Fencing guidelines for Bison on Alberta Public Land

For more online bison resources, click HERE

You can also contact industry specialist.

Ray Salmon

Business Development Specialist- Bison

Livestock Branch

Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives

PH: 204-886-2696

FX: 204-886-3657


Murray Feist

Rumiant Nutritionist

Agricluture Knowledge Centre

Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food

PH: 1-866-457-2377


Jill Steenbergen.

M.Sc., P.Ag

Business Development - Elk/Bison Industry

Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Developmen

Livestock and Farm Business Branch

PH: 403-755-6143


Jayson Galbraith, PhD., P.Ag

Elk/Bison Specialist

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development

PH: 780-679-5171


Dr. Murray Woodbury DVM, Msc

Specialized Livestock Health and Production

Western College of Veterinary Medicine

PH: 306-966-7170

FX: 306-966-7159



Dr. Marshall Patterson DVM

Kirkwall Moor Consulting

Moose Jaw, SK

PH: 306-694-1759