Starting Your Bison Operation
So you're ready to start raising bison, you've come to the right place! The NBA has all you need to start raising these magnificent animals. A great place to start is with a membership to the National Bison Association.
Joining the NBA is the most economic approach to learning how to raise and market bison. Active and Life members will receive the First Edition of the Bison Producers' Handbook, our single best selling product, free of charge, a $40 value. Members will also receive the NBA’s renowned trade journal, Bison World, as well as our weekly electronic news service, the "Weekly Update", which contains the most up to date industry news available today. As a member of the National Bison Association, we can also connect potential producers with a bison mentor in their region. These industry veterans are always ready and welcome newcomers into the community of bison producers.
Also, the National Bison Association now offers a Bison 101 online training for $29.95, also free with a Life, Active or Allied Industry membership. The introductory training allows students to work through three modules to learn the history of the animal and industry, some basics about bison management, and information on mitigating risk in the bison business. Please note, you can use this purchase as a credit towards a Life, Active or Allied Industry membership with the NBA within six months of enrollment. Enroll here today.
The NBA understands that some new producers may want to start their bison herd, but don't have the necessary land and expertise to get started. You should consider an Absentee Ownership Program (AOP), in which you work with an existing bison producer who will host and manage your animals for you. This is a great way to start growing your bison herd with the added bonus of having an experienced mentor. View a list of National Bison Association members offering AOP opportunities here.