Welcome Mat Out for New Producers at January Bison Conference

Mentors, Workshops Designed to ‘Grow the Herd’

Westminster, CO (December 23, 2011) – Buffalo ranchers gathering in Denver next month for the annual conference of the National Bison Association will have the welcome mat out for new producers to join them in a campaign to expand production to meet burgeoning consumer demand.

“Consumers have tasted bison, and are telling us they want more. That means we need more ranchers to join us in restoring bison to rangelands and pastures across America,” said Dave Carter, executive director of the National Bison Association. “Our annual conference in Denver in January is a great opportunity for new producers to join us in growing the herd.”

The bison association’s January conference at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver will kick off with a “Visit a Buffalo Mentor” session Thursday morning, January 19. The informal session allows new and prospective producers to engage in a conversation with seasoned industry professionals.

Later that afternoon, a series of Turn and Learn workshops will allow participants to select from a smorgasbord of topics, including financing, animal handling, herd health issues, and marketing. 

“Newcomers can even join us on Wednesday evening, January 18th, for an informal meet-and-greet pre-conference reception,” Carter said.

The Bison Association leader noted that the annual Gold Trophy Bison Show and Sale, scheduled at the National Western Stock Show in Denver January 20th and 21st, provides an additional opportunity for new producers to see—and to purchase—some of the best bison breeding stock in the nation.

Carter said, “Our professional buffalo handlers at the Stock Show love to connect with new producers and share their knowledge and insight regarding the qualities that can help build a successful bison herd.”  

The association is courting new producers because the rapid growth in consumer demand has outstripped the production of bison meat in the United States and Canada.  Carter said that the great taste and healthy nutritional profile of bison meat will continue to attract culinary fans if supplies are available.

Information on the National Bison Association’s annual conference is available here. A special Join and Go program offers new producers a discount when combining a conference registration and membership in the association. Those new members will also receive a complimentary copy of the Bison Producers Handbook, which is considered the best resource available on buffalo production and marketing.

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