Bison ranchers to meet in Denver on Jan. 20-22
The nearly 400 ranchers, marketers and bison enthusiasts expected to gather January 20-22 at the 21st Anniversary National Bison Association convention at the Denver Renaissance Hotel will be bringing with them a spirit of optimism, and a commitment to continued growth, according to Dave Carter, executive director of the association.
“The bison business is finished 2015 in a record position of strength and stability,” Carter said. “The ranchers-and prospective ranchers-attending our convention are at the vanguard to restoring bison to their native habitat across the country. They are able to do that because the American public has discovered the great taste and nutritional attributes of all-natural bison meat.”
Carter noted that many conference sessions are designed to assist existing producers in addressing production and marketing issues. Several other sessions, though, are intended to assist newcomers in getting a start in the bison business.
“Right now, our biggest challenge is to continue to build herds of bison across the United States. The National Bison Association Winter Conference is the perfect gathering place for anyone to learn about the opportunities to get involved in this growing segment of agriculture,” Carter said.
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Many of the conference educational sessions will take place during the conference. A special Buffalo Mentors’ Workshop planned at 9:30 a.m. on the 21st will connect bison newcomers with experienced ranchers in their region. On Friday afternoon, Jan. 22, the “Buffaleros” overseeing the bison at the association’s Gold Trophy Show at the National Western Stock Show will provide a demonstration on safe, low-stress handling of buffalo.
“The greatest value in the conference is the opportunity to develop connections and relationships with fellow producers,” Carter said.
A complete schedule for the NBA Winter Conference is available on the association website at http://www.bisoncentral.com. The association also offers a special Join ‘n Go package that includes membership in the National Bison Association, along with a full conference registration.
–National Bison Association
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