Montana Bison Association contributes $10,000 toward herd health research
The Montana Bison Association (MBA) announced a $10,000 challenge grant to the National Buffalo Foundation as a step in promoting new research into issues affecting the health of bison herds across the country.
The challenge grant was announced Jan. 20, at the annual meeting of the National Bison Association (NBA) in Denver, CO.
In announcing the grant, MBA president Andrew Bardwell said, “As more ranchers build their herds in response to the rising consumer demand for bison meat, we want to be proactive in supporting research to make sure that we protect the health of our bison. We hope this grant will spur other individuals and organizations to support this type of research as well.”
The MBA contribution was made in the form of a matching challenge grant. Those funds will match any other contributions made to the National Buffalo Foundation on a dollar-for-dollar basis.
Dave Carter, executive director of the NBA, welcomed the MBA contribution, and said, “Bison herd health issues have traditionally not been a funding priority for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, or for traditional research institutions. That’s why we know that we must take some steps to make sure we have the resources necessary for research to protect the health of our herds.”