There’s ‘buffalo gold’ in them thar hills
July 31, 2009
There’s a new Gold Rush shaping up for this September near Cheyenne, WY.
Unlike the previous rush, participants won’t be picking through rocks looking for new riches. Instead, they will be looking into the advantage of buffalo gold.
The Rocky Mountain Buffalo Association, along with the Dakota Territory Buffalo Association, Western Bison Association and the National Bison Association are teaming up host the inaugural “Bison Advantage – Buffalo Gold Rush” workshop Sept. 18-19 at the Terry Bison Ranch south of Cheyenne to promote the opportunities available today in bison ranching.
“Bison meat sales have grown by double-digit rates during each of the past four years as a growing number of consumers discover the deliciously healthy taste of American buffalo. This surge in demand is creating new opportunities for growth in bison ranching,” said Dave Carter of the National Bison Association.
The September workshop sessions are designed to provide important information for prospective bison ranchers, and to offer a refresher course for veteran buffalo producers. “Bison ranching today offers a great opportunity for existing ranchers, and for people looking to get into the agricultural arena,” said Boyd Meyer, spokesman for the Rocky Mountain Buffalo Association. “The Buffalo Gold Rush workshop will introduce people to the advantages of being part of today’s growing bison business.”
On Friday, Sept. 18th, industry leaders will provide presentations covering important bison management topics including fencing, facilities, handling animals, animal’s nutrition and veterinary care, marketing animals and by-products.
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On Saturday, Sept. 19, Boyd Meyer will host a tour of his herd roaming at the Terry Bison Ranch and offer a handling demonstration at the ranch’s bison working facilities in order to help workshop participants see first hand the advantages of raising and marketing bison.
The early bird workshop registration fee of $95 includes all workshop sessions, meals and a Friday evening dance at Senators’ Restaurant at the Terry Ranch. FFA and 4-H members can register for $50. Registration after Sept. 1 is $115 per person. Information about the workshop – and official registration forms – are available on Bison Advantage website at http://www.bisonadvantage.com/.