|Canadian Bison – Working With Nature|
Canadian commercial herds are monitored for disease at the time of slaughter by trained and equipped inspectors in federally and provincially inspected abattoirs. Calves are tagged with ear tags that stay with the animal its entire life. This identification number provides a very efficient trace back system for tracking animals from the farm of origin should there be a food safety concern.
What do Bison Eat?
Bison mainly forage on native or tame pasture grasses. Salt licks are provided for minerals. Most bison also eat a combination supplement of grains, hay or silage at specific times. A few farmers raise their animals with a total dependence on grass/pasture rations. Grass-fed bison have a yellow-white fat and a slightly different taste.
Some U.S. and Canadian farmers, with less land for pasture, begin feeding young bison a supplement grain ration at weaning time and continue to feed grain rations until the meat bulls go to market. Most Canadian farmers provide a grain supplement for 90 to 120 days before the meat bulls go to market. The grain makes the fat cover white and takes away any grassy overtone in taste.
The return of the bison to North America 's range and pasture lands means an important part of an ecosystem is back in place, restoring health and balance to the whole system.
Bison Livestock Practices
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Bison are seldom sick. A producer may use an approved antibiotic to treat an animal. A few producers choose to buy organically grown grains to use in their feeding practices and do not use any artificial fertilizer on their land, thereby qualifying for organic farming certification. Experience has taught producers a great deal about the best management techniques and uniformly they respect and admire the bison for its healthy vigour and stamina.