Bison, The Other Red Meat

Aaron Paulson trailing bison to summer pasture in the Ruby River Valley south of Alder, MT.

Montana Bison Association Winter Conference and Workshop Slated for January 6 & 7 for Holiday Inn, Great Falls, Montana.  You don’t have to own bison to attend, matter of fact everyone is welcome to register.  Montana Bison Association (MBA) feels that this would be a great time for bison producers, cattle producers, red meat consumers and the simply curious to find out more about bison and about the people in Montana who raise them.

Aaron Paulson current president of the MBA states, “With record high bison prices it a great time to spread the word. Our friends in the beef business may be looking for some diversity as the current beef market is struggling and bison meat marketers are begging for product. We expect the demand for bison meat to continue to grow. So, invite your neighbors to come and talk bison at the MBA Winter Conference.  We’d love to have you come.” Paulson manages a bison ranch by Alder, MT.

The MBA also hope to build better relationships with the beef and sheep industries.  All livestock producers have many common issues with regulations and maintaining a friendly regulatory environment.  It is important that all red meat producers work together for the sustainability of the red meat industry.

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2016 Officers of Montana Bison Association, Roland Kroos, Vice President, Craig Denny, Director, Aaron Paulson, President,  Tim Gardipee, Steve Kroon, Directors, and Julia Arnold, Sec/Treasurer

Julia Arnold, secretary of MBA, states “I would love for more people to come to the workshops and conference.  I fear there is a misconception out there of what we are all about, and it would be great to have people come and really learn about our industry and the similarities between us and beef production.  We just have bigger animals with a different behavior but in the end we are all about providing nutritious protein for people to enjoy.”  Julia, her husband, Tobin, along with his parents raise bison near Conrad, Montana.

Montana Bison Association’s main mission is to promote bison products, namely breeding stock, meat and by-products. They also advocate for fair and equitable regulations in the control of disease and the movement of domestic bison and bison products. In addition, they promote public education on bison both as livestock and as a native animal of North America.

Aaron Paulson and Kayla Coffman trailing bison to summer pasture in the Ruby River Valley, south of Alder, MT.  Paulson will be giving a workshop on Bison Handling at the MBA Winter Conference and Workshop using some of the many picture he has taken of  working bison on the Snowcrest Ranch.  Aaron come with real live experience on working and managing bison. 

Friday, January 6th, American Bison Association will present a workshop on “The Bison Advantage.” They will cover such factors as little need for shelters, feed efficiency, long production life, independent calving, low fat high protein meat with a high demand in the market place.  The afternoon will have a panel discussion where questions on grazing, beneficial impacts on land, benefits to communities can be discussed.  The cost for Friday’s work shop is $30.

Friday evening kicks off with a meet and greet and presentation on Best Management Practices for Raising Bison Commercially.  Saturday will continue on this topic, business meeting and more. Registration for Friday night and Saturday with all meals included. Pre-registration by December 28th is $95 and at the door registration will be $120.

For more information and register go to  or contact Julia Arnold 406-627-2436  or to reserve your place.   To learn more about the Montana Bison Association you can check out their website  or like them on Facebook



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