Are the Great American Bison recession-proof? Or is it just a coincidence that bison meat sales have increased 50% over the past five years, in spite of record high bison meat prices?
That's one of the issues that members of the Eastern Bison Association will be exploring as they convene their winter conference at the Harrisburg East Holiday Inn in Harrisburg, Pa., on Friday, March 11. Experienced producers will cover a wide range of topics including:
• Ken Klemm, from Goodland, Ks., will present a session on "What's important for a successful, profitable bison operation".
• Lee Graese, of Rice Lake, Wis., owns and operates a slaughter house and a bison ranch. He'll discuss "Opportunities for grass-fed bison".
• Gail Griffin, of Winona, Minn., and president of the National Bison Association, will present "Marketing grows the herd".
• David Wolfgang, Penn State Extension veterinarian, will address "Changing perceptions of animal agriculture".
• Jim Matheson, assistant director of the National Bison Association will give an update on the national bison industry.
Pre-registration is required. Special pricing is available for prospective bison producers and their families. For more information, go to www.ebabison.org or call Tupper Sverduk at 717-817-8480.
Live bison will be on display for the 15th Annual Eastern Bison Association Show and Sale held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex on Saturday, March 12, 2011. The sale is open to the public at no charge. Learn more at www.bisoncentral.com.