by Francie M. Berg | May 17, 2022
by Francie M. Berg | May 3, 2022
A recent New York Times article by Mitch Smith describes the disaster that has come to one Native American rancher in South Dakota who has worked 30 years to build up his buffalo herd.
He reported that Fred DuBray’s bison herd on the Cheyenne River Reservation has been ravaged by Mycoplasma bovis, a tiny bacterium that is decimating herds across the Plains and the West. Smith’s report He Spent Decades Protecting Buffalo; A Microscopic Invader Threatens That Work appears in the March 12, 2022 issue of the Times.
Since last year, his buffalo have been dying by the dozens, victims of a microscopic invader, Mycoplasma bovis, that has ravaged pastures across the Great Plains and the West, according to Smith.
by Francie M. Berg | Apr 19, 2022
Have you been thinking of crossbreeding some of your bison with beef cattle?
That has sounded like a good idea to lots of honest men and women for more than a century. If we can bring about in one animal: the best of both buffalo and cattle—that would be great, wouldn’t it?
How about having that sound intelligence and hardiness of American bison for every storm that comes along—evolved and adapted through thousands of years—to live in the far north?
And then mix in the abundance of great beef—not just what the slim-hipped buffalo provides, but real abundance in length and breadth of that tasty, tender loin and hip: mmmm.
Your beefalo—or catalo—or whatever you choose to call them—would certainly retain the best traits of both species, wouldn’t they?
Every few years it seems like some promoter is trying to sell that idea. Sounds like a good one, Right? Have you ever been tempted?
by Francie M. Berg | Apr 5, 2022
by Francie M. Berg | Mar 22, 2022
Feeding an orphan calf is an emergency situation. It has to be done “right now!” And it is a time commitment.
So it’s a good idea to be prepared.
Calving season has arrived and so have many new buffalo babies. It’s an exciting time of the year when new calves are welcomed to the world.
Fortunately for you who are buffalo ranchers there are usually few problems associated with calving.
by Francie M. Berg | Mar 8, 2022
by Francie M. Berg | Feb 22, 2022
by Francie M. Berg | Feb 8, 2022
by Francie M. Berg | Jan 25, 2022
by Francie M. Berg | Jan 14, 2022
We know that thousands of buffalo roamed across the face of the Great Plains in ancient times.
Where we live, in the northern plains of western North Dakota, they’ve been hunted for at least the past 7000 years—and likely grazed here for many more thousands before humans arrived.
by Francie M. Berg | Dec 28, 2021
by Francie M. Berg | Dec 14, 2021
by Francie M. Berg | Nov 30, 2021
by Francie M. Berg | Nov 14, 2021
by Guest Editor J. Russell Nielson, Salt Lake City and Manti | Nov 2, 2021
by Francie M. Berg | Oct 19, 2021
by Francie M. Berg | Oct 5, 2021
National Bison Day, November 6, 2021, is an annual event. It falls on the first Saturday in November each year. Americans are encouraged to reflect on the impact Bison have as a part of our environmental and cultural heritage.
by Francie M. Berg | Sep 21, 2021
Wainwright, Alberta, is a midsized town in the Canadian Great Plains with a tumultuous buffalo legacy. It lies east of the Rocky Mountains just west a few miles from the Saskatchewan border and to the northeast of Calgary.
by Francie M. Berg | Sep 7, 2021
by Francie M. Berg | Aug 24, 2021
by Francie M. Berg | Aug 10, 2021
Established in 1908, the National Bison Range is being restored to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Native American Tribes (CSKT) of Montana’s Flathead Indian Reservation.
by Francie M. Berg | Jul 27, 2021
by Francie M. Berg | Jul 13, 2021
by Francie M. Berg | Jun 29, 2021
by Francie M. Berg | Jun 15, 2021
Tim Omilusik is a 42-year-old Canadian trucker from Coronation, Alberta, who runs a short- and long-haul livestock business from one end of Canada to the other, with 2,000-mile trips across the border down into Texas in between—or maybe a leg to Missouri or Wyoming.
by Francie M. Berg | Jun 1, 2021
Storytelling was an important way Native traditions and history were passed down through the generations. John Fire Lame Deer told of the White Buffalo Calf Woman tradition at a gathering in Winner in 1967.
by Miranda and Eric Zwiefelhofer | May 18, 2021
North American bison are made up of two distinct subspecies, the smaller plains bison and the larger wood bison. They are considered
Near Threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.
by Francie M. Berg | May 4, 2021
BEDFORD Oct 18, 2017—The Buffalo Trace Working Group with the Hoosier National Forest received the 2017 Indiana History Outstanding Event and Project Award from the Indiana Historical Society. The group was recognized as instrumental in uncovering the history of the Buffalo Trace and mapping its route through southern Indiana.
by Francie M. Berg | Apr 20, 2021
by Francie M. Berg | Apr 6, 2021