A Central Alberta bison producer says bison is much higher in iron than other red meats.

Yvonne Mills is an owner of YR Bison Ranch just east of Red Deer where they've grown the operation to five properties and two bison herds.

Mills says bison meat is more expensive than beef, but the health benefits may be worth it.

"My doctor was very surprised that my iron levels never decreased while I was pregnant. A lot of them (bison) are on grass, so it would be higher in omega-3's. It's a litter higher in protein and a lot lower in fat as well."

Mills says the shortage of bison meat in North America is keeping prices strong for producers, adding there's only a few hundred producers in Alberta.

"Bison has been growing for years. Bison was quite high in the 80's, and in the 90's when they shut the borders with BSE and the wasting disease that elk and deer got, it effected the bison industry very badly because the borders got shut. Right now, it (the price) has just been increasing, and it's been staying about the same for the last year."

According to the Bison Producers of Alberta, roughly 50 per cent of the national bison herd is in Alberta.

 

Send your news tips, story ideas and comments to [email protected]

Follow on Twitter @GoldenWestABAg @JessicaR_Giles

More Ag News

Canola Council Says China Unwilling To Purchase Canadian Canola Seed

The Canola Council of Canada (CCC) has provided an update on market access challenges affecting all canola seed exports to China. The organization says while there was some initial optimism that…

Alberta Pork Reports A Fourth Confirmed PED Case

A fourth case of the porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus has been confirmed in Alberta. Alberta Pork announced the outbreak on Friday, March 15, saying this is the fifth reported case in the…

Ag Ministers Continue To Work On China-Richardson Dilemma

Farmers and members of the agriculture industry are keeping a close eye on China following the Country's recent decision to stop importing canola from Canadian agribusiness, Richardson International.…

Carlier Talks Challenges And Opportunities With Beef Producers

Alberta's Agriculture and Forestry Minister helped kick-off the 16th Annual Alberta Beef industry Conference in Red Deer this week. Oneil Carlier met with a number of industry groups in the morning,…

Building Leaders In Agriculture

The Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference in Calgary this week drew a crowd of over 400 women from all aspects of the industry. On Monday, March 11, Catalyst CEO and Partner, Terri Holowath who…

Canada Boosts Number Of Dogs in Airports To Protect Pork Industry

On Thursday, Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced new funding of up to $31 million to increase the number of detector dogs at Canadian airports to help prevent…

Can Canadians Afford The New Food Guide?

A new study shows the Revised Canada Food Guide released in January is actually cheaper than the old one, but the savings aren't expected to last. The research conducted by Dalhousie University and…

New Farm Credit Canada Loan For Women Entrepreneurs

Canada’s newly appointed Agriculture Minister ventured into downtown Calgary this week to highlight the government’s commitment to supporting women in agriculture. Marie-Claude Bibeau, who is also…

Canadian Grain Commission Wants Input On Falling Number And DON

As part of its grain grading modernization initiative, the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) wants to hear from grain sector stakeholders to provide input on whether falling number and deoxynivalenol…

How Many Safety Items Can You Find On Your Farm?

A provincial farm group is celebrating Canadian Agricultural Safety Week with a scavenger hunt. AgSafe Alberta Executive Director, Jody Wacowich, says from March 11-19, they'll post a specific safety…

DiscoverWestman.com is Westman's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login