BISON SALES

Bison:Bison Sales

Contact us for any interest, questions or purchase arrangements.

Bison Calves

20 Calves born Spring 2022 at $1,500 each. 
Weight Ranges 250-350 lbs.

About half bulls and half heifers and not yet weaned or handled, so not tagged and sexed yet.  We generally handle them in December, but they are ready to be weaned by early November, so if you are interested in a November purchase, please let us know and we will accommodate.  When we handle them, we can inoculate as required for your operation. See below for Parasite and Inoculation information, Delivery Options and Management Practices.

Yearling Bison

33 Heifer Yearlings born Spring 2021 at $2,000 each.
44 Bull Yearlings born Spring 2021 at $2,000 each.
Weight Ranges 400-600 lbs.

These yearlings are on grass only with no grain supplements.  They are in good shape to be used for future breeding stock or meat stock.  For breeding, you would want to keep them on grass and only supplement small bits of grain as needed.  For meat stock, you would want to keep them on grass until March of 2023 and start them on a combination of grass and free-choice grain to start finishing them for Fall/Winter 2023 processing. See below for Parasite and Inoculation information, Delivery Options and Management Practices.

2-Year Old Bison

4 Remaining  55  Heifers 2-year Old born Spring 2020 at $2,500 each.  54 already sold.
8 Bull 2-year Old born Summer 2020 at $2,500 each.  All sold.
Weight Ranges:  700-850 lbs.

These bison received some grain supplementation starting in Spring 2022 as they reached near-two-years old.  They are all suitable for either breeding or using for meat stock.  For breeding, they will begin to breed starting now as you combine them with a bull.  The breeding window is August – December in the southern region.  For meat, they can be put onto a combination of grass and free-choice grain to start fattening for processing late winter or early spring. See below for Parasite and Inoculation information, Delivery Options and Management Practices.

Near Process-Ready Bison:

5 Bulls 2-year old born Spring 2020 at $2,500 each.
Weight Ranges: 850-890 lbs. Sold

22 Heifers 2-years old born Spring 2020 at $2,400 each.
Weight Range:  900-1000 lbs. Sold

These bison have been on rotational grass pastures plus free-choice grain wagons since April 2022 and are nearing slaughter weight.  See below for Parasite and Inoculation information, Delivery Options and Management Practices.

Adult Breeding Bison:

13 Remaining 15 Bison Breeding Cows at $2,000 each
1 Bison Breeding Bull at $2,000 – he weighs about 1200 lbs. and is 3 years old. Sold

Only selling because we are downsizing the cow herd a bit – photo below
Cows have varying ages between 3-5 years old.  Varying weights 800-950.
These cows have been exposed and have a 75% of being bred already, but breeding season runs from August through December in Virginia.

Parasites Information:

We treat for internal parasites only when needed using a monthly schedule to perform lab work to watch the progression of internal parasites.  We generally do not have external parasite issues, or at least the periodic internal parasite medications may likely help control the odd periodic external parasite problem.  Medications used are Safeguard and Levimisole water applications for both when in the field, and Ivermectin and Cydectin when in the coral. 

Inoculation Information:

Pink-eye vaccinations were provided in June 2022 because of an outbreak of pink eye in our region with nearby cattle farms and some unusual pressure on our herd from that outbreak.  We have generally only treated with a pink-eye vaccination when needed, which is usually 1 out of every 5-6 years.  We halted giving other inoculations to our bison many years ago after realizing that most vaccines are not tested on bison and may actually cause some harm to certain individuals, in addition to stressing the herd out giving them inoculations to prevent possible health issues that never really materialized.  We are more than happy to work any bison that you purchase through the coral and inoculate them as you require prior to purchase, as well as getting any necessary veterinary health papers that you require. 

Veterinary Health & Travel:

You would need to connect with your State Veterinary Office to get specific information on what is required for transporting livestock into your state.  Just ask about cattle, as the rules are the same and asking about bison is going to cause unnecessary confusion.  We will then get with our veterinarian to arrange the paperwork, but this would need at least 7-10 days to arrange.  Generally in Virginia, you need ear tag veterinary paperwork listing each animal that will be used for breeding purposes, and for livestock that are being moved for meat production, you just need a non-ear-tag list that says that they all generally look good.  Virginia is considered to be a brucellosis-free State.

Management Practices:

Our bison have been in a pasture grazing rotational program for more than 20 years.  Even the meat heard is managed in this way with rotating grain wagons.  The cow/calf herd goes onto hay around the end of October and remains on hay until the middle of April, and this herd gets no grain unless there is a nutritional deficiency issue, which hasn’t happened in many year and is always weather dependent.  The calves in the cow/calf herd have a creep feeder from July through October.  The meat herd is then fed the remaining available grass pastures through December with processing done for the season by about Jan/Feb, and grains used are a blend of mostly wheat middlings with soy and corn.  Parasite management and inoculations are explained above.  We maintain a low stress livestock management system and use our coral as little as possible.  Mineral for all bison are managed in beef-bull mineral feeders fed self-choice using a blend from the local co-op that is designed for counteracting fescu grass toxicity.

Delivery:

Delivery within a 2 hour drive (one way) from the farm is free.
Delivery within a 2-4 hour drive (one way) from the farm is $250.

Deliver further than the distances above require that you coordinate / arrange your own transportation, and we can help with some livestock truck contacts as needed.  The distances mentioned above will be based on what Google Maps specifies.

Each delivery using our trailer can hold up to about 10-12 adults or equivalent.

Calves
Yearlings in Breeding Herd
Yearlings in Breeding Herd
Yearlings in Breeding Herd
Yearlings
Heifers
Heifers
Production Bull
Production Bull
Breeding Bull 56W