Alberta Bison Experiences
Did you know...
Alberta bison - deemed to be the cornerstone of the diversified livestock industry in Alberta - represents almost half of the Canadian bison herd on farms.
How Much Do Bison Weigh?A mature bison bull will weigh approximately 2000 lbs while a mature cow will weigh approximately 1100 lbs.
Based on the 2021 Census of Agriculture, there were 472 Alberta farms reporting bison (buffalo), and accounted for 48 per cent of the Canadian total (989 farms).
The total number of bison (buffalo) on Alberta farms were 65,405 head, accounting for 44 per cent of the national total (149,539 head).
Western Canada is home to 92 per cent of farms reporting bison in Canada, and 97 per cent of the national herd (149,539 head).
Alberta leads the nation in farmed bison inventories (65,405 head), followed by Saskatchewan (52,860 head), British Columbia (14,888 head), and Manitoba (11,725 head).
This year we are shining a spotlight on one of Alberta’s keystone species, Bison, which has been a historically important part, not just of the eco-system in Alberta, but also a keystone ingredient for people that have lived on this land.
The buffalo was an incredibly important part of Indigenous people of the plains. The buffalo hunt was a part of a huge community event, and every part off the buffalo was it was not just a food source, every part of the animal was used. Bones were turned into utensils and tools, sinew provided thread and the hide as clothing and for shelter and the meat for food.
Bison & Bison Experiences
D Bar V Farms
In or near: Rolling Hills, Alberta
Frontier Bison Farm & Gull Lake Honey Company
In or near: Lacombe
Hay Lakes Bison Ranch
In or near: Lac La Biche
In or near: Smoky Lake
Wild Ventures Game Farm
In or near: Wildwood, Yellowhead County
Alberta Bison Experiences
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