NAHMS Bison 2014
The USDA will conduct its first national study of the U.S. ranched bison industry in 2014. The study will focus on health and management practices in the U.S. bison industry to increase knowledge and understanding regarding the characteristics and challenges of ranched bison operations.
The Bison 2014 study is being conducted at the request of representatives of the U.S. ranched bison industry. Industry members and other stakeholders are providing input into the study process. The Bison 2014 study could lead to a more focused study on specific topics of interest or concern identified by the survey.
As with other NAHMS studies, the Bison 2014 study will be national in scope, collaborative in nature, and voluntary. NAHMS is a statistical unit under the Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act (CIPSEA). Data collected during the Bison 2014 study will be used for statistical purposes only and will be treated as confidential in accordance with CIPSEA guidelines. Bison 2014 results will be presented only in an aggregate manner.
A needs assessment was conducted online from June 20 through July 15, 2013. The purpose of the needs assessment was to collect input from industry, academia, State and Federal government agencies, animal health professionals and other stakeholders to define the information needs of the bison industry. The information collected from the needs assessment will help determine the focus and specifications of the Bison 2014 study.
Info sheets and reports:
Mycoplasma bovis--an emerging pathogen in ranched bison (pdf 612kb 10/13)
Links for information on bison: