Bison & the Anthropogenic Reality

                                                          “Cool-Aid v.s. Real-i-Tea”                                                                     An Eon or two ago, the North American pre-man wild-scape developed a thing called grass. It thrived and adapted into a decadent indigenous member of the ecological community. It was a literal sea of life, un-managed and virtually un-interrupted and must have appeared as if beauty were the objective. According to the laws of nature, which are frustrating to yet another decadent indigenous or not depending … Read more

Native Texas Prairie

Native Texas prairie is the gift that keeps on giving. Bison and grassland are like a hand in a glove. Native grass species require little water, less fertilizer and last forever if managed properly. Unfortunately, relatively little prairie remains today after decades of plowing, overgrazing and urban sprawl. The dominant species in tallgrass prairie are Eastern Gamagrass, Big Bluestem, Little Bluestem, Switchgrass, Indiangrass and Muhly grasses. Mid to shortgrass species include Sideoats Grama, Texas Bluegrass, Buffalo Grass and Blue Grama. Efforts to restore native prairie can bring lasting benefits to bison and the bottom line. Ben Tyler, www.TexasEcologix.com

From a Native American perspective

  From a Native American perspective Aug 29 2013 By: Yolonda Blue Horse When I first met Mr. Frasier and had the opportunity to speak with him in great length about buffalos and what the relationship these intimidating animals were to my ancestors, I was touched by his deep understanding of the importance of the continued existence of these great four-leggeds. Many know from history that the buffalo were very important for the survival to many Indian tribes. All of the animal parts were used in some way to assist with daily living. My ancestors were able to process these … Read more

Drought Proofing Farms, Ranches and Habitats

In most landmasses of the planet, especially a climatically cantankerous continent such as North America, aridity and drought cycles are a fact of life. The good news just so happens to be: that our farms and ranches can be drought-proofed with effective planning and mitigation strategies. Nature sets the example with all manner of brilliant water-saving techniques/technology and intelligent agriculturists will mimic nature’s proven patterns.  Integrating a combination of cultural techniques, infrastructure development and species selection is the pathway to thriving success in the face of drying adversity and un-relenting heat. The first order of business is choosing appropriate plant … Read more

Southern Plains Bison: July 2013

It’s getting crazy out there! Bulls are ‘roaring’, tending and sparring causing you to begin sensing that you might not be as safe out there on foot all of the sudden. Trust your senses…. And don’t be out there on foot this time of year. They’re busy and other than feeding, they require the benefit of our absence. Feeding is a smart thing to do in the summer if Texas bison is your bag.  Another smart thing to do is planning for the coming fall, winter and your marketing strategy options with plenty of time to consider many alternatives. Planning … Read more

The Buzz about Natural Fly Control

Natural Fly Control June 2013 I’m sure you enjoy annoying flies and nuisance neighbors as much as I do.  House flies, stable flies, face flies and biting flies are synanthropic pests of the muscidae family that can build up into a population explosion almost overnight due to a 5 day life cycle in the warmer months.  From an ecological point of view, they are a ‘gift from heaven’ to the entire food chain as many species consider them a delicacy.  When you are the bottom of the food chain your survival strategy is to reproduce rapidly.  As is often the case, we humans … Read more

Southern Plains Pointers – Bison Management Tips

June 2013 It’s July in the southern plains and getting hot! This is the time of year that stresses bison in the south most of all. During times of dealing with heat stress, can come a reduced capacity for resisting herd health antagonists which are ever-present and poised to invade. From the end of June until November, we need to be on our toes and watch for changes in body-scores in our bison. In the south, we have a very explosive end of the cool season forages and minor changes in body scores may be observed as the plentiful spring … Read more