Culture of Care: Understanding Bison
At Noble, we operate under a philosophy of respect to our land and animals. We call this practice our ‘culture of care’. We follow the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Bison as developed by the Canadian Bison Association, which was developed with respect for, and the understanding of, the wild nature of bison. It reflects available scientific research, both bison-specific and research undertaken in other livestock and wild species.
What does raising our animals within a culture of care mean to us? At Noble, it means:
- Understanding our animals and their environment so we can care for them in the best way possible—with minimal stress and maximum benefit to both animal and habitat
- Monitoring the animals from a distance so as not to disrupt their natural grazing, herding and reproduction habits
- Training everyone who works on our ranch and with our bison to know when an animal is in distress or needs medical attention
- Ensuring we give as much back to the land as we take by never overgrazing and constantly moving the herds so the grassland can regenerate
- Honouring how the bison behave in their natural environment and moving the animals in a way that works best for them
- Practicing humane handling and harvesting guidelines developed by Dr. Temple Grandin, right down to how our processing facility is constructed
At Noble, we believe in full transparency. We want to show our customers where our bison are born and raised, the Canadian grasslands they graze on, and how we’re making sure they both continue to thrive.
So how does healthy soil sequester carbon? It’s all part of the natural photosynthesis process most of us learned about in school.
That’s why bison are so crucial to carbon sequestration. They naturally encourage healthy plants, roots and soil.
A single bison produces about 10 to 12 quarts of dung a day and is a dung beetles’ preferred food.
Across Noble Premium Bison’s 9000-acre ranch, we enthusiastically inspect our bison dung for evidence of dung beetles at work. We are thrilled to report that the dung beetles are back and thriving, working from dung pile to dung pile.