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Bison Auction Scheduled

January 25, 2019 | Press Release from Friends of LBL

The Friends of Land Between the Lakes invites the public to the 2019 bison auction at the Land Between the Lakes Elk & Bison Prairie Corral, February 2, 2019, at 9 am. Bidder registration and viewing begin at 8 am.

Managers plan to use the sale to keep herd size at an appropriate level to maintain herd health in the 700-acre prairie.

Bidders may purchase bison using cash, personal check or credit card at time of bid acceptance. The Elk & Bison Prairie corral is located on the east side of Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway, KY 453, just north of US 68/KY 80.

Land Between the Lakes will sell approximately 40 bison, each separately to the highest bidder(s), including:

· 1 mature bison bull born 2003—He has been a primary breeder that is being replaced by younger bulls. He weighed 1700 lbs January 2018.
· 2 young bulls born 2016
· 8 young bulls born 2017 (yearlings)
· 8-10 yearling heifers born 2017
· 2-4 mature cows, born 2005-2009, tested for pregnancy
· A mix of 17 male and female calves born 2018

All animals will be tested for brucellosis and tuberculosis by a licensed veterinarian before the auction. Preliminary details regarding age, sex and weights of all animals to be sold will be available on January 30, 2019, with the final list available at 8 am on auction day. For a preliminary list or any questions, leave a message for Curtis Fowler at 270-924-2061 or email ffowler@fs.fed.us.

An on-site veterinarian will issue Certificates of Veterinary Inspection as required for interstate transport immediately after the auction. Import permits will be on hand for Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Alabama and North Carolina. Buyers are responsible for knowing import regulations of the home state before purchasing bison. If additional state inspection certificates are required, contact 270-924-2061 on or before January 28, 2019.

Some states have specific requirements as to age and vaccinations. Buyers are responsible for knowing what vaccinations are required for the home state. Additional services may be purchased from the on-site veterinarian by cash or check to include vaccinations at time of bid acceptance.

Because of size and temperament, closed-topped trailers or vehicles are required to transport bison. Once bison step off the loading chute and into a buyer’s trailer, the animal becomes the property and responsibility of the buyer. Buyers must load animals immediately following the auction. For an additional $30 per animal fee, arrangements can be made at time of payment to load bison February 4, 2019, between 8 am and 10 am only.

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