A Message from Dr. Oedekoven: Bison Needs Assessment 2022

October 29, 2020

Dakota Territory Buffalo Association Members:

A few years ago at the DTBA meeting, I reviewed some of the findings in the USDA’s “Bison 2014” study.  USDA’s National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) conducts various studies of different livestock sectors to document benchmark information on animal health, nutrition, and research.  I wanted to be sure you were aware that USDA is planning to conduct an update to the Bison 2014 study in 2022.  They are now calling for input from industry stakeholders to guide their data collection.  I would strongly encourage DTBA members to respond to the survey by November 15th.  The more participation in the survey, the better USDA can respond to the needs of the industry.  Please let me know if you have any questions about the information below.

Sincerely, Dusty

Dustin Oedekoven, DVM, DACVPM

State Veterinarian and Executive Secretary

South Dakota Animal Industry Board

411 S. Fort St | Pierre, SD 57501

PH: 605.773.3321 | FX: 605.773.5459



NAHMS Bison Studies

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) is developing its second national study of the U.S. bison industry for 2022. We are inviting stakeholders to take a brief online survey to help NAHMS focus the research and build a study that is the most beneficial to industry.

In addition to helping USDA identify key bison health and management issues, stakeholder participation will bridge existing information gaps by exploring stakeholders’ new and ongoing concerns. Stakeholder inputs will assure that the NAHMS Bison 2022 study will be focused on primary matters affecting the bison industry.

Click here to access survey, which may take approximately 15 minutes to complete.  The survey is available through November 15, 2020. Please note the survey is not compatible with the browser Internet Explorer and works best with Google Chrome or other Windows and Mac internet browsers.

To see former NAHMS Bison Study results, please click here. Feel free to send any questions or comments regarding the survey to NAHMS@usda.gov, and please share the link with others who may be interested in these updates.

Thank you in advance for your participation.