Historic $4-million gift will establish bison operation at Lakeland

It was donated by Armin and Rita Mueller

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Armin and Rita Mueller, owners of Canadian Rangeland Bison and Elk, are donating $4 million to Lakeland College to purchase land and establish a bison herd at the college.

With the addition of a bison herd, Lakeland will become the only post-secondary institution in Canada where students, with mentorship from faculty, manage commercial-sized bison, beef, crop, dairy, and sheep enterprises.

The donation also opens doors for Lakeland to participate in bison research projects with organizations such as the Canadian Bison Association, as well as other post-secondary institutions and industry partners.

Originally from Switzerland, Armin and Rita have lived near Bentley, Alta., for 40 years. They ran a successful dairy for 20 years and then transitioned to the bison industry in 2000