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Nyssa man’s expertise in bison takes him to international competition

Area buffalo rancher Garrett Brown – a third-generation bison producer – will step into an international arena in November when he travels to Canada to judge the big animals at that nation’s bison association. (The Enterprise/Joe Siess)

VALE – Shania. Like, as in Shania Twain. That was what Garrett Brown named the first bison he ever picked out when he was 7. 

He bought Shania from among his mother and father’s heifer calves, and now at age 29, he has built a name for himself raising and judging one of North America’s most iconic animals.  

“And being a 7-year-old kid, I didn’t really know what I was looking for. And so I actually didn’t even pick the biggest heifer in the group,” Brown recalled with a grin. “I picked . . .