Environmental activist groups Western Watersheds Project and WildEarth Guardians won a lawsuit last week against the Bureau of Land Management which will have a significant impact on public land ranchers. The suit stems from a 2007 Freedom of Information Act which the two environmental groups submitted to gain access to private
The health of the nation’s livestock is at risk because of weaknesses in the U.S. system for quarantining imported animals, according to a report issued last week by USDA’s Inspector General (IG). The IG’s audit found problems with 53 of the 131 shipments selected for review at
It has come to our attention that a renewal subscription scam is being sent to Western Livestock Journal subscribers. The company which is fraudulently soliciting renewals is going by Publishers, Magazine, Circulation Billing Services, or similar names, and located in Reno, NV. They are not authorized to handle our renewal efforts
South Dakotans are learning that having the same goal doesn’t automatically put everyone on the same side. The goal at issue is to protect a unique area of the Buffalo Gap National Grassland. Sen. Tim Johnson, D-SD, has proposed designating about 48,000 acres of the area as wilderness. The bill under consideration
The U.S. Senate last week failed twice to block the implementation of a 1099 filing requirement which will force small businesses to report any transactions with a single vendor totaling more than $600 in a single year. The reporting requirement was enacted as part of the massive health care overhaul and is set to go into effect starting Jan.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last Tuesday announced that USDA will accept 4.3 million acres offered by landowners under the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup. The selections preserve and enhance environmentally sensitive lands, including wetlands, while providing payments to property owners.
July values for U.S. beef and pork exports dipped slightly from the totals achieved in June, but both exceeded year-ago levels with beef posting close to a 40 percent jump over 2009 levels. Based on statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), beef export value surged to $366.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack addressed U.S. cattle producers from across the country in Washington, D.C., last Wednesday as part of the 2010 National Cattlemens Beef Association (NCBA) Legislative Conference. Vilsack reinforced the importance of U.
Hereford breeders continued to experience an increased demand for Hereford genetics during the 2010 American Hereford Association (AHA) fiscal year that ended Aug. 31. The association experienced an increase in registrations and membership as production sale prices increased for both bulls and females.
Beginning this fall, Angus breeders will have access to the industrys latest advancement in selecting animals for feed efficiencythe residual average daily gain (RADG) expected progeny difference (EPD).
An open ranch bronc ride competition that began in 2006 as a tribute to honor the memory of a young West Texas cowboy, Tom Butler of Guthrie, TX, has become an annual event with spectator attendance growing from 500 the first year to 1,700 within four years.
Karey Lynn McPhee, daughter of Mike and Pam McPhee of Linden, CA, was married to C.R. Moore III, son of Cliff and Cathy Moore of Frankston, TX, on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010, at St. Marys Catholic Church in Dublin, TX. A reception followed at the Bella Vita Ranch in Lingleville, TX.
The sale and purchase of the Bell Ranch located in northeastern New Mexico was closed on Aug. 17, 2010. This singular offering was comprised of 290,100 acres of contiguous deeded land, most of which is situated in San Miguel County about 40 miles north of Tucumcari, NM, and 150 miles east of Santa Fe, NM.
At a recent joint meeting of the U.S. Animal Health Association and the National Institute for Animal Agriculture in Denver, CO, producers and industry stakeholders discussed the framework for what may eventually become a national animal disease traceability system.
Interstate Certificates of Veterinary Inspection (ICVIs) should be standardized across all states to improve uniformity of data collected. In addition, enforcement of ICVI requirements and the ability to update ICVI information both need to be enhanced so that minimum data collected and final destination information is accurate.
In response to questions from members of Congress, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has announced plans for dealing with the pine bark beetle infestation that has killed millions of acres of pine trees in the West.
In response to the demands by the Congressional Western Caucus, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in August released the remaining 14 pages of a controversial document that recommends a new vision for the management of BLM lands under the Department of Interiors Treasured Landscapes initiative.
Although other popular fast-food chains such as Wendys and Burger King fared better than McDonalds, they scored far worse than the highestrated chains. Other fast-food frontrunners noted for their delicious burgers included Fuddruckers, Burgerville and Back Yard Burgers.