Our world of electronic conveniences has now reached the cow pasture. In the not-so-distant future, landscapes may be dotted only with virtual fences and cattle may be herded with global positioning system (GPS) technology.
Exports of U.S. beef and pork continued on a recordsetting pace in March, with beef posting a 65 percent gain in value versus yearago levels and pork showing an impressive 40 percent increase, according to statistics compiled by the U.S.
National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) President Jerry Kozak said his group will continue to push its Foundation for the Future plan to revamp the dairy program in Congress, even though dairy processors and some left-leaning dairy and farm groups oppose it.
Nebraska Cattlemen (NC) is happy to report that Gov. Dave Heineman signed the brand surcharge bill May 11, 2011. NC had been keeping a close eye on LB 181, which was a bill that would allow a surcharge to be implemented by the Nebraska Brand Committee in order to make up for traveling expenses incurred by inspectors.
The dunes sagebrush lizard’s habitat is found exclusively in 10 counties in West Texas and southeastern New Mexico. This habitat is located in the Permian Basin, the most active energy-producing land in the lower 48 states. This habitat is also home to thousands of individuals who make their livelihood in the oil
The Environmental Protection Agency released its newly updated "Draft Guidance on Identifying Waters Protected by the Clean Water Act" at the end of April, a move which could potentially expand the agency’s oversight of U.S. waters. The guidance plan will, once finalized, give EPA broader authority to
The USDA’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate (WASDE) report, released May 11, caught some market participants by surprise last week, showing a record crop this year and a potential increase in corn stocks ahead. The report pushed corn prices lower last week and helped calf markets rebound from
The corn planting season—which most in the livestock industry were hoping would go without a hitch—is off to a very slow start this year. Colder than normal temperatures and above normal precipitation has hampered field work across much of the central and southern Corn Belt states preventing farmers from getting the
Concerns over pneumonia transmission between wild bighorn sheep and bands of domestic sheep grazing western rangelands have plagued land managers in the Northwest for the last several years. The conflict reached a fever pitch last year when Idaho’s Payette National Forest reduced domestic sheep grazing by 70
Turbulence surrounding Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar’s controversial Wild Lands policy only seems to be increasing, and now the big dogs are beginning to enter the fray. On April 29, the state of Utah announced it is filing suit in federal court with the object of nullifying Salazar’s
With the ink still drying on the budget resolution that delisted wolves and temporarily defunded Wild Lands two weeks ago, Republican congressmen have advanced new legislation that considerably raises the stakes in the ongoing wilderness debate. A bill introduced to Congress on April 15 would order
The average chuck wagon cook in the 1800s served up beans, meat, bread and taters. Dessert was as scarce as a day off. The "wagon," following the cowboys and cattle across rangelands, was home. Today, Charlie Ferguson from Torrington, WY, is the archetype of his wagon cook predecessors. Rising at
The April 1 Cattle on Feed report showed that the trend toward higher placements and on feed numbers remains intact at U.S. feed yards. USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reported that the number of cattle on feed, at 11.3 million head, is 5 percent above year-ago levels. The increase comes despite continuing
Any livestock producer who has tried to market their own products directly to consumers knows that one of the biggest hurdles is finding a mid-sized processing plant that can handle a good number of animals and still provide the service and support needed for such a venture. In the Pacific Northwest, that has been especially true
A wet spring can be a mixed blessing. While it gives crops and forage a head start, it can also pave the way for a silent killer—anthrax. Anthrax spores can lie dormant in the soil for years, causing no problems for the animals that graze there. It can lie in wait for 70 years or more, impervious to heat and
In a double win for ranching and recreation interests, Congress last week passed a budget measure that included a rider removing the majority of gray wolves within the Northern Rocky Mountain region from the endangered species list, as well as a second provision which stripped the controversial Wild Lands policy of funding until
According to USDA’s April World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate, corn stocks will fall to very low levels and may not rebound to levels which will ease prices, even with a record crop this year. Although total corn usage numbers were left unchanged in the April report, market analysts are cautioning
One of the Idaho Legislature’s final actions before adjourning an 88-day session in Boise on April 7 was to enact a wolf emergency bill that would authorize Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter to recruit law enforcement officers to help reduce the number of controversial predators in the state. Idaho livestock ranchers, big game hunters and outfitters have complained
On Monday, April 11, the Swenson Fire, having burned six days in Stonewall, Knox and King counties in north-central Texas, was contained. The previous day, the Texas Forest Service stated, was the single worst day in documented Texas history for wildfires. The first four months of 2011 in Texas have seen hundreds of fires in the state that’s
Corn prices continued their upward spiral last week as concerns grow about a shrinking carryover supply of grain. The USDA’s March 1 grain stocks report, issued March 24, showed that the agency continues to predict large increases in corn usage. Rising prices have yet to reach a level which indicates