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by WLJ
2011 April 7
The U.S. Free Trade Agreement with Colombia was finalized last week with some final details resolved between the two nations. The FTA is expected to add approximately $2.5 billion to the U.S. economy, supporting thousands of jobs in the process, according to the White House, which announced the deal
2011 April 7
With all the back and forth on the endangered status of wolves, it’s no wonder that some ranchers may be scratching their heads over what steps they need to take if they suffer depredation from wolves. In Montana, the situation isn’t made any easier by the fact that there are two separate recognized wolf
2011 March 31
Circumstances have changed yet again for roughly 15 ranchers who graze their cattle on Oregon’s Malheur National Forest (MNF), this time for the better. In an order issued on March 16, U.S. District Court Judge Ancer Haggerty modified the injunction he imposed at the end of 2010, a change that will allow most
2011 March 31
In this modern age where most everything seems to be bought and sold, good old-fashioned neighboring remains one of the cornerstones of ranching culture. This spring, thousands of brandings will be attended by neighboring ranchers and cowboys who will gladly put in a hard day’s work for no more pay than a hamburger
by WLJ
2011 March 31
USDA said last Thursday that farms intend to plant an estimated 92.18 million acres of corn this year, up slightly from analysts’ pre-report expectations, 5 percent above 2010, and the second-largest acreage number since 1944, behind only the 2007 crop year. However, despite the increase, it was still being viewed as bullish for
2011 March 25
In his forward to the 1943 edition of his book "Home Veterinarian’s Handbook," E. T. Baker, DVM, states: "An emergency has been defined as ‘a sudden condition requiring immediate action.’" His book listed over 700 subjects on what might ail a farm animal, including equine eye injuries. Baker definitely considered
by WLJ
2011 March 25
USDA’s March 1 Cattle on Feed report showed feedlot inventories continue to run above prior-year levels. According to the report, inventory numbers, at 11.4 million head, are 5 percent above March 1, 2010, slightly lower than the average pre-report estimates of analysts. The numbers continue to trend
2011 March 18
The Department of Interior has stubbornly dug in its heels over challenges to its contentious Wild Lands Order which directs the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to protect lands having the "characteristics" of wilderness without the consent of Congress. Indeed, two weeks ago, Bob Abbey, director of BLM, ran a guest editorial
2011 March 18
When you attend any gathering of ranchers, you may notice that bald and gray seem to be the trendy hairstyles. A new program in South Dakota, called beefSD, is hoping to add some younger hairstyles to these gatherings by helping less experienced ranchers get their feet in the gate of the ranching
by WLJ
2011 March 11
The U.S. and Mexico appear to have reached an agreement to lift a series of retaliatory tariffs slapped on U.S. agricultural goods as a result of a dispute over cross-border trucking. In a joint press conference last week, President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon said they had agreed in
2011 March 11
Most ranch owners roll out of bed each morning with the intention of doing what’s right: for the cows, for the calves, and for the land they graze on. Obviously, it literally pays to be a good land steward; good grazing practices mean healthier range, taller grass, and higher weaning weights. But for most of us, doing what’s right
by WLJ
2011 March 11
The push to eliminate subsidies to the ethanol industry took a big step forward last week as a bi-partisan bill was introduced in the Senate by influential members. The bill, introduced last Wednesday by Sens. Tom Coburn, R-OK, and Ben Cardin, D-MD, would end controversial support for ethanol plants. The two senators
by WLJ
2011 March 3
The short supply of corn available to users has pushed prices sharply higher this year and there are few indications that demand has been rationed yet. The 2010/2011 marketing year crop was reported almost a billion bushels short of early season projections, leaving ending stocks at a projected 5 percent of
2011 March 3
To people in the business of working with cattle and horses, the saying "slower is faster" is a time-worn chestnut. Ramming and jamming cows can cause a wholesale run-back, ruining an hour or a day’s work. Pushing a young horse or dog too hard and too fast can cause issues that take months to undo. Sometimes
by WLJ
2011 March 3
In Montana, there has been a growing amount of concern over the acquisition of private land by public entities in recent years. A number of proposed laws have been discussed—both inside the state and out—to block the government from purchasing any additional land until the recent bunch of purchases can be
2011 February 25
Tensions over the relisted gray wolf were ratcheted up several more notches last week when Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer issued a blunt statement to Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar blasting the government for dallying over resolving the wolf issue. Schweitzer clearly indicated that Montana will
by WLJ
2011 February 25
Cattle on feed inventories were reportedly 6 percent above year-earlier figures, according to USDA’s Cattle on Feed report issued Feb. 18. The inventory number was largely inline with pre-report estimates. Analysts noted that the increase, while steep, is coming off a very small inventory number
2011 February 25
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) confirmation of two wolf kills near Joseph, OR, last week marked the predator’s return to calving grounds in Wallowa County. The event also has area ranchers concerned that they may be faced with heavy livestock losses similar to those felt in
2011 February 18
Whether more than 500 Yellowstone National Park bison should be sent to a packing plant for slaughter has turned into a legal shootout at the Stephens Creek corrals near Gardiner, MT, where the potentially infected iconic buffalo have been detained after migrating out of the park in search of food.


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