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2015 May 8
Wolves are a predatory creature with primary food sources being large-hoofed mammals like elk, deer and, as ranchers see too often, cattle. The reintroduction of Mexican wolves in Arizona and New Mexico is of concern to ranchers as the pack numbers continue to increase and the accepted range is expanded.
by WLJ
2015 May 8
Although pork exports were down from the large totals recorded in March 2014, export volume was the largest in 11 months at 191,041 mt. This was 9 percent lower than a year ago, but a 10 percent increase from February. Export value of $495.3 million was down 18 percent year-over-year, but up 5 percent from February.
by WLJ
2015 May 8
The grazing season is most commonly thought of as grazing during a period of time while the base forage is actively growing. This works great for producers who are seasonal in nature, such as stocker operators who grow winter annual pasture then completely utilize the pasture with stocker calves.


2015 May 1
By the numbers, the gray wolf in Oregon is on the path to delisting from the state’s endangered species list. Oregon’s wolves have reached four breeding pairs for three consecutive three years. This is considered to be a conservative count. These numbers represent the trigger point in the Oregon Wolf Plan: The delisting process will begin.


by WLJ
2015 May 1
Montana Governor Steve Bullock signed SB262 on April 24, giving state approval to a negotiated water rights compact with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) in western Montana. He was joined at the signing by the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Chas Vincent (R-MT), and leaders from the CSKT tribes.


2015 May 1
That technology on a tractor deals with safety, performance and standards such as meeting emission requirements. “We do try to make sure through our dealers and customers to read diagnostics and do anything they need to do for repairs that need to happen,” Nelson said.


2015 May 1
One of the problems seen on the Iowa landscape in particular, he said, is satellite imagery has revealed that in the past 35 years or so, many conservation practices including buffers that were once in place in 1980 have since disappeared in some counties.


2015 May 1
Limited snowmelt and the lack of rainfall in many parts of the West this spring means producers should have the water quality in their pastures tested before turning their livestock out to pasture, North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service specialists advise.


by WLJ
2015 May 1
Dave Nichols of Bridgewater, IA, has been selected as the 2015 inductee into the Saddle and Sirloin Portrait Gallery, largely considered the highest honor in the livestock industry.


2015 May 1
Producers need to have a good idea how to assess available forage, feed and water supplies to determine if they need to reduce their stocking rates or modify grazing plans before they turn their cattle out onto pasture this spring, according to Beef Cattle Specialist Carl Dahlen.


2015 May 1
Negotiating farmland rental rates can be challenging. Generally landowners and tenants want to be fair with each other and don’t want to be taken advantage of. Landowners need to cover the costs associated with owning land like land payment, insurance and taxes.


by WLJ
2015 May 1
Farmers and ranchers are eager to use airborne drones to improve their businesses, but they need flexibility to use these tools to their full potential, the American Farm Bureau Federation told the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in comments...


2015 May 1
If you wait until the first day of sun to see if the equipment works, you’ll miss haying days. Increasingly, earlyseason hay makers switch to baleage. They bale partly dried hay and wrap it in plastic. That wrapped hay takes on the feeding quality of silage.


2015 April 24
Ranchers in the Mono Basin along the Nevada/California border are breathing a sigh of relief: The federal government has decided not to list the “bi-state sage-grouse” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The decision was a change of course for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), which in 2013 proposed the bird for listing as “threatened.


2015 April 24
Two recently-introduced bills that have walked the halls of Congress before and were put down are back. On the afternoon of April 16, the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR 1105, an effort to repeal the commonly called “Death Tax.” The bill now goes onto the Senate where it faces an unlikely future.


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