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by WLJ
2009 May 15
Legislation to allow investor-owned horse slaughterhouses in Montana became law in April when Gov. Brian Schweitzer allowed the time for bill signing to pass. Friday, May 1 was the deadline for the governor to veto the bill. Instead, he chose not to sign or veto the legislation.
by WLJ
2009 May 15
A wolf captured near Baker City, OR, two weeks ago is thought to be one of two responsible for the first known case of livestock depredation by wolves since they first reappeared in the state 10 years ago. The capture of the 87-pound male was the culmination of an effort that began in mid-April when the U.
by WLJ
2009 May 15
Total meat production will increase in 2009 and 2010, thanks in large part to higher poultry production, according to USDAs World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates. USDA raised expected total meat production to 3.549 billion pounds from last months estimate of 3.
by WLJ
2009 May 15
Last week, USDA increased its projections for the use of corn to make ethanol by 4.1 billion bushels for the 2009/10 marketing year. That marked a jump of 350 million bushels over projected use in 2008/09. In its monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, USDA also boosted its 2008/09 ethanol use forecast by 50 million bushels to 3.
2009 May 15
Farm and ranch freezers are often full of homeraised beef, yet producer families still enjoy the classic steakhouse experience now and again. With a quick scan of the menu and some cowboy math, most producers figure the New York strip list price at a hefty premium to the weekly salebarn reports for beef on the hoof.
by WLJ
2009 May 15
Exports of U.S. pork and beef registered a solid performance in March, led by extremely strong pork sales to Mexico and a surge in beef exports to Vietnam, Japan and the Middle East. Pork plus pork variety meat exports rose 16 percent in volume and 17 percent in value over March 2008.
by WLJ
2009 May 15
After the failure of Greeley, CO-based New Frontier Bank, USDA and Colorados congressional delegation are scrambling to help farmers and ranchers in the area secure funding for their operations. The bank, seized by regulators last month, provided funding for an estimated 1,900 operations in the area around Greeley.
by WLJ
2009 May 15
As part of its responsibility to manage, protect, and control wild horses and burros, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), is soliciting bids for several new long-term (pasture) facilities located in the continental U.S.
by WLJ
2009 May 15
Recently, the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame Western Heritage Center (MCHFWHC) announced its second class of the 1860-1920 Legacy Award inductions. The award honors historical figures that have had an impact on Montanas Western Heritage. This years class includes 14 inductees from 12 districts across the state.
by WLJ
2009 May 15
Sept. 20 Oak Ridge Angus Farms, Production Sale, Calistoga, CA
by WLJ
2009 May 15
For more than 150 years, ranching has been a major contributor to Colorados economy while at the same time keeping millions of acres of Colorados open space intact. However, the number of ranchers and ranches in Colorado is continually declining in the face of many challenges.
by WLJ
2009 May 15
The Nebraska Cattlemen Research and Education Foundation (NCREF) is pleased to announce the winners of the foundation scholarships awarded for the 2009-2010 academic year. Winners will be recognized during the Nebraska Cattlemen Midyear Meeting June 18 in West Point, NE, during the NCREF Luncheon.
by WLJ
2009 May 15
The 55th Annual Texas AM Beef Cattle Short Course is scheduled for Aug. 3-5 at Texas AM University in College Station, TX. Planning committee members from around the state have met with us and helped us put together another outstanding program, said Jason Cleere, Texas Agri- Life Extension beef cattle specialist and conference coordinator.
by WLJ
2009 May 15
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), wild horse groups, and other animal advocates from across the nation are joining forces for a single cause to encourage the American public to consider and act on the adoption of a wild horse or burro. A goal of 1,000 adoptions has been set for the first National Wild Horse Adoption Day to be held Sept.
by WLJ
2009 May 8
Wolves in parts of the northern Rockies and the Great Lakes region were removed from the endangered species list last week, a step which will allow greater authority for state managers to control populations in Idaho and Montana.
by WLJ
2009 May 8
Last week, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), Ron Kirk, claimed victory in the ongoing dispute over shipments of U.S. beef to the 27 member nations of the European Union (EU). Trade commissioner for EU, Catherine Ashton, agreed to increase the tariff-free quota allowed into Europe to 20,000 tons for the next three years.
by WLJ
2009 May 8
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), announced last week that biofuels will need to meet a higher standard for emissions. The Obama administration also formed a comprehensive program which will require EPA, USDA and the Commerce Department to work together to not only meet those more stringent standards, but also increase the U.S. use of biofuels to meet energy needs.
by WLJ
2009 May 8
Tyson Foods posted a second quarter loss of $104 million or 24 cents per share last week. According to Leland Tollett, interim president and CEO of the company, Our Beef, Pork and Prepared Foods segments generated financial returns at or near normalized ranges in the second quarter, excluding one-time charges in Prepared Foods.
by WLJ
2009 May 8
J.T. Elings passed away in the arms of his beloved wife, Virginia Lee (Benoist), at Hospice House in Bend, OR, on Dec. 28, 2008. Jim and Ginger shared an extraordinary love and friendship which was obvious to all who knew them. Jim touched the lives of so many people with his great sense of humor, warmth, and honor, and he will be truly missed.
by WLJ
2009 May 8
The Pathfinder Reservoir, with its headwaters in the mountains of northern Colorado, is the oldest reservoir along the North Platte River. And, it has been a hotly debated topic among parties in the three states of Colorado, Nebraska, and Wyoming. Among the two most contentious points in the Nebraska v.


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