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Andy Rieber, WLJ Correspondent

Opinion
Mar 1, 2013
It happened to Kodak. It happened to Blockbuster. It happened to Borders, Oldsmobile, Hostess, Circuit City and Pan Am. Written into the history of these once towering companies is a cautionary tale about survival that public lands ranchers would do well to heed: Adapt to change or get dumped in the dustbin of history.
News
Nov 16, 2012
Ranchers are protesting a plan to allow hundreds of bison to migrate north out of Yellowstone National Park in winter to seek feed and shelter in an area called Gardiner Basin. Ranchers claim that the Yellowstone bison—50 percent of which are known to carry brucellosis—will endanger the health of their cattle.
News
Oct 12, 2012
Skinner’s ranch is tucked into Oregon’s southeast corner, a sagestrewn, remote area of the High Desert dominated by Bureau of Land Management (BLM) holdings that are largely used for livestock grazing. The region has a long history of destructive range fires.
News
Sep 14, 2012
Plenty of people stop through Winnemucca, NV, to spend a few days and gamble in the casinos. But the delegation of ranchers that rumbled into town two weeks ago to hammer out solutions to public lands issues was playing for much higher stakes: Keeping public lands open to livestock grazing and keeping the ranchers who graze public lands in business.
News
Aug 17, 2012
Western congressional representatives have raised the red flag on Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar, claiming that new Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manuals for conducting wilderness inventories effectively reissue key elements of Salazar’s highly controversial Wild Lands policy, which was stripped of funding by Congress last April.
News
Jul 13, 2012
In the latest of a series of increasing demands on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reexamine its approval of antibiotics for subtherapeutic use in livestock, a non-profit group has sued the agency, saying that their requests for public disclosure of documents about antibiotic policy were ignored.
News
May 25, 2012
An environmental group which bills itself as a champion for government agency environmental whistleblowers has released a controversial analysis claiming that recent Bureau of Land Management (BLM) data on rangeland health reveals that 33 million acres of public lands are failing rangeland health standards due to livestock grazing.
News
Apr 27, 2012
The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is pulling back a final decision after a highly controversial travel management plan on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in northeast Oregon drew sharp criticism from Rep. Greg Walden, R-OR, who contacted Regional Forester Kent Connaughton to complain that the planning process had turned a deaf ear on local input.
News
Mar 30, 2012
1129) was debated. Testifying at the hearing were Jim Magagna, executive vice president of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, and Andy Kerr, a long-time anti-grazing activist and, currently, advisor to activist group WildEarth Guardians. Representatives from federal lands agencies also delivered testimony before the subcommittee.
News
Mar 23, 2012
Managers of the scenic Valles Caldera National Preserve near Los Alamos, NM, have given the green light to leasing animal unit months (AUMs) on the preserve to New Mexico State University (NMSU) and Jemez Pueblo for the 2012 grazing season, turning down an offer of $35,000 from Santa Fe-based group WildEarth Guardians to keep stocking rates at zero.
News
Jan 27, 2012
Animal health officials in Europe are scrambling for answers after a previously unknown virus cropped up in Germany this November. Provisionally called “Schmallenberg virus” after the German town in which it was first identified, the virus has also been found in the Netherlands, Belgium, and most recently in Great Britain.
News
Jan 13, 2012
As the dust around the holidays finally begins to settle, it’s never any fun to find out that a heart-felt gift you gave was returned for cash. It’s bad enough when the returned gift is a sweater or a book, but when it’s the family ranch, the heartache reaches a whole different level.
News
Nov 18, 2011
Wilderness advocates and ranchers have often found themselves at loggerheads over how public lands should be managed; ranchers tend to support natural resource use while the wilderness crowd believes uses should be restricted for environmental and personal reasons.
News
Sep 23, 2011
In recent years, fencing riparian areas has become a standard practice to prevent their overuse by cattle who enjoy loafing in and around cool streams. Indeed, many lawsuits brought by environmental groups against federal agencies overseeing grazing lands, such as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.
News
Sep 16, 2011
The cool green mountains of Utahs Park City ski resort may be a vacationers paradise, but it was all work and very little play for Public Lands Council (PLC) members who flocked to the Wasatch Mountains from across the west to hammer out solutions to the myriad of issues currently threatening public lands grazing.
News
Jul 8, 2011
Page three of the Wall Street Journal is usually reserved for international affairs, major financial news, or significant political developments. So it was quite a departure from the WSJ’s standard fare when last month the esteemed financial daily’s inside spread featured a large photo of a couple of cowboys stretching out a calf, which
News
Jun 24, 2011
Located 16 miles east of Oakland, CA, in the greater San Francisco Bay area, the town of Walnut Creek is a haven for well-off commuters who prefer the pastoral beauty of the town’s publically-owned open spaces to San Francisco’s urban hustle and bustle. With an average income over $85,000, and the average
News
May 27, 2011
An unusually wet spring across the Northwest this year found many ranchers in Tehama County, CA, putting off branding in hopes of drier weather. But as ranchers waited for the skies to clear, other eyes were also watching, and waiting. With an abundance of slick calves on the ground and cattle prices at unprecedented highs, the opportunity
News
May 20, 2011
For those who had hoped to submit a wild horse eco-sanctuary plan to the government, but ran out of time: do not despair. The Bureau of Land Management announced May 12 that it is giving applicants a few more weeks to put the finishing touches on their proposals for wild horse management facilities that also cater to
News
May 20, 2011
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.
News
May 6, 2011
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
News
Apr 28, 2011
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
News
Apr 22, 2011
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
News
Mar 31, 2011
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
News
Mar 11, 2011
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
News
Mar 3, 2011
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
News
Feb 18, 2011
Western Watersheds Project is on a roll. The anti-grazing group’s policy of targeting grazing permit renewals on public lands in order to curtail or eliminate livestock use has proven highly effective for the second time this year. On Feb. 11, the Department of Interior Office of Hearings and Appeals ordered the Bureau
News
Jan 28, 2011
Believe it or not, there are limits to what money can buy. To the well-worn short list of exceptions like "love" and "salvation," nowenters a new addition: "wild horse sanctuary." After months of review and discussion, the Bureau of Land Management released its decision Friday, Jan. 21, that it is rejecting Madeleine Pickens’ proposal
News
Jan 21, 2011
Grazing permittees in central Idaho’s Pahsimeroi Valley will have an anxious year ahead. This is the amount of time the Challis District Bureau of Land Management (BLM) office has been given by an Idaho district judge to revise their National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) analysis on reissuing four
News
Dec 3, 2010
In an attempt to aid management of the greater sage grouse in western states, the Bureau of Land Management released on Nov. 23 a range-wide breeding density map of the bird’s populations. The map identifies density of sage grouse populations across its range based on estimation of male grouse attendance at
Opinion
Dec 3, 2010
What do cell phone promotions, credit card solicitations, and the administration’s sales patter about its "new approach" to public lands management all have in common? Each one of them is tricked out with feel-good language to conceal the facts buried in that fine print they’d rather you didn’t read.
News
Jun 18, 2010
Public lands grazing fees are again being targeted in the courts, this time by a coalition of groups with a common anti-grazing agenda. In a press release dated June 10, the Center for Biological Diversity, along with other organizations, announced they had filed suit against the Department of the Interior
News
Apr 30, 2010
In a fascinating new twist in the debate over the environmental impact of livestock production, an international team of scientists has recently published research that suggests grazing under certain conditions can significantly reduce the amount of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas, released into the atmosphere.
News
Apr 9, 2010
When Karl Patton was awoken on the night of March 20 by the sound of barking dogs, he instinctively knew trouble was afoot. His dogs were sounding a full retreat, and the 60 cows in the pair pasture adjacent to his house were anxiously calling for their calves.
News
Dec 4, 2009
A major wild horse gather in the Calico Mountain and Black Rock Desert area in northern Nevada, originally scheduled for Dec. 1, has been postposed until the 28th following the joint filing of a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) by In Defense of Animals (IDA) and ecologist Craig Downer.
News
Nov 30, 2009
Tri-Western Meat Packing, Inc. is scheduled to open a new slaughter and packing facility in Willcox, AZ, approximately 80 miles east of Tucson, AZ. Operation of the facility, which will be housed in a former apple warehouse, is anticipated to begin in three to four months, according to local media. Although the plant will be able to handle
News
Sep 25, 2009
An increasing number of ranchers are experimenting with direct marketing their cattle to consumers. Many ranchers practice direct marketing on a small scale, finishing out a few head to sell to family and friends, but some have taken this practice to another level, realizing substantial profits by
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
Jul 3, 2008
Split-state status still wrong for Montana cattle industry In light of Montana’s recent loss of brucellosis Class Free status, the Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) would like to reiterate its opposition to split-state status as a means for managing brucellosis in Montana. Members adopted policy opposing regionalization for brucellosis in December 2007 at the MSGA Annual Convention after the first brucellosis case was discovered in a herd near Bridger. Ranchers have worked hard to effectively manage brucellosis. Earlier this year, for the first time ever, the entire U.S. achieved Class Free status. The cattle industry has spent almost 75 years and nearly $2
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