Located just a short drive south of the sprawling Phoenix metroplex, the Sonoran Desert National Monument is advertised as a haven for desert hikers and sightseers looking to admire the region’s stately saguaro cactus forests or glimpse southern Arizona’s abundant wildlife.
The quiet town of Baker City, OR, last week came alive with a three-day celebration honoring the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association’s 100th anniversary representing Oregon’s ranching community. Attendees were treated to a packed schedule over the weekend, which mixed the typical conference business meetings with a hearty helping of Northwestern fun.
In a move that drew applause from livestock groups and vigorous protestations from environmental activists, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced June 7 that it aims to delist the gray wolf throughout all of the lower 48 states in the coming months.
In what is being hailed as a watershed agreement, the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association (OCA), the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), Gov. Kitzhaber’s office, and two environmental groups have hammered out a settlement clarifying how wolves are to be managed within the state.
An organization representing the hard rock mining industry is accusing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) of ignoring its own sage grouse conservation policies and replacing them with a much more heavy-handed approach on the false pretense that the move was required by the U.
A recent settlement agreement between federal land management agencies and environmental litigators over how to protect a slew of species in northwestern forests was struck down by the 9th Circuit Court, which ruled that the settlement violated federal laws requiring public participation for major rule changes.
Ranchers tend to be closet historians. Step into the living room of a family that’s been running cattle for a few generations and chances are you’ll spy the fruits of some amateur historian’s labor— yellowed photos of horseback ancestors, rusty...
Although the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has reluctantly agreed to go ahead with processing Valley Meat, Co.’s application for final inspection, it is unlikely that the matter will be laid to rest. In an unprecedented move, USDA has publicly urged.
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.
Bucking a long-standing presidential tradition of placing western lawmakers at the helm of the Department of Interior (DOI), President Obama last week nominated outdoor retail executive Sally Jewell to manage the nation’s vast portfolio of public lands.
As Lisa Jackson takes her final bows as the nation’s top environmental overseer following her announcement last month that she will be resigning from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Republican lawmakers are scrambling to get to the bottom...
In an attempt to answer these tough questions, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) released in December a report that examines the current status of renewable resources across the country, and determines how trends in demand for those resources could shape the future.
In a clear warning to Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and the Northwest timber industry, several environmental groups have sent a letter stating that attempts to negotiate an increased timber harvest on public lands in western Oregon could result in more regulation—and less logging—on privately-owned forests.
Ranchers aren’t the only ones who obsess over water rights. Many industries, municipalities and individuals jealously guard their rights to develop, divert, and otherwise use water—often located on public lands—as a lifeline to business and prosperity.
Their hopes fading that the current lame duck session of Congress will approve protective designations on hundreds of thousands of acres in New Mexico, Democrat lawmakers from the Land of Enchantment are urging President Obama to use the Antiquities Act to create two national monuments, bypassing congressional approval.
The emails are from a government account under the name “Richard Windsor,” which internal EPA sources tipped off CEI as being one of several accounts Jackson uses that is not traceable to her personally.
Although the new rule represents a significant increase over the 2008 designation, it was 4.2 million acres fewer than the 13.9 million acres originally proposed by FWS in February, when a draft of the rule was published. All private land and much of the state land originally.
The authors of the study, led by Dr. Robert Beschta—professor emeritus at the Oregon State University (OSU) College of Forest ry—urged decision-makers at the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service to “seek and make use of” opportunities to significantly scale back or eliminate grazing for the benefit of rangeland health.
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.
29-30 in Salt Lake City, Edwin Roberson, BLM assistant director of renewable resources and planning, acknowledged to KSL News that an investigation had been initiated. However, Roberson gave no details indicating whether BLM has uncovered evidence that wild horses have in fact been sold for processing.
The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) celebrated 58 years of dedication to producers and breed success at their national convention held at the Silver Legacy Hotel and Casino in Reno, NV, Oct. 31-Nov. 2.
In the latest episode of tug-o-war playing out between states’ rights and public lands, Arizona residents will be casting their votes Nov. 6 on a hotly contested ballot measure that would attempt to reclaim millions of acres of federal lands within Arizona’s borders as property of the state.
Many producers take great pride in the historical and cultural significance of their ranches, but few would want to risk the tangle of red tape and regulations that might result from seeking official recognition on a state or federal historic registry.
In a move that had animal rights activists temporarily cheering, and advocates of horse slaughter scrambling for answers, the European Commission reportedly blocked the import of U.S.-sourced horse meat processed at European Union (EU)-approved Canadian and Mexican kill plants Friday, Oct.
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.
farm for generations, urban and suburban dwellers are no longer familiar with how their food is produced. Compounding the knowledge deficit is the fact that people, especially young people, tend to use the internet as their primary source of information.
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.
Internationally recognized animal welfare expert and animal science professor Temple Grandin has teamed up with the American Meat Institute (AMI) to produce a video documenting humane methods for slaughtering cattle.
Since a court settlement last year in which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) agreed to decide whether to list the sage grouse by September 2015, everyone—from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to local working groups—has been scrambling to make an endangered listing of the iconic, low-flying bird unnecessary.
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.
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.
When anti-grazing groups need legal help, many of them dip into the well-established system of nonprofit environmental legal centers and law school clinical programs to get pro bono legal representation.
The BankAmericard Cash Rewards™ Visa® card for HSUS will reportedly transfer $60 to the multi-million dollar animal rights foundation for every credit account opened, and transfer another 25 cents for every $100 dollars spent on the card.
A senior scientific advisor was fired by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) shortly after raising questions of bias in Bureau documents touting the benefits of removing four dams along Oregon and California’s Klamath River. The scientist in question, hydrometeorologist Dr.
In what could prove to be a major embarrassment for the Department of Interior (DOI), a clutch of recently leaked emails suggest that the department may have had little to no scientific evidence supporting its January decision to withdraw over 1...
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.
In what promises to be a closely watched faceoff between the federal government and advocates for states’ rights, the State of Utah threw down the gauntlet late March when republican Gov. Gary R. Herbert signed the “Transfer of Public Lands Act” (H.B. 148) into law.
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.
In a move to placate critics who complain that gathering wild horses with helicopters is cruel and overly stressful, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced last week that the agency is soliciting bids from contractors to capture and remove wild horses with the use of bait traps “where helicopter drive trapping is not an effective method.
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.
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.
The congressional rider that had prohibited USDA from inspecting horse meat—a necessity for interstate commerce—was quietly left out of the 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill signed into law by President Obama in November.
Public lands ranchers breathed a collective sigh of relief Jan. 31 when the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service announced that the 2012 grazing fee would remain at $1.35 per animal unit month (AUM), the lowest rate allowable.
Western ranchers in the 10 states inhabited by greater sage grouse have had plenty to think about this February thanks to a pair of court rulings that have caused the fortunes of producers affected by this iconic bird to swing from one extreme to the other.
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.
The Greater Yellowstone Coalition and National Wildlife Federation have been joined by at least one Bureau of Land Management (BLM) official in claiming that the Agricultural Research Service’s (ARS) U.S.
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.
In the emotionally charged arena of wild horse management, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is finding it increasingly difficult to deploy all the population control tools at its disposal due to legal challenges by horse activists.
The ink had hardly dried on the latest agriculture spending bill when horse industry advocates began toasting the historic removal of a six-year ban on USDA horse slaughter inspection. Signed into law Nov.
In an effort to generate vital information to help support sustainable range management, members of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association (OCA), in cooperation with the Oregon Public Lands Committee and Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB), hosted a broad spectrum...
A cadre of environmental activist groups is celebrating the presentation to Congress of new legislation that would allow for grazing permit buy-outs. If passed, the bill would require the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S.
Disappointed wilderness advocates used the words “meager” and “pathetic” to describe Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar’s most recent recommendations to Congress for creating new wilderness designations.
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.
With gathering and weaning going full tilt, most ranchers in northern Nevada already have plenty on their minds this time of year. But a spate of cattle shootings across the northern half of the state has added an unsettling and slightly sinister aspect to fall works for a number of ranching families.
Ten years of legal see-sawing were capped off in late October when the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled to reinstate a Clinton-era rule that bans road building, rebuilding, and timber extraction on almost 49 million acres of National Forest Service (NFS) land.
The road to delisting the grey wolf across the northern Rocky Mountain region has been long and torturous, and nowhere more so than in the state of Wyoming. Now, it seems that Wyoming's luck may be on the brink of changing.
Western Watersheds Project (WWP) is celebrating what its founder John Marvel called a "great court victory" after Idaho Federal District Judge B. Lynn Winmill issued a major ruling in favor of the anti-grazing non-profit group and against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
The Montana Department of Livestock (MDOL) reported last week that a suspected case of brucellosis in Park County has been confirmed. Six bred heifers from a 150-head herd were determined to have reacted positive to initial screening tests in mid- September.
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.
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.
Back in 1986, no one was talking about natural beef. Whole Foods Market, the national chain of natural food stores, was still a nuts and berries shop in Austin, TX. And the nowadays everpresent buzzword sustainability was on the lips of exactly nobody.
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
What’s public lands grazing worth to the economy? According to a report recently released by the Department of Interior (DOI), it’s not as much as you might think. The June 21 report, titled "The Department of Interior’s Economic Contributions," gives a breakdown of
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
In a possible impending win for retailers, foreign trade partners, and some livestock industry interests, the World Trade Organization (WTO) indicated Friday, May 20, in a preliminary ruling that it is backing Canada and Mexico in their complaint over U.S. COOL, or
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The times, they are a changing’. At least, that would seem to be the case as regards the much ballyhooed clash over horse slaughter and horse population control. Long portrayed as a showdown between morally-outraged animal lovers and cold-hearted, money-minded profiteers, a new middle
With packers facing ever-increasing scrutiny of animal handling practices and food safety, the Beef Division of JBS USA Holdings, Inc., a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of JBS S.A., the world’s largest beef producer and exporter of processed beef, announced Dec. 2 that it will be implementing a remote video auditing
Few issues concerning animal welfare have become as electrifying conductors of emotion as the treatment of wild horses. And the lightning rod in the middle of this tempest is the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). In a redoubled effort to address the concerns of a group of vocal critics
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
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.
The current lame duck session of the 111th Congress may be preparing to vote on an omnibus public lands bill that packages together a raft of public lands proposals under one piece of legislation. The bill, proposed by Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-NM, chairman of the Energy and
Moving to a new neighborhood can present all kinds of challenges. Especially when you plan not just to move in, but to spruce the place up a bit, as well. If you hope to transform your new neighborhood with big changes, big money, and perhaps 1 million annual visitors, be prepared for some resistance.
In August, activity along the Ruby natural gas pipeline route rumbled to life within hours of the project's final approval. Across Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming, a daily cavalcade of pickups now lines the right-of-way along the pipeline. Work crews swarm like ants, blasting, digging, and furiously laying pipe.
Imagine this: A tour bus creeps across the remote east Nevada desert and pulls over at a scenic overlook. Tourists spill out—Americans, Europeans, Japanese—and crowd around the railing, chattering and snapping pictures. Below, a herd of wild horses lazes in
Tension surrounding the developing wolf situation in northeast Oregon is bound to escalate after the Sept. 30 discovery that a male wolf wearing a radio collar had been shot near the town of Troy, in Wallowa County. Both U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS) and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) declined to comment on the shooting.
In all likelihood, many livestock operators have contemplated how collaborating with groups outside the industry might enhance rangeland, wildlife, public image, and even production levels. But the risk of going out on a limb to invite outsiders in to study, assess, and judge grazing practices makes many producers back away.
The Public Lands Councils (PLC) 2010 meeting was attended by public lands ranchers from across the West who gathered to hear updates, share ideas, and listen to agency and political representatives. Held in Pendleton, OR, Sept.
In response to the demands by the Congressional Western Caucus, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in August released the remaining 14 pages of a controversial document that recommends a new vision for the management of BLM lands under the Department of Interiors Treasured Landscapes initiative.
One month into what is arguably the widest reaching public lands ranching crisis in recent memory, efforts are ongoing to achieve a satisfactory outcome following El Paso Corporations's agreement to give a total of $22 million dollars to support the Western Watersheds
El Paso Corporation, parent company of Ruby Pipeline LLC, has struck an agreement with Western Watersheds Project and the Oregon Natural Desert Association to donate approximately $22 million over the next 10 years for conservation and grazing permit buy-outs in exchange for
Sometimes a win isn’t as simple a thing as carrying home a trophy. In some cases, notably war and litigation, it’s often necessary for the smoke to clear before determining who, if anyone, came out on top. Such was the case in the June 4 final ruling by Judge Ancer Haggerty
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
In a press release dated June 3, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Bob Abbey revealed that the agency is taking the Federal Wild Horse and Burro Program "in an unprecedented new direction." More to the point, BLM is seeking in-depth
As wolf depredation escalates, ranchers in northeast Oregon’s Wallowa County may have found a little comfort in the fact that seven wolf "take" permits have been issued by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), authorizing a handful of ranchers to shoot wolves
In a bid to manage wolf population numbers and stem the tide of livestock predation, Montana and Idaho are considering quota increases of more than double last year’s wolf hunt for the upcoming 2010 season. Factors such as losses of livestock, falling numbers of big game animals
If a cow aborts her calf, she loses her one chance to compensate for her yearly maintenance, not to mention the time and money invested in buying bulls, breeding, preg checking and all the necessary elements of her reproductive upkeep. And while a random 1 percent to 2 percent abortion rate
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.
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.
Springs coming on, and that means rodeo season is getting underway. For many small ranching communities across the West, the real meaning of rodeo is ranch-hand rodeo, where working men and women get to put their cowboying skills to the test in...
High in the remote aspen-covered mountains of eastern-central Utah, the Tavaputs Ranch sits in a panoramic wonderland. Owned and operated by Butch and Jeanie Jensen, the ranch was founded in 1889 by Jeanie’s great-grandfather. The Jensens’
In a landmark act of legislation, Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal signed HB-122 Disposal of Livestock into law last week, effectively allowing for the slaughter of abandoned horses in the state of Wyoming. More specifically, the law provides the Wyoming Board of Livestock with several tools for
In a move to position themselves as the vanguard of sustainable beef production, Country Natural Beef, the Oregon-founded natural beef co-operative, recently passed a set of stringent animal welfare production standards. The standards, which will be put into practice
Imagine this. You come in from feeding, flop down in your recliner, and turn on the Discovery Channel, expecting the usual overheated fare of tomb raiding and conspiracy theories. Instead, you are greeted by the familiar face of Baxter Black, iconic cowboy poet, author, and humorist, sharing his
On the final day of the successful National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) annual conference held in San Antonio, TX, the NCBA Board of Directors approved a recommendation for reshaping the governing structure of the organization by a wide margin. In a 201-13 decision
Ranchers in the Northwest may be looking at increased federal regulation if newly revised rules on bull trout critical habitat are adopted. On Jan. 13, in a reversal of a 2005 decision, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) proposed a revision of its critical habitat designation
Open a magazine or switch on the television these days and it’s not unlikely that you’ll see an ad or an article that puts a negative spin on the cattle industry. Whether it’s animal rights activists, radical environmental groups, or global warming alarmists who are behind it, there is no shortage of misinformation about ranchers and
Despite blizzards and snarled air traffic nationwide, a diverse crowd of cattle producers, range scientists and government agency employees from across the country turned out to attend last week’s Fourth National Conference on Grazing Lands held at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Hotel in Sparks, NV.
Ranchers are always looking to add another weapon to their arsenal of treatments for infection in horses and cattle. Wounds, pink eye, abscesses, skin infections, and many other conditions can compromise performance and be costly to treat.
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.
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
The Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge lies in remote northwestern Nevada, a sprawling expanse of over half a million acres of high desert landscape. Flat-topped mesas rise precipitously off the sagebrush flats, and jagged rimrock punctuates the horizon.
For producers on a fall weaning schedule, October and November are typically when cow productivity is reevaluated and cull cows are pulled from the herd. For some producers, marketing culls involves little more than hauling them to the sale as quickly as possible, regardless of the fact
Madeleine Pickens, wife of Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens and founder of the National Wild Horse Foundation (NWHF), is in negotiations to purchase a historic Nevada ranch which she hopes to convert into a non-profit wild horse sanctuary, learning center, and tourist destination.
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
While producers are still trying to sort out the differences between natural, organic, and grass-fed beef, USDA has recently introduced a value-added certification to the mix in an attempt to clarify niche-marketing production claims and to provide producers with a marketing tool for their natural cattle.
Oregon cattlemen with summer permits on the Malheur National Forest (MNF) recently won a victory in the Oregon Federal District Court after Judge Ancer Haggerty ruled to overturn a preliminary injunction on grazing on the Murderers Creek and Lower...
After the removal of the gray wolf from the federal Endangered Species List last spring, wolf management has shifted from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to the various states where wolves have been delisted.
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