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