Farming and ranching families have reputations for keeping the business in the same family for generations. Many times, the business of owning and running a livestock auction also follows that tradition and the Sterling Livestock Commission in Sterling, CO is no exception.
Making this auction unique from others is its location near the border with Mexico. William “Bill” Wallace III, manager of the STLA, explained that the auction is owned by the Chihuahua Cattlemen’s Association and is located about 25 yards from the import/ export inspection station on the Mexican border.
Hurricane Harvey slammed into Texas late last month while fires, many of which started in July, continue to burn in western states. In Montana alone, more than 1 million acres have burned while additional fires are burning in California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.
Following a directive issued by President Donald Trump in April, Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke released a report summary of his review of national monument designations under the Antiquities Act of 1906. During the review, Zinke visited eight national monument sites in six states.
Hurricane Harvey hit Texas—particularly the Houston area—hard beginning on Aug. 25 and settled in for several days of unprecedented rain and flooding before finally being downgraded to a tropical storm on Aug. 30. The severe weather continued to move northeast, leaving a path of destruction across numerous states.
The Montana Board of Livestock (MBL) voted last week to withdraw a proposal that would have made it difficult, if not impossible, to import cattle from Mexico into the state. The issue came under discussion at the request of leaders of Montana’s House and Senate Agriculture Committees during the state’s last legislative session.
The temporary order was issued June 21 by U.S. District Judge Brian Morris, upholding a lower court ruling in a case filed by the Rancher’s-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF) claiming the federal Beef Checkoff Program in Montana violates the First Amendment of the U.
In the ongoing saga to effectively manage habitat for greater sage-grouse, a Department of Interior (DOI) Sage-grouse Review Team (Team) presented a report to DOI Secretary Ryan Zinke outlining possible modifications to previous conservation plans and policies.
The Western Governors' Association (WGA) has also taken a stand on the importance of funding firefighting efforts and ending the practice of fire borrowing (the reallocation of resources to fire suppression activities from other intended uses).
In what is seen by some as a move to give the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) more flexibility to manage wild horse populations, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee adopted an amendment to the Interior and Environment Appropriations bill that would allow humane euthanasia of wild horses and burros.
Jim Unsworth, director of WD- FW, said the action is consistent with Washington’s Wolf Management Plan of 2011, which was revised in June 2017. The wolf management policy says that wolves can be removed if they prey on livestock three times in a 30-day period or four times in a 10-month period, according to Jim Martorello, WDFW’s lead wolf manager.
In the ongoing saga over changes to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973 the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources held a hearing on five different bills last week that could change the look of the ESA.
A settlement agreement was announced July 12 in a dispute about the future of ranching at the Point Reyes National Seashore (PRNS) near San Francisco, CA. The agreement gives beef and dairy producers at least a temporary reprieve and the ability to continue operating their mostly organic businesses.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has confirmed the presence of a second pack of gray wolves in Northern California. In early May, partner biologists from the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) found evidence of recent wolf presence in the Lassen National Forest.
WGA Chair and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock was joined by fellow western governors Dennis Daugaard, SD; Matt Mead, WY; Brian Sandoval, NV; Gary Herbert, UT; David Ige, HI; Doug Burgum, ND; John Hickenlooper, CO; Butch Otter, ID; and Ralph Torres, Northern Mariana Islands.
In a press release, EPA said it, along with the Department of Army and Army Corps of Engineers (the agencies), propose to recodify the regulatory text that existed prior to 2015 defining the WOTUS rule.
Kevin Kester, a fifth-generation California rancher and NCBA president-elect, testified in support of the market access that NAFTA has delivered for America’s cattle producers, and warned against the re-adoption of failed policies that harmed the industry in the past.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior (DOI) Ryan Zinke, in making the announcement, said it was due to the success of conservation efforts and collaboration among a variety of stakeholders. The population declined to as few as 136 bears in 1975 and, according to the DOI, now is estimated at 700, meeting all of the criteria for delisting.