With the prospect of a decision on whether or not to list the greater sage-grouse under the protections of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) looming in the near future, ranchers throughout the bird’s range are taking steps to help prevent a decision to list the now infamous species.
A series of workshops being conducted in Oregon are bringing renewed focus to rangeland monitoring, pulling ranchers and agency personnel together on the subject, and providing ranchers the opportunity to take an active role in monitoring the health of both public and private rangelands.
With two dozen sheep confirmed to be killed by wolves in recent weeks, northeast Washington ranchers Dave and Julie Dashiell have elected to remove their remaining flock to a safer location, rather than face further depredations. While the danger of wolf predation has been removed, the Dashiells point out that the deci sion.
For much of California’s central valley, 2013 stands as the driest year in recorded history. Thus far, say area farmers and ranchers, 2014 has provided little relief from a drought now in its third year. The impacts are staggering.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has agreed to return to the drawing board after a proposal to enact regulations governing the use of brewery and distillery byproducts as livestock feed drew considerable opposition from both industries.
In a lawsuit heard in federal district court on Dec. 17, Earthjustice, the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), and several other organizations are seeking to reinstate federal protections for Wyoming wolves under the Endangered Species Act.
A set of changes to the rules encompassed by the Clean Water Act (CWA) recently proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have caused significant concern among cattlemen’s organizations and western legislators, who fear an increasing encroachment of federal regulations into private property interests.
District Court judge Christina Armijo denied a long standing lawsuit brought by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), and others, effectively removing one of the final roadblocks preventing the legal slaughter of horses within the United States.
As ongoing droughts force western cattle off summer range earlier than usual, and with every indication of an early winter on the way, ranchers throughout the west are re-evaluating their winter feeding programs. As costs mount and hay prices rise, many are seeking alternatives to hay and other traditionally costly commodities.