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Thursday, February 3,2011

Efforts against Oregon graziers persist

Angi-grazing groups file lawsuit to remove grazing on 39 USFS allotments

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Less than two weeks after a major court decision sharply curtailed public land grazing in central Oregon, two Oregon-based anti-grazing groups have filed a lawsuit that, if successful, will significantly reduce federal grazing permits in that state yet again. The Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA), as well as

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Friday, January 7,2011

Judge halts grazing on Oregon forest

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
As the result of a federal judge’s order, roughly 18 ranchers in central Oregon’s Grant County may find themselves with no place to turn out this summer. In a decision issued on Dec. 30, 2010, District Judge Ancer Haggerty of Portland, OR, enjoined grazing on seven allotments in Oregon’s Malheur National Forest

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Friday, December 17,2010

Judge sides with Wyoming in wolf case

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Nearly a year after the first arguments were heard, a federal Judge in Wyoming has ordered the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to reexamine the validity of that state’s wolf management plan. The suit was originally brought in response to a 2008 decision by USFWS officials that called into

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Friday, December 10,2010

Wyoming sees spike in brucellosis cases

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Brucellosis, an infectious bacterial disease which commonly leads to abortion in livestock and wildlife, may be on the rise in northwest Wyoming. Animal health officials in that state confirmed infections in two separate herds in Park County in recently, and have identified a possible third outbreak in nearby

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Friday, October 29,2010

Washington ranchers provide beef for state food program

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
In a cooperative effort between ranchers and packers, cattle producers in Washington state are collaborating to put beef on the plates of needy families around the region. The result of this combined effort is Beef Counts, a program designed to make it easier for ranchers to donate beef to needy families through area food banks. Originally the brainchild of Boise, ID-based Agri-Beef Co., the program also involves members of the Washington Cattlemen’s Association (WCA), Beef Commission, and Cattle Feeders, as well as Second Harvest Inland Northwest, which services more than 250 food banks in the region.

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Friday, October 22,2010

U.S. producers fly cattle to Kazakhstan

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Last week, nearly 170 pregnant cows and heifers boarded a Boeing 747 in Fargo, ND, destined for the central Asian republic of Kazakhstan. They were the second of 12 such loads, scheduled between now and mid-December, designed to bolster the former Soviet nations ailing beef industry.

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Friday, September 24,2010

Idaho politicians respond to wolf´s return to endangered list

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Nearly eight weeks after Judge Donald Molloy issued a decision in Missoula, MT, returning northern gray wolves to the endangered species list, ranchers and sportsmen in the Northwest remain unsure as to how the increasing wolf population will be handled under federal control.

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Friday, September 3,2010

Washington producers respond to new animal identification plan

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
In a public listening session held Aug. 24 in Pasco, WA, officials from USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service unveiled the tentative framework of their newly crafted animal and disease traceability program. The last in a series of similar meetings held around the nation, the Pasco meeting

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Friday, August 13,2010

Judge reinstates protection for northern gray wolf

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
In a long anticipated decision rendered on Aug. 4 in Missoula, MT, U.S. District Court Judge Donald Molloy ruled in favor of reinstating federal protection for wolves in the Northern Rockies under the auspices of the Endangered Species Act.This ruling effectively returns management control of

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Friday, June 25,2010

Ranchers say documentation is key to confirming wolf kills

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
As the Canadian gray wolf expands its territory further into the western states, many ranchers in previously unaffected regions find themselves facing a steep learning curve regarding how to manage their herds with the new threat in mind. Further complicating the issue, differing laws between states have created confusion

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