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Thursday, March 31,2011

Idaho’s needy counting on beef, ranchers

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
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

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Friday, March 11,2011

Environmentalists speaking out for ranching

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
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

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Thursday, March 3,2011

BLM "accelerates"reform of horse and burro plan

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
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

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Friday, February 25,2011

Governor ends state investigation of wolf kills

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
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

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Friday, February 18,2011

Judge orders remand of Nevada grazing decision

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
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

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Friday, January 28,2011

BLM rejects Pickens horse sanctuary

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
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

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Friday, January 21,2011

Court decision favors WWP, faults BLM

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
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

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Friday, January 21,2011

Summit draws crowd to discuss horse slaughter, welfare

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
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

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Friday, December 31,2010

JBS joins Cargill with third-party video surveillance in packing plants

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
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

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Thursday, December 23,2010

Opponents of wild horse gathers reject studies

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
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

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