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Friday, April 30,2010

Grazing can reduce greenhouse gas emissions

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
In a fascinating new twist in the debate over the environmental impact of livestock production, an international team of scientists has recently published research that suggests grazing under certain conditions can significantly reduce the amount of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas, released into the atmosphere.

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Friday, April 9,2010

Wolves come calling in Oregon

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
When Karl Patton was awoken on the night of March 20 by the sound of barking dogs, he instinctively knew trouble was afoot. His dogs were sounding a full retreat, and the 60 cows in the pair pasture adjacent to his house were anxiously calling for their calves.

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Friday, April 2,2010

New ranch rodeo association to promote high profile event for working class cowboys

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Springs coming on, and that means rodeo season is getting underway. For many small ranching communities across the West, the real meaning of rodeo is ranch-hand rodeo, where working men and women get to put their cowboying skills to the test in...

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Tuesday, March 23,2010

Tavaputs Ranch wins 2009 Leopold Award

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
High in the remote aspen-covered mountains of eastern-central Utah, the Tavaputs Ranch sits in a panoramic wonderland. Owned and operated by Butch and Jeanie Jensen, the ranch was founded in 1889 by Jeanie’s great-grandfather. The Jensens’

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Friday, March 19,2010

Wyoming passes legislation allowing for slaughter of unclaimed horses

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
In a landmark act of legislation, Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal signed HB-122 Disposal of Livestock into law last week, effectively allowing for the slaughter of abandoned horses in the state of Wyoming. More specifically, the law provides the Wyoming Board of Livestock with several tools for

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Friday, March 12,2010

Grandin endorses Country Natural Beef standards

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
In a move to position themselves as the vanguard of sustainable beef production, Country Natural Beef, the Oregon-founded natural beef co-operative, recently passed a set of stringent animal welfare production standards. The standards, which will be put into practice

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Friday, February 19,2010

Calico Mountains Complex horse gather achieves goals

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
The highly controversial Calico Mountains Complex horse gather on northern Nevadas Black Rock Desert has finally wrapped up.

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Friday, February 12,2010

"Eco-Cowboys" aims to bring ranching to television

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Imagine this. You come in from feeding, flop down in your recliner, and turn on the Discovery Channel, expecting the usual overheated fare of tomb raiding and conspiracy theories. Instead, you are greeted by the familiar face of Baxter Black, iconic cowboy poet, author, and humorist, sharing his

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Friday, February 5,2010

NCBA governance change proposal receives mandate

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
On the final day of the successful National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) annual conference held in San Antonio, TX, the NCBA Board of Directors approved a recommendation for reshaping the governing structure of the organization by a wide margin. In a 201-13 decision

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Friday, January 22,2010

Expanded critical habitat for bull trout proposed

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Ranchers in the Northwest may be looking at increased federal regulation if newly revised rules on bull trout critical habitat are adopted. On Jan. 13, in a reversal of a 2005 decision, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) proposed a revision of its critical habitat designation

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