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Friday, July 2,2010

States await wolf case ruling

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy will not indicate exactly when he will rule on a renewed attempt by environmentalists to protect gray wolves in Idaho and Montana as endangered species, but both sides of the controversy hope he will decide the issue before the hunting of the predators resumes in

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Friday, June 25,2010

Idaho continues fight against brucellosis

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Rigby, ID, rancher Keith Lewis maintains a herd of cattle under quarantine after a cow in it tested positive late last year for brucellosis, an infectious bacterial disease that causes cattle, elk and bison to spontaneously abort their calves.

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Thursday, December 31,2009

Despite controls, wolf populations remain steady

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
More than 500 gray wolves died in the Northern Rockies during 2009, the same year wolves were removed from Idaho and Montana endangered species lists. Hunting, killings in response to livestock attacks, and natural causes are attributed to the record rise. The regional wolf count was 1,650 at the year’s start. However, since September

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Thursday, December 31,2009

Idaho feedlot manager receives fine

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Cory King, a manager at Double C Farms who operates a 400-acre feedlot near Burley, ID, has been ordered to pay $5,000 in fines, plus serve three years of probation and four months of home detention, following his conviction for violating federal...

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Thursday, December 31,2009

ICA president resigns post

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Tom McDonnell, executive vice president of the Idaho Cattle Association (ICA) since April 2009, has resigned his position effective Dec. 8. Contacted by Western Livestock Journal, McDonnell declined to comment about his resignation, but said he was considering several promising options.

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Friday, December 4,2009

Idaho officials searching for source of brucellosis case

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) officials are working to determine if brucellosis found in a beef cow in Rigby has spread to other herds or remained isolated. Discovery of the infectious disease has sent shudders through the state’s livestock industry

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Friday, December 4,2009

Idaho extends wolf hunt

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has extended the states first wolf hunt for three more months into 2010unlike Montana, which ended its inaugural wolf hunt on Nov. 16 as scheduled.

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Friday, December 4,2009

ICA tackles environmental lawsuits

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Whether environmental groups are exploiting the Equal Access to Justice Act to get federal subsidies of their lawsuits against ranchers grazing livestock on public lands was addressed at the Idaho Cattle Associations (ICA) recent annual convention and trade show in Sun Valley, ID.

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Friday, November 20,2009

Federal regs may hurt sheep producers

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Many of those who attended the Idaho Wool Growers Association’s 117th annual convention Nov. 6-8 in Sun Valley were surprised to learn that new U.S. Homeland Security regulations could block reliable documented Peruvian and Mexican workers from returning this month to the U.S. in time for

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Friday, November 6,2009

Manure emissions report delayed

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Farmers and ranchers won’t be required for at least a year to report livestock manure as greenhouse gas emissions to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) thanks to the efforts of Reps. Mike Simpson, R-ID, and Tom Latham, R-IA. The Senate version of the Interior & Environment Appropriations Act of FY2010 excluded a provision

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