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Friday, September 9,2011

Working both ends of the arena

by Ginger Elliott - WLJ Correspondent
If a Top Hand Award was given for the production of a Ranch Bronc Riding, Traci Butler of Guthrie, TX would take home the buckle. Butler works both ends of the arena, not on horseback, but as the event coordinator hustling from the crow's nest to the stands then dashing back to the sidelines to get a glimpse of the action.

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Friday, September 2,2011

Cattle leaving Texas in mass quantities

by Ginger Elliott - WLJ Correspondent
In the late 1800s, thousands of cattle left Texas heading for northern markets. In 2011, thousands of cattle have left Texas heading north looking for something to eat . . . And drink.

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Friday, August 19,2011

Drought increases rabies outbreaks

by Ginger Elliott - WLJ Correspondent
Reports of rabid animals are on the increase in Texas this year. By mid August, 51 positive rabid animals, approximately 82 percent skunks, had been reported in the Panhandle and south Plains surpassing the number of cases reported in 2010 in the same area.

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Friday, July 29,2011

Water intoxication—too much of a good thing

by Ginger Elliott - WLJ Correspondent
As Texas experiences one if its worst droughts on record, the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab (TVMDL) in Amarillo, TX, is reporting increased numbers of cattle dying from water intoxication. Although rare, water intoxication occurs when cattle over-drink, usually following a period of water deprivation. It can

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Friday, July 15,2011

TSCRA members meet to discuss policy issues

by Ginger Elliott - WLJ Correspondent
Discussion in New Braunfels, TX, about declines this summer hasnt been limited to conversation about the drought-driven decline in the water level of the Guadalupe River. The river, which courses through the town, attracts thousands annually that challenge the whitewater rapids in kayaks and canoes.

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Thursday, June 16,2011

Back at the ranch, a place for tomorrow’s vets

by Ginger Elliott - WLJ Correspondent
On a recent visit to several large West Texas ranches, Dr. Eleanor Green enjoyed one of the perks often available to rural veterinarians—mixing business with pleasure. A perfect spring morning lent itself for Green to relish her stay on one historic Texas ranch. But that morning also gave her an impromptu opportunity to utilize her training as a

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Friday, May 27,2011

Eleventh hour win for working dogs in Texas

by Ginger Elliott - WLJ Correspondent
Last minute amendments to Texas House Bill 1451 (HB 1451), exempting shepherd and herding dogs, and hunting and birding dogs, gave the states ranchers and sportsmen a chance to catch their breath after months of contacting their state officials with their oppositions to the bill.

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Friday, May 13,2011

Lizards lounge, producers scrounge valid research

by Ginger Elliott - WLJ Correspondent
The dunes sagebrush lizard’s habitat is found exclusively in 10 counties in West Texas and southeastern New Mexico. This habitat is located in the Permian Basin, the most active energy-producing land in the lower 48 states. This habitat is also home to thousands of individuals who make their livelihood in the oil

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Thursday, April 28,2011

Riding the grub line across the U.S.

by Ginger Elliott - WLJ Correspondent
The average chuck wagon cook in the 1800s served up beans, meat, bread and taters. Dessert was as scarce as a day off. The "wagon," following the cowboys and cattle across rangelands, was home. Today, Charlie Ferguson from Torrington, WY, is the archetype of his wagon cook predecessors. Rising at

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Friday, April 15,2011

Drought sparks worst fire season in Texas history

by Ginger Elliott - WLJ Correspondent
On Monday, April 11, the Swenson Fire, having burned six days in Stonewall, Knox and King counties in north-central Texas, was contained. The previous day, the Texas Forest Service stated, was the single worst day in documented Texas history for wildfires. The first four months of 2011 in Texas have seen hundreds of fires in the state that’s

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