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Grazing limits sought for unoccupied bull trout habitat

Medford, Ore. — Environmentalists want to limit cattle grazing along Oregon’s Sprague and Sycan rivers to protect bull trout habitat that the threatened species doesn’t actually occupy.

Despite the fish’s absence, environmentalists have asked a federal judge to... More

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Washington wolf managers present ideas for lethal-control policy

Washington wildlife managers Wednesday suggested ways to motivate ranchers to use state-approved tactics to prevent wolf... More


Cowboy practices what he teaches

Growing up the son of a working cowboy, Jim Keyes thought he’d be a cowboy all his life, and he did a little of it when he was first... More


Rancher says he’s a conservation-easement convert

TWIN FALLS, Idaho — As a fifth-generation rancher in Oregon’s Jordan Valley, Bob Skinner was adamantly opposed to conservation... More


Changing market demands challenge beef industry

TWIN FALLS, Idaho — Changes in the beef industry, from structural issues to consumer preferences, are bringing new challenges and risks to raising cattle and marketing beef.One of the most dangerous approaches is to do things the same way they’ve always been done, market... More

Lawsuit over Oregon wolf delisting ruled “moot”

An environmentalist legal challenge against Oregon’s decision to remove wolves from the state’s endangered species list has been dismissed due to legislation passed earlier this year.Wolves were delisted by state wildlife regulators last year, but three environmental groups.. More

Photo monitoring gains momentum on Idaho rangelands

TWIN FALLS, Idaho — A fledgling program to help Idaho ranchers help themselves by monitoring their Bureau of Land Management allotments is gaining ground.The photo-monitoring program was launched in August 2014 with the Idaho State Department of Agriculture providing BLM on-site... More

No kidding! Montana goat has quadruplets

HUNTLEY, Mont. (AP) — A first-time mama goat has given birth to quadruplets on a ranch in south-central Montana.Willis McCall, the pastor at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Hardin, and his family rent a 22-acre ranch near Huntley. They have a couple of hogs, a calf and three... More

Ram sale a hit with sheep producers

PORTERVILLE, Calif. — Range ready rams that will go on to sire a good portion of California’s commercial lamb crop were offered for sale at the 96th annual California Ram Sale held in Porterville.The sale, by the California Wool Growers Association is held to provide the... More

Wolf conservation group offers workshops for ranchers

REDDING, Calif. — A wolf conservation group is making good on a promise to educate ranchers on how to prevent clashes between their livestock and predators.The California Wolf Center is sponsoring a series of workshops in far Northern California next week to address challenges... More

Barn fire kills an estimated 3,100 pigs

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — About 3,100 pigs were killed in a barn fire at a religious community in Montana.The fire was reported about 5:45 p.m. Monday in the Milford Colony, Augusta volunteer firefighter Brad McBratney told the Great Falls Tribune. The community is comprised of... More

Wolves kill calf in southeastern Washington

A 4-day-old calf was killed by one or more wolves Monday in southeastern Washington, according to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.The calf was in a 90-acre fenced calving area on the rancher’s property about 10 miles southwest of the town of Asotin near the Idaho border,.. More

Feds to restore grazing allotment health stats in reports

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal land managers have agreed to restore information about grazing allotments not meeting rangeland health standards in 13 Western states after a public lands advocacy group complained about the omission.The U.S. Bureau of Land Management agreed the... More

S. Idaho Livestock Hall of Fame honors inductees

TWIN FALLS, Idaho — The Southern Idaho Livestock Hall of Fame celebrated its newest inductees at the organization’s 57th annual banquet on Tuesday evening.The honored inductees were cow-calf operators Jim and Nedra Korte of Buhl, cattle buyer and feeder Phil Munsee of Twin... More

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