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Washington cattlemen in beef over promotion fees

Legislation to raise fees that support the Washington Beef Commission has divided cattlemen. More

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Idaho Legislature set to battle over animal cruelty law again

A bill has been printed in the Idaho Legislature that would toughen the state's animal cruelty law, and more legislation addressing the issue will be... More

 

Washington lawmaker: Let ranchers save their animals from fires

A Washington lawmaker proposes that ranchers be free to decide for themselves whether it's worth the risk to rescue their livestock from wildfires. More

 

U.S. posts strong beef cattle numbers

USDA's cattle inventory shows cattlemen are continuing to rebuild the beef herd, but substancial revisions to last year's reported inventory changes... More

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Wolf advisory group softens rhetoric to face hard questions

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has invested, politically and financially, in its Wolf Advisory Group. More

Conservationists sue federal wolf-killing program in Oregon

The lawsuit targets the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program, which controls the number of wolves, coyotes, grizzly bears, mountain lions and other wild animals. More

Washington ecology: Don’t make us name informants

Senate bill would require the Washington Department of Ecology to reveal names of people who report that farmers or ranchers are polluting water. More

Rancher finds himself in middle of standoff

Kurt Spencer, whose Frenchglen, Ore., ranch is just a half-hour drive south of the refuge headquarters and whose property borders refuge land, said the stop at the first checkpoint was “scary.” More

Officials, advocates promote coexistence of wolves, livestock

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife's third workshop on its proposed wolf management plan drew about 100 people in Sacramento. Many speakers said wolves should be able to coexist with livestock. More

Drought disaster declarations pay dividends for Idaho ranchers

Idaho ranchers were approved for more than $21 million in forage assistance in Fiscal Year 2015 due to a drought emergency, and the state is on pace to eclipse that amount in carryover payments approved in FY 2016. More

305 bulls sell for $1.49 million at Red Bluff sale

The Red Bluff Bull and Gelding Sale finished Jan. 30 with the sale of 305 bulls for nearly $1.49 million, the second highest total ever. More

Two arrested in killing of cow in E. Oregon

Two men have been arrested in the shooting of a cow. More

Cattle drive draws focus to Florida’s cowboy history

Spanish explorers brought horses and Andalusian cattle to the New World in the 16th century, making Florida the nation’s oldest cattle-raising state. Today, Florida’s $531 million cattle industry has 1.7 million cattle and calves, and it’s the 17th largest in the nation. More

U.S. beef faces more competition overseas, analysts say

The global beef trade is becoming more competitive and more complex, according to a new report from Rabobank's food and agribusiness research and advisory group. More

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