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Washington’s wolf advisers agree on lethal-control policy

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s wolf advisory group has agreed to a lethal-control policy that representatives of ranchers and conservationists agreed will be better than the department’s current and sometimes-maligned protocol.

The new policy retains four... More

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PerforMix celebrates new feed-supplement production facility

RUPERT, Idaho — PerforMix Nutrition Systems, a liquid and dry feed-supplement and livestock-nutrition company, christened its new... More


Cow-calf returns lower, but still positive

Returns for cow-calf operations will be lower this year, after last year’s record-high cattle prices fell back to Earth, but most... More


Idaho rancher re-elected to American Lamb Board

Diane Josephy Peavey, a sheep rancher and writer from Hailey, Idaho, has been re-elected vice chairman of the American Lamb Board, according to a... More


Judge orders rancher to repay USDA $65,000 for loan he misused

Authorities say he received a $76,000 USDA loan administered by the Farm Service Agency to buy sheep and cover expenses for their care. But he sold the sheep without the FSA approval and deposited the proceeds of the sale into his personal bank account instead of an FSA account. More

Proper management of riparian areas benefits all

A main concern for managers of rangelands, both public and private, is to protect the streams from damage by animals and humans.More streams are being fenced off from the rest of the property than ever before. Whether the riparian area is fenced or not, the more important factor is how it. More

Idaho man won’t fight charges that he stole from elk ranch

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A former employee of a Twin Falls elk ranch has agreed to a plea deal on charges that he stole from ranch owners.The Times-News reports that 31-year-old Brandon Eldredge was charged with stealing elk semen from the Early Morning Elk Ranch in 2011 and... More

New challenges emerge for cattle ranchers after 2012 drought

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — At Marshall Ernst’s ranch in Windsor, the curly white faces and red hair of Hereford cows stand out against the green and brown patches of pasture.For nearly 40 years, Marshall and his wife, Barbara, have run their herd of Herefords, an operation built.. More

Workshop focuses on wolf management in Eastern Oregon

PENDLETON, Ore. — Despite killing four wolves from the Imnaha Pack earlier this year for repeatedly attacking livestock, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reiterated the value of non-lethal deterrents during a workshop here May 13.Eastern Oregon ranchers and county... More

U.S. lamb regains access to Taiwan

U.S. lamb and lamb products should soon be making their way to Taiwanese markets after 13 years of denied access.Lamb’s long hiatus from Taiwan and other key markets began with the December 2003 discovery of the first U.S. case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy.The market.. More

Washington tops in number of cattle slaughtered in region

Washington may have the fewest beef cattle in the Northwest, but most of the cattle in the region are slaughtered in the state, a Washington State University agricultural economist says.According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, roughly 1 million head of cattle were... More

Washington beef cattle increase halts decades-long decline

Washington state’s beef cattle numbers increased this year for the first time since 1984 as ranchers joined their counterparts around the Pacific Northwest in growing their herds to take advantage of higher prices.The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported 223,000 beef... More

Alaska looks to sell state-owned meat plant

PALMER, Alaska (AP) — The state is seeking out a new owner for the only federally approved slaughterhouse in south-central Alaska, as funding for the facility could run out this year due to legislative budget cuts.The state Board of Agriculture and Conservation has issued a request. More

Capture leads to fatal infection for Washington wolf

The breeding female of southeastern Washington’s only wolf pack was found dead of an infection five days after being captured and fitted with a transmitting collar, state Fish and Wildlife Department officials said Monday.The wolf, a member of the Tucannon pack, likely picked up... More

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