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Deals with feds offer only limited legal protection

Agreements that limit landowner liabilities under the Endangered Species Act can still be challenged by environmentalists. More

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U.S. cattle on feed numbers continue to tighten

USDA reports cattle on feed on Aug. 1 were down 2 percent over a year earlier. July placements and July marketings were the lowest for the month... More


State kills wolf connected to 22 sheep deaths

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is allowing Hunters, Wash., rancher Dave Dashiell and staff to kill wolves in the Huckleberry pack... More


Washington allows sheep rancher to kill wolves

Since last Thursday wolves have killed 16 sheep. The latest attack was Tuesday night in the area about 50 miles northwest of Spokane. More


Calif. antibiotics bill awaits Brown’s approval

A bill that would write the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's new guidelines for antibiotic use in livestock into California law is awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown's approval. More

Ranchers argue against moving flock off grazing lands

The Stevens County Cattlemen's Association says moving Hunters, Wash., rancher Dave Dashiell's sheep out of land where the rancher has a grazing contract to protect the herd from wolves would threaten private property rights. Association president Steve Nielsen says preventing legitimate use of... More

WSU to discontinue annual Seattle football game

The Washington Beef Commission is evaluating future marketing relationships with Washington State University football as the university discontinues its annual game in Seattle. WSU Director of Athletics Bill Moos, a Valleyford, Wash., cattleman, says he hopes the relationship will continue. More

Federal government lists Oregon spotted frog as threatened

Grazing occurs alongside Oregon spotted frog habitat, a federal biologist said that can actually benefit frogs if not over-done. More

Visit offers Alabama livestock at its best

Columnist Doug Warnock travels to Alabama for a look at how they ranch in the South. More

Biologists plan to re-collar wandering Oregon wolf

A federal biologist plans to set foot-hold snares in the area of eastern Jackson County in hopes of capturing at least one of the animals so it can be fitted with a GPS-transmitting collar similar to the one used to track OR-7’s 3,000-mile journey that led him here. More

CCA lauds decision not to list blackbird

The California Cattlemen's Association is pleased that the state Fish and Game Commission decided not to list the tricolored blackbird as endangered or threatened -- a move farmers and ranchers say could be economically devastating. More

Idaho barley sustains ‘catastrophic’ losses

The Idaho Barley Commission is seeking to help growers cope with "catastrophic" damage due to a wet August. More

Meat goat market on the rebound, industry leader says

Meat goats are regaining in popularity following the recession, the president of the Oregon Meat Goat Producers says. More

Ranchers blame lack of info for 14 sheep killed by wolves

The Stevens County Cattlemen's Association says 14 sheep killed by a collared wolf in the Huckleberry pack could have been avoided by more information from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. More

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