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Recent rains could improve outlook for Texas cattle herds

If ranchers become more optimistic and start buying cattle, it would take about three years to rebuild their herds and drive down beef prices. Live cattle were trading at $1.62 a pound Tuesday, compared with 95 cents in 2010 — before the drought took hold. More

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Assessing the many benefits of planned grazing

Columnist Doug Warnock discusses the latest in managed grazing. More


Congress in no hurry to pass meat-labeling fix

Congress is apparently waiting for the outcome of the U.S.' appeal of a World Trade Organization ruling against its mandatory meat-labeling rule... More


Lambing keeps farmer busy in foothills of Coast Range

Coyotes remain the biggest problem for sheep operator oin Oregon's west side. More


Washington livestock bill focuses on dairy cows

Electronic reporting of cattle transactions is confined to unbranded dairy cows in the latest version of a bill in the Washington Legislature. More

New Idaho rules relax import restrictions on livestock

The Idaho Legislature has approved two pending rules that would relax import restrictions on some livestock. Idaho State Department of Agriculture officials said the new rules would still ensure herd health is protected. More

Wyoming ag committee focuses on rustling

Cattle theft presents a unique challenge for law enforcement. In Wyoming, four brand investigators cover the entire state. More

Bill grants livestock producers capital gains tax deduction

A bill that has passed the Idaho Legislature would ensure that partners in a livestock operation are treated the same as other industries when it comes to a state tax deduction for capital gains. More

Coalition challenges agencies’ science on sage grouse

A western coalition of public lands stakeholders has filed formal challenges against three Department of Interior agencies regarding the integrity of the science being used to make decisions about sage grouse conservation. More

Legislature honors legendary Oregon rancher

Legendary cattleman William “Bill Kitt” Kittredge is honored by the Oregon Legislature. More

Idaho grain, cattle producers agree on ‘open range’ plan

Groups representing Idaho grain and cattle producers have developed a plan they hope will help settle open range disagreements at the local rather than state level. More

Idaho lawmakers OK $200,000 for sheep station

The USDA's sheep experiment station near Dubois, Idaho, which is targeted for closure, will receive $200,000 in ongoing state funding. Supporters say it's a message to the USDA that Idaho supports the continued operation of the station and "has skin in the game." More

Action on wolves can’t wait until 2017, senator says

Washington senator pushes state wildlife managers to act now to curb wolves from killing livestock. More

Bird flu strikes third California poultry farm

Bird flu strikes a third commercial turkey farm in Central California. More

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