Students compete for heifer prize

The Idaho Cattle Association is gearing up for its annual Heifer of the Year contest. The contest is open to students in grades 7 through 12.

The contest will consist of an online exam that will test individual's general knowledge of the cattle industry, ranching and agri-business.

The test will contain multiple choice, true or false, and fill-in-the-blank questions related to recent news and events in the cattle industry.

The grand prize is a purebred heifer. Other prizes include scholarships, feed and livestock supplies.

All applications must be received by April 30. Each participant will be e-mailed the link to the test. The test will be available online May 1 to 15.

For information, call 208-343-1615 or e-mail

Cattlemen ready their ropes

LIVERMORE, Calif. - The Contra Costa-Alameda County Cattlemen's Association's 2012 roping and ranch branding event will be held here May 12.

Check-in for the event at Basso's Arena will be at 9 a.m., and roping begins at 10 a.m.

Buckles will be awarded to winners, noted a California Cattlemen's Association newsletter. For information, contact Clayton Koopmann, 925-819-0413.

Missouri House strikes at videos

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri House has endorsed legislation seeking to make it a crime for undercover activists to produce videos portraying poor conditions at agricultural facilities.

The legislation given first-round approval April 17 would create the crime of "agriculture production facility interference." The crime would apply to people who produce or distribute photos, videos or audio recordings of the activities at an agricultural facility without the consent of the owner.

The bill also would make it a crime for people to gain employment or access at agricultural facilities under false pretenses.

Supporters said the measure is needed to stop undercover activists who produce propaganda against agriculture, particularly where livestock are being raised or slaughtered.

Opponents of the bill said some of those undercover investigations have helped improve conditions at agricultural facilities.

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