Three sets of twin calves born

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) -- Williston rancher Jim Buraw has raised cattle for a quarter-century and never had a cow that produced twins.

The Williston Herald reports that the streak has ended.

Buraw told the newspaper that he recently discovered three sets of twin calves born within five days. The Herald says twin calves usually occur once in every 1,000 cattle births.

CCOF releases online tools

California Certified Organic Farmers, better known as CCOF, has released an online certification management tool. MyCCOF is the first service of its kind, according to a news release.

The organization, formed in 1973 with 54 grower members, now certifies more than 2,383 organic operations in 33 states and three foreign countries.

The online tool allows clients to monitor their certification and renewals, access key documents, and track the inspection and certification process. They can also maintain operations and program enrollment and view promotional operation information stored by CCOF, including sales method and company statements.

Access is free to all certified clients through the website -- www.ccof.org -- and more services and improvements are planned for the second half of 2011.

CCOF inspectors have been using the site for over a year to manage assignments, access documents and upload inspection reports. Inspectors have better access to information, and they can review the full client database record for clients they are inspecting. This online access is intended to help the inspectors perform better inspections, save time and improve the certification process.

-- Steve Brown

Buffalo could roam in Montana

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- State, federal and tribal officials say they expect to finalize within days a proposal to let Yellowstone bison roam more freely in parts of Montana.

The proposal would allow migrating bison onto tens of thousands of acres in the Gardiner Basin. In the past, bison entering that area were routinely hazed back into the park or captured and slaughtered.

Mel Frost with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks said Monday that the public will have a chance to weigh in on the proposal during a public meeting. That's scheduled for April 14 in Gardiner.

More than 600 bison have been captured leaving the park this winter to prevent the spread of the disease brucellosis.

Plans to ship many of those animals to slaughter were blocked by Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer.

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