Ranch News Today – April 7, 2013

Posted on April 7, 2013

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For the first time on record, U.S. per-capita meat consumption has declined for four consecutive years, according to the most recent figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Arizona Tax Court Judge Dean Fink has dismissed Yavapai County Assessor Pam Pearsall from a property tax valuation appeal filed by about three dozen prominent ranching families.

The Montrose Board of County Commissioners came out vehemently opposed to U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s proposed endangered species listing for the Gunnison sage grouse on Monday by saying the agency’s population numbers are based on flawed science and that if the listing does occur, a potentially expensive lawsuit could be on the horizon…

The Bureau of Land Management is asking ranchers in southwestern Montana to reduce grazing on public lands due to drought. The agency on Friday asked those with grazing permits to graze no more than 70 percent of their allotted forage on land administered by its Butte and Dillon field offices…

The festival, which is in its third year, benefits the Red Ants Pants Foundation, a nonprofit organization in support of women’s leadership, working farms and ranches and rural communities…

The Forest Service intended to burn 180 acres of land, but when the fire jumped the perimeter it consumed more than 14-thousand acres of private and public land mostly used for grazing.

State agriculture officials are examining the possibility of instituting a water-management plan while Wyoming farmers and ranchers hope spring brings much-needed precipitation for the growing season after suffering through the 2012 drought…

A legal settlement between ranchers and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management would reduce wild horse numbers by about half on more than 4,300 square miles of sagebrush country in the Red Desert of southwest Wyoming.

With drought, herd-selling and high hay prices making news in 2012, agribusiness in Wyoming has had its share of challenges. A Wyoming PBS episode of the Wyoming Chronicle will address some of those challenges, examining ranching as a business and way of life and honing in on the problems ranchers face in planning for succession in family operations…

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Ranch Life

All too often, traders complain about volatility. Actually, volatility can be the best part of the market for speculators and hedgers. Naturally, anyone growing grain would like high prices but those using grain need to have prices move lower over time. However, for both the speculator and the hedger, trading is learning how to take advantage of the volatility….

Merck Animal Health has announced its sponsorship of “BRD Report: From the Fence Post,” a blog focused on raising awareness of bovine respiratory disease (BRD), as well as providing industry professionals a central resource to access information vital to the prevention, treatment and management of the disease…

Art & Culture

Lee Bloodworth’s family has been ranching in Sutton County for more than 120 years. During those decades there’s always been a constant worry about drought and low livestock prices, and the hope that “next year” will be better. The same worries are still constant today, but Bloodworth has found a way to help cope with his. When he’s not building fences or working sheep, he’s creating beautiful jewelry for his business, the Lee Silver Company…

From redwood forests to Gulf Stream waters, workers from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management have photographed the often-remote terrain they supervise. Here are a few of the best images and descriptions from My Public Lands, the bureau’s lively Tumblr site, of the land that Woody Guthrie wrote “was made for you and me.’’…

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