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2008-07-30 06:00:34

By Dawn House, The Salt Lake Tribune Jul. 30--BICKNELL -- Ranchers losing grazing rights on public lands should become eligible for hunting tags that they can sell on the open market, a state senator said Tuesday. Sen. Dennis Stowell, R-Parowan, told 100 ranchers at the Utah Cattlemen's Association conference that sporting groups and private landowners are awarded hunting permits, while public lands ranchers "have been left out of the loop." Hunting tags given out by the Division of...

2008-07-28 12:00:42

By Lynda V. Mapes, Seattle Times Jul. 28--ELLENSBURG -- Russ Stingley rides high on a chestnut horse and moves his bellowing and bawling cattle through this open country that stretches for miles. How he got here is a story as old as the West: a mix of political wheeling and dealing, and deference to the cult of the cowboy -- sagebrush and all. Just as true to the history of the West, much of the land where Stingley runs his herd isn't his. It's state-owned land: fragile,...

2008-07-28 06:00:45

By Dawn House, The Salt Lake Tribune Jul. 28--A federal judge has restricted haying and grazing on lands the U.S. Department of Agriculture had opened up to cattle producers coping with drought, other natural disasters and escalating feed costs. Seattle Judge John C. Coughenour on Thursday limited the amount of acreage in the one-time, critical-feed program created by the USDA in May to open up Conservation Reserve lands for livestock after the primary nesting season ended for...

2008-07-25 09:00:51

By Chris Casteel and John David Sutter, The Oklahoman Jul. 25--A federal judge in Seattle ruled Thursday that ranchers who had been preparing to use land in a U.S. Department of Agriculture conservation program for haying and grazing can do so for a limited time. The ruling will open up about 200,000 acres of land in Oklahoma to ranchers desperate to feed their cattle. Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne, called the ruling a victory for Oklahoma farmers and ranchers. And a rancher in western...

2008-07-24 09:00:41

By Janice Francis-Smith Saving protected lands means putting cows in danger, say opponents to a lawsuit filed by an environmental group in Washington state. A ruling from U.S. District Judge John Coughenour is expected today. The National Wildlife Federation sued to keep federal officials from opening up Conservation Reserve Program acres to Midwestern ranchers suffering from the drought. Cattle in drought areas would otherwise have little to eat. The U.S. Department of Agriculture...

2008-07-18 12:00:45

By Lynda V. Mapes, Seattle Times Jul. 18--A federal judge in Seattle Thursday ordered the federal government and members of the National Wildlife Federation to find a compromise in their fight over a plan to allow grazing and hay production on millions of acres of conservation land across the country. In the meantime, U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour is keeping in place a temporary restraining order he issued last week, after a suit was filed by the National Wildlife Federation and...

2008-07-18 03:00:27

By Chris Casteel and Bryan Painter, The Oklahoman Jul. 18--A federal judge in Seattle will decide Tuesday whether to let ranchers struggling with high feed prices pay a nominal fee to use land protected under a U.S. Department of Agriculture conservation program. The decision by U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour could determine whether 210,000 acres of land in Oklahoma are eligible for haying and grazing. Coughenour issued a restraining order last week blocking the use of the...

2008-07-17 18:00:27

By Lynda V. Mapes, Seattle Times Jul. 17--A federal judge in Seattle today ordered the federal government and members of the National Wildlife Federation to find a compromise in their fight over a plan to allow grazing and hay production on millions of acres of conservation land across the country. In the meantime, U.S. District Judge John Coughenour is keeping a temporary restraining order he issued last week after a suit was filed by the National Wildlife Federation and six affiliates...

2008-07-17 12:00:39

By Scott Sandsberry, Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash. Jul. 17--ELLENSBURG -- Livestock grazing on the Quilomene and Whisky Dick wildlife areas in eastern Kittitas County is a wonderful management tool that will benefit adjacent landowners and the wildlife for which the areas were purchased. Or it's a travesty that will bring ruin to one of the state's last remaining stands of shrub-steppe. There seems to be no middle ground on the divisive issue. Fervent believers from both...

2008-07-17 03:00:20

By Phyllis Jacobs Griekspoor, The Wichita Eagle, Kan. Jul. 17--A judge in Washington state has created serious difficulties for cattle ranchers in Kansas and across the country. The judge, acting on a complaint from the National Wildlife Federation and other environmental groups, issued a temporary restraining order to stop the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Critical Feed Use program. A hearing on the order is scheduled for today. The USDA program, implemented in late May, allows...


Latest Grazing Reference Libraries

Hill farming
2013-09-20 13:07:03

Hill farming involves using is a particular piece of land for grazing sheep and cattle. This form of farming is used particularly by the farmers of the UK in the higher elevations. Farmers generally do not have access to winter fodder for their cattle, therefore, sheep farms are typical for such areas. Due to this restricted access, farmers move the herds to lower elevations for feeding. These specific farms are found in the North and South-Western areas of England, as well as the...

Hill Farming
2013-08-05 10:40:24

Hill farming is a particular piece of land for grazing sheep and cattle. This form of farming is used particularly by the farmers of the UK in the higher elevations. Farmers do not have access to winter fodder for the cattle; therefore, sheep farms are typical for such areas. Due to this restricted access, farmers move the herds to lower elevations for feeding. These specific farms are found in the North and South-Western areas of England, as well as the highlands of Scotland. The harsh...

Overgrazing
2013-04-01 12:31:24

Overgrazing occurs when plants are unprotected to intensive grazing for extended periods of time, or without enough recovery periods. It can be a result of either livestock in poorly managed agricultural applications, or by overpopulations of native or non-native wild animals. Overgrazing reduces the usefulness, biodiversity, and productivity of the land and is one cause of desertification and erosion. It’s also considered to be a cause of the spread of invasive species of non-native...

Black-tailed Prairie Dog, Cynomys ludovicianus
2012-07-25 06:59:18

The black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) is native to the United States, occurring in the Great Plains to both the border of Canada and Mexico. Its range includes areas in Mexico, but no longer includes Arizona. This species was one of two prairie dog species to be described by Lewis and Clark on their famous expedition. It prefers a habitat within grasslands, but their habitat choices do depend on soil type, rainfall, slope angles, and vegetation cover. The black-tailed prairie...

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