Importing M-branded cattle…

By Leesa Zalesky

Just prior to this week’s deadline, an anonymous source called to report that several hundred head of Mexican cattle had been imported into Montana recently and had been quarantined because of a bovine tuberculosis (TB) threat. A call to Dr. Eric Liska — Montana Department of Livestock (DOL), Brucellosis Program Veterinarian — helped get to the bottom of

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What you need to know (and maybe didn’t) about beef exports to China

By Leesa Zalesky

Editor’s Tongue-In-Cheek Comment: Do you suppose Canada and Mexico will bring a trade case against the U.S. for trying to comply with these Chinese export requirements? LG

On June 12, the USDA, the Department of Commerce, the Department of the Treasury, and the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued a joint press release announcing the posting of requirements for U.S.

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And the winning auctioneer was…

Brian Curless of Pittsfield, Illinois, proved his world-class talent as a livestock auctioneer at the 54th annual World Livestock Auctioneer Championship, which took place at the Public Auction Yards, Billings, MT, on June 17.
Curless was raised in the livestock marketing industry, but did not originally have any interest in becoming an auctioneer. During his mid-20s, Curless recognized the need for

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WALTZING ON MY DADDY’S BOOTS

By Christine Schuman

Mama said, Girl, put on your calico dress.
She tied my pigtails with satin bows of blue.
It’s Saturday night at the old country school.
Everyone’s dancing to those old fiddle tunes.

Daddy bows, saying, May I have this dance, please?
He’d twirl me around to that old familiar score…
One two three, one two three, we swayed back and forth,
Waltzing in fairyland on

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Sandhills Cattle Association Convention 78th annual meeting…

Tom Kearns from Rushville, NE, on the left, and WAR fieldman Alan Sears visit at the WAR tradeshow booth. Dennis Ginkens photo.

By Kerry Hoffschneider

Champion Pen of Commercial Heifers exhibited by Jeremy & Heidi Stevens, Page, NE, pictured here with their children. Alan Sears photo.

It all began in the late 1930s when area ranchers came together with the goal

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SD/CO lad becomes KY farrier

SD/CO lad becomes KY farrier
By Leesa Zalesky

Author’s Note: Sam Zalesky is my son. He is a Certified Journeyman Farrier at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, KY. Those of you who followed the community college series will be interested to know that Sam is a community college graduate, and he’s a fine example of the opportunities and experiences students

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Nutrition Myths

By Barbara Quinn

One of my treasured books is a gigantic volume of words and pictures that defines distinct elements in the English language. Yes, I know I can Google the same information. But I find it satisfying to thumb through the pages of my American Heritage Dictionary for in-depth meanings to words. So, in my book, the thought that books

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Farmers will lead climate mitigation efforts… NeFU leader attends Paris conference on carbon sequestration

Graham said the French do a great job of supporting the local farmers so that rural communities, such as this one in Beaune, have an amazing selection of local, nutritious food.

By Kerry Hoffschneider

About a decade ago, Graham Christensen decided to join the Nebraska Farmers Union (NeFU) team, in part because he felt that farmers and ranchers had a great

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CSU Meats Center draws ire of animal rights activists

CSU Meats Center draws ire of animal rights activists

Becca Bleil has a fundamental beef with Colorado State University. A university that prides itself on being green should not slaughter animals on campus, no matter how noble the purpose, she said. Bleil, a member of the animal rights club on campus, began a petition through change.org to protest a small animal

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Dean Baker: A Monument to Rancher Integrity

By Lisa Schmidt

Dean Baker in May 2011. Abigail Johnson photo.

One of agriculture’s preeminent warriors died May 13, 2017.
I don’t think Dean Baker, 77, ever served in the U.S. military, but he fought for agriculture at every turn. Instead of fighting with violence, Dean used his most potent weapons: common sense, tenacity, and an open mind.
I knew Dean when I

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Checkoff History

1890: Sherman Antitrust Act. It was the first federal act that outlawed monopolistic business practices; it was the first measure passed by the U.S. Congress to prohibit trusts, which had come to dominate a number of major industries, destroying competition. The Sherman Act was designed to restore competition but was loosely worded and failed to define such critical terms as

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WY man settles legal fees claim after SCOTUS victory

On May 16, a Wyoming man — who won a huge victory before the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) by reversing rulings of a Wyoming federal district court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in favor of the U.S. Forest Service in a dispute over whether his land belongs to the United States and

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From the wolf-lovers' point of view… Rogue Washington rancher wiped out 15% of state's wolves

Washington’s largest cattle rancher has been wreaking havoc on gray wolves in violation of his U.S. Forest Service grazing permit and agency wildlife protection policies, according to a complaint filed May 18 by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The group is pressing to rescind or restrict grazing permits on public land within Colville National Forest to reduce wildlife losses.
The

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Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue visited Cherry County, Nebraska, on May 20 and met informally with ranchers to hear their concerns. The group met in the midst of a snow storm in a barn on U.S. Senator Deb Fischer’s ranch. Fischer is Nebraska’s senior senator. Perdue complimented producers in Cherry County, the top cow-calf county in the nation. “These folks do

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The Wild Cow Mugger

By Floyd Lewis, Jr.

Bob Schneider had been a contestant in many rodeos in Montana and the Dakotas and was pretty tough to beat in riding rough stock. I believe there is a saddle in the community museum at Ekalaka, Montana, that Bob won at Miles City in the late twenties or early thirties. In contrast, my father, Floyd Sr., could

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Domino Effect

By Barbara Quinn

They call it the domino effect – when one event sets off a chain of similar incidents. I prefer it when life dominoes in a positive direction, such as when lunch with an old friend leads to an unexpected meeting with another old friend and another… all in the same day. When stressful events domino, however, they seem

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Dave Wright says Al Capone would applaud NCBA's schemes

By Kerry Hoffschneider

In 1977, the first beef checkoff vote was held, and Dave Wright’s grandfather, Earl Wright, loaded his grandkids up and headed out to make his opinion heard. “We told Grandpa we were not old enough to vote. He told us, ‘You each own a calf, and you can vote.’ He wanted us to vote ‘NO,’ and I remember

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2017 WLAC Contestants

– Eastern Regional Qualifying Event
Champion: Jacob Massey, Petersburg, TN
Reserve Champion: Daniel Mitchell, Cumberland, OH
Runner-up Champion: Wade Leist, Boyne City, MI
Leon Casselman, Long Lane, MO
Brian Curless, Pittsfield, IL
Phillip Gilstrap, Pendleton, SC
Brandon McLagan, Unionville, MO
Jay Romine, Mt. Washington, KY
Tim Yoder, Montezuma, GA
Billy Younkin, Cecil, AL

Jacob Massey, Eastern Regional champion

Bio: Jacob Massey
2017 World Livestock Auctioneer Champion for Eastern Region

As a child, Jacob

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Don't miss this! Annual LMA convention headed to Billings!

The annual convention of the Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) — together with the 54th annual World Livestock Auctioneer Championship contest — will take place in Billings, Montana, on June 14-18.

About LMA…
The trade and sale of livestock have been a fixture throughout history, helping to shape the way people live and the growth of the United States. Changes in technology and

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LMA livestock auctions raise $1.1M for wildfire relief

In response to wildfires that spread across the Plains in March, Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) members initiated and completed wildfire relief efforts, raising $1.1 million. Funds raised have been sent to state ag trade associations for disbursement to livestock producers, local fire departments that had battled the flames, and/or the families of those who perished in the wildfires.
As early as

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What Works for Weight Loss

By Barbara Quinn

I’m having an up and down relationship with my scale this month. I’m not trying to do anything dramatic, just eliminate a few bulges that keep me uncomfortable in my usually comfortable clothes. I’m a dietitian. I know this stuff, right? Most of the time, I can figure out what strategies work best for my clients who need

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MT Governor vetoes House Bill 367

By Pat Hansen

A grass-roots bill supported by nearly every representative of the ag industry, conservation groups, hunters, recreationists, and legislators of both parties in the Montana Legislature was vetoed May 11 by Governor Steve Bullock.
HB 367 was developed by ranchers in Powell, Granite, and Deer Lodge Counties and sponsored in the legislature by Representative Becky Beard (R-HD 80) with 17

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106-year-old MT woman recalls a lifetime of progress on farm

Hi-Line Homesteader Eva Amundson, who now lives in Missoula, Montana, will celebrate her 106th birthday this month. Photo courtesy of DNRC.

Perseverance, determination, and good management were essential to survive the homesteader days, according to a Hi-Line homesteader. “We worked hard at everything,” said Eva Amundson, whose family homesteaded near Joplin, Montana. “It was tough. You had to pull yourself

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Farm Bureau opens the $145K Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge

Last year, Montana Farm Bureau Federation had three members apply for the American Farm Bureau Entrepreneurship Challenge. It’s now time for the next AFBF Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge offering $145,000 in start-up funds to six selected businesses. The competition provides an opportunity for individuals to showcase ideas and business innovations that benefit rural regions of the U.S. It is the first

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Cattle futures & beef prices soar after blizzard clobbers Midwest

Cattle futures extended a surge to a record, and wholesale beef jumped to a 13-month high after a l(late April) weekend blizzard hammered the Midwest, and a Kansas livestock group estimated the snowstorm may have killed thousands of animals, signaling tightening meat supplies. More than half of U.S. feedlots are located in the region hit by the massive storm that

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MT Running Ranchers do well in 200-mile relay in Hawaii

12 runners, 2 vehicles, and 200 miles.

The Montana Running Ranchers left behind a logo on

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2017 NE Leopold Conservation Award

2017 NE Leopold Conservation Award

On April 17, NE Governor Pete Ricketts joined Sand County Foundation, the Nebraska Cattlemen, Cargill, and the Nebraska Environmental Trust to announce K & W Farms as the recipient of the 2017 Nebraska Leopold Conservation Award. The annual award honors Nebraska landowner achievement in voluntary stewardship and management of natural resources.

Kurt and Wayne Kaup own

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Feds petitioned to delist Preble's mouse

Feds petitioned to delist Preble\’s mouse   With a formal delisting petition submitted on March 30, the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) is calling on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife to remove the Preble\’s meadow jumping mouse from Endangered Species Act coverage. The petition is based on new scientific findings confirming that the mouse, far from being “threatened,” is not meaningfully

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Government findings on cessation of U.S. horse slaughter

Inset quote: In June 2011, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) determined that the cessation of domestic horse slaughter has unintentionally led to a DECLINE in horse welfare in the United States, has negatively impacted the value of lower-to-medium priced horses by 8-21%, and has led to a 148% and 660% increase of horses transported to Canada and Mexico, respectively, for

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MT's Alan Mikkelsen named Reclamation's Deputy Commissioner

MT\’s Alan Mikkelsen named Reclamation\’s Deputy Commissioner

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Bureau of Reclamation Acting Commissioner David Murillo announced the appointment of Alan Mikkelsen of Montana as Reclamation\’s Deputy Commissioner. “Alan Mikkelsen is a Westerner, who has decades of experience in all things water, including irrigation projects, Tribal water compacts, conservation, and even a long-term fishing

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Stripe Rust threatens the Pacific Northwest…

Stripe Rust threatens the Pacific Northwest…

Many winter wheat varieties are extremely susceptible to stripe rust. It only takes the right combination of humidity, rust spores, and susceptible varieties for this pathogen to spread throughout the region and infect the crop. Last April, stripe rust spread throughout the Pacific Northwest and was confirmed in 16 states across the nation.

With confirmations

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USU researchers shine spotlight on Yellowstone wolves' behavior

USU researchers shine spotlight on Yellowstone wolves\’ behavior

In a new multi-institutional study, Utah State University researchers found some surprising traits of the wolf population in Yellowstone National Park, dispelling some widely held beliefs about them. Researchers found that wolves in Yellowstone aren\’t likely to switch from hunting elk to bison, even though bison are twice as abundant in Yellowstone

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Attention, WAR readers:

Most of us have an all-time favorite horse that deserves to have its story told, and we’re sure that WAR readers will enjoy reading those. Of course, we also want photos to include with your submission. Send your article and photos to editor@westernagreporter.com marked “My Horse Story.” We look forward to getting those from you! The ones we’ve run already

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100 years ago Montana in WWI…

The U.S. entered WWI on April 6, 1917, and Montana’s patriotic young men responded to their nation’s call beyond the federal government’s greatest expectations: Montana furnished 25% more men proportionately than any other state in the Union. They came by the thousands from farms, ranches, mines, logging camps, villages, towns, and cities of the sparsely populated Western commonwealth. Montana was

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Drummond Culinary Champions

 Drummond Culinary Arts Team, the 2017 Montana ProStart Champions. L to R: Leroy Davis, team captain Emilee Steinberg, Kolter Clute, Ryan Hilmo, Erika Pfendler, and Shiloh Rainey.   Instructor Tina Wetsch and team mentor Chef Brent Parker.   Culinary One students — Kyla Kolbeck, on the left, and Gabbi Kempp — served hors d\’oeuvres in Deer Lodge.

Chef Lee Johnson,

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