ranchers http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Idaho Closer To Enlisting Help From Citizen Rangeland Firefighters http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-closer-enlisting-help-citizen-rangeland-firefighters <p>An Idaho legislative committee Tuesday approved a bill to encourage teams of ranchers who would volunteer to fight rangeland fires.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The first rangeland fire protection association in Idaho formed a year ago in Mountain Home. It allows ranchers to help fight fires alongside firefighters with the Bureau of Land Management. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 18:38:59 +0000 Aaron Kunz 21273 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Closer To Enlisting Help From Citizen Rangeland Firefighters Washington Considers Another Impact Of Wolves: Skinny Cows http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/washington-considers-another-impact-wolves-skinny-cows <p></p><p></p><p>Washington ranchers who can show that wolves are making their cattle lose weight could get reimbursed under a new proposal. The rule before the Fish and Wildlife Commission would expand a compensation program for ranchers living in wolf country.</p><p>Washington’s cattle ranchers aren’t the first to complain about skinny livestock. Ranchers in Idaho and Oregon also say the reintroduction of wolves has made sheep and cattle move more and eat less.</p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 22:18:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 15979 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Washington Considers Another Impact Of Wolves: Skinny Cows Drought, Wildfires Force Ranchers To Look For Efficiencies http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/drought-wildfires-force-ranchers-look-efficiencies <p>The people who raise cattle destined to become steak or hamburger on your dinner plate are feeling the pinch. Wildfires this summer have scorched more than a million acres of Northwest rangeland. In addition, the Midwest drought is driving up feed costs across the board.</p><p>Now ranches and feedlots are looking to cut their feed costs in the short term.&nbsp; And longer term, have an eye on making the cattle themselves more efficient.</p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 16:44:29 +0000 Tom Banse 14528 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Drought, Wildfires Force Ranchers To Look For Efficiencies Birders and Burgers: An Unlikely High Desert Partnership http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/birders-and-burgers-unlikely-high-desert-partnership <p>In the remote valleys of southeast Oregon both birds and cattle flourish. This is where mountain streams feed an oasis of lakes and marshes in the high desert. Cattle ranchers and wildlife advocates have been fighting over that valuable grassland for decades. Now, they&rsquo;ve struck a delicate truce that keeps both birds and burgers in mind.</p> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 16:53:22 +0000 Anna King 5031 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Birders and Burgers: An Unlikely High Desert Partnership