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11:38 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Idaho Closer To Enlisting Help From Citizen Rangeland Firefighters

Firefighters spray water on a fire burning in Idaho.
Credit Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

An Idaho legislative committee Tuesday approved a bill to encourage teams of ranchers who would volunteer to fight rangeland fires. 

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.

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4:18 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Washington Considers Another Impact Of Wolves: Skinny Cows

Washington ranchers who can show that wolves are making their cattle lose weight could get reimbursed under a new proposal before the state's Fish and Wildlife Commission.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

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.

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.

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10:44 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Drought, Wildfires Force Ranchers To Look For Efficiencies

University of Idaho Professor Rod Hill and part of the university's purebred herd.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

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.

Now ranches and feedlots are looking to cut their feed costs in the short term.  And longer term, have an eye on making the cattle themselves more efficient.

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10:53 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Birders and Burgers: An Unlikely High Desert Partnership

Colby Marshall and his family are trying to breed smaller cattle, like these young steers, that can thrive on just desert grass. It’s one of the ways the Broken Circle Ranch owners are trying to prepare for the next drought and help wildlife.
Anna King Northwest News Network

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’ve struck a delicate truce that keeps both birds and burgers in mind.

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