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Superior Farms Secures USDA Approval for Industry’s First Camera Grading Technology

2/7/2018 8:23:00 AM
February 6th, 2018 (Sacramento, CA) – Superior Farms, North America’s largest lamb processor, announced that it has received approval from the USDA to begin grading carcasses with the VSS2000 System camera (Electronic Grading), the first digital camera to be approved for use in the US lamb industry. The new digital camera was installed in October 2015, and Superior Farms has worked hand-in-hand with the USDA to secure approval since then. >> Read More

BLM AND FOREST SERVICE ANNOUNCE 2018 GRAZING FEES

1/31/2018 8:42:00 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal grazing fee for 2018 will be $1.41 per animal unit month (AUM) for public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and $1.41 per head month (HM) for lands managed by the USDA Forest Service.  The 2017 public land grazing fee was $1.87. >> Read More

From the Beaverhead-Deerlodge to the Lolo to the Custer-Gallatin….

1/18/2018 4:03:00 PM

By Chris Skorupa, Bridger, Montana; Rancher/Owner & Manager, Beartooth Fertilizer, Member of the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association

From the Beaverhead-Deerlodge to the Lolo, the Greater Sage-Grouse makes its home in Montana’s National Forests for its unparalleled habitat conditions. As a species that has faced the label of a “threatened and endangered” species before, the sage grouse has emerged from that conversation as a success story for what can happen when ranchers, landowners, sportsmen, conservationists and federal government officials work together towards a common goal. As a result of these private-public relationships, the sage-grouse avoided being listed as threatened or endangered in 2015.

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Public Lands Council Offers Solution to Cure Patagonia Shame

1/11/2018 8:02:00 AM
WASHINGTON (Jan. 11, 2018) - Today the Public Lands Council launched a new campaign to support rural communities and raise awareness of critical facts in the national monuments debate. The move responds to the profit-driven marketing efforts of multinational retail corporation Patagonia, which promoted false claims about national monuments in the wake of the recent decision to appropriately scale Bears Ears and Grand-Staircase Escalante. The PLC campaign features the distribution of iron-on clothing patches designed to cover the logo on Patagonia merchandise and cure “Patagonia Shame.” >> Read More

FFA Member Sets Sights on Sheep Industry

12/4/2017 9:43:00 AM
Caroline Roeder is a Junior at Chouteau High School and has set her sights on a career in the sheep industry. With the support of her family, 4-H, and FFA, Caroline has all the ingredients to be successful in the sheep ranching business.  >> Read More

MSU Displays Commitment to Montana Wool Growers

12/1/2017 1:54:00 PM
For 134 years the Montana Wool Growers Association has been a voice for the states sheep producers. Over the last century, the issues impacting the industry may have changed, but the commitment to enhancing the sheep industry has remained the same.  >> Read More

Grazing Prevents Wildfires

9/20/2017 1:59:00 PM
Even though you may not have thought about it before, grazing does indeed prevent the catastrophic wildfires that take human lives, families’ homes and ranches, and kill endangered species. >> Read More

2017 Montana Ram Sale Results

9/16/2017 3:46:00 PM

The 92nd Annual Montana Ram Sale and 4th Annual Montana Ewe sale was held in Miles City.


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Wyoming State Ram Sale Results

9/13/2017 8:27:00 AM
The 89th Annual Wyoming State Ram Sale was held in Douglas at the state fairgrounds this week. Here are the unofficial sales results gathered after the sale.  >> Read More

American Lamb Exports on the Rise

8/25/2017 12:10:00 PM

Revenue from lamb exports increased 10 percent for the first half of 2017 (as compared to 2016) with total revenues reaching $9.6 million for exported American lamb according to an August report from the U.S. Meat Export Federation. 

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USDA Outlook: Not So Good

2/23/2018 5:50:00 AM

A lower U.S. dollar value could boost agriculture exports, but the long-term outlook offers no real light at the end of the tunnel for the struggling farm economy, USDA's chief economist said on Thursday.

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Profit Tracker: Packer Margins Continue Slide

2/23/2018 5:47:00 AM
A $3-plus rally in cash fed cattle prices pulled packer margins under $20 per head last week. Despite the increase in cash prices, cattle feeding margins slipped $6 per head, but remain at $206. Declines in cattle feeding profits were the result of higher costs, mostly due to a $57 per head increase in the cost of feeder cattle calculated against last week’s marketings, according to the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker. >> Read More
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Act of Sabotage Releases Captured Yellowstone Bison

2/23/2018 4:14:00 AM
Sometime between 9 p.m. on Wednesday and 6 a.m. on Thursday, someone intentionally compromised the fences at Stephens Creek, releasing approximately 73 of the 96 bison that were inside the pen. >> Read More
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Senate holds Oversight Hearing on the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission

2/22/2018 8:25:00 AM

 Last week, the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing with Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo titled State of the CFTC: Examining Pending Rules, Cryptocurrency Regulation, and Cross-Border Agreements.  >> Read More
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Merck Animal Health Introduces Banamine Pour-On

2/22/2018 8:08:00 AM
Merck Animal Health, known as MSD Animal Health outside of the U.S. and Canada, has introduced Banamine Transdermal (flunixin transdermal solution) — the first and only U.S. Food & Drug Administration approved product for pain control in a food-producing animal. >> Read More
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