Ranchers in the West have typically grazed cattle on summer pastures — often in the mountains or desert rangelands near their ranch or on federal Bureau of Land Management or Forest Service allotments — while growing hay at home to feed the cows during winter.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Songwriter Diane Warren stepped in June 24 to save the life of cow that eluded capture for more than a day after a herd escaped from a Southern California slaughterhouse and stampeded through a suburb.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. wildfire managers are considering shifting to more full-time firefighting crews to deal with what has become a year-round wildfire season and making the jobs more attractive by increasing pay and benefits.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana commission advanced Thursday proposed rules that would allow the use of snares to hunt wolves and extend the wolf trapping season after the Republican-controlled Legislature passed laws earlier this year meant to reduce the state’s wolf population.

WASHINGTON — Today, reps. Mike Guest, R-Mississippi, and Darren Soto, D-Florida, led a bipartisan group of 52 lawmakers in pushing the U.S. Department of Justice to complete their investigation into the meatpacking sector, and whether or not anticompetitive practices have contributed to a pe…

WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Missouri, introduced the Optimizing the Cattle Market Act of 2021 in the U.S. House. The legislation builds on a growing consensus among cattle producers, industry leaders, and Members of Congress that the current market dynamics — which stunt …

DETROIT (AP) — The world’s largest meat processing company has resumed most production after a weekend cyberattack, but experts say the vulnerabilities exposed by this attack and others are far from resolved.

BILLINGS (AP) — Wildlife advocates pressed the Biden administration on Wednesday to revive federal protections for gray wolves across the Northern Rockies after Republican lawmakers in Idaho and Montana made it much easier to kill the predators.

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BOZEMAN, Mont. — A federal judge sentenced a Bozeman man to two-and-a-half years in prison and to pay restitution for stealing and selling cattle and cattle embryos and defrauding a bank and a business partner.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little has signed into law a measure that could lead to killing 90% of the state’s 1,500 wolves in a move that was backed by hunters and the state’s powerful ranching sector but heavily criticized by environmental advocates.

The new wolf-related laws are a mix of directives with little ambiguity while others leave some decisions up to wildlife managers and the commission.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A conservation group is asking the U.S. government to cut off millions of dollars to Idaho that is used to improve wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation opportunities because of legislation that could lead to 90% of the state’s wolves being killed.

Texas longhorn semen and embryos from Dickinson Cattle Co., of Barnesville, Ohio, were selected to improve Israeli cattle. In those desert cattle operations, the longevity, disease resistance, calving ease, ability to browse and handle multiple predators were much-needed traits for the Israe…

Cattle breeds with big horns are thought to be challenging to work with; some people are afraid to handle them very much.

Darol Dickinson was born in 1942 in Fort Worth, Texas, and has led a life as colorful as his Texas Longhorn cattle.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Native American lawmakers criticized Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte on Friday over his decision to scrap a bison management plan that would have allowed the wild animals to be restored in more areas of the state.

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge has blocked a Nevada project that would expand livestock grazing across 400 squares miles (1,036 square kilometers) of some of the highest priority sage-grouse habitat in the West and accused the government of deliberately misleading the public by underestim…

Evidence shows someone used a trailer to steal 17 head of cattle from a ranch on Fish Hatchery Road in Mackay earlier this month, which Custer County Sheriff’s Deputy Shade Rosenkrance said is unusual.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Two conservation groups are working to raise $500,000 to fund modification and construction of quarantine pens near Yellowstone National Park so more bison can be transferred to tribes and avoid slaughter, officials said.

MAXWELL, Iowa (AP) — Sudden meat shortages last year because of the coronavirus led to millions of dollars in federal grants to help small meat processors expand so the nation could lessen its reliance on giant slaughterhouses to supply grocery stores and restaurants.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Anti-government activist Ammon Bundy was arrested Monday after failing to attend his trial on charges that he trespassed during an Idaho legislative session last fall. Bundy didn’t appear in the courtroom because he was protesting outside the building instead, apparently …

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A Senate panel on Thursday approved legislation that’s the product of Idaho's hundreds of thousands of cows and the 50 million pounds of cow manure they produce daily, the AP reports. The Senate Agricultural Affairs Committee voted 5-3 to send to the full Senate the bill requiring state officials to consider economic ramifications when imposing pollution...

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, on Tuesday introduced the Cattle Market Transparency Act in the U.S. Senate. If enacted, this legislation would direct the secretary of agriculture and the Office of the Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture to establish region…

A report released by researchers with Utah State University Extension and the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food assess the potential for expanding meat processing capabilities in Utah and examine the potential demand for Utah beef.

DENVER — Some wildlife advocates are urging Colorado officials to streamline planning for reintroducing the gray wolf, arguing the launch of an overly bureaucratic process will frustrate the intent of voters who approved reintroduction by the end of 2023.

PORTLAND, Ore. — A senior adviser in the U.S. Department of Interior on Friday rescinded a January Trump administration decision to grant grazing allotments to an Oregon ranching family whose members were convicted of arson in a court battle that triggered the takeover of a federal wildlife …

HELENA, Mont. — Hunters and trappers who kill wolves in Montana could be reimbursed for their expenses by private groups under a proposal advanced by state lawmakers Monday that critics said is akin to the bounties that nearly exterminated the predators last century.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A house panel on Tuesday introduced legislation allowing the use of snowmobiles, ATVs, powered parachutes and other methods to hunt and kill wolves year-round and with no limits in most of Idaho.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Feb. 4, the executive committee of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association approved the organization’s top 2021 policy priorities with a continued focus on advocating for a business climate that increases opportunities for producer profitability.

DENVER — The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association concluded its virtual Winter Business Meeting Feb. 4 with the election of Jerry Bohn, a cattle producer from Wichita, Kan., as NCBA president.