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County gets bids for new MetraPark agricultural building

Yellowstone County received several bids Tuesday for a proposed new multipurpose agricultural building at MetraPark, but all of them exceeded the budget.

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Wyoming requires health certificates on livestock

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Cases of Vesicular Stomatitis in other states have prompted action from the Wyoming Livestock Board to keep the viral disease out of the state.

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From the Editor: A ranch visit gives a glimpse of what the future could be like

From the Editor: A ranch visit gives a glimpse of what the future could be like

After visiting the Bowen Cattle Co. ranch near Worden on a recent spring day, I began thinking about how the beef industry is slowly but surely diversifying, and that society may benefit because of it.

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Back to the pasture: Grass-fed beef is healthier, tastier, Worden ranchers say

Back to the pasture: Grass-fed beef is healthier, tastier, Worden ranchers say

Red-hued calves that started life frolicking on the Bowen ranch last April will spend the next two years grazing on pastures, without ever eating a mouthful of corn or setting foot in a crowded feedlot.

June 01, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Guest opinion: FWP bison relocation would harm private landowners

A Montana district court recently ruled that Montana laws dealing with the wild or domestic status of bison are “ambiguous.” Those laws certainly are complicated, and for good reason.

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Deadly pig virus hits Montana hog farms

Deadly pig virus hits Montana hog farms

Two Montana pig farms have been hit by a deadly virus that has killed millions of piglets nationally in less than a year.

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Livestock disaster aid signup set for next week

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Ranchers in the Dakotas whose herds were devastated by an early October blizzard can begin signing up for federal disaster aid next week.

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Proposal: Montana will let bison into new areas — if population is reduced

Proposal: Montana will let bison into new areas — if population is reduced

Bison from Yellowstone National Park would be allowed to remain year-round in new areas of Montana if their numbers were reduced below recent levels, according to a proposal up for a Tuesday vote by the state Board of Livestock.

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2 years after 2012 wildfires, ranchers still wait for federal disaster assistance

2 years after 2012 wildfires, ranchers still wait for federal disaster assistance

If there was ever a year for a federal livestock disaster program, it was 2012 when wildfires raged across southeast Montana and drought-bit Wyoming ranchers were selling off their cattle before summer even started.

February 22, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Yellowstone County to hire architect for livestock, equestrian facility

Yellowstone County to hire architect for livestock, equestrian facility

Yellowstone County commissioners this week selected a Billings architectural firm to develop plans for a possible large new dirt-floor arena at MetraPark but expressed concern about the project’s growing size.

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Guest opinion: Montana needs strong leadership to resolve bison issues

Bison have been in the news more than normal recently and for good reason. The U.S. Senate’s Farm Bill includes $35 million to vaccinate wildlife in the Greater Yellowstone Area. That’s a lot of money, especially as Congress struggles with notable fiscal challenges. Curiously, it seems that …

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Gazette opinion: Mother Nature manages Yellowstone bison

Gazette opinion: Mother Nature manages Yellowstone bison

In the Lamar and Madison valleys of Yellowstone National Park, one-ton bison bulls plow snow caves. Their massive, woolly heads dig to reach grass that will sustain them till green up comes to this high country months from now. Half-ton cows and calves spend their winter days in the same rou…

January 20, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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The hottest brand

The hottest brand

Ever find a strange cow on the wrong side of a fence and not know what to do? There’s an app for that.

December 15, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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Sweetpro

Sweetpro

Two Angus cows try a Sweetpro supplement block.

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Group formed to promote Wyoming livestock genetics

CASPER, Wyo. — A new organization of cattle producers is being formed in Wyoming to recognize the quality of livestock genetics in the state and to help promote the industry.

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Ups and Downs:

Boot camp parity. The state of Montana is settling a discrimination lawsuit by adding a boot camp for female inmates, a program that will allow women to work to shorten their incarceration time the same as a similar boot camp for men has provided that option for many years. Most Montana Wom…

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Tester: House farm bill threatens cattle market fairness

Tester: House farm bill threatens cattle market fairness

Montana ranchers may not be able to get a fair price for their cattle if changes aren’t made to the next farm bill, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester cautioned Wednesday.

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Montana-led drive to help South Dakota ranchers makes first donation

Montana-led drive to help South Dakota ranchers makes first donation

A Montana-led effort to deliver heifers to storm-devastated ranches in South Dakota will make its first delivery Friday.

October 28, 2013 5:20 pmLoading…
Montana cattle economy poised for profit after rough start

Montana cattle economy poised for profit after rough start

EDGAR — The drive to the local feedlot from Scott Blain’s Joliet farm is 6.4 miles, but getting there takes the better part of the year.

October 27, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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Landowners want captured bison declared livestock

GREAT FALLS — Landowners and others who opposed transferring Yellowstone National Park bison to Indian reservations in northern Montana have asked a state judge to declare that any bison captured outside the park should be considered livestock rather than wildlife.

October 17, 2013 1:27 pmLoading…

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