Monthly Archives: May 2015

Obama calls climate change an ‘indisputable’ security threat

Obama calls climate change an ‘indisputable’ security threat H.L. Mencken once said, “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed—and thus clamorous to be led to safety—by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all … Continue reading

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Half and Half

Dave has some valid objections (and reasons to ignore) the “take half-leave half” mantra of the conventional range management community. I would add at least one more. Take half and leave half might be OK if cows grazed like lawn … Continue reading

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And the good news is…

(Hopefully the last) update: I saw my neurosurgeon in Odessa, TX yesterday. And he liberated me from that godawful albatross I’ve been wearing on my head for the past 6 months. My very stubborn C-2 has finally healed. Ou rah! … Continue reading

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Counties use a ‘coordination’ clause to fight the feds

…but policy experts say that the coordination movement has a distinctly anti-federal government flavor — a Sagebrush Rebellion in bureaucratic clothing, with links to state efforts to take over federal lands. Ou rah! At least they throw us a bone … Continue reading

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Low-stress cattle handling is not low-pressure cattle handling

“Just getting them to move and do what you want them to do, that’s stockmanship. But when I take stockmanship to the next level and use that to actually manage the psychology and well-being of an animal, that’s low-stress handling.” … Continue reading

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Rancho Las Damas, Chihuahua, Mexico

 As Alejandro increased forage productivity he was able to move from a carrying capacity of 250 cows to 580 cows—a 132% increase. Not at all uncommon, especially in the desert Southwest. It ought to motivate you to get with the … Continue reading

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State bills to study federal-to-state land transfers

 The argument for transfer is legally dubious… One word. Bullshit! Transfer to the state governments would be an improvement and a step in the right direction. But, the only ethical solution (and our ultimate goal) is to vest those lands … Continue reading

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Congress considers treating wildfire like other natural disasters

 The proposal to use emergency funding faces a key obstacle: Sen. Murkowski. I like High Country News because it is always good for a laugh. Also, it gives me an opportunity to expose the unintended consequences of government miss-management. Typical … Continue reading

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Landowners threaten to ban hunters due to veto of bison relocation bill

Bullock vetoed the bill Monday, saying in his explanation that the bill “sets a dangerous precedent by supplanting the state’s management of its fish and wildlife with county regulation.” …”What will it take for the governor to understand that we … Continue reading

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Grave problem: Feds blamed as prairie dogs invade Okla. cemetery, digging up bones

…it is expected that the prairie dog population will continue to grow in the Bertrand Cemetery. Representative Murdock believes that the federal government should be more responsive to the needs of local citizens…“Taxpayers expect the federal government to perform its … Continue reading

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