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APRIL 15, 2012 • www. aaalivestock . com

Volume 54 • No. 4

Whose Country Is This? by Lee Pitts

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here’s just something particularly galling about a secretive international tribunal telling a country, any country, what it can and cannot do. That’s especially true when a controversial trade organization tells us that we cannot inform the American consumer where her food came from. According to every survey we’ve seen the vast majority of American consumers want labels on their food informing them of its origin. Some survey indicated that as many as 90 percent of American consumers want such country of origin (COOL) labels. Additionally, every survey we’ve ever seen indicates that the vast majority American ranchers also want the beef they raise to be labeled as being produced in the good old U.S. of A. So when American grocers finally began putting COOL labels on cuts of beef, lamb, chicken, pork, and hamburger it seems everyone got what they wanted. Everyone that is except the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the beef packer’s lobby, the National Pork Producers and an organization that most Americans know little about, the World Trade Organization. Unfortunately for the ranchers and consumers it is this latter group, the WTO, who will decide

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“When in doubt, let your horse do the thinking.” whether or not American consumers and ranchers will get their wish to have the meat they produce and consume labeled as to country of origin. How and why we in America ever gave an organization located in Geneva, Switzerland, the right to tell us what we can and cannot do is a dirty little secret being kept by supposedly patriotic American politicians, lobbyists and multinational Americanbased corporations who don’t

want you to know any more about them than they do the food you eat.

I Pledge Allegiance To The WTO Opponents of country-of-origin-labeling say it is nothing more than a protectionist trade measure that we are using to discourage imports. And these critics might have a point if all the food in the world was the same and was produced under the

same rigid health and environmental standards. But clearly it is not. As proof we offer up milk from China that was contaminated with melamine, European and Canadian mad cows, four legged Mexican TB carriers and South American bovines with Foot and Mouth disease. We’d like to point out amidst all the brouhaha that country of origin labeling does not stop one single animal from entering this country, nor does it prevent any country from selling us beef. Of these facts there can be no debate. What COOL does do is give the American consumer the ability to find out where the food she feeds her family came from. The decision on whether or not to buy foreign or domestic beef lies solely with her, not some bureaucrats at a meeting in Cancun. That’s why we were devastated after years of watching COOL work its way through the bureaucratic and political morass continued on page two

National Forest document stirs scandal with road removal plans by RON ARNOLD, Washington Times

hen Wayne Allard saw the new U.S. Forest Service guidebook for managing off-highway vehicle trails, he was astounded. As the American Motorcyclist Association’s lobbyist, he seethed over its derogatory and unfitting remarks, like “Managing trails for OHVs (off-highway vehicles) can be a lot like herding dragons.” And as a former U.S. senator from Colorado, he saw political danger in the report’s lame OHV humor — “They’re big, they can cause a lot of damage, and they sure can heat things up.” The 316-page document with the unwieldy title — “A Comprehensive Framework for Off-Highway Vehicle Trail Management” — concluded with a similarly flip comment by author Kevin G. Meyer, a National Park Service trail specialist: this document, he wrote, had been developed “to help trail managers corral the OHV management dragon,” and “to help keep the beast at bay. Happy herding and happy trails!” These jolly insults from an agency employee annoyed AMA’s Allard, but substantive problems in the Framework were truly chilling

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to the OHV community and stirred a scandal. The Forest Service pulled the document from its website, with no explanation of why, or of what will happen to it. Two weeks ago, in a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack — whose department oversees the Forest Service — Allard and six OHV colleagues complained bitterly about the scandal, saying that the document’s author inexplicably adopts the entire environmental analysis of a radical Montana group called Wildlands CPR. On its website, Wildlands CPR brags of its clout: “As a result of our on-going efforts . . . the Forest Service has removed 7,890 miles of roads and motorized trails.” In the 1990s, a substantial anti-road movement emerged in America. A 1994 “Road Ripping Conference” in California spawned a network of small outfits. A little investigating revealed that the Wildlands group of today’s brouhaha was incorporated in Montana on August 5, 1996 — as the Wildlands Center for Preventing Roads.

am one of the 10 percent of adult Americans who don’t own a cell phone. It’s not that I think cell phones are the work of the devil, or that they aren’t handy, it’s just that I am far too busy listening to other people’s conversations to have one of my own. I am not a people watcher but I am a member of the same genus and species: I am a people listener. A conversation pirate. A thief of other people’s words. I don’t know if I was born an enormous eavesdropper, or if I became an earjacker, a highjacker of other people’s dialogue, when I became a writer and was always in need of fresh material. I am sure of one thing though, I find other people’s conversations infinitely more interesting than my own. Although I don’t own one, cell phones have been a blessing to me and have extended my writing career 20 years longer than it should have been. I don’t do my research in a library but in a restaurant booth where I can hardly write fast enough to record all the cell yells from people on their phones. You all know who I’m talking about, the folks who invite other people to lunch and then spend the entire time talking to someone else on their phone; talking louder and louder above the din of other cell phone addicts. They seem to be completely oblivious to their lunch guests, or the other diners. Talk about obscene phone calls! I know it’s rude for me to listen in on other people’s conversations but the way I see it, if they want to blab at such decibels then I have a responsibility to listen. I should at least show them that courtesy. You’d be surprised at the things I’ve heard. (Or maybe you wouldn’t.) There have been many occasions when I could have blackmailed husbands, embarrassed wives or tattled on kids with the information I overheard. And evidently I’m not the only person who listens in on other people’s continued on page seven

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Whose Country Is This? that after it was finally put in place the WTO said last November that it was illegal. Not according to American laws, but according to theirs. I don’t remember the founding fathers ever mentioning the WTO, do you? I can’t find it anywhere in the Constitution or The Bill of Rights, nor do I recall ever getting a chance to vote on its leaders, or having a say in its proceedings. I can find no evidence that any of our founding fathers were members in good standing of the WTO. Such is the sad state of American politics these days that we held out little hope that anyone

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export market. Those cattle aren’t all being sold to Japan and Korea. The WTO was created in the first place by one-worlders who think there should be no geopolitical boundaries and that we are all just one big happy family. To hear them tell it, all this fuss over COOL is just a food fight amongst family members. A party can appeal a WTO panel’s ruling and due to the marriage of big business and government these days in Washington, we had little hope of that happening when it came to COOL. But on the last day an appeal could be filed came word

...I don’t remember the founding fathers ever mentioning the WTO... in our government would challenge the WTO’s COOL ruling, so we were surprised and pleased when the office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced that it was appealing the WTO ruling against the U.S. mandatory COOL law.

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After COOL was put in place as a result of provisions in the 2008 Farm Bill, Canada then requested consultations with U.S. trade representatives in December of 2008 concerning their objections to it. Canada alleged at the time that the mandatory COOL was inconsistent with the United States’ obligations under the WTO Agreement. Shortly thereafter, Mexico and Nicaragua announced they had problems with COOL, too, and requested to join the consultations. Then on November 19, 2009, a three-person WTO panel was formed and eventually came to the conclusion that yes, Canada and Mexico were right and that we had no right to implement COOL in the first place. The WTO panel determined that the COOL measure “is a technical regulation and that it is inconsistent with the United States’ WTO obligations.” In particular, the panel found that as a result of COOL we gave less favorable treatment to imported Canadian and Mexican cattle and hogs than to like domestic products. By the words “less favorable treatment” we can only assume that the WTO meant that because American consumers would theoretically prefer domestic product over a foreign one, that COOL created a premium for U.S. beef and pork and a discount for Canadian and Mexican meat. Which, if you’ll recall, was the exact point made by COOL supporters to begin with. And the premiums recently being given to age and sourced domestic cattle seem to back that up, after all, those premiums are not all the result of our

of one. Now comes a two- to three-month WTO process where yet another panel will meet behind closed doors to consider the appeal. (WTO appeals have to be based on points of law, such as legal interpretation — they cannot reopen factual findings made by the panel.) As a result of the appeal we found out that the WTO never said in the first place that the U.S. does not have the right under WTO rules to adopt mandatory COOL. No, what the three-person panel didn’t like was the way COOL “provided less favorable treatment to Canadian and Mexican livestock producers.” They also did not like that ‘the COOL statute is more trade restrictive than necessary.” In other words, they did not like the fact that lo and behold, American consumers did actually prefer American beef and pork over imported beef.

Whose Side Are They On? As to be expected from an organization that seems to be more interested in looking out for the interests of big packers than they do American ranchers, the NCBA quickly expressed their disappointment that the U.S. would even dare to file an appeal. “We are very disappointed in this decision,” said NCBA vice president Bob McCann. “Instead of working diligently to bring the United States into WTO compliance, our government has opted to engage in an appeal process, which jeopardizes our strong trade relationship with Canada and Mexico, the two largest importers of U.S. beef. An appeal is the wrong answer and a waste of valuable resources. This appeal will do nothing but escalate tension with our valuable trade partners and will prolong an issue that could be resolved quickly. We should be working toward a solution instead of creating a bigger problem. continued on page three


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Whose Country Is This? “NCBA will engage with Canada and Mexico in order to prevent any retaliatory action that could occur from this unfortunate decision made by the U.S. government.” Concluded NCBA’s McCann, “Cattlemen deserve a government that fights for and protects our opportunities. We need a government that not only demands WTO compliance of our trade partners but one that ensures the United States is abiding by these same guidelines.” That bears repeating; in the words of the NCBA, what we need is a government that “demands WTO compliance.” One would think from such statements that the NCBA was getting its funding from the governments and stock raiser’s groups in Canada and Mexico, rather than the $50 million it gets each year from Beef Checkoff, funds paid overwhelmingly by American ranchers. (That 50 million dollars represents 80 percent of NCBA’s total revenue.) It should also be noted that the packers in the U.S. want their cheap imports to still be marked with a USDA inspection label to fool customers into thinking it’s a domestic product. The packers sure are getting a big bang for the buck they DON’T HAVE TO PAY to the checkoff.

Word Games As you’d expect, R-CALF, who worked extremely hard to get COOL implemented, had a different take on the WTO appeal than the NCBA. “We’re extremely thankful that our U.S. Trade Representative has chosen to defend our constitutionallypassed COOL law,” said R-CALF COOL Committee Chair, Mike Schultz. “But, we’re in a no-win situation regarding this frontal attack on our COOL law because our nation should not tolerate for an instant a foreign entity’s efforts to undermine our constitutionally-passed domestic laws in the first place.” As for NCBA’s role in the process, R-CALF CEO Bill Bullard had this to say: “Several powerful corporate industry groups are actually supporting the WTO’s efforts to undermine our U.S. COOL law, including the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the American Meat Institute (AMI). These groups don’t want U.S. consumers to know if they are buying beef produced exclusively in the United States or if their beef was produced in Nicaragua, Honduras, Mexico, or any one of the more than a dozen countries where U.S. corporations source their beef.” Like us, R-CALF’s Bullard had a problem with the WTO panel’ word game in which they said, that yes, the United States has a right to implement a COOL program but that we implemented it in the wrong way. (They don’t say what is the right way.)

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“This is nothing more than semantics,” said Bullard, “and the WTO is far too coy to have attacked our domestic law in any other way than it did. The fact is that the WTO accomplished its objective by ruling on the one hand that COOL was too rigid and treated foreign product less favorably than domestic product, but on the other hand, it ruled that COOL was too flexible and therefore nullified the COOL law’s objective.” Our government is sure sending mixed messages to cattlemen these days. On one hand the USDA wants to be able to track our livestock from birth to the grocery store so that they supposedly can protect the consumer from foreign diseases, while on the other hand they don’t want supermarkets to tell their customers what country the meat they are selling came from. Is all this making sense to anyone?

“Nonsensical and Baseless” In theory, members of the WTO gain access to each other’s markets on even terms. This

means that no two nations can have sweetheart trade pacts without granting the same terms to every other nation, or at least every other nation in WTO. Granted, that’s a great concept and a worthy goal. But since the WTO was founded in 1995 it has proven that’s not at all what they are about. Some analysts have called the WTO, “The most powerful legislative and judicial body in the world.” What makes the WTO so powerful is that its rules can be enforced through trade sanctions. If, for example, the U.S. loses its appeal over COOL and then does not change or eliminate COOL, then we can be fined, or have trade sanctions imposed against us. In some cases WTO can even exact their pound of flesh by punishing industries not even remotely related to the one in question. This gives the WTO more power than any other international body, even eclipsing national governments like our own. One look at their history shows the WTO has invariably chosen the agenda of multinational corporations above the interests of local communities, the environment, and working folks. Like the United Nations

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and the World Bank (who they work hand-in-glove with) the WTO has undermined democracy around the world by promoting the concept of a one-world government. And they do so in secret. While the WTO says that transparency is one of their goals, they often meet behind locked doors, especially after 50,000 people showed up at their meeting in Seattle in 1999 after watching the WTO prove to be just a cheerleader for multinational corporations. Those protesters successfully shut down that WTO meeting but rather than make reforms, the WTO instead just made their meetings and deliberations even more secretive. It’s hard to find a fan of the

WTO. The left sees the WTO as lobbyist for big business, while the right says they should get out of the way and let companies and countries do business on a deal-by-deal basis. Fortunately for all of us, the WTO hasn’t exactly been a raging success. So stay tuned, a decision on the appeal to WTO’s ruling on COOL is expected within the next 60 days. In anticipation of that event R-CALF’s Mike Schultz says, “The WTO’s antiCOOL ruling is nonsensical and baseless and we are confident the United States will prevail in this unenviable appeal.” Nonsensical and baseless, you say? That’s the very definition of the World Trade Organization.

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Private university in Arizona plans new veterinary school by JENNIFER FIALA, For The VIN News Service

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released by the university. “The establishment of this college will produce good jobs and help ensure that Arizona develops homegrown veterinarians to meet our most pressing animal health care needs.” The four-year program will be developed on Midwestern’s Glendale campus, about a 15minute drive from downtown Phoenix. Tuition has not been set but likely will be similar to that of other veterinary medical programs, university officials said. Median tuitions for U.S. veterinary medical programs was $18,316 for in-state students and $38,788 for out-of-state students

during the 2010-11 academic year. It’s unclear whether the Midwestern program will include a veterinary teaching hospital, which can cost tens of millions of dollars to build. All but one of the 28 veterinary medical programs in the United States have a teaching hospital, which until recently was necessary for accreditation. Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, Calif., has the only accredited veterinary medical program in the United States that’s successfully bypassed the teaching hospital condition.

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April 15, 2012 Rather than having its students rotating through an oncampus hospital, Western U has adopted a “distributive model,” which involves a partnership between the university and 300 or so private practices. It’s in those private practices that thirdand four-year students are expected to learn their clinical competencies.

In Utah and Arizona, proponents of creating in-state programs cited a desire to address shortages of veterinarians in rural areas, especially those who treat livestock. Another way that fledgling programs can avoid building a teaching hospital is by entering into a 2+2 arrangement with a university that has an established veterinary medical program. such arrangement One involves Utah State University, which recently accepted 20 students to attend its new veterinary medical program this fall. The inaugural class will complete two years of course work at Utah State before moving to Washington State University for clinical training. In Utah and Arizona, proponents of creating in-state programs cited a desire to address shortages of veterinarians in rural areas, especially those who treat livestock. Midwestern University President and CEO Kathleen Goeppinger could not be reached today for comment but stated in a news release that developing a veterinary college is in line with the university’s mission to meet area health care needs. Established in Illinois, Midwestern is the state’s largest notfor-profit health care university. The institution, with campuses in Illinois and Arizona, offers medical, dental, pharmacy, optometry and nine health sciences degrees. “The rural and agricultural areas of our state have shown a significant demand for more well-qualified veterinarians and have voiced strong support for this new college,” Goeppinger said of Arizona in the news

release. In the days surrounding Midwestern’s announcement, Arizona farmers and ranchers have taken their plight to the media, explaining to local newspapers and broadcasters that veterinarians are in short supply in their areas. The Midwestern program, however, cannot guarantee that its veterinary students will practice food-animal medicine or settle in underserved areas of the state. The vast majority of all veterinary graduates in the United States enter small-animal practice, usually in urban areas. It’s a fact that Goeppinger acknowledged almost a year ago, in an interview with the VIN News Service. “We have to train for all kinds of veterinary medicine, but we can do a number of things. (For example), we can recruit students from rural areas who want to go back home,” she said. What attracts students to small-animal medicine rather than large-animal practice is varied and multifaceted. Many believe that treating pets often comes with better working conditions and a bigger paycheck, especially in metropolitan areas. Given that new veterinarians graduate, on average, with more than $142,000 in student loan debt, earning a sizable income is a requirement for paying those loans back. To justify the need for veterinary education in Arizona, Goeppinger cites projections from the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) that there will be a shortage of 15,000 veterinarians over the next 20 years. That estimate and others like it are a source of controversy, with the topic of supply and demand in the veterinary profession likely to top debates during AAVMC’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Anecdotal reports and recent statistics reveal that the job market for veterinarians in all practice sectors is tighter and more depressed than it’s been in recent history. What’s more, government officials and others are beginning to recognize that an area may be underserved because it’s unable to support a veterinarian.

Cattleman’s Weekend Draws Big Crowds ood weather brought out big crowds for the 21st annual Cattleman’s Weekend, held at Prescott Livestock Auction in Chino Valley, on Friday and Saturday, March 16-17. The event slipped in just under the wire, as a major storm dumped a foot or more of snow in some areas around Prescott Saturday night and Sunday. Though numbers were down in the bull sales, prices in all sales were up from last year.

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Government-subsidized green light bulb carries big price tag he U.S. government last year announced a $10 million award, dubbed the “L Prize,” for any manufacturer that could create a “green” but affordable light bulb. Now the winning bulb is on the market, says the Washington Post. ■ The price is $50. ■ Retailers said the bulb, made by Philips, is likely to be too pricey to have broad appeal. ■ Similar LED bulbs are less than half the cost. How the expensive bulb won a $10 million government prize meant to foster energy-efficient affordability is one of the curiosities that arise as the country undergoes a massive, mandated turnover from traditional incandescent lamps to more energyefficient ones. ■ Energy legislation signed by President George W. Bush in 2007 introduced a ban on inefficient incandescent light bulbs, covering traditional 100-watt bulbs this year. ■ Sales of traditional 75-watt incandescents will be prohibited next year, and 60-watt incandescents will go after that. ■ When replacing a bulb, consumers must now go out and buy

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energy-efficient incandescent, compact fluorescent and LED bulbs. The L Prize was meant to ease this transition by enticing manufacturers to create affordable bulbs to replace the most common type, the traditional 60-watt. A Philips spokesman declined to talk in detail about the bulb or its price because the product has yet to be formally launched. It is expected to hit stores within weeks and is available online. But the spokesman said the L Prize bulb costs more because, as the contest required, it is even more energy-efficient, running on 10 watts instead of 12.5 watts. It is also brighter, renders colors better and lasts longer. Still, the contest set price goals. According to the L Prize guidelines, manufacturers were “strongly encouraged to offer products at prices that prove cost-effective and attractive to buyers, and therefore more successful in the market.” The target retail price, including rebates from utilities, was to be $22 in the first year, $15 in the second year and $8 in the third year. Source: Peter Whoriskey, “Government-Subsidized Green Light Bulb Carries Costly Price Tag,” Washington Post, March 8, 2012.

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Trumps Trump the Antis US SPORTSMEN’S ALLIANCE

ave you noted the growing trend in America? Citizens who go legally hunting and find success are finding themselves in the crosshairs of the animal rights lobby including groups such as PETA, Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), or other “public opinion police� groups. You have to ask yourself “when did someone put PETA or HSUS in charge of what you do on vacation?� Read on. When TV personality Donald Trump’s sons, Donald Trump, Jr. and Eric Trump, went hunting in Africa, they found success.

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Included among their memory makers were photos of them with a killed elephant and crocodile. They also reportedly killed a kudu and a waterbuck. It’s important to note that none of these species are endangered, and when taken by hunters the local residents obtain an instant source of food and a major economic boost. Hunting actually ensures that villagers value animals such as elephants which often do terrible damage to crops. Donald Trump, Jr. stated that the animals provided needed food in many Africa villages. When videos of the successful hunters appeared on YouTube, it seems that PETA and other

groups made many attempts to discredit the hunters — and hunting. Even more bizarre is that one article that reported on the Trump brothers’ hunt switched gears and began reporting on rhino poaching and international black market trafficking of rhino horns. The Trumps did not hunt rhinos. This was a blatant attempt to confuse the public and reflects very poor journalism standards. Again, this begs the question, of what concern is it to PETA what you do on your own vacation? These were just private citizens on vacation, legally hunting. A similar firestorm erupted last year when Go Daddy CEO Bob Parsons also went hunting in Africa and legally killed an elephant. And more recently when Cali-

April 15, 2012 fornia Fish and Game Commission president Daniel Richards legally and successfully went mountain lion hunting in Idaho, HSUS tried numerous sensationalized efforts to have him removed from his position. The HSUS move and demands were highly suspect after numerous reports surfaced that HSUS had in fact given money to California’s Fish and Game Department in an effort to develop close ties there. Appearing at a public hearing to speak in favor of removing Richards were HSUS, Audubon, Sierra Club, and other groups. With the facts out, it continues to be clear that donations to HSUS, PETA and other animal rights groups are used less and less to help dogs and cats and more and more to push the

groups’ radical animal rights agendas. Worse, these campaigns reveal a bigger agenda by the animal rights lobby to co-opt the mainstream media into reporting these stories of legal hunting trips in a fashion that suggests to the American people that those involved have done something wrong or illegal. Instead the media should be reporting on the incredible positive impact that hunting has on conservation, the economy, and bringing families together. That’s a story sportsmen need to tell more often, too.

Windmills vs. Birds ome 77 organizations — led by the American Bird Conservancy, CornellLaboratory of Ornithology, Endangered Species Coalition and numerous chapters of the Audubon Society — are petitioning the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to toughen the rules for the siting, permitting and operation of large-scale wind projects. It’s about time, says Robert Bryce, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. ■ Over the past two decades, the federal government has prosecuted hundreds of cases against oil and gas producers and electricity producers for violating some of America’s oldest wildlife-protection laws: the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and Eagle Protection Act. ■ But the Obama administration — like the Bush administration before it — has never prosecuted the wind industry despite myriad examples of widespread, unpermitted bird kills by turbines. ■ A violation of either law can result in a fine of up to $250,000 and imprisonment for two years. The renewed focus on bird kills is coming at a bad time for the wind industry, which is being hammered by low natural gas prices and a Congress unwilling to extend the 2.2 cents per-kilowatt-hour production tax credit that has fueled the industry’s growth in recent years. ■ Last June, the Los Angeles Times reported that about 70 golden eagles are being killed per year by the wind turbines east of Oakland, Calif. ■ A 2008 study funded by the Alameda County Community Development Agency estimated that about 2,400 raptors, as well as about 7,500 other birds, nearly all of which are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act — are being killed every year by the turbines at Altamont. Eric Glitzenstein, a Washington, D.C.-based lawyer who wrote the petition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, says, “It’s absolutely clear that there’s been a mandate from the top� echelons of the federal government not to prosecute the wind industry for violating wildlife laws.

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How to lower gasoline prices s the economy slowly makes headway on its anemic recovery, Americans continue to face a substantial burden on their household budgets in the form of escalating gas prices. Prices for crude oil, which contribute substantially to growth in the price of gasoline, have risen sharply during the years of the Obama administration, and many predict they will continue to rise into the near future, says Diana FurchtgottRoth, a senior fellow with the Manhattan Institute. ■ On January 20, 2009, when Mr. Obama was inaugurated, the average price of gasoline was $1.84 per gallon, but it has since risen to $3.28 per gallon. ■ Simultaneously, the price of crude oil has risen from $39 per barrel in early 2009 to $107 per barrel. ■ Significant gains in domestic oil production have mitigated this price increase: Domestic production averaged 8,184 thousand barrels per day in November 2011, which is up from 6,895 thousand barrels per day average in 2005. ■ Rising prices damage household budgets, with the average household in North Dakota taking on the largest oil burden of $396 per month. Low energy prices are crucial to economic recovery, as they

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simultaneously lower the costs of doing business and alleviate budgetary demands on households. According to the late David Salzman, president of LightSpin Technologies, gasoline will be the primary source of energy for at least the next two decades. Therefore, the Obama administration should adopt policies that will lower prices. ■ Aprove the XL Keystone Pipeline — this will ease transportation from Canada, North Dakota, and Ohio to the Gulf and allow refineries to operate at higher capacities. ■ Allow additional oil exploration — states should be given greater autonomy in adopting policies regarding oil exploration off their coasts, such as California and Alaska. ■ Speed up permitting. ■ Add flexibility to boutique fuel requirements. ■ End the ethanol mandate — ethanol is bad for the environment, historically expensive and damaging to several staple food industries. ■ Do not impose oil taxes — President Obama’s proposed oil tax ($50 billion during the next decade) will undermine American oil’s ability to compete. Source: Diana Furchtgott-Roth, “How to Lower Gasoline Prices,” Manhattan Institute, March 2012.

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conversations because the word of the year is “halfalogue”, which is that half of a conversation you hear involuntarily. Unlike me, my wife is very quiet, which is just one of her many attributes. She can go to a dinner party and not say two words. But she’s a great listener and often after dining out we’ll have our own conversation about what the people in the next booth were discussing. Sometimes it’s hard to just sit there when people are getting their facts wrong, or contemplating bad lifestyle decisions. Often I just want to blurt out, “Can you be a little more specific? Has your husband cheated on you before and exactly what disease did he give you?” Or, “Look, you’re broke. And you eat too much. I’m just saying, instead of spending $10,000 on a tummy tuck next time you shouldn’t order the whole fried chicken, two desserts and ‘the works’ on your baked potato.” Cell phones have benefitted me in many ways. Like sheepherders and lonely cowboys, I have the irritating habit of talking to myself. But now when I talk to myself instead of people thinking I’m a mentally disturbed homeless person, they think I’m talking on my cell phone. Which I don’t have. But they don’t know that. With handless headsets and phones now no larger than a pack of Tic Tacs, it’s easy to convince people you’re actually talking to someone. When I talk to myself and see people looking at me funny, or trying to find the cell phone on my person, I’ll just say real loud, “Sorry Bob, I’m starting to lose you. I’ll call you later when I get in a better area.” Yeah right. Or if I see someone I don’t like and don’t want to talk to, I’ll just say, “Hello, Joe.” Then I turn to the person I don’t want to talk to and say, “I’d love to visit but it’s really important I take this call.” Then I look for a restaurant so I can complete the fake call so that everyone can hear me and see how I’m so technologically savvy that I have a cell phone that no one can see. Gee, I must have the latest model! Thanks to Bluetooth I have all the benefits and status of owning a cell phone without ever having to charge a battery or pay a bill to ATT, Vonage or Verizon.

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any industry members were confident that the rebuilding of the nation’s cowherd begin in would earnest during 2011. At the onset of last year, numerous indicators pointed to a reversal in the shrinking cowherd trend. However, by the late spring of 2011 it was evident that factors remained in place limiting needed herd expansion. Will 2012 be different? Are conditions favorable for cattlemen to retain heifers and purchase replacements? Will the expansion process begin this year? Those are hard questions to answer, but it is safe to say sooner or later rebuilding must and will occur. Commercial cattlemen have numerous breed and breed combinations to consider when

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building or rebuilding the cowherd. Publications, websites, and countless other outlets tout the attributes of the various breeds and breed combinations available today. Often attempts are made to tie hide color to profitability. However, knowledgeable cattlemen understand that heterosis, not color, influences profitability. Years of research have continually shown that maximum hybrid vigor is obtained when mating animals of breeds that are completely unrelated, such as a British and/or Continental Breed with a breed containing Bos indicus bloodlines. Cattlemen looking for females that supply added heterosis with exceptional maternal traits do not need to look any farther than Santa Gertrudis. Not only does the Santa Gertrudis breed include Bos indicus in its genetic package, the breed was the first composite, a

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nown as America’s original beef breed, Santa Gertrudis cattle were bred to thrive in harsh conditions. The breed was developed on the King Ranch in south Texas, and combines the hardiness of Brahman cattle and the muscling and maternal strength of the Shorthorn breed into cattle that are gentle, productive and efficient. The breed — 5/8 Shorthorn and 3/8 Brahman — was first recognized as a distinct breed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1940, according to the Santa Gertrudis Breeders International (SGBI). Today, the breed can be found on operations across the country. By incorporating Santa Gertrudis genetics into their operations, producers are seeing increased weaning weights profitability, and it is hard to argue with that kind of results.

back to Red Doc Farms, although they also sell bulls and heifers to individuals looking for breeding stock. Burns has also sold bulls through Red Doc Farms’ annual spring sale. Showing cattle is another aspect of the family’s operation. Over the years, Kenny has shown cattle in Mercedes, Houston, and Athens, Texas, and at the New Mexico State Fair. Going forward, he says he’ll probably focus on shows closer to home. The Burns are active in the Santa

Gertrudis Breeders United (SGBI), and their grandchildren, Matthew and Briana, showed Santa Gertrudis cattle through the Junior Association for several years.

to Northern New Mexico Santa Gertrudis cattle have been part of the Montano family’s operation for many years. Manuel Montano bought his first Santa Gertrudis from Greer Garson at the Forked Lightning Ranch, and although he raised

several different breeds of cattle on his Las Vegas ranch, he liked the Santa Gertrudis the best. When he passed away, his daughter Cherry and nephew, Stacey, inherited both the ranch and his love of the breed. Today, Cherry Montano raises Santa Gertrudis on the ME Slash Ranch near Taos with help from her son, BJ Rosales. The breed’s gentle nature is very important to Cherry, who focuses on raising show cattle. “I just love them,� she said. “A gentle temperament is one of the best things about the breed. Cherry’s children, BJ and Niome, showed cattle through 4H and the National Junior Santa Gertrudis Association growing

From the plains Santa Gertrudis genetics have been a part of the Burns Ranch, north of Mountainair, since 2002. “We were looking for a bull, and had a friend with a Santa Gertrudis bull, and it kind of snowballed from there,� said Kenny Burns. “A couple of years later, we bought some registered heifers from the Sanchez family of Red Doc Farms in Belen.� Today, Kenny and his wife Letha, with help from their sons Travis and Steven, run registered Santa Gertrudis and a few crossbred cattle. The family has been in the cattle business for a long time, and the ranch remains a family business. “Our sons help us a lot, we couldn’t do it without them,� Kenny said. The results he saw after using that first bull impressed Kenny, and convinced him to stay with the breed. “They added a lot of muscling to the calves, and our weaning weights increased between 80 and 100 pounds. They really grow fast and put pounds on.� Hardiness is one strength of the breed. “They can take all kinds of weather conditions. The past couple of years have been pretty tough as far as moisture, but the cattle have enough Brahman in them that they are doing well.� He also cites their calving ease. “We have been very pleased with the cattle, they’ve been really good for us. They have nice small calves, and are easy calving.� Kenny also likes the breed’s disposition. “The bulls are very easy going,� he noted. “I’m not saying that they won’t fight, but in the past we have had some black bulls that would just stand and fight and tear up fences. I got tired of that.� The majority of calves are sold

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Good Mamas, Good Babies up, and Niome is a past National Santa Gertrudis Junior Princess. Cherry has remained very active in 4-H, helping kids with their cattle projects. “I think 4-H is such a wonderful program for kids to get involved in. I help all that I can and if I can sell some of my calves at the same time, that’s a good thing. Santa Gertrudis is a wonderful breed, and the Junior Association is so good for the kids.” Cherry has successfully developed a good market for her heifer calves as show heifers. She currently has two heifers for 4Hers, and is helping the kids get the heifers ready to take home. “The kids come to my house to work with the calves, I don’t turn them over until I am sure the kids won’t get hurt.” Her bull calves are sold to Red Doc Farms, where they are

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put through a weight gain test. If they perform well enough, they are sold in the Sanchez family’s annual bull sale. In past years, she has sold bulls locally to commercial producers. “Santa Gertrudis add size, height, and also seem to pass their gentle disposition on to their calves,” she noted. “Santa Gertrudis calves tend to be a lot heavier than other breeds. If I do take calves to market, I also benefit in that way.” A Santa Gertrudis / Angus heifer that she bought back from a bull customer will be going to this year’s national show through the Santa Gertrudis Breeders International’s (SGBI’s) Star Five Program, set up to include cattle that are at least 50 percent Santa Gertrudis. Maternal strength and hardiness are also important traits,

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Cherry explained. “The cattle are wonderful mothers. My cattle run at a high altitude. While I have heard people say that they won’t do well up here, that they’ll get brisket disease, I have never had any problems.” While Cherry enjoys helping area 4-Hers with their cattle, she is looking forward to helping the next generation of her family get their start with Santa Gertrudis. “My grandkids will be coming up and ready to show soon. They will be my showmen.”

A New Generation of Leaders In June, Briana Montano was elected President of the National Junior Santa Gertrudis Association, the first New Mexico junior to hold the position. “It has been a great experience,” she said. “It is a huge honor for a small affiliate like New Mexico.” Briana, who grew up on her family’s Santa Gertrudis operation, the O/X Ranch run by her parents Stacey and Debbie Montano 15 miles south of Las Vegas, represents District 5 — New Mexico north to Ohio and Missouri — on the 15-member NJSGA Board of Directors. A business major at the University of New Mexico, she makes the trip home to Las Vegas as often as possible and plans to pursue a career in agriculture. Cattle shows are a big part of the NJSGA, and this part of the year is the heart of the NJSGA show season, Briana said. Junior members are participating in a variety of shows leading up to the Association’s National Show, scheduled for June 17-23, 2012 in Gonzales, Louisiana. During the week-long event, juniors will participate in contests including livestock judging, speech, sales talk, herdsman, showmanship and a cattlemen’s contest where contestants must try to identify 50 tools used in the agricultural

April 15, 2012 and beef industry in a certain amount of time. “It’s always an interesting contest because cattle production and the tools used vary greatly from state to state. The show is definitely the highlight of the week.” The NJSGA does two things that are unique to the association during the show, she explained. Juniors who win their class receive a show heifer donated by a participating Santa Gertrudis producer. Those heifers then compete in a special class at the next year’s National show. In addition, about $40,000 in scholarships are awarded every year to junior members. Last year, Montano received a $10,000 scholarship. Another NJSGA program is the GOALS conference (Gert Ongoing Advanced Leadership Summit), which is held in a different part of the country every two years. “We are all from small towns, and the conference gives us a chance to experience a new city as well as learn leadership skills,” she said. More information on the association and its activities can be found online at www.santagertrudis.org.

“Our association is more than just a cattle association, it truly builds the morals, values, and character of the people involved,” Briana explained. “We are just one great big family, with members from South Carolina to Mississippi to New Mexico. We all have one thing in common — our Gert cattle — and are truly there to help each other.” “I remember my first show, when my heifer got away from me and drug me clear across the show ring,” she continued. “One of the Junior Association Board of Directors helped me up, caught my calf, and helped me get things back under control. I remember thinking then that these people really do care.” Support from the Santa Gertrudis Breeders International (SGBI) is the backbone of the NJSGA. “The adult association takes enormous pride in and puts a great amount of emphasis on junior members,” Briana pointed out. “Their help allows us to learn not just to produce beef, but to produce human beings that are ready to go out and make an impact on the world.”

Scientists cast more doubt about global warming panic n September, Nobel Prizewinning physicist Ivar Giaever made waves when he publicly resigned from the American Physical Society (APS). In an explanatory letter, Giaever focused on the APS’s inexplicable belief that the existence of global warming was “incontrovertible.”

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Why would certain communities of scientists continue to insist on global warming’s existence? In so doing, Giaever joined a growing sect of scientists that has doubts about climate change, says an editorial signed by 16 scientists in the Wall Street Journal. ■ Strikingly, data over the course of the last decade shows no evidence that the globe is gradually warming. ■ Further beyond that, in the 22 years since the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, warming has consistently been below projections. The immediate question then becomes apparent: if there is little data to support the global warming claim, why would certain communities of scientists continue to insist on its existence? The answer is that, though there is little evidence to suggest global warming’s impact, many concentrated parties continue to benefit from a public that believes in it: ■ Academic research teams garner public funding to find effective solutions to the global warming “problem.” ■ Businesses that specialize

exist that benefit from this deception, and so long as scientists exist who will perpetuate its continuation with little data, this false alarmism will continue. Furthermore, the costs of this ruse are not isolated to small private interests, but are diffused among the nation at large. Politicians, who are pressured by the aforementioned private interests, demand costly policy solutions to a non-problem. However, a recent study of a wide variety of policy options by Yale economist William Nordhaus showed that nearly the highest benefit-to-cost ratio is achieved for a policy that allows 50 more years of economic growth unimpeded by greenhouse gas controls. This speaks to the lack of compelling data for the existence of global warming or its negative effects on the daily lives of humans. Source: Claude Allegre et al., “No Need to Panic about Global Warming,” Wall Street Journal, January 27, 2012.


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NMSU to host Indian Livestock Days May 15-16 in Albuquerque attle producers, including Native Americans, are facing many challenges because of the ongoing drought. Helpful information will be available to producers during the annual New Mexico Indian Livestock Days conference, 7 a.m to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, May 15 and 16, at the Route 66 Casino and Hotel west of Albuquerque on Interstate 40. New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service agricultural agents and specialists, as well as private industry experts, have designed sessions addressing many issues that producers are facing. “In addition, there will be a full day of outdoor activities, which has been brought back after the success of last year,” said Kathy Landers, McKinley County Extension agricultural agent. “While the outdoor activities are going on, we will also have indoor session provided by our home economists.” The drought is a very real

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threat to the survival of livestock operations, and that fact has shaped the conference agenda this year. Among first day’s sessions, Manny Encinias, Extension beef cattle specialist, will talk about supplemental feeds to use during the drought; Gary Sides, cattle nutritionist from Pfizer, will discuss trends going on in the cattle industry. Representatives from USDA agencies, such as the Farm Service Agency, the Natural Resource Conservation Service and the National Agricultural Statistics Service, will discuss programs that are available to help producers during the drought. “One of the sessions on Tuesday that I’m looking forward to is a report on the Horses For Heroes and Cowboy Up programs,” Landers said. “These are for wounded warriors who have lost a limb from recent war action and who have come home to New Mexico and are establishing their own ranches. We will hear from a panel of the men

on how they are progressing.” Another important issue that will be discussed is the wolf recovery program. Adam Ringia of Laguna Pueblo will talk about how the government arranged for Native Americans to do wolf releases. “He’s going to speak on how Native Americans have a voice on this issue and how they need to express it,” Landers said. Also during the opening day, Karen Budd-Falen of BuddFalen Law Offices will give an industry update. “She made a presentation at the New Mexico Joint Stockman’s Convention and was well received. I think our producers will learn a lot from this session,” Landers said. Other sessions on the first day will include a presentation about the cattle market by Jerry Hawkes, NMSU Extension economics specialist, and an update on the sheep industry by Ron Cole, American Sheep Industry wool education consultant. John Wenzel, NMSU Extension veterinarian will discuss reproduc-

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super committee process. “My friends on the left don’t want to spend any money on rural America and my friends on the right just don’t want to spend any money on anybody for ANY reason!” he exclaimed, underscoring how difficult it will be to secure 218 votes for a farm bill on the House floor. The Chairman indicated he’d begin working on a one-year extension of the 2008 Farm Bill this summer, on a parallel track, if it became apparent that enacting new legislation wasn’t possible. “I want a farm bill” this year, he declared, but “I just don’t know whether the environment I’m working in up here — budget, the political mix, the presidential campaigns — I don’t know whether the circumstances are going to let me have one. “But Debbie, Pat, Collin and I

are going to move heaven and earth, if we can, to get it done,” he said, referring to Senate Ag Chair Debbie Stabenow, DMich, ranking member Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, and the ranking member on his committee, Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn. He urged environmental groups to drop their demand that farmers be required to adopt soil and water stewardship practices in order to collect crop insurance indemnities. “I would ask my friends who are very enthusiastic about the environmental perspective to work with us this time; we only have a limited amount of money. We’ve got to continue to make production agriculture work in this country.” On other ag policy issues, Lucas said it was too early to make a prediction about whether the next farm bill would contain a Livestock Title.

tive diseases and trichomoniasis. Jon Boren, NMSU Extension director, will give an update on NMSU’s Extension program and the research being done at the university’s agricultural science centers. The conference’s second day will open at the conference facility with a presentation by several young ranchers, followed by two tracks of outdoor sessions. Horse sense and cattle handling will be the morning options. After lunch Tom Sidwell of JX Ranch’s natural beef program will present a rancher’s insights. Additional outdoor sessions will focus on water for livestock and carcass evaluation. “I’m excited about the carcass evaluation session,” Landers said. “John Wenzel will have cuts of beef from a cow on which he intentionally performed incorrect vaccination injections. He will show the producers what happens to the meat if they give the injection in the wrong area or give too much vaccine.” Meanwhile, NMSU home

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The high cost of renewable electricity mandates n the absence of federal action to set carbon emission standards, many states have created renewable portfolio standards (RPS) on their own, whereby an agreed-upon fraction of their electricity production is supplied by renewable sources, says Robert Bryce, a senior fellow with the Manhattan Institute. However, RPSs contain substantial hidden costs that adopting states often fail to take into account. Indeed, the economic burden that they impose likely harms job growth as consumers and businesses alike are saddled with higher rates. ■ Thus far, 29 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, have adopted RPSs. ■ However, because electricity produced from renewable sources tends to be more expensive than energy from traditional sources, RPSs tend to raise rates. ■ In 2010, the average price of residential electricity in RPS states was 31.9 percent higher than it was in non-RPS states. ■ A Heritage Foundation

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dependent non-RPS states. This demonstrates that RPSs place substantial downward pressure on state economies, as poor families and businesses are forced to pay higher electricity rates. In this context, it is crucial for states to recognize the importance of energy prices in economic activity and the effects that RPSs can have on an already-fragile economy. Source: Robert Bryce, “The High Cost of Renewable Electricity Mandates,” Manhattan Institute, February 2012.

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The Politics of health Care Rationing he Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) will face two tests this year: judicial challenge from the Supreme Court and legislative challenge pending the results of the November election. Regardless of the outcome of these two obstacles, the PPACA as currently written will substantially alter health care, says Chidem Kurdas, a financial journalist and economist. At its core, the mammoth act puts forth three basic principles that it seeks to progress: ■ The institutionalization of the individual mandate, thereby spreading coverage to millions more Americans ■ New entitlements via expanded Medicaid, subsidies and certain coverage requirements. ■ Control over the growth of medical costs. These broad goals target many of the woes of the health care industry, yet studies are increasingly showing that they are incompatible. Specifically, the requirements imposed by the individual mandate and new entitlements will compromise the government’s ability to control cost growth. ■ Though the individual mandate, if found constitutional, will not be implemented until 2014, much of the expanded entitlements have already been put in place. ■ As a result, according to a Kaiser Foundation study, family premiums went up by 9 percent from 2010 to 2011, compared to

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a significantly lower 3 percent increase from 2009 to 2010. ■ Costs will be higher in those states that will see the largest swathes of their populations becoming newly insured — 2014 Medicaid expenditures will be 22 percent higher in Illinois and 13.5 percent higher in Texas, according to estimates by Jagadeesh Gokhale of the Cato Institute. The states, meanwhile, are given little control over their future expenditures on Medicaid. The PPACA will significantly increase the financial burdens of funding the program because of new federal requirements, and while the states have been given some latitude in adopting certain policies, the majority of the decision-making remains with the federal government. Another concern is that the standards for what is covered and what is not will be influenced by political motivations.

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Committed To Always Working Hard For You! RANCHES / FARMS *NEW* 332 Head Ranch, Greenlee County, AZ, Near Double Circle Ranch. 23 Deeded acres, with two homes, barn and outbuildings. 58 Sections USFS grazing permit. Good vehicular access to the ranch otherwise this is a horseback ranch. Scenic, great outfitters prospect. $850,000 411 Head Double Circle Ranch, Eagle Creek, AZ USFS Allotment, 13 ac of deeded, 4-BR, 2-story rock home, barn, corrals, & outfitters camp. HQ centrally located in a secluded draw. Well improved with 16 large pastures, 36+ miles of new fencing, 30 miles of new pipeline with several major solar pumping systems, additional water storage & numerous drinkers. $1.5M Turnkey w/220 head of Longhorn Steers, Horses & Equip. Terms 52 Head Ranch, San Simon, AZ – Great Guest Ranch Prospect Pristine, & private, only 12 miles from I-10. Bighorn sheep, ruins, pictographs. 1480 acres of deeded, 52 head, BLM lease, historic rock house, new cabin, springs, wells. $1,500,000 Terms. 250-400+ Head Cattle Ranch Sheldon, AZ – 1,450 deeded acres, ±30 sections BLM, 150+ acres irrigated farm land. Nice HQ includes two rock homes, good set of steel shipping & horse corrals, barn.

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*NEW* 150 Head VF Ranch, NW of Willcox, AZ – At the base of the Winchester Mountains. ±950 deeded acres, 9,648 State Grazing Lease. Small 1 bedroom home, corrals, well, and electric at headquarters. Great country. Good mix of browse and grass. $1,100,000. *PENDING* 130 Head Sundown Ranch, southeast of Sonoita, AZ – 984 Deeded Ac, 2700 Ac USFS Grazing Lease. Vintage ranch home, bunk house, excellent working corrals, beautiful rolling grasslands with oaks. $988,000.

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320 Ac Farm, Kansas Settlement, AZ – This working farm has 2-120 acre Zimmatic Pivots, a nice site built home, large workshop & hay barn. 5 irrigation wells, 2 domestic wells. The property is fenced & cross fenced. Great setup for pasturing cattle., $975,000, Terms. 35% down at 6% for 10 years or submit. Wickenburg, AZ – 216 Head Cattle Ranch. Scenic, lush high desert vegetation. 103 deeded acres, State, BLM & 3,100 acres private lease. Well watered w/tanks, springs & wells. Abundant feed, numerous corrals & great steel shipping pens. $850,000. ±60 Head Cattle Ranch Bisbee/McNeal, AZ – AZ grazing leases HQ on 966 acres of private land including log home, bunk house, corrals, hay barn, well, arena, tack house & storage sheds. $600,000. Purchase HQ on 244 acres & lease for $500,000. Young, AZ, 72 Acre Farm – Under the Mogollon Rim, a must see, w/small town charm, mountain views. 1,000 gpm well, home, 1800s museum, 2 BR cabin, shop, & barn. Excellent for horse farm, bed & breakfast, land or water development. ±62 acres & well for $1,700,000; home & other improvements. $424,500, Seller Financing. *REDUCED* Santa Teresa Mtns, Fort Thomas, AZ – 200 acre Plus 17 head BLM allotment, private retreat, two wells. Very remote & extremely scenic w/sycamores, cottonwoods & beautiful rock formations. $285,000, Terms. Greenlee County, AZ, 139 Head Ranch – Year-long USFS permit w/two room line camp, barn & corrals at HQ. Remote horseback ranch w/limited vehicular access. Sheldon, AZ.

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We have buyers looking for 300 to 700 head outfits. If you are thinking of selling your Ranch, NOW would be an excellent time. Ranch Sales have picked up for all size ranches and we would appreciate the opportunity to talk to you about listing your ranch.

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300± Head Cattle Ranch, Virden, NM ±4010 deeded acres, ±27 sec BLM, 4.5 sec NM State Lease. HQ includes 2 BR, 1 bath, site built home on 10 irrigated acres. Well watered ranch.

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112 Head Mountain Ranch, Collins Park, NM – New log cabin w/new well & storage,septic, & solar package; tack/bunk house; excellent working corrals, USFS YL permit & 115 deeded acres w/tall pines & meadows. *NEW* Franklin, NM, 28 Acre Farm – 19 Acres of water rights from Franklin I.D., 5 BR, 3 bath Mfg. home, corrals. $150,000 Terms. HORSE PROPERTIES *REDUCED PRICE – INCREASED ACREAGE* San Pedro River north of Benson, AZ – +⁄345 acre Professional Horse Breeding Facility, 55 acres of irrigated pasture, 900 gpm well. 2 homes; barn w/office, apt., tack room, feed room, & storage area; 12 stall barn; 7 stall mare motel; lab/vet room; lighted riding arena; insulated workshop; & hay storage area. $2.4M. Reduced to $2.175M. Terms Available. 175 Ac Gentlemen’s Farm/Ranch, Arivaca, AZ. 3200 s.f. Custom home, with ±34 irrigated acres, pistachio grove, horse barn/shop, hay barn, & rental apartment. $1.4M. Willcox, AZ 40 Acres – Great views in every direction, power to the property. $85,000. *REDUCED* Irrigated Farm, St. David, AZ 15+ acre parcel, new 3 BR, 2 Bath custom home overlooking pond, irrigated farm fields, 120 pecan trees; Indoor swimming pool; guest house; studio; root cellar; workshop; machine & hay sheds. $790,000 $650,000.

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US appeals court allows wolf hunts by MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press, Seattle Times

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“Meatless Monday” moves into rural schools CATTLE HEALTHLINE RSS by Dan Goehl, DVM, Beef Today

was shocked and disappointed to open my son’s homework folder recently and find propaganda promoting “Meatless Monday”. Once I was past the initial shock I began to reflect on what the implications are in a broader sense. Many including myself have given much lip service in the recent months/years regarding the fact that there are organizations such as the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) that would like to end

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protein in your diet. The fact that they were uneducated rests on the shoulders of all of us in the beef industry for not educating them by being proactive instead of reactive after the fact. The truly frightening thing is how did it come to be our school district was given the information to start with and what happens when a similar letter is sent home to children in St. Charles county? People there may not be as offended and may take to heart the false information presented to them. I agree that anything in excess can be harmful but this can be said of water. I would like to thank all those who called and

April 15, 2012 expressed their concern both to me and officials in the school district but I would also like this to be a call to action for us to be more proactive in promoting the facts behind a healthy diet. Know the facts and promote the production efficiency that our industry displays. Take time to educate yourself so you can educate others when asked on an airplane or in the feed store. Know where/who to get the information from. I for one don’t want to run from the data and science but want to stand behind it to defend what I and the people I work with everyday do to help feed the world a healthy food product. Dan Goehl, DVM, and his wife own and operate Canton Veterinary Clinic in Canton, MO, where Dan works primarily with stocker and cow/calf beef operations.

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The name changed to Wildlands CPR in 2006, according to its Internal Revenue Service Form 990. The group’s newsletter is called The Road RIPort. And their “road-ripping” recommendations are now in a federal document for trail managers. Allard and the OHV groups asked Vilsak, “Why does the U.S. Forest Service cite such a radical and extreme group for an official federal report that should be fact based and neutral?” Kevin Meyer, the author of the tract, is not surprised by all the controversy. “To begin with, the Framework is not a regulatory document, it’s a management aid,” he said. “I used a published Wildlands CPR document, ‘Best Management Practices for OffRoad Vehicle Use on Forestlands,’ which I found in a web search. I thought it useful for managers in planning, implementing and monitoring OHV trails.” But what will the Forest Service do with the road-ripping advice? And what about that “herding dragons” remark? Meyer didn’t address the road-ripping query, but said, “It’s the disagreement surrounding OHV trails that’s like herding dragons, not the users.” Friends say that Meyer is a boots-on-trail builder prone to “poetic” language, a nationally recognized trail specialist, and — ironically — a passionate advocate for sustainable OHV trails in Alaska’s permafrost, where OHV use is important for a subsistence culture. What about the document and the Forest Service website? Meyer said that the Forest Service will review the Framework and post the result in the future. Don Amador, a highly respected OHV advocate, said, “It’s clear that picking Meyer to write this Framework was gross incompetence by the Forest Service, not malice aforethought. They shouldn’t have wasted taxpayer money hiring a Park Service scientist in Alaska to write a Forest Service management manual almost completely for the ‘Lower 48.’ And certainly not one who gives credibility to road ripping. Let’s do it over and let’s do it right.” Examiner Columnist Ron Arnold is executive vice president of the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise.

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