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Wednesday 19th August 2015.
Michael Priestley - Editor

Michael Priestley

MSD Animal Health

US Ranchers Blame Government for Catastrophic Wildfires

A spate of wildfires engulfing hundreds of thousands of rangeland acres is the government's fault, says the US cattle industry's leading body.

The fires, which have scorched 1.1 million acres from the Canadian border down to California this week, have been caused by “gross negligence and mismanagement” from authorities, ranchers say.

In a joint letter to the government, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and Public Lands Council underlined the importance of “proper natural resource management”.

They said the “massive” wildfires, which have required army personnel attention for the first time since 2006, have cost ranchers and put them in danger.

Any recovery will take decades, whether it be to forage stocks, infrastructure or wildlife habitat, said PLC President, Brenda Richards.

Of the more notable fires, the Soda Wildfire has torn across almost 300,000 acres of rangeland straddling the Oregon/Idaho border.

American media has reported a total of around 100 separate fires that have led to over 1,000 residents being evacuated.

Fires are heavily concentrated in the North West, with the Washington Post noting the 35 blazes shared between Oregon and western Montana.

The paper said: “In these states and in the Pacific Northwest, fires are being started by thunderstorms that are delivering lightning strikes without much rain.”

But this could have been avoided if federal agencies were reined in, said NCBA President Philip Ellis.

He said: “We have seen more red tape and regulation than ever before, and our natural resources are paying the heavy price.”

Rather than retroactively spending money on controlling fires, he encouraged officials to invest in preventing wildfires.

Wrecking Badger Setts Could Spread TB, Evidence Suggests read more

Illegally persecuting badgers definitely does not do good and could be doing harm, says a Northern Irish study which found disturbance to 5 per cent of badger setts. 

Australian Cattle Incomes Double read more

High turn off and 24 per cent higher prices mean businesses have been turning off cattle into a strong market. However, profit continues to evade many businesses.

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