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  • 'Big for the sake of big is not good'

    In his own words, Bill Stoltzfus compares his small (85-cow) dairy to the huge ones that have taken over the Magic Valley, and admits that dairy farmers who created problems with odor and manure must now take responsibility and deal with them.

  • 'The odors were beyond description'

    In her own words, Sena McKnight describes how she and her family were forced out of their home next to the Dutch Touch Dairy, due to the nauseating odors and decline in quality of life.

  • 'You start over new'

    In his own words, Dean Swager talks about how he moved his dairy farm from Southern California's Chino Valley to Idaho's Magic Valley.

  • No magic bullet for wasting disease

    Controlling the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease in deer and elk has developed into a major problem for Department of Wildlife officials in Colorado, with critics appalled at the agency's slaughter of the animals.

  • Big stink over factory farms

    In Utah, a new law prevents counties from making factory farms criminally liable for their impacts on local communities.

  • Global market squeezes sheep ranchers

    Foreign competition, low prices and increasing labor costs have sent the U.S. sheep industry into a decline that is felt especially in Idaho.

  • Alternative livestock searches for a niche

    After the enthusiastic boosterism that surrounded alternative livestock in the 1980s, emu, ostrich, elk and bison producers have seen the market - and their incomes - plummet.

  • Ranching the changing times

    Bad economic times lead the writer to turn his ranching career into a "sell-out" occupation: the ranch-recreation business.

  • Restoring the West, goat by goat

    Lani Lamming of Wyoming leases goats to conscientious landowners who have discovered the benefits of organic weed control.

  • Ranching's worst enemy? It's not greens

    Western ranchers rejoice when a federal court jury finds that the nation’s largest meatpacker, Tyson/IBP, has illegally squeezed $1.28 billion from independent cattle producers

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