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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.

  • A desperate move to protect cattle ranchers

    Wyoming Game and Fish plans to test feedgrounds elk and slaughter any that are infected with brucellosis in order to keep the disease from spreading to cattle

  • 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.

  • Another legacy of drought

    Wyoming veterinarians are blaming the drought for the summer's unusually high number of cattle with deadly sulfate-induced polio.

  • Big stink over factory farms

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

  • Biology: The missing science

    Studies by Montana’s Andrew Hansen and Colorado’s Rick Knight offer some of the first scientific evidence that preserving ranch lands provides important benefits to surrounding ecosystems

  • Bison aren’t Buicks, and other dangerous beliefs

    The writer says bison aren’t Buicks and neither are domestic cows

  • Can sheep and coyote ever coexist?

    Predator Friendly, an unusual alliance of sheep ranchers, environmentalists and entrepreneurs, markets wool grown by ranchers who don't kill coyotes.

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