What to do with Cliven Bundy’s cows? It’s a question with no easy answer.
The cows, nearly 1,000 of them, are tended about as well by Bundy from jail as when he was on the ranch, say federal prosecutors. But Bundy is not the only one to blame for the long unresolved situation that threatens more than just cows.
Stephen Wells, executive director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, says the BLM is guilty of a long list of misdeeds, and calls Bundy and the BLM “peas in a pod when it comes to their callous disregard for animal welfare.” Further, Wells thinks Bundy’s feral cows should be shipped to a sanctuary. We think that’s a grand idea, provided Wells volunteers to ride with the cowboys who would be tasked with finding and corralling the cows. A couple weeks on horseback in the desert might change his perceptions. Nine other groups have called on the BLM to remove Bundy’s cows to stop the destruction of the habitat of the endangered Mojave desert tortoise.
Bundy and many of his supporters may be in jail, but the “crimes against the desert tortoise continue,” activists say.
Bundy sues Obama…
…And just about every other Nevada official. Cliven Bundy’s lawyer filed a complaint today against President Obama; Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.); his son, former Clark County Commission Chairman Rory Reid; and U.S. District Court Judge Gloria Navarro.
The federal lawsuit seeks to remove Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro from the case, an order allowing Washington, D.C., lawyer Larry Klayman to join Bundy’s defense team and more than $50 million in damages.
It alleges that they violated several of his constitutional rights and also asks the court to dismiss his indictment and release him from solitary confinement.
Profit Tracker: Nearing breakeven
Feedyards are as close to breaking even on a cash basis as they’ve been during any point in the past 18 months. Last week the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker estimated cash losses at $30 per head, and certainly some cattle made a little money.
Last week’s closeouts improved $45 per head as cash fed cattle prices rallied $3 per cwt., a much needed boost as prices had retreated about $10 per cwt over the previous two weeks.
More beef now, slower increase later
Beef production for the year to date in 2016 is up 3.0% year over year, says Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University extension economist. This increase is faster than expected as earlier expectations were for more of the annual increase in beef production to occur in the second half of the year. However, recent changes in beef production have implications for the timing and possibly for total beef production for 2016.