posted on Apr, 10 2014 @ 07:22 PM
reply to post by NiteNGale2
There has been tension between the feds and the ranchers for several decades. Ranchers "buy" leases for grazing (which are extremely costly), pay
monthly grazing fees. Not sure what the grazing fees are this year, they use to be $3.65 per cow unit per month. So if you have 100 head out on
free range that $365 per month per year. Hell of a lot more money than campers and hunters provide. So this is not welfare ranching, just the tree
huggers and feds failing to mention the income so they have more public support and sympathy.
Now this said lease can be taken away or reduced at the whim of the government. Ranchers have to be good stewards of our land or they loose money on
their product. Ranchers build fences, trails, supply water and salt and mineral blocks which are beneficial to wild life. I see no camper or hiker
providing the native wildlife has adequate water and feed, do you? Wildlife has increased because of local ranch practices. Remember Lewis and Clark
-- they almost starved.
Ranchers need to have a herd size of roughly 500 in order to make ends meet most years. Keep in mind that said ranchers have to own a required
amount of private land before they are eligible to bid on grazing permits. So, the rancher goes to the bank with his business outline and manages to
get a loan for cattle, equipment, feed and vet supplies and when all of this is finally final, guess what?? The federal government drops his grazing
limit from 500 to 75 and then can you guess what happens to the rancher? I have seen it happen multiple times and I firmly believe the BLM and Forest
Service actually have a climax when they pull a business out from under a family. It makes them feel real good.
So back to the rancher in Nevada. About time.