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Program: Land & Livestock Report

Reporting on ranching and land stewardship issues is a natural fit and a passion for Susan Allen. Growing up in a family that raised timber and Christmas trees under the shadow of Mt, Hood Susan has always found herself more comfortable on the back of a horse in the wilderness checking out the terrain than in any urban setting . Today herself a rancher and a member of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, Susan and her husband run their Wagu/Corrientes herd along with her son’s Angus cattle in the Blue Mts. near Pendleton Oregon. There they have experienced first-hand what it means to “ranch with wolves” in the most liberal and environmentally conscientious state in the Union. In her “free time” she enjoys working with young or difficult horses, helping them realize their potential and gifts in the ranching world.

Since graduating from Arizona State with a minor in Journalism Susan has followed a communications path that has included writing for and promoting the Northern California Thoroughbred Racing Industry to launching the popular Food Forethought Commentary and newspaper column in the early 2000’s( as a result of the BSE finding in Mapton WA,) becoming one of the earliest advocates for agriculture. She also co- hosted the American Rancher Radio Program which eventually became Open Range for many years. She is excited to be “back in the saddle” each day covering the issues and accomplishments of America’s Ranching Community.

  • Cattle Prospects

    I’ve got a Christmas present for Americas ranchers.

  • Montana Miracle

    It’s been a long week and the following story about a horse named Eddie who never gave up is a great way to end it.

  • Comanche, the Horse With Heart

    When it comes to horses you can buy the best bloodlines but that still won’t guarantee the elusive quality we call heart.

  • Grading Beef British Style

    Prime, choice, select, standard, commercial, utility, cutter, canner...all ways we label our meat and guess what country we have to thank for that?

  • Beef's Sustainability

    My late father in-law, once a well known cattle buyer in Oregon, would have been surprised by the direction the beef Industry has moved in the thirty years since he was an active participant.

  • The little Invention That Changed Horseback Riding

    Prior to World War II western stirrups were fastened with leather laces, that is until Earl Blevins a bull dogger from Wyoming was drafted into the Coast Guard’s horse patrol

  • Sages Saga

    I looked at the papers and looked back at the horse, it couldn’t be the same animal!

  • Hay Brulee Anyone?

    Grass fed is the rage in some circles isn’t it, in fact throughout the world in a bevy of upscale restaurants grass fed takes on a whole new meaning,

  • Economic Power Of Ponies

    One segment of the horse industry that has exploded over the last twenty years, evidence that unlike the stimulus plan, good things can come in small packages.

  • A New Direction For The Herford Brand

    The two most famous breeds of cattle have become recognizable brands but sometimes in achieving all that status you sacrifice exclusivity.

  • The Price of a Tail

    What is the value of a stolen tail? Wait until you hear the reward!

  • Round Up Hall of Fame

    With all the hype that surrounded the 100th Pendleton Roundup it’s easy to forget those individuals who over the years ensured it’s success.

  • Teds Bison Could Be A Threat To Cattle

    Ted Turner’s always wheeling and dealing. Recently he got dealt a blow when a bacterial disease that can be deadly for cattle was discovered in his bison herd.

  • A Nerd and A Wrangler Change The Course Of History

    Americans have always been entrepreneurs, even when government has made difficult, that was true today as it was for a sixteen year old in 1830 who loved tinkering.

  • A New PR Direction for Ag

    The PR game has never been easy for the ag community.

  • We Can Learn From Peacemakers

    Ulysses S. Grant once said “ a horse can be made to do almost anything if his master has intelligence enough to let him know what is required”

  • Military Horses

    Remarkable isn’t it that in this era of drones the humble horse still serves our nation.

  • Electricity Tragedies

    Hands down the best western movie of all times also had one of the most memorable and chilling scenes .

  • SAD Sudden Aspen Decline

    Aspen has been rapidly dying off throughout many western locations especially in Arizona, New Mexico and Wyoming .

  • Ranching With Wolves

    I recently had a nice chat with a rancher and quarter horse breeder whose property now in what is known as wolf country, and because of that he has changed the way he ranches

  • Cowboy Coffee House Fodder

    The disconnect between this president and agriculture just keeps growing and along with great frustration comes a few good coffee shop jokes.

  • A Sustainable Feed lot?

    We can fantasize all day long about the bucolic benefits of grass fed beef but reality is we don’t have enough land to produce the meat it would take to feed our nation.

  • Beef Counts

    Thanks to Washington and Idaho ranchers, Agri-Beef and Washington Beef, impoverished Northwest families will have meat this winter.

  • Why Obama Can't Be A Rancher

    Several of our past presidents have spent their early and retirement years on ranches, working cattle even chopping wood but there is no way this President could ever be a rancher.

  • Whats Really Dangerous..Not Meat!

    Whenever, wherever, there’s a food borne outbreak it seems cattle are always the scapegoat

  • Unwanted Horse Study Reveals Plight

    Tough economic times aren’t just hard on people, they can be devastating to horses,

  • Fall Pasture Warning

    Rotational grazing is critical for livestock health especially in the fall.

  • A Northwest Cattle Baron

    Texas has a rich history of cattle barons but surprisingly so does the Northwest.

  • Open Range Law

    Wildlife aren't the only ones impacted by encroaching development, suburban sojourners are complaining about Open Range cattle and the law that has been a part of our west for generations

  • Fall Calving Tips

    New study sheds light on average time in labor for heifers and cows

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