Environment & Science

Field Days: Montana Winter Fair

Feb 12, 2018
Courtesy The Prairie Star

On this episode of Field Days, rancher Weston Merrill heads to the Montana Winter Fair, where he learns how to be a better advocate for the agriculture industry.  


A new coalition called “Our Land, Our Legacy” says it plans to fight against Daines’ bill with social media messages and an advertising campaign.
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Montana Wilderness advocates are launching a campaign in opposition to a bill introduced by the state’s Republican Senator Steve Daines. If passed, that bill would eliminate protections for some federal lands in Montana.

Visitors to Yellowstone National Park can now purchase entrance passes online instead of in person. Normally, visitors to the nation’s oldest national park had to pony up cash or a credit card to a ranger if they wanted to get in.

Field Days: Preparing For Calving

Feb 5, 2018
Weston Merrill

On this episode of Field Days, rancher Weston Merrill revives a forty year-old snowblower to clear out his corrals in preparation for calving.

  

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Sky watchers are in for a rare triple treat very early Wednesday morning, Jan. 31,2018. A supermoon, blue moon and total lunar eclipse will be on display for early risers.

The 3 lunar occurrences are not unique events by themselves.

A blue moon-- which isn’t really blue-- is a calendar event  when two full moons occur in a  month, which 

happens  about every two-and-a-half to three years.

Field Days: Vaccines And Brands

Jan 29, 2018
Weston Merrill

On this episode of Field Days, rancher Weston Merrill gets his cows through the chute for their bangs vaccine and a new brand.


The search continues for dozens of bison reported missing from two holding pens at Yellowstone National Park. Authorities say the animals escaped when somebody used bolt cutters to open up a fence. Park officials are calling the incident a crime. 

 

Field Days: Pasture Rotation

Jan 22, 2018
Weston Merrill

On this episode of Field Days, rancher Weston Merrill reflects on the pasture rotation system he used for the first time this past summer.


Yellowstone National Park has opened a criminal investigation to determine how more than 50 of its bison escaped through a cut fence at a quarantine facility. Authorities say it appears somebody cut the fence with bolt cutters.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke calls the incident “devastating.”

Field Days: Antibiotics

Jan 17, 2018
Weston Merrill

On this episode of Field Days, rancher Weston Merrill prepares his pregnant cows and heifers for their ScourGuard shots and muses on the antimicrobial resistance debate.

  

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