Blue Wing Beef

The Rangeland Administrative System provides information for grazing allotments managed by the BLM.  Five reports are available.

Figure 2.8 in Appendix A of the Winnemucca District Resource Management Plan shows the Blue Wing – Seven Troughs allotment as #135.

You don’t have to sift through RMPs to find allotment numbers.  If you know the allotment name you can find useful information in RAS.

For example, Figure 4 in the Blue Wing Gather Plan shows the allotment names in and around the gather area.  NEPA projects for wild horse management actions are a bit easier to navigate than those for RMPs, which may involve complex environmental impact statements.

If you select Authorization Use by Allotment, you can specify the state, office and allotment name to start the search.  Right-click the link to open it in a new tab so the main page stays visible.

  • State: Nevada
  • Office: Humboldt River
  • Name: Blue Wing – Seven Troughs

Click Apply to run the report.  The system provides the results as a pdf file, which you can save to your device.  The allotment is grazed by four permittees, one for cattle and three for sheep.  The cattle permittee receives 14,062 AUMs per year over a twelve month grazing season.  That forage would support over 1,100 wild horses.

Go back to the main page and right-click on Allotment Information.

  • State: Nevada
  • District: Winnemucca
  • Office: Humboldt

Click OK to run the report.  Scroll down until you see Blue Wing/7 Troughs, fifth column from the left.  Click the Next 100 Rows icon () at the bottom of the list to see page 2.  The allotment is in the Improve category, which probably means that it’s not meeting one or more standards for rangeland health.

Go back to the main page and try Operator Information.  Right-click the link to open it in a new tab.

  • State: Nevada
  • District: Winnemucca
  • Office: Humboldt

Click OK to run the report.  The authorization number for the cattle permittee, from the first report, is 2702016.  Scroll down until you find it.  The operator is C-Punch Ranch Inc, a producer of range-fed beef.

The reports don’t say which permittee grazes what part of the 1,192,778 acre allotment, or where those pastures lie with respect to the HMAs and HAs in the Blue Wing Complex, so you don’t know exactly how the horses and burros have been impacted by cattle and sheep.

Given that the cattle permittee receives 69% of the authorized forage, based on data in the first report, most of them have likely been displaced from their home range by cattle.

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