Saving the Salt River Horses by Getting Rid of Them

In 2019, more than 100 foals were born.  Last year, only 16 were born and this year the ‘advocates’ hope for even better results, according to a story posted yesterday by FOX10 News of Phoenix.

The multi-dimensional program includes darting and feeding.

As usual, the effort focuses on the horses, not on the causes of their removal from their home range.

Contraceptives have short-term and long-term effects.  Unlike the Covid vaccines, where some acute effects have been documented while the chronic effects are mostly unknown, the short-term and long-term effects of PZP are known but are usually glossed over or dismissed by the PZP zealots.

With this much human involvement, the Salt River horses are no longer wild, they are a carefully curated exhibit.

Go see them before they’re gone.

RELATED: Success on the Salt River.

UPDATE: Added video.

‘Perseverance’ Finds No Pinyon Pines or Juniper Trees

Clear-cutting will not be needed in the Designated Area, according to the Bureau of Livestock on Mars, allowing the project to move to the next step, which is seeding.

The rover has identified some water sources but more will be needed.  With most of the grazing fees plowed back into the program for range improvements, the goal should easy to achieve.

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“Although pinyons and junipers crowd out some forage,” said one rancher, “what we really want is access to areas previously off limits.”  He added that “Seeding boosts forage availability and stocking rates much more effectively than clear cutting.”

“Those fuels reduction programs are bogus,” said another.

As for the RMP, the ranchers want at least 95% of the resources assigned to livestock, with the balance reserved for wildlife, especially big game.

“The WHB Act should be restricted to Earth,” said one of the wranglers.  “Margins are paper thin up here and we can’t afford any losses to wild horses.”

RELATED: ‘Perseverance’ Tests Martian Soil.

Livestock Grazing on Forest Service Lands

The BLM sells about 12 million AUMs annually on 155 million acres.  At current prices, the government receives about $16 million per year, a small offset to the cost of the WHB program, which is operated mostly for the benefit of the public-lands ranchers.

A summary of grazing activity on Forest Service lands in 2016, the most recent year for which the agency has published data, shows sales of about seven million AUMs annually on 102 million acres, for an income of roughly $9 million per year at current prices.

In total, privately owned livestock receive 19 million AUMs per year on about 250 million acres of public lands, allowing for some overlap in jurisdictions.

The ranchers would have to place 3.2 million cow/calf pairs on those lands to consume 19 million AUMs in a six month grazing season, for a stocking rate of 12.8 cow/calf pairs per thousand acres.

At current herd sizes, wild horses and burros are consuming about one million AUMs per year on slightly more than ten percent of the land.

The current stocking rate is less than four animals per thousand acres.

The target rate is one animal per thousand acres, suggesting that resource availability and productivity improve dramatically when areas are designated for livestock.

Fixing the Ranching Problem in the Western U.S.

Many permittees own land and appurtenances known as a ‘base property.’  Grazing privileges on public lands are usually tied to base properties, which may include other assets such as water rights.

Where do livestock go during the off season?  Where would they go if AUMs on public lands had to be curtailed because of a fire or drought?  Back to the base property and/or rented pastures, where the ranchers would have to pay market rates to feed them.

The 4M Ranch, a sponsor of the Meeker Mustang Makeover and probable beneficiary of wild horses thus adopted, has almost 12,000 acres of deeded lands which, presumably, secure its grazing privileges on 125,000 acres of BLM and Forest Service lands.

Hay production on the ranch, about 1,200 tons annually, would support 240 cow/calf pairs, assuming they consume five tons per year per pair (25 to 30 pounds per day).

Forage on the deeded acres would support another 100 cow/calf pairs, assuming a stocking rate of eight pairs per thousand acres.

Additional food can be imported (at going rates) if a larger number of animals is desired.  No more dependence on government, no more slurping at the public trough.

Yes, it’s a radical idea—confining them to their own property.  Nobody has ever been expected to do that.

RELATED: Sponsor of Meeker Mustang Makeover or Beneficiary?.

Quick Note on Overpopulation

It does not mean the carrying capacity of the land has been exceeded, not even close.

It means more horses than allowed by plan, too many resources lost to animals that bring in no economic return.

The resources are there.  In most cases there are no ‘excess’ horses.  There is no basis for a roundup or fertility control program.  Most of the ‘advocacy’ groups are clueless.

The problem is resource management—the plans—which typically allocate four to five times as much food to privately owned livestock as they do to wild horses, on lands identified for the horses.

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Sponsor of Meeker Mustang Makeover or Beneficiary?

One of the event’s sponsors is 4M Ranch.

The Operator Information report in RAS, for the State of Colorado, Northwest District, White River Field Office, gives an address in Meeker, along with authorization numbers 0505793 and 0505794.

The Allotment Information report ties the authorization numbers to the River and Little Toms Draw allotments.

The Allotment Master report puts Little Toms in the Improve category and River in the Custodial category (condition unknown).  Western Horse Watchers is unable to explain how it qualifies for Custodial.

The principal of 4M Ranch is Craig Macnab, according to a Bizapedia report.

A 1985 announcement in The New York Times suggests that he’s married to Deirdre Macnab, the woman who said that genetic viability of wild horses is threatened by increasing herd sizes.

A 2016 report by the Rio Blanco Herald Times says the ranch was purchased in 2015 for $9.5 million.  It covers 11,870 deeded acres and has grazing preference on more than 125,000 acres of BLM and Forest Service land.  The allotment master report accounts for only a small fraction of the total acreage.

The ranch has 800 acres of hay meadows and supports up to 1,000 cow/calf pairs, for a stocking rate of eight cow/calf pairs per thousand acres.  The aimed-at stocking rate across all HMAs is one wild horse per thousand acres.

To say that the Macnabs have only a passing interest in wild horses would be a gross understatement.

RELATED: Meeker Mustang Makeover Seeks Trainers and Adopters.

‘Perseverance’ Tests Martian Soil

Multiple samples failed to meet standards for rangeland health so the Designated Area was immediately placed into the Improve category.  No major problems are expected, however, as there are many such areas in the western U.S., even where horses have been zeroed out.

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A spokesman for the Bureau of Livestock on Mars said an RMP and EIS are in the works but they will not be put out for public review because grazing is “too important” for the red planet’s fledgling economy.

He went on to say that retraining cattle ranchers for other roles, such as solar techs, would be “darn near impossible.”

The spacecraft carried the historic first doses of PZP to the surface, so the ranchers can get out in front of the horse problem before it even gets started.  Clipboards and darting rifles will be delivered in a subsequent mission.

RELATED: ‘Perseverance’ on Mars, Stakes Claim for Public-Lands Ranchers.

‘Perseverance’ on Mars, Stakes Claim for Public-Lands Ranchers

In a first-of-its-kind mission, an American spacecraft has designated a large swath of the Martian surface for livestock grazing, before any horses can escape or be turned loose by explorers from Earth.

Peseverence Rover 02-26-21

The vehicle touched down in an area known as Ubiquitous Valley, aptly named for a practice that’s devoured hundreds of millions of acres in the western U.S.

Contraceptives Are Better Than Ovariectomies?

Two ‘advocacy’ groups have asked DOI nominee Deb Haaland to stop the sterilization of mares from the Confusion HMA, according to a news release in Horse Nation, while concurring with her vision of ‘humane management’ of wild horse herds—code words for PZP fertility control.

Managing HMAs and WHTs primarily for livestock must be an acceptable practice to these people, perhaps the preferred practice.  Instead of pushing back against the ranchers, they push back against the horses.

Regulations Override Statutes?

Allowing four permittees to utilize most of the resources in the Piceance-East Douglas HMA does not conform to the mandates of 16 USC 30, an act of Congress, according to comment #69 in the appendices of the EA for resource enforcement actions therein.

Western Horse Watchers refers to the practice as ‘managing primarily for livestock.’

In response, the government stated that the ‘principally but not necessarily exclusively’ language of the statute applies only to areas known as Wild Horse Ranges, not to HMAs in general, pointing to 43 CFR 4710.3-2, a rule created by the unelected bureaucracy.

Areas that no longer qualify as HMAs are managed almost exclusively for livestock.

These are the defining issues of the wild horse world.

Can regulations override statutes?  Is the government trying to sidestep the law in favor of a special interest?  Where is the consent of the governed?

RELATED: Statutes and Regulations, Piceance Decision Record Signed.

Usurper Bemoans Covid Deaths, Ignores Baby Murders

The one-horse pony held a moment of silence and candle-lighting ceremony today at the White House, marking 500,000 deaths over the past year, according to a story by AP News.

During that same time, approximately twice as many pre-born kids were killed in their mother’s wombs.

The report noted that the U.S., with less than five percent of the world’s population, accounts for 20% of the world’s corona deaths.

Doesn’t that seem a bit odd?

The numbers have been cooked to perfection.

AWHC Seeks Reversal of WHBAB Appointment

The American Wild Horse Campaign has appealed the appointment of Tammy Pearson to the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board, according to a guest column appearing today in The Daily Sentinel of Grand Junction, CO.

Pearson, a Beaver County commissioner, presumably lives in Beaver County, UT.

The BLM state map puts the county in the Color Country District, Cedar City Field Office.

Western Horse Watchers was able to find ‘Pearson Ranch’ in the Operator Information report from RAS, authorization #4304328.  A page on socialist media refers to the Pearson Ranch and current residence in Minersville, UT, which match the name and address in RAS.

The Allotment Information report ties the authorization number to the Minersville #5, Smithson and Beaver Lake allotments.

The Allotment Master report has two in the Improve category and one in the Custodial category.  Pearson holds most of the active AUMs in Minersville and all of the active AUMs in Beaver Lake and Smithson.

In the custodial allotment, public lands represent 42% of the total area and 61% of the total AUMs.  It’s not clear how it qualifies for that classification, which conceals its true condition.

The Authorization Use report shows grazing seasons and the number of animals on the permit.

Although AWHC may be doing something useful here—pushing back against the ranching cabal—it does not absolve them from their ruinous darting programs on the Virginia Range and elsewhere.

RELATED: BLM Fills WHBAB Vacancies, Allotment Categories Explained.

Motorists Can’t Match Impact of PZP Zealots

Every year, wild horses are killed in accidents with vehicles.

“Around 600, right?”  No, that’s the number of Virginia Range mustangs the PZP zealots got rid of in 2021.

How many years would you have to go back to count that many collisions?

If you get rid of them with helicopters, bullets or sterilization, that’s bad.  But if you get rid of them with clipboards and darting rifles, that’s good.

The greatest threat to wild horses, next to the public-lands ranchers and their allies in government, is not the oil companies, not the mining companies, but the so-called advocacy groups.

RELATED: Only Government Can Surpass Impact of PZP Zealots.

Motorists Can't Match Impact

How to Compute Resources Liberated by WHB Roundups

The 2021 Silver King roundup ended with 284 horses gathered, 256 shipped, 25 returned and three deaths.

Wild horses require 12 AUMs per year of forage and ten gallons of water per day, on average.  The resource requirements of wild burros are about half of those for horses.

Forage liberated = (Horses gatheredHorses returned) × 12

Water liberated = (Horses gatheredHorses returned) × 10

The roundup reduced forage consumption by (284 – 25) × 12 = 3,108 AUMs per year and reduced water consumption by (284 – 25) × 10 = 2,590 gallons of water per day.

Roundups usually occur when the horses are consuming more than their allocated share of the resources, not because they are outpacing resource availability.

That is the working definition of ‘overpopulation.’

The missing elements are wildlife and other mandated uses of public lands—code words for privately owned cattle and sheep.

The management plan for the typical HMA assigns four to five time as much forage to livestock as it does for horses, with a small amount reserved for wildlife.

Resources consumed by ‘excess’ horses can be shifted back to their rightful owners, the public-lands ranchers.

The same concept applies to wild horses eliminated by contraceptives, IUDs, sex ratio skewing and sterilization.

RELATED: Silver King Roundup Over.