"Bullshit" Gazette op-ed from Stockgrowers

The headline came from an email sent my one of the folks who reads this blog.

Below is a guest opinion from the Montana Stockgrowers who recently sacrificed their friends in the Montana Cattle Association on the false god of brucellosis control.

Guest Opinion to the Gazette: Brucellosis policy must protect ranchers. By Steve Roth (Stockgrower dude). Roth writes: “The May 2007 disclosure of brucellosis was the most fearsome event in Montana’s livestock industry in over 20 years.”

I guess the Montana livestock industry must not have had much to worry about the last 20 years. When Idaho lost it’s brucellosis free status (since regained) the media and the livestock associations could hardly motivate themselves to even write a news release.

Remember, the Montana Stockgrowers only speak for a portion of the Montana livestock industry. They are going to hype this all winter long as they kill bison and probably violate the property rights of local residents.



  1. kim kaiser Avatar

    ‘With a successful outcome, the industry will be protected, the public, both hunting and nonhunting, will benefit and, most of all, the bison will benefit”

    I am glad he is concerned with the bisons well being.

  2. Buffaloed Avatar

    “Several hundred brucellosis-infected and exposed bison migrated west into Montana.”

    He forgot to add that none of the bison were capable of transmitting brucellosis because they had already calved and that there were no cattle that they could have transmitted brucellosis to should they have been capable of doing it. He’s full of bullshit.

    These people refuse to acknowledge that brucellosis will never be eradicated from the GYE. NEVER.

  3. Ralph Maughan Avatar


    They don’t refuse to acknowledge; they just plain tell lies!


Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan’s Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of “Hiking Idaho.” He also wrote “Beyond the Tetons” and “Backpacking Wyoming’s Teton and Washakie Wilderness.” He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

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