by Grandma Gregg
Read HERE for an example of the way “welfare ranchers” seem to skim money from public funds for their private use to raise privately owned livestock for private profit.
“Welfare” rancher Joe McKay is one (of two) of the permitees for the North Star Mountain grazing allotment. BLM just announced their 10-year plan to capture almost all of the wild horses in the Oregon Cold Springs HMA (public comments due April 8th). The Cold Springs HMA is entirely within the North Star Mountain grazing allotment. The BLM plans to keep the wild horses below a genetically viable population. Ten years of below ~100 population, along with sex-skewing and PZP should just about finish them off for good.
Joe McKay controls 3957 AUMs in this allotment. (enough for about 330 wild horses)
Joe McKay runs hundreds of his private cattle on our public lands under this permit.
Joe McKay and wife Joyce have received at least $22,608 in federal farm subsidies in recent years per fed subsidies webpage.
A few years ago Joe McKay applied for a grant from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) for a project on his private land that would include massive destruction of juniper trees and miles of fencing/cross-fencing and even a new water trough for his cattle. The OWEB is a state agency that provides grants to Oregonians to take care of local streams, rivers, wetlands and natural areas. McKay agreed to pay about half of the about $60,000 cost of these “improvements” on his private property if the OWEB would pay for the rest of it. It appears that this particular grant was not funded, but the decision board told him how to fix his grant request and reapply for the grant, so it may have been funded or will eventually be funded.
The point is that not only is it bad enough that these welfare ranchers pay almost nothing to graze their for-private-profit domestic livestock on OUR land but they also get federal farm subsidies plus they also get these state grants for improvements on their private property, and worst of all … they are a LARGE reason that our wild horses and burros are captured, removed, and eventually “disappear.” Wild horses & burros are absolutely being “managed” for extinction.
The other permittee on this North Star Mountain grazing allotment (Cold Springs HMA) is the Michael Bentz family, who have 5,073 AUMs (enough for another 432 wild horses) and who have received at least $300,839 in in recent years from federal farm subsidies.