US ranchers are wrangling over livestock

US ranchers are wrangling over livestock

Erin Snelgrove

Yakima Herald

Dust billows in the sun-drenched sky as 600 cattle charge through the chute. They act as one, a writhing mass of legs and hooves. Flies swarm in their wake, and ranchers stand on alert, ready to jump into the fray if needed.

As each animal passes, its ear tag transmits data that’s entered into a national database, allowing authorities to track each animal from birth to death.

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