Ranchers can apply for grazing allotments Hammonds’ lost

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Cattle producers can apply to compete for access to federal grazing allotments that Oregon’s Hammond Ranches lost in a court decision. The Capital Press reports those applications, however, will be put on hold if Hammond Ranches decides to continue with an administrative challenge against the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Ranchers have until April 14 to apply to graze livestock on the four allotments, while Hammond Ranches must decide by then whether to appeal or apply for a new grazing permit. Ranch co-owner Steven Hammond and his father Dwight are well-known in the ranching community for their legal battles with the federal government and environmental groups.