Several others apply for grazing allotments Hammonds’ lost

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s Hammond Ranches could be vying with at least three other applicants for access to federal grazing allotments that it lost in a court ruling last year. The Capital Press reports the company submitted one of four applications to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to use the 26,000 public acres, where the Hammond family has traditionally grazed cattle near its home base in Diamond, Oregon. However, Hammond Ranches may still reactivate an administrative appeal against the BLM by May 12 that would suspend the competition for the grazing allotments, at least until the legal challenge is resolved. Steven Hammond, the company’s co-owner, said he hasn’t yet decided whether to continue that administrative process.