I was wondering why after eight days of rounding up Cliven Bundy’s “trespass cattle” from his Gold Butte ranch all the captured cows were still in corrals on site. It made no sense to be hauling hay into them, when they could be trucked to feedlots equipped to handle them.
And why would BLM release the cattle because of a few folks standing around exercising their First and Second amendment rights?
But a source with a source tells me a network of western cattle ranchers and those who provide them services collectively got on the phone and their computers with each other and decided to boycott the BLM roundup. No feedlot would take the cattle for auction. No trucker was available to haul the cows.
“Hey, do you want to know the REAL reason why the BLM backed off a week or so ago?” my source’s source asked him. “You’ll never read about this in the news media.”
The source said the ranching community got together on the phone, email, conference calls, small group calls, and though many did not agree with how Bundy was handling things, they were far more upset with the BLM’s roundup tactics and decided to blackball the operation.
The source said that BLM called and called and could not find a single rancher who would sell them a single bale of hay. (I must have seen a dozen trucks loaded with hay earlier this week driving south on state Highway 376.) They called cattle trucking companies to haul off the cattle from the BLM roundup area. All of the trucks were “committed and unavailable.” They called cattle buyer after cattle buyer and no one would buy the cattle — or even take them off their hands for free.
The BLM was stuck with cattle that would start dying without food. Not good optics since all the assembled local media and national media and social media would capture the starvation.
It makes as much sense as the story the BLM told about avoiding violence.