One of my goals for RoamingTheRange.com was to put new content up about every couple of days. Boy howdy did I missed that one badly. If you’ve read or looked through the previous posts you’ll see lately it’s more like 1 every couple of weeks. Not good.
A big chunk of my time is traveling, meetings and conversations. Finding time to write about many of the issues that need to be brought forward to the public is often challenging enough. Doing so when I’m the moving target makes it about impossible.
At the moment I’m in Willcox at the Cooperative Extension’s “Being a Range Cow is a Hard Way to Make a Living” seminar. A couple of weeks back the location was Kingman and near the end of last year there was an edition in Payson. It’s good information and I’m there trying to give folks an opportunity to express their concerns and ask questions.
Last week it was a veterinary conference (everyday should be something of a learning experience; most states require us vets to formally learn something each year.) And for a couple of days this week I had the Livestock Services field staff in for training.
But the real point of this note is to let you know that you can post questions on this blog and I will eventually get a reply to you. Someone posted a question a day or 2 ago about my work on procedures for GOAPS. (No that’s not a misspelling.)
GOAPS is my shorthand for Government Operated Animal Pounds/Shelters. I’m in the review stage of providing a policy to these agencies that defines how to obtain controlled substances and euthanize animals. But during this stage other aspects of are being worked. For example, there are ~50 law enforcement agencies have been previously been designated as responsible for the controlled drugs. I’ll be making contact with folks from each of those so that we’re all clear on the process and expectations. My guess is there will be 2 to 3 times that number by the time all eligible agencies have been contacted that could be a part of this system.