Reward Offered in Grant County Cattle Killings

A reward of $2,000 is being offered by the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association (NMCGA) for information in the shooting of two calves in Grant County in mid-January, according to NMCGA President Alisa Ogden, Loving. “We ask anyone who knows anything about this crime to come forward and do the right thing,” Ogden said. “No […]

Quay man suing county over cattle guards

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun

Men can’t seem to pick and choose

My father-in-law and my husband bought a hundred head of cows one year. It was a partnership deal, but when we unloaded them at the ranch they decided to split them fifty-fifty and each partner put his own brand on his half. It was early spring, so some of the cows had babies, others were […]

Cattle trucking requires more than just driving

Years ago we had a cattle truck. My husband was the driver and I was his “booking agent.” Fall, of course, was our busy time. Every rancher who called asked the same question: “Can he be here at daylight?” Naturally, I said he could. There was a slight problem. He drove by himself, so he […]

Area farmers riled by grazing injunction

CNJ staff Washington — Eastern New Mexico farmers may be out thousands of dollars after a federal judge issued a temporary injunction to halt cattle grazing on federally protected land on their property, according to a press release from Rep. Steve Pearce, R–N.M. U.S. District Judge John Coughenour granted a 10-day temporary restraining order last […]

Beef market getting stung by corn hike

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CNJ file photo Gail Morris, general manager of Bovina Feeders, said the cost of feed has risen by $30 to $40 a ton, with corn nearly doubling. By CNJ staff writer: Sharna Johnson With the rising cost of corn and other grains, local cattle growers are struggling to stay afloat. U.S. beef producers now spend […]

Meaningful guest-worker program needed

Freedom New Mexico One might expect a crowd of cattle at the National Cattle Congress Fairgrounds in Waterloo, Iowa. Instead, today’s visitor to the cattle grounds would see hundreds of mostly Hispanic workers, herded into the fairgrounds cattle-style to live as prisoners in a modern American internment camp. And why are they here? They’re herded […]

Dairy hit hard by storm

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Freedom New Mexico: Karl Terry Mike Mitchell stands outside the rebuilt milk barn at Grande Vida Dairy on Saturday. After the 2007 tornado the block wall of the building was a pile of rubble. Mitchell rode out the storm just inside the door in the middle of the building. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico […]

No bull here

Glenda Price Glenda Price When my husband and I were young and just starting out, we decided to apply for a loan from a government-underwritten outfit to purchase a few cows. We had the place to run them secured and the drought was temporarily over (which is all we can ever ask for in the […]

Goodbye, Emily Hartley

Suzanne Pleshette, the husky-voiced actress who played Emily Hartley on the “Bob Newhart Show” and was pecked to death in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic “The Birds,” died Saturday at her Los Angeles home. She was 70. Did you know: Pleshette was producers’ original choice for Catwoman on the 1966 “Batman” TV show, according to the Internet […]

Curry County cattle to be slaughtered

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The state will have about 12,000 dairy cattle in a Curry County herd slaughtered after 150 to 200 head were confirmed earlier this year with bovine tuberculosis. The infected cattle were killed earlier this year. The rest of the herd was free of the disease, but will be shipped to […]

Bovine TB concerns Richardson

By The Associated Press SANTA FE — Members of the state’s congressional delegation and Gov. Bill Richardson are concerned that federal agriculture officials appear poised to change New Mexico’s status as a bovine tuberculosis-free state since some dairy cattle in Curry County have tested positive for the disease. All dairies and ranchers in New Mexico […]

Extent of bovine TB in area unknown

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer The ramifications of last week’s discovery of bovine tuberculosis in dairy cattle in eastern New Mexico is still being determined, according to State Agriculture Secretary Miley Gonzalez. Gonzalez said if the infected cattle are within the current federally restricted zone covering parts of Roosevelt and Curry counties, there would […]

Portales man charged with cattle theft

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers A 29-year-old Portales man was arrested last week and charged with cattle theft, according to a press release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s office. Christopher Neil Gay, 29, stole five heifers and a calf a month ago from a ranch on N.M. 267 near Floyd, according to police. Police located […]

Senator asks for aid in bovine TB fight

By Freedom Newspapers WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici has asked Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns for help as New Mexico grapples with the containment of bovine tuberculosis cases discovered in eastern counties of the state, according to a press release from the senator’s office. Domenici, R-N.M., asked Johanns in a letter Tuesday to work with […]

Day Trip: Plainview, Texas, display honors cattle drive

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One of 48 decorated cow statues in Plainview, Texas, hitches a ride in a color-coordinated vehicle. In addition to the painted bovines, the town also offers a variety of shops. (Courtesy photo) By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers For a different twist on a cattle drive, head on over to Plainview, Texas, and take a drive […]

Cold, cold cows

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Cattle become much more susceptible to health problems in bad weather and can fall, causing injury or death. Health problems add to winter expense for dairy men and beef producers. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Come rain or shine, snow or ice, livestock producers must battle the elements on a daily […]

Day Trip: Larger than life

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Artist and sculptor Brian Norwood stands between two larger-than-life cowboy sculptures he has erected near Jal on N.M. 18. (Courtesy photo) Compiled by Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Natives call Jal the “Gateway to the Land of Enchantment,” according to its Web site. With its larger-than-life cowboy sculptures overlooking N.M. 18 and a well-stocked lake that […]

Oct. 10, 2006 Business Digest

Web site basic topic of workshop A four-hour workshop on setting up a Web site for a small business will be held Nov. 11 at Clovis Community College. Topics will include domain registration, creating and updating content, advertising and selling online, and optimizing for search engines. The workshop is offered through the Small Business Development […]

To dust we, and cows, must all return

By Grant McGee: Local columnist While bicycling along the country lanes of Curry County I’ve seen a lot of dead bovines by the side of the road. If I were one of those high-dollar journalists who write books and attended soirees in Santa Fe and Sedona, I suppose I could write “purple prose” about the […]