Weather takes toll on herds

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Drooling is a sign of illness in cattle, as this heifer calf is experiencing Tuesday at Roberts Farms south of Clovis By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Cows with pneumonia stuck in the mud is both a picture of helplessness, and for area cattle raisers, a symbol of lost profits. This year’s wet weather and […]

Mad cow disease fears lead to layoffs at beef plant

By Darrell Todd Maurina Company officials announced Friday that the Excel beef processing plants in Friona and Plainview will lay off about 100 to 150 people at each plant. The layoffs are due to bovine spongiform encephalitis, also known as “mad cow disease,” according to Bill Rupp, executive vice president of Excel. “A number of […]

Area ranchers lose money to mad cow scare

Mike Linn A few days can cost a cattle rancher hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue — especially when one of those days beef from a Canadian Holstein is found infected with mad cow disease. Since news broke of the infected Holstein in Washington, cattle prices for fat cattle have dropped about 20 percent, […]

Media responsible with mad-cow story

From the Editor’s Desk Federal health officials estimate 1 million Americans get sick each week because of the food they eat. About 6,000 of those people get sick enough for hospitalization and close to 100 of them die. And yet mad-cow disease has dominated the headlines in recent weeks. And not one American is known […]

Producers: Dairy food still safe

By Darrell Todd Maurina Local dairymen and beef producers said the discovery of mad cow disease in a Canadian-born dairy cow raised in Washington state shouldn’t cause Americans to shun beef or dairy products. Wayne Palla, chairman of the Southwest Council of Dairy Farmers of America, cited a DFA national press release on dairy safety […]

Partnership ‘beefs up’ business

By Jack King When Margaret George and her husband Jacob began preparing natural beef for themselves and a few friends four years ago, they had no idea it would turn into a business with outlets around eastern New Mexico. Today the Georges sell beef from their ranch near Trujillo, under the label “Living Waters Ranch,” […]