Chicken harvesting not for meek

In early spring you get baby chicks at the feed store in town. My mom always ordered them in bunches of 25. I don’t know if that was just a good number she dreamed up or what, but there were always 25 in each batch. Usually, she’d have several mother hens who had a few […]

No injuries in feed elevator fire

CNJ staff Clovis firefighters were able to defeat a blaze in a feed elevator at Mesa Ingredients after more than six hours battling the Monday fire. Clovis Battalion Chief Tim Peterson said firefighters were called to the plant in the 300 block of Curry Road K around 9 a.m. Peterson said the plant processes milk […]

No injuries reported in Texico fire

CNJ staff A grass fire Tuesday at the old Texico Feed Lot on Highway 108 took 17 minutes to contain, according to the Clovis Police Department. There were no injuries reported, according to Clovis PD dispatch. The fire, which burned from 5:22 p.m. to 5:39 p.m., was contained to four acres inside the Texico Feed […]

Hay prices continue to rise

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Cassandra Campbell of Clovis loads wheat hay Monday with help from Austin Hale, an employee with One Stop Feed. Campbell, who owns four horses, said her hay prices have increased $1.50 a bale in just the past month. Sharna Johnson Without rain and in light of high demand, the cost […]

AgSense: Soil micronutrient deficiencies can affect hay quality

Forages are a significant component of ruminant livestock rations, but crude protein, fiber, digestibility and mineral content affect animal performance often requiring supplementation that leads to increased feed costs. These nutritive value components are often affected by the availability of minerals from the soil. Mineral nutrients are categorized by how much is needed for plant […]

In search of ponies: Mother Nature’s tweets

While I was waiting for my turn at the feed store counter, I couldn’t help but notice three large bins with heat lamps over top and the rabble of dozens of tweeting babies. Of course (as if there were any doubt) I stooped down to check the little fellows out and was amused when they […]

Rising feed prices stretch budgets

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Austin Hale of Clovis One-Stop Feed Inc. said rising feed costs are stretching already tight budgets for consumers who have animals. Sharna Johnson With steadily rising grain-based feed prices, the future is hard to predict, but the one thing that is certain is costs are stretching budgets, especially for those […]

All creatures could use comfort

Twas the day before Christmas and boy was it cold I broke ice on the tanks and scattered feed on the snow The cattle all came to the pickup’s horn and grabbed the feed in great hungry bites Then down from the trees flew a bunch of little birds They joined the cows and I […]

Dairy owners say high feed costs bringing down profit margins

Argen Duncan After a few months of good milk prices, dairy farmers say they are again seeing their profit margins drop, but forecasts indicate rising milk prices later in 2011. In 2009, milk prices were low and feed costs high, meaning dairies lost money. Roosevelt County dairy owner Alan Anderson said dairies came back a […]

Letter to the editor: Coyotes forced to feed on livestock

I tried to stay out of the debate, but Calvin Lary’s letter about “nature’s way of balance” was just too much to swallow. Yes, nature has a way of balancing life out here on the Plains. It is an ancient plan and has worked for eons, until man came out here and tried to turn […]

Chief: Cigarette ignited dairy fire

Freedom New Mexico A stray cigarette in a pile of feed caused Thursday’s fire at Western Star Dairy, Floyd Fire Chief Allen Deen and Assistant Fire Chief Delbert Rector said. Rector believed the cigarette was thrown down out of carelessness. A damage estimate was yet available. Rector said Floyd firefighters remained on scene until 3 […]

Fashionable meant flour sack dress

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Years ago, country women purchased flour in big sacks, usually 25 pounds. They had a crew to feed — three times a day — so flour went fast. Breakfast was biscuit-making time, dinner was homemade loaves of bread and supper was maybe biscuits again or sometimes tortillas. Whatever the choice, […]

May 3 Anniversaries

Lasiter Tim and Debbie Lasiter of Texico will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. May 9, 2009, at the Ingram Room in the Clovis-Carver Library. The celebration is hosted by their children and grandchildren. The couple was married May 9, 1969 in Roswell. They have three children and five grandchildren. […]

Politicians feed ancient sqaubbles

By Tibor Machan: FNM columnist If it isn’t the Croats versus the Serbs, the Irish versus the British, the Hungarians versus the Russians, the Indians versus the Pakistanis, and so on and so forth endlessly, ethnic, national or other groups carping about each other based on ancient misconduct, ill feelings, and awful memories that have […]

Cherish presence of your spouse

By Anita Tedaldi: Cannon Connections columnist My husband tried to feed one of our

Legislative roundup: Feed bill passes house

The New Mexican Legislative Roundup Days remaining in session: 58 Feed bill passes House The Legislature’s 60-day session will cost taxpayers $138,778 a day. A bill to pay for operations of the session was approved on Wednesday by the House. There was no debate or questions about the spending measure before it passed unanimously and […]

Holidays about creating memories

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist One spring when our mom bought baby chicks at the feed store, my brother got some baby turkeys. He was about 10 years old, and this was his first money-making project.

Feed for the soul

How many times have you heard someone sigh and say, “I took piano lessons when I was a kid. I hated them. Now, I wish I knew how to play.” Dutiful parents sign their kids up for band or orchestra at school, rent instruments and take seriously their jobs as “reminders.” You know the drill […]

Researchers promoting canola as viable crop for area

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Researchers at the New Mexico State University Science Center in Clovis said canola would be a viable crop in the High Plains because it can be used for biodiesel production and as dairy feed. Science center assistant professor Sangu Angadi advocates the use of canola over corn in biofuel […]

Company untold key to Clovis development

By Don McAlavy: CNJ Columnist Most people go by the old Clovis Mill and Elevator Co. on the second block of First Street, east of Main, by the railroad tracks, and never realize the jewel it became. Lester Stone came in 1917 and was the founder of the Clovis Mill and Elevator Co., but it […]