Perfectly OK to go against herd

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist FFA and 4-H youngsters learn early that livestock they’re raising for the shows eat better and grow faster if they’re not alone. Two or more steers or lambs fed together compete for the feed, and everybody gains faster. When show lambs are let out of their pen to run for […]

Farm Service Agency clarifies livestock eligibility program requirements

Farm Service Agency Clarifies Livestock Eligibility Program Requirements – Emphasis on Insurance Requirements ALBUQUERQUE — Sept. 28, 2009 – Salomon Ramirez, Executive Director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) in New Mexico, announced earlier this month that New Mexico FSA offices statewide are now accepting applications for benefits under the provisions of the Emergency Assistance […]

Livestock sale helps offset cost of raising animals

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Madison Belcher, 9, of Portales shows her Reserve Champion rabbits during the Junior Livestock Sale at the Roosevelt County Fair on Friday. Her rabbits sold for $3,500. By Clarance Plank: Freedom New Mexico Local buyers had a chance to pick up extra heifers for their dairies or a hog for […]

Some traditions fade, others still going strong at Roosevelt County Fair

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Freedom New Mexico: Eric Butler Portales’ Carol Calderon, 38, and her 9-year-old son Gerardo pause while setting up a booth at the Home Arts Building for the annual Roosevelt County Fair. Calderon is the county extension office’s manager for the Ideas for Cooking and Nutrition program. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Whatever new-fangled innovations […]

Livestock sale rakes in bucks for juniors

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Melrose Future Farmers of America student Lainey Widner guides Chrome, her 226 pound Cross hog, around the display arena Friday at the Junior Livestock Auction at the Curry County Fair. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer You name an animal after a feeling, it’s hard to sell it off no […]

First person: Livestock auction owner appointed to livestock marketing board

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis’ Charlie Rogers was appointed to the Livestock Marketing Association. He has been with the Clovis Livestock Auction for 22 years. By Liliana Castillo Charlie Rogers of Clovis was elected this year to a two-year term on the the Livestock Marketing Association board. Rogers has been with the Clovis Livestock […]

Clovis business owner named to livestock marketing board

CNJ staff Charles Rogers of Clovis has been elected to the Livestock Marketing Association board of directors for a two-year term, according to a news release. Rogers spent 22 years at the Clovis Livestock Auction, the last 15 as owner and general manager. Prior to coming to Clovis, Rogers was part owner of the Roswell […]

Grady farmer appointed to state livestock bureau

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Pat Woods, a fourth generation farmer and rancher in the Grady area, was named the second vice president of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau in November. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico “I don’t think farmers are a bunch of stupid people in bib overalls,” said New Mexico […]

Official: “Cow tax” reports unfounded

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Cows wait in the milking barn on Monday to get milked at Rajen Dairy in Curry County. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Livestock officials are concerned the federal government is considering charging fees for air-polluting animals. They contend the “cow tax” is a possible consequence of a highly technical Environmental Protection Agency report released […]

Dec. 9 — Business digest

CNJ staff De Baca family named state Farm and Livestock Bureau Family of the Year De Baca County ranchers Richard, Ellen and Amy Vaughan, have been named the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau’s “Family of the Year” during the organization’s annual meeting in Albuquerque, according to a bureau news release. Marking their 100th year […]

Eastern New Mexico State Fair junior livestock results

Eastern New Mexico State Fair 2008 Junior Livestock Results Poland Chinas, Spotted Polands & Berkshire Class 1 1. Landry Widner, Curry 2. Bailey O’Connor, Roosevelt 6. Levi Cordova, Curry Grand Champion — Landry Widner, Curry Duroc Class 1 1. Jordyn Tivis, Roosevelt 4. Jordyn Tivis, Roosevelt 5. Layni Breshears, Roosevelt Class 2 2. Mitchell Pinnell, […]

2008 State Fair livestock results

Editor’s note: The following list includes some area winners at the New Mexico State Fair. New Mexico State Fair Junior Replacement Dairy Heifer Show Spring Heifer Calf (Born after Jan 1, 08) — 1. Lynnae Allen, Curry Winter Heifer Calf

Error results in tax break for horse owners

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Horse owners in eastern New Mexico can look forward to a tax break this year due to an oversight by the New Mexico Livestock Board. Due to a accounting error, there will be no livestock board tax on horses in New Mexico for 2008 — horse owners will only […]

Heifer broke convention at county livestock show

By Glenda Price During the latter part of the 19th century American cattlemen discovered England’s Hereford cattle, and began importing them. The idea was to improve the native descendants of the Longhorns that had evolved from the cattle brought in by the Spaniards. It worked. These red-and-white cattle were easier to handle and produced succulent, […]

Animals set for auction

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Freedom New Mexico: Mickey Winfield Four-year-old Teagan Faust shows off her sheep named Lollipop Friday night in the show arena at the Roosevelt County Fair. By Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico Hundreds of Roosevelt County children will be shown the money for taking care of their livestock, as the gavel comes down on the 20th […]

Livestock sale nets $308,000

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Ringman Dave Malcolm of Grady waits for a bidder to give him a sign during Friday’s Junior Livestock Auction at the Curry County Fair. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer As she walked towards the staging area, announcer Shane Hall had nothing but praise for Rosemary. “This heifer is udderly […]

Animals prepped for livestock show

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A hog looks through the gate of a washing station at the Curry County Fair Grounds Tuesday as his owner, 15-year-old Kayley Pelfrey scrubs his hind feet. Pelfrey said preparing livestock for show is a lot of hard work. By Sharna_Johnson: CNJ staff writer On the surface, it seems like […]

Fair livestock entries down

CNJ staff Junior Livestock entries at the Curry County Fair are down this year, according to Curry County Extension Agent Stan Jones. A little more than 400 large animals — a number that used to account for the number of swine entries alone — are entered this year, according to Jones, about a fourth of […]

Residents, business owners discuss overpass closure

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The Hull Street overpass has been closed indefinitely. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Nancy Rogers, who owns the Clovis Livestock Auction with her husband, said the Hull Street overpass is the main road to her business and its closure will affect business. She said the auction draws buyers and […]

Common sense makes safety advisories redundant

By Glenda Price Years ago Stanley Frank of the Livestock Weekly in San Angelo, Texas (then called West Texas Livestock Weekly) shared a few useless “safety advisories” he, as an editor, had received from a government agency. Here are a couple of them: “Be sure to have plenty of oil in the crankcase of your […]