Livestock ID system in testing

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Branding has long identified a farm animal’s owner. Now New Mexico ranching industry leaders are finding ways to track their animals with advances in technology, such as the National Identification System in its early stages within the state. The Tri-National Animal Health and Identification Consortium recently launched a pilot […]

6/5 Agriculture Digest

State resubmits TB-free application The New Mexico Livestock Board submitted a second request to the U.S. Department of Agriculture last week for a bovine tuberculosis-free status for the state, according to state veterinarian Steve England. New Mexico lost its TB-free status in 2003 after several dairy cows were diagnosed with the disease, according to the […]

Coyotes are a menace for local ranchers and farmers

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These coyotes are hung up on Curry Road 19 north of Ned Houk Park off of 209. Ranchers and farmers do this to deter other coyotes from coming onto the property. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer They’re cunning. They’re clever. And they’re everywhere. The critters in question are the coyote […]

Hardisty Jr. , Benjamin T.

Benjamin Thomas Hardisty Jr. Services: Have been held. Benjamin Thomas “Benny” Hardisty Jr., 80, of Clovis died Wednesday, May 11, 2005, at Retirement Ranch in Clovis. He was born Sept. 22, 1924, to Benjamin Thomas and Dolly Preuit Hardisty in Lamesa, Texas. He married Nadine Scroggins on Sept. 16, 1955, in Portales. He was a […]

Cow carcasses smelly problem

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The body of a dead cow is seen Wednesday on Curry Road 7 southeast of Clovis. According to Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher, illegal dumping of cows is only getting worse as the cattle industries continue to grow. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer Dust storms, blowing tumbleweeds and […]

Ag Expo covers ID tags to compost

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — New Mexico State University extension agents will be conducting seminars to keep ranchers and dairymen up-to-date on animal identification tags and composting animal carcasses during the 13th annual New Mexico Ag Expo at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Ron Parker, New Mexico Extension beef specialist, will be conducting the […]

Sale barn hosts benefit concert, auction for Clovis family.

Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer A Christian-based concert is coming to the aid of a Clovis family. Clovis Livestock Auction will host a benefit concert and auction for Mike Thomson and his family at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 as part of the Cows N Concerts series that helps families in need. Thomson’s wife, Ronnica is […]

Program aids in tracking stolen livestock

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Starting this month, the Fort Worth-based Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association will launch a national Web-based theft-prevention service. The initiative, called the Horse Identification Program or HIP, helps ranchers and law enforcement officers locate stolen horses by recording vital information such as color, description, medical history and brand […]

Kids are going to the hogs

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Tyler Schilling, 10, shows his Hampshire hog Saturday afternoon at the 39th annual Farwell Junior Livestock Show. (CNJ staff photo: Mike Linn) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer FARWELL — Hogs were grunting and lumbering around a small wood-chip arena Saturday at Farwell’s community center. The youngsters who raised them were using sticks to keep […]

True cowboy celebrates century of wild-west living

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Frank Dalton, who is nearly all that is left of the old West, according to his friends and family, turns 100 today. One hundred percent cowboy, Dalton is known for his love for livestock, his rough and tumble attitude, and his ability to properly castrate a stallion. “He is […]

Junior livestock sale brings in big money

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Lainey Widner, 13, of Melrose, laughs as she looks to the audience before bidding starts on her lamb Curley during Friday’s junior livestock sale at the Curry County Fair. Curley sold for $1,500. Curley during Friday Junior Livestock Sale at the Cur By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Fair’s junior livestock sale […]

Clovis Man should be used as tourist attraction

Letters to the Editor What has always amazed me about Clovis is that we are sitting on a world-class tourist attraction that goes mostly unnoticed by locals. We only have to take a lesson from what Roswell did with its alien connection to see that big things can be done with less. We also should […]

First horse auction of the year today

By Jack King Spring must have arrived in Clovis — Clovis Livestock Auction Inc. will hold its first horse auction this year today, Saturday and Sunday in its sale barn at 504 S. Hull. Held four times a year — in March, May, August and November — the event brings hundreds of people, and horses, […]

Junior livestock shows herd toward area

By Michelle Seeber This week will start a string of junior livestock shows, beginning with Bailey County on Thursday and concluding with Curry and Quay counties in August, county extension agents recently said. In between will be shows for Parmer and Roosevelt counties. The Bailey County Junior Livestock Show will start at 10 a.m. Thursday […]

Exotic animal ordinance pastured

By Jack King City Planning and Zoning Commissioners indefinitely tabled a proposed ordinance governing the keeping of exotic animals Wednesday after hearing from several Clovis residents who opposed the ordinance. However, they said the ordinance is not dead and can be resurrected later. The commissioners said they will recommend camels and llamas be added to […]

City targets camel lot

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Sam Snell’s camel Clyde relaxes in the yard Tuesday on Remuda Street in Clovis. Snell would like to see camels removed from the list of animals the city commission will not allow people to own. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Jack King For much of the time he has owned him, Sam Snell has […]

Sale cracks quarter million mark

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Jennifer Blackburn, 16, of Grady, left, and Laiken Crist, 12, of Clovis, right, wait to show their lambs as Delanie Crist, 10, of Clovis, center, gives her lamb a kiss at Friday’s Junior Livestock Sale at the Curry County Fair. . Photo by Eric Kluth. By Janet Bresenham For Laiken Crist and her friends Kayla […]

County fair finds fans

By Janet Bresenham As with many people who attend the annual Curry County Fair, Tamie and Montie Powell know what they like, even if they like it for different reasons. “I like to eat,” Montie Powell said. “I like to visit,” his wife said. They both agreed that being at the fair provides a great […]

Interest in fair sparked by many things

Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asks readers to respond via e-mail to a series of questions each week. To participate in Project: Reader Reaction, contact Editor David Stevens at: david_stevens@link.freedom.com A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked participants what they liked about the fair. Some responses: “My favorite part of the fair is checking […]

Cattle disease detected

By Jack King Bovine tuberculosis has been found in two dairy herds in Roosevelt County, which means the infected animals must be destroyed and beef and dairy cattle owners statewide could lose money, officials said Thursday. Because of the diagnosis, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will downgrade New Mexico from “bovine tuberculosis free” status to […]