Cowboys knew how to have fun at work

My mother was a teenager during the 1930s. That decade was one of the busiest for the cattle and sheep raisers in eastern Arizona and western New Mexico. In 1885, the railroad company built a spur line from Socorro to Magdalena. Livestock growers then had a market for their cattle and sheep. They drove their […]

Their view: Branding serves as protection for livestock

Joe Parker Jr., president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, writes about the importance of branding cattle.

Businesses seek Sunday alcohol sales

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Argen Duncan A petition is calling for a vote on Sunday liquor sales in Portales restaurants. If 5 percent of voters registered in Portales city limits sign the petition, the city will have to hold an election in which voters decide whether to continue the prohibition on Sunday liquor sales at restaurants in Portales. Cattle […]

Drought leading to large number of cattle sell-offs

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Alisa Boswell Livestock owners have been selling their cattle at an alarming rate recently, according to local cattle brokers and ranchers. They cite the lack of feed because of drought conditions for the sell-off. According to Clovis Livestock Auction sales representative Rustin Rowley, in just the last two months, weekly livestock sales have almost tripled, […]

Heat driving up feed prices for dairies

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While dairy cattle are holding up well in the hot, dry weather, the drought is sending forage prices skyrocketing, cutting profits, local members of the dairy industry have said. Dairies deal with heat stress in cattle every summer, said Alan Anderson of Anderson Dairy near Portales. “The problem is the hay shortage,” Anderson said. Because […]

Rather drive cattle than carhop

Glenda Price So … I’m standing underneath the building’s overhang holding a metal tray loaded with food (mostly sandwiches) and heavy tankards of chilled root beer. I stare at the cash register receipt, then at the tray, and finally all around. I’m surrounded by vehicles — cars, pickups, station wagons — bunches of them. I […]

No expert in cattle ‘bidness’

An interviewer asked me how one can make a living in the cow business. Actually he said, “As we’re heading into the next couple years with declining cattle numbers and steady prices, how do you think you should position yourself to take advantage of the market?” I assume he’d mistaken me as an authority in […]

We could all use comfort in our lives

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 […]

Cattle operation comes with catch

As many of you regular readers might guess, people tell me their stories — stories about horse wrecks, cow wrecks, sheep wrecks, dog wrecks, financial wrecks, any kind of wreck you can think of. I met JW in Tennessee. He’s a regular reader of my column and thought his story would fit. It seems he […]

Story helps put modern problems in perspective

Glenda Price Times were hard. In desperation, George decided to gather a herd of cattle and head west with them — to California. This was in the 1850s, and folks in Texas had heard talk that gold miners in California (the 49ers) were a great market for beef. George and his wife, Inez, had been […]