Day Trip: Larger than life

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Compiled by Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Natives call Jal the “Gateway to the Land of Enchantment,” according to its Web site. With its larger-than-life cowboy sculptures overlooking N.M. 18 and a well-stocked lake that spells J-A-L, the town is a waiting adventure. Jal is a small city of 1,800, located about 42 miles south […]

Informational TB meeting scheduled

By Casey Peacock: PNT staff writer Representatives from the New Mexico Livestock Board and U.S. departments of Agriculture and Veterinary Services will host an informational meeting on cattle tuberculosis testing in Roosevelt and Curry counties today at the Memorial Building. Since 2003, area dairy and cattle producers have been required by the federal government to […]

Food safety research must be left to professionals

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist Combine E.coli 0157:H7, “naturally” produced spinach, food poisoning, an organic foods purveyor and author, cows and the New York Times and you get — guess what? That’s right. Evil factory farming! No surprise. I have compassion for the ill and also for the California spinach growers. Like lots of farmers […]

Booming cattle industry attracts business

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers When famous bank robber Willie “The Actor” Sutton was asked why he robbed banks, he responded, “Because that’s where the money is.” A similar answer could come from Panda Energy regarding its plans to build a 100-million-gallon-per-year ethanol plant near Muleshoe that proposes to use a billion pounds of cow […]

Farm families must be able to roll with the punches

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist Farming is a partnership — man and wife engaged in the century’s old “business” of raising livestock and coaxing a crop from the ground. And yes, there really are moments that inspire the romantic images poets and artists portray; the couple sitting on the porch swing — watching the sun […]

Cattle business risky even with technological advances

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist This summer, within 30 days of each other, I was at the Idaho Old Timer’s Feedlot Reunion where the average age of attendees was close to 70, and the Adams County, Iowa, Cattle Feeders and Farm Bureau BBQ where the average age of attendees was under 40. My generation is […]

Dog’s work never done

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By William Thompson Portales resident Raymond Reeves, 55, didn’t have a special fondness for dogs the first 40 or so years of his life, but around the age of 45 he was given a border collie pup and within a few years he became a nationally-known trainer of border collies for gathering livestock. Visitors to […]

Area dryland wheat in dire need of moisture

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By William Thompson Lack of significant moisture since mid-October has area wheat farmers desperately hoping for rain. One wheat farmer, Dale Miller, said if it doesn’t rain or snow in the next couple of weeks his crop will fail. Miller grows wheat and grazes cattle at his farm off state Highway 236, about 13 miles […]

Cattlemen gather in Tucumcari for annual beef symposium

By Ryn Gargulinski TUCUMCARI — Longtime Tucumcari veterinarian James Tompkins nodded when the Southwest Beef Symposium speaker talked about BVD, or Bovine Viral Diarrhea — not because the vet of 35 years was especially enamored by it, he said, but because he was glad to hear the knowledge shared with Thursday’s crowd. “It reinforces what […]

Counties would remain under restrictions

Freedom Newspapers The U.S. Department of Agriculture is preparing to lift restrictions on interstate movement of cattle for most of New Mexico, according to a press release from Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. “This move is very good news for the livestock industry in New Mexico. The control of diseases that could devastate herds is very […]

Cow dumping on rise

By Marlena Hartz Dust storms, blowing tumbleweeds and reckless drivers are normal nuisances associated with highway driving in eastern New Mexico. Now Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher says we can add one more to the list — cow carcasses. “We have increased incidences of dead cattle being dumped on right-of-ways and highways. It’s mostly Holsteins […]

Cockfighting is New Mexican tradition

By Tony Parra Lawmakers have once again decided to consider banning cockfighting. Why? The sport is a Mexican-American tradition, and a New Mexican tradition. New Mexico and Louisiana are the only two states in which cockfighting is legal, but that’s no reason to ban it. Animal-rights activists contend cockfighting is a form of animal cruelty. […]

Cows, cold weather don’t mix

By David Irvin 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 recent cold temperatures meant sickness and death for many cows at area dairies, feed lots and ranches. The financial impact of poor weather strikes […]

Floyd man recovers from Thursday accident

By Tony Parra A Floyd man is trying to recover from a fractured pelvis in the Laurel Plains Healthcare Rehabilitation center in Clovis after a cattle guard landed on him in an accident on Thursday, according to Charlene Hardin, Roosevelt County Administrator. Ronny Tipton, 51, a Roosevelt County road department employee, was injured when he […]

Residents prepare for charity lockup

By Michelle Seeber People by the scores will be going to jail today — not because they committed crimes, but because they want to raise money for others who suffer from muscular dystrophy. The event, hosted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. by the Cattle Baron Restaurant, will involve businessmen and others in Portales being […]

Library presentation enlightens audience with women’s history

Mike Linn She spoke of adobe homes and branding cattle. Crooked sheriffs and the Lincoln County War. Billy the Kid and his regulators. Nisha Hoffman, sporting a long dress and black-laced gloves, told about 40 Portales residents on Thursday the story of Susan McSween Barber, also known as the former cattle queen of New Mexico. […]

Mad cow scare causes cattle prices to drop

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 cattle prices for fat cattle have dropped about 20 percent, local ranchers […]

Uncle Davis known as fearless rancher

Helena Rodriguez “Uncle Tom,” as he affectionately became known, will be remembered by area ranchers for his quiet, easy going personality, his delight in a good herd of cattle and his fearless manner of working around cattle. This is how Tom Davis and his wife, Sharon, describe his uncle, Thomas Davis, who passed away on […]

State status on bovine TB downgraded

By Jack King Negotiations between a Roosevelt County dairyman and the U.S. Department of Agriculture over the destruction of a herd of cattle infected with bovine tuberculosis have reached an impasse. Destroying, or “depopulating,” the herd — and a second infected herd in Roosevelt County — could help New Mexico regain its TB-free status in […]

For new pet owners, its a dog&s life

Jim Lee Well, Saundra and I finally did it. We got ourselves a dog. The back yard was too empty and the house too peaceful, I suppose. When the kids are grown and off on their own, things are entirely too serene, right? Everything was just too nice and quiet. I had no decent excuse […]