Local Briefs Nov. 9

PNT Staff Reports Elk licenses available soon A total of 565 cow elk licenses will be available online at 10 a.m. Nov. 18, to hunters who did not already hold an elk license this season.Licenses will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, only on the state Department of Game and Fish Web site, www.wildlife.state.nm.us […]

Three cheers for cow dogs

Well-trained cow dogs are probably the most valuable “hands” on a ranch. When I was young, our family had a black English Shepherd called Oso (bear in Spanish).

Squeeze chute can involve toying with fate

By Baxter Black Early in my veterinary career I developed a respect for the machinery used to restrain large beasts. No, I’m not thinking of ropes, twitches or even classic music in the dairy barn, although at one time or another I have used them all. In particular I am thinking of the devil’s playtoy […]

Kids get cow know-how

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Children, cows and mud came together at the Curry County Fairgrounds Tuesday and Wednesday for Kids, Kows and More. Approximately 1,000 area fourth-graders attended the annual program, sponsored by the Southwest Dairy Farmers, which is designed to acquaint the students with production agriculture. Children and teachers trudged through muddy walkways […]

Manure’s allure

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Chicken, horse, cow, bat and even human manure are nothing to turn your nose up at when it comes to soil enrichment, according to local gardening experts. Using manure for gardening and lawn care is a timeless agriculture practice proponents swear by for its value in adding nutrients and organic […]

Life changing moments happen often

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist The lecture on animal behavior at the North Carolina veterinary meeting was well attended. Dr. Tom and I were standing in the hallway when he told me he witnessed one of the most astonishing spectacles he had ever seen. By chance he had witnessed a young Holstein calf regurgitate her […]

Curiosity can lead to strange places

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist This is the story of a curious cow who lived on Mr. Marvin’s farm in the kingdom of Kansas. Her name was Yvonne. She was of Scottish and English heritage but farmer Marv guessed that she had some Native American Pronghorn antelope in her lineage because everyone knows that antelopes […]

Day Trip: Tatum Cow Pasture Golf Course

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer It’s possible to play golf among cow patties and coyotes at Tatum’s “cow pasture golf course. “ Located about an hour south of Roosevelt County, down Highway 206, it has unique fairways and greens. Two years ago, Tatum Schools Superintendent T.J. Parks got together with some of his board […]

ENMU fraternity fundraiser benefits cancer survivor

By William Thompson The Kappa Sigma fraternity at Eastern New Mexico Unversity will donate some of the proceeds from it’s ninth annual “cow drop” to benefit the family of a teen cancer survivor. Portales resident Dominga Carrasco, 13, was diagnosed with bone cancer in October. She eventually wound up at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, […]

Innocence creates wordly beauty

By Baxter Black I remember the first time I ever went to Florida. It was in the cow country around Wachula that I first saw Palmetto. Copses of palm trees, cypress and yellow pine stood like islands in a sea of green grass. Hammocks, the locals called the “islands,” were carpeted with low-lying exotic-looking jagged-leafed plants. From […]