Collision complicates rancher’s plans ‎

Ron said it was just one of those days. In fact, it was the day before the regular auction in Ft. Pierre, SD. He had sorted off a truckload of cows he needed to get rid of. They were in a rain-soaked pasture down by the road that had no corral. No sweat, he and [...]

Cows prefer to go their own way

You’ve heard the old adage, “There’s more than one way to skin a cat.” In northern Indiana there’s more than one way to skin a renegade cow. Farmer Dave had rented pasture from a neighbor. It had a big old deserted barn, complete with hay loft, sliding doors and draft horse stalls. Dave hauled 25 [...]

Comfortable cows important to dairy owners

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Argen Duncan Cows have regular pedicures. Really. Dairy owners use pedicures — hoof trimming — along with a variety of other methods to keep their cows comfortable, and thus giving milk. Michelle Heavyside, co-owner of Greenfield Park Dairy on N.M. 202, said keeping the cows happy and healthy is in both the animals’ and dairy [...]

Cows should be on T.V. more often

By Baxter Black: FNM columnist It’s curious why more cows aren’t featured on America’s Funniest Home Videos. Maybe it’s because we cow guardians always have our hands full of hay forks, reins, twine cutters, squeeze chute handles, syringes or up the back of a cow! And, if the truth were known, you could stand in [...]

Researcher studies ways to help cows bear more calves

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer An animal scientist’s research is exploring ways to save dairy farmers thousands of dollars a year by helping prevent miscarriages in cows. Eastern New Mexico University Assistant Professor Darron L. Smith said research suggests a “significant number” of dairy cattle pregnancies — 17 percent to 20 percent — are [...]

Undercover investigator films alleged livestock abuse

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico New allegations of livestock abuse surfaced Wednesday, this time targeting the Portales Livestock Auction. The Humane Society of the United States released video footage of sick or injured dairy cows it contends were mistreated at the auction where they are sold for slaughter. Such cows pose increased risk for [...]

No bull here

When my husband and I were young and just starting out, we decided to apply for a loan from a government-underwritten outfit to purchase a few cows. We had the place to run them secured and the drought was temporarily over (which is all we can ever ask for in the Southwest). We even had [...]

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Jan. 9, 1961 • Bob Heselton of Hessie’s 66 Service Station received a $50 award from Phillips 66 for providing perfect driveway service to a “Mystery Motorist.” • Travis Gossett advertised Jersey and Holstein milk cows for sale from one to 100 head. His reason for selling, as stated in the ad — “Going fishing.”

Alltech coming to area

Alltech, an international biotechnology company that manufactures organic animal food supplements, will set up a new base east of Clovis. The company bought a 240-acre site that used to house an ethanol plant north of U.S. 60-70-84. Plans include a sales office, warehouse and production facility. “It’s the center of the dairy industry for the [...]

Bovine TB outbreak funding OK’d

The Associated Press After pushing the Bush administration to release millions of dollars to address the latest cattle tuberc ulosis outbreak in eastern New Mexico, the state’s two U.S. senators announced Tuesday that federal officials will make $37 million available. The funding will be provided through the Commodity Credit Corporation and would allow the U.S. [...]