Governor signs hay transport bill

Christina Calloway Gov. Susana Martinez signed a bill Tuesday evening at the agricultural feed in the senate roundhouse that will allow the transportation of oversized hay loads on state roads. Senate Bill 56, sponsored by Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, will help livestock owners deal with ongoing drought conditions in the state that have placed an […]

Herding chickens nothing to cluck about

In early spring you get baby chicks at the feed store in town. My mom always ordered them in bunches of 25. I don’t know if that was just a good number she dreamed up or what, but there were always 25 in each batch. Usually, she’d have several mother hens who had a few […]

Can’t depend on corporations to feed us

England has made a choice to remain dependent on other countries to feed them. Recently corporations have proposed to build a modern dairy and sow unit in their countryside. Two activist groups objected saying it would force a significant number of small farmers out of business. The proposal was withdrawn. We in the United States […]

Look no further than local feed store

I remember looking out my bedroom window early one morning and seeing our 2-year-old gelding we called Chapo limping toward the corral, dragging a bloody hind leg. He had spent much of the night with his leg hung in a cattleguard. It was awful. My dad, as most cowboys, was a fairly good veterinarian. He […]

In search of ponies: A lot to chirp about

Sharna Johnson While I was waiting for my turn at the feed store counter, I couldn’t help but notice three large bins with heat lamps over top and the rabble of dozens of tweeting babies. Of course (as if there were any doubt) I stooped down to check the little fellows out and was amused […]

Feed prices on upswing

Sharna Johnson With steadily rising grain-based feed prices the future is hard to predict, but the one thing that is certain is costs are stretching budgets, especially for those who keep companion animals. Feed prices are driven by market values for agricultural products such as corn and grains. In the last 12 months, those commodity […]

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 […]

Dairy farmers: Feed costs squeezing profits

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Argen Duncan After a few months of good milk prices, dairy farmers say they are again seeing their profit margins drop, but forecasts indicate rising milk prices later in 2011. In 2009, milk prices were low and feed costs high, meaning dairies lost money. Roosevelt County dairy owner Alan Anderson said dairies came back a […]

Press release: Interim committees now broadcast live

State lawmakers are in Santa Fe right now, discussing behavioral-health services. A live, streaming audio feed of interim legislative committees is now available online at http://www.nmlegis.gov

Let’s stop criticizing farmers

By Baxter Black: On the Edge of Common Sense Back before the collapse of the United Soviet Socialist Republic we had visitors from Romania tour our feedlot. We explained the program including cost of cattle, feed, maintenance, and cost of grain. “How much will they pay you for your cattle?” they asked. “We don’t know,” […]

Chief: Cigarette ignited Dairy fire

Freedom New Mexico A stray cigarette in a pile of feed caused Thursday’s fire at Western Star Dairy, Floyd Fire Chief Allen Deen and Assistant Fire Chief Delbert Rector said. Rector believed the cigarette was thrown down out of carelessness. A damage estimate was yet available. Rector said Floyd firefighters remained on scene until 3 […]

No one will be left to feed the world

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist “Most people just don’t get it,” said Ron, bemoaning the urban politicians that continue to whittle away at funding for county fairs and the ag extension service. “It’s all about the kids learning real life.” To their misfortune, urban children have much less opportunity to connect with real life. They […]

Even farm goats can have shot at fame

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist There is a parable of the International Goat Sensation: a story about a boy and his goat. Tim was a kind-hearted graduate student who raised longhorn cattle. On his daily trips from ranch to school and back, he passed a plowed field with sparse feed left. A big horse and […]

Education feature: Students share class feast with family

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Twenty students in the first grade and ingredients for enough Thanksgiving dinners to feed three families — that’s Steiner Elementary School teacher Marea Smith’s recipe for a class feast. For seven years, since she began teaching at first grade, Smith has led her students in making Thanksgiving dishes from […]

Politicians feed ancient sqaubbles

By Tibor Machan: FNM columnist If it isn’t the Croats versus the Serbs, the Irish versus the British, the Hungarians versus the Russians, the Indians versus the Pakistanis, and so on and so forth endlessly, ethnic, national or other groups carping about each other based on ancient misconduct, ill feelings, and awful memories that have […]

Cherish presence of your spouse

By Anita Tedaldi: Cannon Connections columnist My husband tried to feed one of our

Legislative roundup: Feed bill passes house

The New Mexican Legislative Roundup Days remaining in session: 58 Feed bill passes House The Legislature’s 60-day session will cost taxpayers $138,778 a day. A bill to pay for operations of the session was approved on Wednesday by the House. There was no debate or questions about the spending measure before it passed unanimously and […]

Researchers study canola as viable crop

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer Researchers at the New Mexico State University Science Center in Clovis said canola would be a viable crop in High Plains because it can be used for biodiesel production and as dairy feed. Science center assistant professor Sangu Angadi advocates the use of canola over corn in biofuel production. […]

Cattlemen suffering from rising feed prices

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico With the rising cost of corn and other grains, local cattle growers are struggling to stay afloat. U.S. beef producers now spend a whopping 60-70 percent of their production costs on animal feed and are seeing that number rise daily as corn prices hover near an unprecedented $8 a […]

Romance not the cowboy way

By Glenda Price Cowboys are romantic, they say. Uh-huh. Every one I know can get downright eloquent when discussing a new baby calf, his favorite using horse or his best cow dog. We females find that quite attractive. But what about us? My theory is they like human female companionship, but they just don’t know […]