Cold, cold cows

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Come rain or shine, snow or ice, livestock producers must battle the elements on a daily basis to ensure their livestock is cared for and their livelihood is not damaged or lost. Snow and ice storms that have recently hit the area, with temperatures dropping down into the single […]

17th Roosevelt County Junior Livestock Sale the best yet, fair officials say

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The 17th annual Roosevelt County Junior Livestock Sale kicked off with a patriotic feel as red and blue balloons were released. Auctioneer Arkie Kiehne and ring men Pete Paiz, Johnny Ogden and Bill Graham fired the crowd up as Brandi Paiz brought her Grand Champion steer into the sale […]

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 […]

N.M. Ag Expo preparing for 14th year

By Tony Parra The New Mexico Ag Expo held each year can be best described as the face of the community. The 2006 New Mexico Agricultural Expo will feature everything from old tractor driving games, quilt and fashion shows to important, up-to-date industry developments for dairymen, ranchers and farmers. There are also several demonstrations and […]

Auction nets $138,000 for kids

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Melanie Salazar: Freedom Newspapers Wallets and cage doors came open Saturday evening at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds, as the Junior Livestock Auction got underway at 6 p.m., featuring 54 exhibitors and 54 of the best animals in the fair. Parents, business owners and local residents filled the arena, ready to examine the scene and watch […]

States launching animal identification system

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers Branding has long identified a farm animal’s owner. Now New Mexico ranching industry leaders are finding ways to track their animals with advances in technology, such as the National Identification System in its early stages within the state. The Tri-National Animal Health and Identification Consortium recently launched a pilot series […]

Coyotes cause problems for many in area

By Ryn Gargulinksi They’re cunning. They’re clever. And they’re everywhere. The critters in question are the coyote — and area hunters revere them as some of the smartest varmints they have ever met. Roy Tivis of Portales recalls sitting out on a hunt with his usual partners, sons Rodney and Richard, and calling a coyote […]

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 […]

NMSU officials to give lessons at Ag Expo

By Tony Parra By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer Tony_Parra@link.freedom.com New Mexico State University extension agents will be conducting seminars to keep ranchers and those in the dairy industry up to date on the animal identification tags and composting animal carcasses during the 13th Annual Agriculture Expo on Tuesday and Wednesday. Ron Parker, New Mexico […]

Disneys supply to fellow farmers, ranchers

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Editor’s Note: This story is part of an ongoing series about Portales business owners who have been with their respective businesses for five years or more. With Slash-D-Three Livestock and Feed Supply, Dwayne and Sue Disney have owned what they call “the biggest little feed store in Eastern New Mexico” […]

Livestock sale nets $130,000 for local youth

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By Laurie Stone This year’s Junior Livestock Sale was a smashing hit raising more than $130,000 for the Roosevelt County youth. Darcee Chenault was the first person to show off her grand champion lamb who sold for $3,200 . As the auction got under way, Caleb Wideners, 15, who shows pigs, beamed with a smile. […]

Students do double duty during fair week

High school students from throughout Roosevelt County will be busy with classes, books and homework assignments next week. Some will also have another item to worry about — having their livestock animals in top condition for the livestock junior shows at the Roosevelt County Fair, which begins on Wednesday. For Portales students, school begins on […]

Weather doesn’t put damper on Ag Expo

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Tony Parra Attendants of the New Mexico Ag Expo on Tuesday fought off a brisk blanket of snow and sludged indoors for a better understanding of the latest technologies in agriculture. Early in the day, some 50 people heard New Mexico State University’s Clay Mathis speak on the current U.S. Animal Identification Plan, a proposed […]

Counties ready for junior livestock shows

Michell Seeber This week will start a string of junior livestock shows, beginning with Bailey County on Thursday and concluding with Curry and Quay counties in August, county extension agents recently said. In between will be shows for Parmer and Roosevelt counties. The Bailey County Junior Livestock Show will start at 10 a.m. Thursday at […]

County rancher, wife win achievement award

Mike Linn Some may know Chad Davis as the chairman of the Roosevelt County Commission, where he likes to call meetings to order with his fist rather than a gavel. But the young politician is much more than a commissioner. He is also a Roosevelt County rancher, a board member of the New Mexico Farm […]

Livestock key players in fair competition

PNT Staff This year’s Roosevelt County Fair will have more than its share of live animals: from bouncing rabbits to oily pigs, lactating heifers to bull-nosed steers. And it’s these livestock animals — the county’s finest — which will be the subject of competition in various shows, vying for various honors. And though some may […]