Cow carcasses smelly problem

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The body of a dead cow is seen Wednesday on Curry Road 7 southeast of Clovis. According to Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher, illegal dumping of cows is only getting worse as the cattle industries continue to grow. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer Dust storms, blowing tumbleweeds and […]

Activists, actors shouldn’t influence ban

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers 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 […]

Rancher backs beef ban

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Correspondent Mary Nordtome said she can look out her kitchen window and see for miles. She and her husband single handily operate a 22,000-acre ranch in Fort Sumner and have been in the ranching industry for more than 50 years. When she talks about the industry she has built her life […]

Bradley, Rob

Rob Bradley Services: 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Education Complex at Texico High School. Mr. Rob Bradley, 46, of Texico, a rancher/cattle trader, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on Dec. 12, 1958, at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. He graduated from Texico High School […]

Weather takes toll on herds

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Drooling is a sign of illness in cattle, as this heifer calf is experiencing Tuesday at Roberts Farms south of Clovis By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer 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 […]

Pet food company to open in Clovis

CNJ staff A pet food company based in Waco, Texas, will open a cattle-processing plant in Clovis that will initially employ five or six people, company officials said Wednesday. Champion Pet Food Inc. of Waco is moving into the former New Mexico Processing plant at 802 S. Hull, which closed this summer. Officials said they […]

Cattle dispute led to kilings in 1911

By Don McAlavy A dispute over a few head of cattle led to the killing of brothers Ed and Tom Hall along the Pecos River, south of Fort Sumner and west of Kenna, in 1911. This account comes from a booklet — “My Family, My Life and Times” — written by a nephew of the […]

Group protects prairie dogs, called nuisance by others

Staff and wire reports A group of environmentalists, biologists and landowners in the Texas Panhandle hopes to keep the Texas black-tailed prairie dog off the endangered species list by conserving more than 293,000 acres of grassland habitat for the animals by 2011. But in Curry County, at least two cattle growers say they think of […]

Recent rainfall favors farms and ranches

By Glen Seeber: CNJ staff writer For months, when Clovis area farmers and ranchers smiled, it may have looked more like a grimace. But that has all changed in recent weeks. Over the past week, Clovis has received more than 2 inches of rainfall, prompting big grins and the forecast of big bucks for those […]

Mad cow disease fears lead to layoffs at beef plant

By Darrell Todd Maurina Company officials announced Friday that the Excel beef processing plants in Friona and Plainview will lay off about 100 to 150 people at each plant. The layoffs are due to bovine spongiform encephalitis, also known as “mad cow disease,” according to Bill Rupp, executive vice president of Excel. “A number of […]