AgSense: La Ni

Dry and windy conditions of the winter of 2010 and spring of 2011 decimated the dryland wheat crop and severely impacted the quality and quantity of irrigated wheat due to heavy evaporation of irrigation water and stronger than normal late winter freezes. Hot weather throughout the spring and summer and the lack of help from […]

AgSense: Cows have smaller ‘footprint’ than believed

By Robert Hagevoort: NMSU-Clovis Ag Science Center In April of this year, we reported that recent scientific studies cleared cows from erupting more greenhouse gasses (GHG) than all of the trucks, planes, trains and automobiles combined; well it’s true, the cows are cleared! That’s good news for everybody because it just didn’t make any sense […]

Comfortable cows important to dairy owners

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Freedom new Mexico: Tony Bullocks Dairy cows on Greenfield Park Dairy are provided with special mats in the milking parlor, providing extra comfort to for the standing cows during milking. Argen Duncan Cows have regular pedicures. Really. Dairy owners use pedicures — hoof trimming — along with a variety of other methods to keep their […]

Men can’t seem to pick and choose

My father-in-law and my husband bought a hundred head of cows one year. It was a partnership deal, but when we unloaded them at the ranch they decided to split them fifty-fifty and each partner put his own brand on his half. It was early spring, so some of the cows had babies, others were […]

Men can’t seem to pick and choose

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist My father-in-law and my husband bought 100 head of cows one year. It was a partnership deal, but when we unloaded them at the ranch they decided to split them 50-50 and each partner put his own brand on his half. It was early spring, so some of the cows […]

Undercover investigator films alleged livestock abuse

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Freedom New Mexico: Karl Terry The Portales Livestock Auction, located just west of Portales, was the subject of a May undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States. The HSUS alleges animal abuse involving downer cattle took place at the facility. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer New allegations of livestock abuse surfaced […]

Humane Society targets Clovis auction

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Humane Society of the United States says it videotaped two sick cows at the Clovis Livestock Auction during an investigation. Two ill cows were filmed for five hours. One “was suffering from obvious pain, flailing her legs as she expelled watery feces into the pen where other cows […]

The cows are home

No bull here

Glenda Price Glenda Price 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 […]

Free market better protection than USDA

Freedom New Mexico Uncle Sam protects us. The United States Department of Agriculture, for example, inspects our food. So we’re safe, right? Of course we’re not. Absent the hard work of the Humane Society of the United States, a private entity, the USDA would remain clueless about the outrageous practices of Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Corp. […]

Aug. 30, 1941

State Police Capt. A.P. Winston received notice that he had been selected as one of five in the United States for a scholarship of Automotive Safety Foundation at the Northwestern University Traffic Institute. … Veterinarian E.E. Kraus was a distributor for Lice Oil Spray. … Clovis Livestock Sales reported that prices for fat cows were […]

Cow know-how

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Cody Lightfoot of Southwest Dairy Farmers talks to fourth-graders from Texico, Grady, Melrose, Farwell, Clovis Christian School and Portales Wednesday about how cows are milked at Kids, Kows and More at the Curry County Fairgrounds. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Children, cows and mud came together at the Curry County […]

Day Trip: Plainview, Texas, display honors cattle drive

Courtesy photo One of 48 decorated cow statues in Plainview, Texas, hitches a ride in a color-coordinated vehicle. In addition to the painted bovines, the town also offers a variety of shops. By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers For a different twist on a cattle drive, head on over to Plainview, Texas, and take a drive […]

Roosevelt County dairyman rides out storm

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The Grande Vida Dairy, nine miles north of Portales, suffered extensive damage in Friday’s tornado. (CNJ Correspondent Photo: Roger Hatcher) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Roosevelt County’s Mike Mitchell lost a new dairy operation and about 175 cows in Friday’s tornado, but quick thinking allowed him to escape with his life. Mitchell said he arrived […]

Day Trip: Plainview, Texas, display honors cattle drive

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One of 48 decorated cow statues in Plainview, Texas, hitches a ride in a color-coordinated vehicle. In addition to the painted bovines, the town also offers a variety of shops. (Courtesy photo) By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers For a different twist on a cattle drive, head on over to Plainview, Texas, and take a drive […]

Cold, cold cows

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Cattle become much more susceptible to health problems in bad weather and can fall, causing injury or death. Health problems add to winter expense for dairy men and beef producers. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Come rain or shine, snow or ice, livestock producers must battle the elements on a daily […]

Q&A: Dairy man loves challenge

Editor’s Note: Albin Smith is a local dairy owner and a Curry County commissioner. Q: How long have you been in the dairy business? A: I came to Portales 30 years ago this month with 28 cows. Q: What does the dairy business mean to you? A: I like the cows, but I have come […]

Overproduction sours milk prices

By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — A spokesman for Dairy Farmers of America said area dairy farmers are putting money into a fund that will purchase about 60,000 dairy cows this year in an effort to stabilize milk prices. “In order to keep stable prices we need about 9 million cows,” Walter Bradley said […]

On the moo-ve: More dairies planned

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Eastern New Mexico and West Texas have seen a boom in the dairy industry of late, and some local and state agriculture officials say it is due to minimal regulations. (File photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Bathed in sun rays almost year-round and encompassed by tall mountain peaks, the San Joaquin Valley is […]

Two cows explain politics

Bob Huber You haven’t reached life’s high-water mark until your grandkids ask, “What’s the difference between Republicans and Democrats?” The upshot is, if you’re smart, you’ll devise a basic list of replies designed to be understood by children. Take my personal favorite, the “Two Cows Response.” Here’s a sampler. It begins with, “If you are […]