Wasn’t crime to deliver retribution

Glenda Price Times were hard. In desperation, George decided to gather a herd of cattle and head west with them — to California. This was in the 1850s, and folks in Texas had heard talk that gold miners in California (the 49ers) were a great market for beef. George and his wife, Inez, had been […]

Day trip: Fort is also home to Texas longhorn herd

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Courtesy of the Texas Historical Commission The ruins at Fort Griffin include the mess hall, barracks, first sergeant’s quarters, bakery, and a hand-dug well. This building was once the administration building at the fort. Place: Fort Griffin State Historic Site Location: 1701 North U.S. Hwy 283 Albany, Texas is about 296 miles or 5 hours […]

Perfectly OK to go against herd

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist FFA and 4-H youngsters learn early that livestock they’re raising for the shows eat better and grow faster if they’re not alone. Two or more steers or lambs fed together compete for the feed, and everybody gains faster. When show lambs are let out of their pen to run for […]

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 […]

Curry County cattle to be slaughtered

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The state will have about 12,000 dairy cattle in a Curry County herd slaughtered after 150 to 200 head were confirmed earlier this year with bovine tuberculosis. The infected cattle were killed earlier this year. The rest of the herd was free of the disease, but will be shipped to […]

Sept. 1, 1975

The first animals to show up at the Curry County Fairgrounds were those in the dairy herd of Friona’s Dale Hart. … The Sea Food Shop, at 1005 W. Seventh St., was under the new management of Sam and Sheryl Eldridge. … The Clovis-area office for the Corporation in Action for Minority Business and Industrial […]

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 […]

Where the bison roam

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CNJ Staff Photo: Marlena HartzThe outlines of bison kept at Ned Houk Park are illuminated during sunset. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Far from the pens of the Hillcrest Zoo, 10 shaggy bison roam along the banks of Ned Houk Park in Clovis. The plot of land at Ned Houk, enclosed by barbed wire, […]

State status on bovine TB downgraded

By Jack King Negotiations between a Roosevelt County dairyman and the U.S. Department of Agriculture over the destruction of a herd of cattle infected with bovine tuberculosis have reached an impasse. Destroying, or “depopulating,” the herd — and a second infected herd in Roosevelt County — could help New Mexico regain its TB-free status in […]

State considers killing TB-infected cattle

By Jack King Officials are discussing with the owners of two Roosevelt County dairies the possibility of killing their cattle to eliminate all traces of bovine tuberculosis, State Veterinarian Dr. Steve England said Wednesday. The recent discovery of the disease led the United States Department of Agriculture to announce it will downgrade New Mexico from […]