Several Roosevelt County residents expressed concern at Tuesday’s county commission meeting about what they say is an increase in dead calves being left along rural roads.
Roosevelt County Crimestoppers are offering a reward of $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of anyone illegally dumping dead calves.
“We need to let them know that they are being watched,” Portales resident Laveta Patterson urged.
There are two legal ways to dispose of dead cattle, according to Roosevelt County officials. They either can be buried on private property or removed to a process facility.
Tejas Industry, a company out of Hereford, Texas, provides disposal service in Roosevelt County.
“People need to call us the day the calf died,” Tejas Industry dispatcher Ronnie Griffith said. “We can go and pick it up when it’s fresh and there would be no charge. However, if they wait two or three days then they are responsible of disposing them.”
Roosevelt County Commission Chairman Chad Davis said the owners of the calves are hard to trace.
“They (livestock industry) are going to have electronic identification chips in the calves, hopefully within two years,” Davis said. “This is going to be done to eliminate the mad cow disease and TB (bovine tuberculosis) problem. At this time, ranchers must brand their calves within a certain time frame. Some, however, are not branding them.”