Luddites obstruct our food choices

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist The anti-progress Luddites have taken some serious blows in the last six months. A British study shows that animals and crops raised under strict organic parameters, have no nutritional or health benefits over animals and crops grown with FDA/USDA approved insecticides, pesticides, parasitacides, antibiotics, chemical disinfectants and growth stimulants. Then, […]

Livestock sale helps offset cost of raising animals

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By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Local buyers had a chance to pick up extra heifers for the dairies or a hog for the freezer on Friday at the Roosevelt County Fair Junior Livestock Sale. FFA and 4-H members showed off their prize-winning animals for the sale. Some of the children who participate in the […]

Rabbit show keeps fair hopping

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer A bunch of bunnies gave it their all and kept judges hopping Tuesday at the Roosevelt County Fair Rabbit Show. The special interest rabbit competition makes it possible for children to show animals when they might not be able to raise cattle, pigs, or other large animals. “I’ve been […]

Dogs deserve better treatment

In my 26 years of living in Portales, I have never complained to any city official. Now, I can no longer remain silent. I am appalled at the level of cruelty to animals in Roosevelt County. As I walk my friend’s dog near Lime Street, the conditions I see bring me near tears. There are […]

Rabid skunk reported in Curry County

Freedom New Mexico The first rabies report in Curry County for the year was reported today by the New Mexico Department of Health. A rabid skunk bit an unvaccinated dog, then died, a press release said. The dog will euthanized to prevent it from developing rabies and potentially exposing other animals and people, a press […]

Press release: Rabid skunk found in Curry County

(Las Cruces) — The New Mexico Department of Health reported today that a skunk from Curry County tested positive for rabies. The Department of Health is reminding residents that it is important to vaccinate their animals to protect them from rabies. The skunk was from the Clovis area of Curry County and bit an unvaccinated […]

Women play significant role in agriculture

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The classic image of a farmer shows a man getting up with the sun, feeding his animals and getting on his tractor. But what if that farmer is a woman? Michelle Heavyside, a dairy farmer’s wife, and LaVerne Scheller, a cattlewoman and one-time farmer, are active in agriculture in […]

Official: “Cow tax” reports unfounded

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Livestock officials are concerned the federal government is considering charging fees for air-polluting animals. They contend the “cow tax” is a possible consequence of a highly technical Environmental Protection Agency report released last week on greenhouse gases. EPA Spokeswoman Cathy Milbourn said the concerns are unfounded and the report […]

It’s Their Job: Justin Jones

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Name: Justin Jones Job: Kennel Manager at Caprock Veterinary Clinic Background: Jones was raised and attended school in Portales. He is now studying at ENMU to become a veterinarian. Time on job: One and a half years What does your job entail? It depends on the day. Sometimes I work with the animals in the […]

2008 Fair Results: Animals

Division: Market Goat First Year Feeder Exhibitor Name PlaceCasey Faver 1Randal Craig 2Orrie Spinks 3Kynzi Creighton 4Tyler Richerson 5Shaylea Moore 6Sean Kuhns 7Lacey Clark 8Chaynee Clark 9Haylee McGill 10Hannah Bilbrey 11 Market Goat Show Class Exhibitor Name Place Special PlacingClass 1Jordyn Tivis 1 Jordyn Tivis 2 Raeona Sanders 3 Justin Whitecotton 4 Shayla Whitecotton 5 […]

Clovis animal shelter turning away animals

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Animal Shelter is turning animals away this week while it awaits a resupply of carbon monoxide for its gas chamber, according to police Capt. Ron Hutchison. Hutchison said it is merely a temporary supply issue and he hopes the gas will be delivered next week. “We’re asking […]

It’s Their Job: Tracie Hanks

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Name: Tracie Hanks Job: Animal Control, Level 2 Certified with National Animal Control Association. Background: American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and animal rescue in New York, and 15 years being a military spouse in places around the world such as Germany, Japan and Panama. Time on the job: Three years. Q. […]

Residents urged to be cautious of rabies in animals

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter The number of confirmed rabies cases in New Mexico has risen over the past three years, increasing the need for awareness and keeping

Ethics of animals for consumption discussion planned

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Many people don’t view dragging a fish out of a lake with a hook as a bad thing. When it comes to the consumption of animals, it’s generally red meat eaters who come under fire. This is according to Darron Smith, a professor of agriculture at Eastern New Mexico […]

Stuffed solution given for car

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Everywhere he goes, people gawk and take pictures of his car. But James “Woodstock” Laljer didn’t cover his 1974 Ford LTD with stuffed animals to get attention. He did it for his wife. “My wife is exactly 5 feet tall,” he said, explaining she always complained she couldn’t find […]

State official frets over possibility of rabies

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Two recent encounters between skunks and dogs in Roosevelt County have a state official concerned about the possible spread of rabies. Both skunks involved in fights with dogs were tested. The results on one skunk were inconclusive and the other was negative, according to Carol Morgan, a nurse with […]

Pigs on parade

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By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Ten-year-old Daniel James hasn’t had an easy life but it was hard to tell Wednesday as the ruddy-faced youngster beamed to the crowd from the show ring where he was showing his first hog. Daniel was excited as his pig Donkey (after the ‘Shrek” movie character) was penned by […]

(Live)stock market

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Chelsea Henrich, 16, mustered all her strength to control a steer more than 10 times her size in front of a crowd of bidders Friday at the Curry County Junior Livestock Sale. After months of feeding, walking and washing the 1,300-pound steer, it was time to part ways. The auction […]

Clovis shelter harboring animals displaced by storm

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Devastation wrought by Friday’s tornado didn’t just affect human residents. Dozens of pets found themselves on their own when fences blew down and homes were ripped apart. Animal control officers have been in the hardest hit areas trying to remove animals that are injured or are showing signs of aggression, […]

Landowners have pig problems

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Jimmy Tivis uses his gun to deal with feral pigs. The alfalfa and wheat farmer, who owns 800 acres in Floyd, spots the animals roaming across his land in groups of eight to 10. “I kill them every time I see them,” Tivis said, not coldy, but as a matter […]