Cowboys knew how to have fun at work

My mother was a teenager during the 1930s. That decade was one of the busiest for the cattle and sheep raisers in eastern Arizona and western New Mexico. In 1885, the railroad company built a spur line from Socorro to Magdalena. Livestock growers then had a market for their cattle and sheep. They drove their […]

Their view: Branding serves as protection for livestock

Joe Parker Jr., president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, writes about the importance of branding cattle.

Businesses seek Sunday alcohol sales

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Argen Duncan A petition is calling for a vote on Sunday liquor sales in Portales restaurants. If 5 percent of voters registered in Portales city limits sign the petition, the city will have to hold an election in which voters decide whether to continue the prohibition on Sunday liquor sales at restaurants in Portales. Cattle […]

Drought leading to large number of cattle sell-offs

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Alisa Boswell Livestock owners have been selling their cattle at an alarming rate recently, according to local cattle brokers and ranchers. They cite the lack of feed because of drought conditions for the sell-off. According to Clovis Livestock Auction sales representative Rustin Rowley, in just the last two months, weekly livestock sales have almost tripled, […]

Heat driving up feed prices for dairies

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While dairy cattle are holding up well in the hot, dry weather, the drought is sending forage prices skyrocketing, cutting profits, local members of the dairy industry have said. Dairies deal with heat stress in cattle every summer, said Alan Anderson of Anderson Dairy near Portales. “The problem is the hay shortage,” Anderson said. Because […]

Rather drive cattle than carhop

Glenda Price So … I’m standing underneath the building’s overhang holding a metal tray loaded with food (mostly sandwiches) and heavy tankards of chilled root beer. I stare at the cash register receipt, then at the tray, and finally all around. I’m surrounded by vehicles — cars, pickups, station wagons — bunches of them. I […]

No expert in cattle ‘bidness’

An interviewer asked me how one can make a living in the cow business. Actually he said, “As we’re heading into the next couple years with declining cattle numbers and steady prices, how do you think you should position yourself to take advantage of the market?” I assume he’d mistaken me as an authority in […]

We could all use comfort in our lives

Twas the day before Christmas and boy was it cold I broke ice on the tanks and scattered feed on the snow The cattle all came to the pickup’s horn and grabbed the feed in great hungry bites Then down from the trees flew a bunch of little birds They joined the cows and I […]

Cattle operation comes with catch

As many of you regular readers might guess, people tell me their stories — stories about horse wrecks, cow wrecks, sheep wrecks, dog wrecks, financial wrecks, any kind of wreck you can think of. I met JW in Tennessee. He’s a regular reader of my column and thought his story would fit. It seems he […]

Story helps put modern problems in perspective

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 […]

Drive uncomfortable for couple, piglet

I worked for a big cattle company in the northwest and we kept “cookhouse pigs” for the crew. Every spring, 30 or so little weaner pigs were brought from the sale barn and put in our pig facility, a long steel Quonset hut. I knew enough to vaccinate them for Erysipelas, but I put off […]

Auction company owner faces embezzlement charges

The owner of the closed Portales Livestock Auction has been charged with embezzling nearly half a million dollars from a customer. Randy Bouldin, 39, was arrested June 2 on a charge of embezzlement over $20,000, court records show. He was released on a $10,000 bond the same day. Bouldin is accused of keeping more than […]

Cattle growers wary of livestock ID program

By Argen Duncan If the discussion is a system to trace diseases in cattle, New Mexico already has a sufficient system in place, members of the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association said. The group covered several topics at its southeast regional meeting Tuesday night at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. According to information from the Cattle […]

Our people: Enjoying the cowboy life

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Wesley Grau of Grady was named the 2009 Cattleman of the Year by the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association. Grau said the members of NMCGA vote on the recipient. He said he was humbled by the award. Grau has been ranching his entire life, except for the years he spent studying agriculture business at New […]

Let’s stop criticizing farmers

By Baxter Black: On the Edge of Common Sense Back before the collapse of the United Soviet Socialist Republic we had visitors from Romania tour our feedlot. We explained the program including cost of cattle, feed, maintenance, and cost of grain. “How much will they pay you for your cattle?” they asked. “We don’t know,” […]

Roosevelt County farmer wins Republican seat for land commissioner

Roosevelt County farmer and cattle rancher Matthew Rush on Tuesday won the nomination in the Republican primary for land commissioner — a position among the most powerful in New Mexico state government. Rush defeated former Bernalillo County GOP executive director Bob Cornelius. Unofficial returns showed Rush with nearly 66 percent of the votes with 65 […]

Their view: Cattle ranchers appreciative of Earth, natural resources

Bert Ancell is president of New Mexico Cattle Growers Association and general manager of the Bell Ranch in San Miguel County. He’s asking area residents join the cattle growers in celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day on Thursday. “There are people from 190 countries and one billion people taking this day to recognize the […]

Elida man wins at Angus show

PNT Staff Report Greg Smith of Elida won a number of awards for his cattle at the 2009 Atlantic National Super Point Roll of Victory Angus Show on Sunday in Timonium, Md., according to the American Angus Association. Smith was named premier breeder and exhibitor. Cattle he co-owns won senior champion bull, reserve junior champion […]

Livestock group joins association

PNT Staff Report Wofford Livestock of Portales has joined the American Angus Association, according to a news release. The association has nearly 33,000 active adult and junior members, making it the largest beef cattle registry association in the world. Its computerized records include detailed information on nearly 16 million registered Angus, the release said. These […]

Truck crash forces cattle roundup

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