Mother’s job one of survival

Baxter Black: PNT columnist If you find yourself drivin’ down a highway this spring, through cow country, it’s possible you’ll spot a bunch of cows walking along strung out in a line. But, you’ll notice none of their little calves are with them. If you are a cow person you already know the mamas are […]

Cow dumping on rise

By Marlena Hartz Dust storms, blowing tumbleweeds and reckless drivers are normal nuisances associated with highway driving in eastern New Mexico. Now Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher says we can add one more to the list — cow carcasses. “We have increased incidences of dead cattle being dumped on right-of-ways and highways. It’s mostly Holsteins […]

Cows, cold weather don’t mix

By David Irvin Cows with pneumonia stuck in the mud is both a picture of helplessness, and for area cattle raisers, a symbol of lost profits. This year’s wet weather and recent cold temperatures meant sickness and death for many cows at area dairies, feed lots and ranches. The financial impact of poor weather strikes […]

Like a cow out of water

By Baxter Black If God intended cows to swim, he’d give them all flippers. You rarely see a mermaid calf or Holstein skinny dippers. But in their battle to survive, I’ve seen cows come unraveled, and to escape the cowboy’s loop they will choose the path less traveled. Now Randy wasn’t brilliant, but he was […]

Company keeping cows cool

Mike Linn Cool cows produce more milk — and more calves. Dairymen seeking increased production visited a New Mexico Ag Expo vendor promoting a cooling system that protects cows from excessive heat. Michael Klaseen of the Mesa, Ariz.-based Korral Kool company said excessive heat not only thwarts milk production among cows but is also a […]

Mad cow scare causes cattle prices to drop

Mike Linn A few days can cost a cattle rancher hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue — especially when one of those days beef from a Canadian Holstein is found infected with mad cow disease. Since news broke of the infected Holstein cattle prices for fat cattle have dropped about 20 percent, local ranchers […]

Bennett can focus solely on cutting this year

By Kevin Wilson Editors note: This is the second in a four-part series on the Portales Area Rodeo team representatives in July’s National High School Finals Rodeo in Farmington. The first story featured Lynde Orcutt. Brittany Bennett spent most of her time at last year’s National High School Finals Rodeo as a queen candidate. This […]