Kids get cow know-how

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Children, cows and mud came together at the Curry County Fairgrounds Tuesday and Wednesday for Kids, Kows and More. Approximately 1,000 area fourth-graders attended the annual program, sponsored by the Southwest Dairy Farmers, which is designed to acquaint the students with production agriculture. Children and teachers trudged through muddy walkways [...]

Disaster strikes dairy

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor 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 Friday at the Grande Vida Dairy about nine miles east of Portales a little while before the storm hit. [...]

Cold, cold cows

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Come rain or shine, snow or ice, livestock producers must battle the elements on a daily basis to ensure their livestock is cared for and their livelihood is not damaged or lost. Snow and ice storms that have recently hit the area, with temperatures dropping down into the single [...]

Bulls can’t be cajoled into behaving

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist I withdrew my plastic-sleeved arm from the cow and looked back down the alley. It was empty but I could see into the big crowding pen where a large bull stood placidly. My teenage son and my neighbor’s teenage daughter stood behind him trying to push him toward the chute. [...]

Dairyman discusses business

By Tonya Fennell By Tonya Fennell CNJ STAFF WRITER tonya_garner@freedom.link.com Albin Smith is a local dairy owner. Q: How long have you been in the dairy business? A: I came to Portales 30 years ago this month with 28 cows. Q: What does the dairy business mean to you? A: I like the cows, but [...]

Dairymen preview 2006

By William Thompson Area dairy farmers are sending milk cows to the slaughterhouse. That’s because the milk market is heavy on the supply side, which means producers’ prices are going down. Walter Bradley, a spokesman for Dairy Farmers of America, said area dairy farmers are putting money into a fund that will purchase about 60,000 [...]

Local entities prepare for opening of new dairies in area

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Bathed in sun rays almost year-round and encompassed by tall mountain peaks, the San Joaquin Valley is an agricultural bedrock. It is also awash in smog. California officials say the 2.5 million cows in the valley are a major culprit. The animals emit 24 tons of ozone-forming gas per day [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]