Some fair traditions fade, others still going strong

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Whatever new-fangled innovations might be present in the exhibits or on the midway, the Roosevelt County Fair is like many other county fairs across the nation: a bastion of tradition. On entry day in Portales, when local residents officially enter livestock, food, crafts and more for competition, the vanguard of the past was there to […]

Livestock sale rakes in bucks for juniors

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico You name an animal after a feeling, it’s hard to sell it off no matter the price. You name an animal after what color it is, parting ways becomes a little easier. A pair of veteran sellers experienced the spectrum of animal sales Friday night at the Curry County […]

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 […]

Jan. 27, 1971

The Portales News-Tribune reported that the Portales Livestock Commission’s ninth annual equipment sale that began the day before

Grady farmer appointed to state livestock bureau

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer “I don’t think farmers are a bunch of stupid people in bib overalls,” said New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau’s new second vice president. “I believe they are the backbone of our nation.” Grady-area farmer and rancher Pat Woods received his appointment for the two-year term in November. He […]

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 […]

Livestock board omits horse tax

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer Horse owners in eastern New Mexico can look forward to a tax break this year due to an oversight by the New Mexico Livestock Board. Because of an accounting error, there will be no livestock board tax on horses in New Mexico for 2008 — horse owners will only […]

Livestock Sale turns 20

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By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor The Democratic National Convention may have a bigger balloon drop later this week but it’s doubtful they’ll be having any more fun than the young people who participated in the 20th annual Roosevelt County Livestock Sale Saturday. The sale marked a milestone complete with a balloon drop and party […]

Animals set for auction

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Hundreds of Roosevelt County children will be shown the money for taking care of their livestock, as the gavel comes down on the 20th anniversary Roosevelt County Fair junior livestock auction this morning. The bidding begins at 9 a.m., livestock superintendent Mike O’Connor said. “It’s a financial incentive to […]

Livestock sale nets $308,000

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico As she walked towards the staging area, announcer Shane Hall had nothing but praise for Rosemary. “This heifer is udderly perfect,” Hall said to the show arena crowd. “Black and white, she’s just right.” The price was just right for Rhea, Texas, native Jarod Allen, as he parted with […]

Undercover investigator films alleged livestock abuse

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico New allegations of livestock abuse surfaced Wednesday, this time targeting the Portales Livestock Auction. The Humane Society of the United States released video footage of sick or injured dairy cows it contends were mistreated at the auction where they are sold for slaughter. Such cows pose increased risk for […]

Local Brief June 6

PNT Staff Report Livestock enrollment deadline USDA’s Farm Service Agency in New Mexico announced that livestock producers have until July 18 to enroll in the 2005-07 Livestock Compensation Program and Livestock Indemnity Program, according to a news release. The programs provide aid to producers who suffered eligible livestock or livestock feed losses between Jan. 1, […]

Back in business

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter A Roosevelt County dairy owner has rebuilt 98 percent of his facility since it was destroyed by a tornado last March 23. The event has left Mike Mitchell, owner of Grande Vida Dairy, with a new respect for the forces of nature and a thankfulness for friends and neighbors. […]

10-21 Honors

Smith G13 Stand Out, showed by Greg Smith of Elida, won grand champion bull at the 2007 Keystone International Livestock Expo Angus Show Oct. 5, 2007, in Harrisburg, Penn.

September 21, 1969

• Roosevelt County youth Kent Allison of Portales and Dwayne Chenault of Elida, sold their winning livestock in the Junior Livestock Sale at the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque. Allison sold his grand champion market lamb for $13 a pound, for a grand total of $1,209, and Chenault sold his grand champion Duroc barrow […]

Fairgoers treated to update facilities

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Visitors to the 2007 Roosevelt County Fair will be treated to spruced-up fairgrounds. New bathrooms have been added, while those in the Pavilion have been refurbished. New air conditioning units have also been installed in the Pavilion. Several 4-H clubs in the area have worked on landscaping and beautification […]

(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 […]

Kircher named county agent

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Patrick Kircher has been named to the position of Roosevelt County agriculture agent by New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service officials. Kircher began in his new role on July 1. The job was previously held by Floyd McAlister, who retired in February after more than 22 years in […]

May 27, 1976

• Portales Women’s Softball Association announced they’re hosting a Memorial Day weekend round-robin softball tournament. • The Kenna Ladies hosted a candidate speaking event at the Kenna Community House. The event was well attended with the Kenna Ladies reporting about $98 in donations collected at the event. • David Coleman joined the Staff at First […]

Bovine TB confirmed in Eddy County

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A confirmed case of bovine tuberculosis has been reported in Eddy County, according to officials from the New Mexico Livestock Board. An investigation is being conducted by the New Mexico Livestock Board and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to state veterinarian Dave Fly. The infected dairy cow was […]