Taxed to death

Taxed to death

With the estate tax set to increase, many ranchers fear the reaper
Ned Jefferies serves hay to his 3,000-pound steer Rowdy, or Big Mac as he is known to his neighbors. Jefferies and his wife, Barbara, own a ranch off U.S. Highway 160. Barbara Jeffries, president of the La Plata-Archuleta Cattlemen’s Association, said many local ranchers are worried that an increase in the estate tax to 55 percent will force many out of the West’s most iconic occupation.
Barbara Jefferies looks at Jeff Davis’ herd Thursday
afternoon off
Colorado Highway 172 in Durango.
Paul Davis moves hay to the feeding trough for his cattle Thursday afternoon at his ranch off Colorado Highway 172.

Taxed to death

Ned Jefferies serves hay to his 3,000-pound steer Rowdy, or Big Mac as he is known to his neighbors. Jefferies and his wife, Barbara, own a ranch off U.S. Highway 160. Barbara Jeffries, president of the La Plata-Archuleta Cattlemen’s Association, said many local ranchers are worried that an increase in the estate tax to 55 percent will force many out of the West’s most iconic occupation.
Barbara Jefferies looks at Jeff Davis’ herd Thursday
afternoon off
Colorado Highway 172 in Durango.
Paul Davis moves hay to the feeding trough for his cattle Thursday afternoon at his ranch off Colorado Highway 172.
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