Livestock farming

Prairie dogs aggravate ranchers across La Plata County

As the prairie dog population in La Plata County rises and wreaks havoc on landowners, the presence of the often-reviled rodent has some hoping for an unconventional solution: the plague. “They are...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Photos: Good hare day

DATE: Sept. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

County fair wraps up events on Sunday

It’s been eight years of hard work for Keanna Smith of Ignacio, but it resulted in her steer, Mastari, winning the grand champion breeding stock prize at the La Plata County Fair. “The judge said...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado Parks and Wildlife tells livestock owners to protect hay from wildlife

Colorado Parks and Wildlife recommends that people who rely on hay to feed livestock during the winter should take measures to protect their crop from deer and elk. With deep snow during the...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Groups partner to clean up Animas Watershed

The Florida River starts in the pristine waters of the high country of the Weminuche Wilderness, but throughout its nearly 62-mile-long journey to the Animas River, it picks up enough E. coli to...

DATE: May 31, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Milk from one of Colorado’s largest dairies may not be truly organic

The High Plains dairy complex reflects the new scale of the U.S. organic industry: it is big. Stretching across miles of pastures and feedlots north of Greeley, Colorado, the complex is home to...

DATE: May 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Food

Montezuma County dog shot after killing neighbor’s goats

A white husky killed three goats and left three others so injured they had to be put down before the owner of the goats was forced to kill the dog last week in Montezuma County. The dogs owner,...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores rancher Al Heaton named Stockman of the Year

A former director of the Southwest Colorado Livestock Association received the Stockman of the Year award at the group’s annual banquet Saturday night. Al Heaton, of Dolores, is known as a man...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwestern Colorado Livestock Association prepares for annual banquet

The annual meeting of Southwestern Colorado Livestock Association kicks off Saturday at the Cortez Elks Lodge with a morning session that includes reports from U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton and county and...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado agriculture plummets

Statewide income from farms and ranches is projected to fall to $444 million in 2016 from about $1.3 billion in 2015. It’s a level that Colorado agriculture hasn’t seen since 1986, according to a...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Snow arrives, and two llamas remain missing above Vallecito Reservoir

Now that snow has arrived in the high country, the search for two missing llamas in the Weminuche Wilderness, northwest of Durango, has turned into a waiting game. “We just have to keep hoping...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

For brand inspector Chad Moore, horseback beats an office chair any day

In a county pasture awash in late fall sunlight and surrounded by the distant La Plata Mountains, Chad Moore ambles on horseback through a herd of slow-moving cattle. With the herd owner, Shane...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News