Livestock farming

Two cases of livestock virus confirmed in La Plata County

Two cases of the vesicular stomatitis virus, a disease that primarily affects livestock, have been confirmed in La Plata County, according to state health officials. The Colorado Department of...

DATE: July 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Horse falls, injures girl and dies near Hesperus

A full-grown horse wandered into a mobile-home park near Hesperus and mysteriously died Tuesday, at one point falling on and injuring a girl, according to La Plata County Animal Protection. Animal...

DATE: July 10, 2019 | UPDATED: 3 days 20 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Rancher works to establish water buffalo in Colorado

“If more ranchers knew about water buffalo, they would forget about cows,” José Miranda, a Carbondale rancher, said one morning last January over breakfast. He listed their advantages: The milk...

DATE: June 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Wayne and Melody Semler honored as Cattlemen of the Year

Wayne and Melody Semler, ranchers in Bayfield, were selected as this year’s Cattlemen of the Year by the La Plata-Archuleta Cattlemen’s Association. At the association’s annual banquet last...

DATE: May 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

San Juan Basin Beef Symposium will have a drought focus

The annual San Juan Basin Beef Symposium at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds will focus this year on resiliency, profitability and herd health. The symposium will be held Feb. 6 at the Montezuma...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

2019 National Western is last chance to visit old stockyards

DENVER (AP) – The year was 1906, and there was no rodeo in sight. In the inaugural year of the National Western Stock Show, any display of roping and riding skill was still 25 years away. There was...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Cowbelles raise quilt along Main Street

The Southwestern Cowbelles ceremoniously posted their annual quilt in the windows at Southwest Printing on Thursday, meaning that raffle tickets for a chance to take home the handcrafted quilt are...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Community

Durango Diaries to focus on the future of agriculture

The Durango Herald ’s storytelling series, Durango Diaries, will wrap up its second season next week with two events on the road. The topic for both events will be the “Future of Agriculture.” The...

DATE: Nov. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Inside Colorado’s ‘hotbed’ of wildlife conflict

A frozen, severed head arrived at the lab. The bighorn sheep’s horns, splattered with bright red blood, curled tightly around its face. Its open eyes seemed alive, and its cracked mouth revealed...

DATE: Nov. 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Woman gets deferred sentence in animal cruelty case

A Cortez resident charged with animal cruelty has pleaded guilty and has been given a deferred sentence. Daisy Stenzel was charged with 18 counts of animal cruelty after her 18 horses were seized...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Woman faces 18 charges in Cortez horse neglect case

Animal cruelty charges have been filed against Daisy Stenzel for allegedly neglecting 18 horses on County Road N, prompting a seizure by the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office in April. This week,...

DATE: July 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hay shortage in Southwest Colorado could hit ranchers hard

An extreme shortage of hay as a result of unprecedented drought in Southwest Colorado could force livestock operations struggling to survive to make tough decisions. “I’ve never seen it this dry,”...

DATE: June 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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