Livestock farming

In spill’s wake, ranchers feel fortunate

Outfitters who depend on the Animas River took an immediate hit in the aftermath of the Gold King Mine blowout, and the long-term affect on tourism is yet to be known. But for those in the...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hay production is up, prices are down

A wet spring and early summer has given rise to an abundant hay crop for local farmers and lower prices for their product regionally. Those raising hay for horses and beef cattle have seen prices...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

High beef prices fueling rustling revival

GIDDINGS, Texas – Record beef prices have led to increases in the number of missing or stolen cattle. The nearly 5,800 livestock reported stolen in Texas last year was the most in five years. And...

DATE: Aug. 18, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

Mine spill hits Navajo Nation hard

SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) – The Colorado mine spill that contaminated the Animas and San Juan rivers has done more than hurt Navajo Nation farmers and ranchers. It threatens the tribe’s native way of...

DATE: Aug. 18, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

Potential contamination alarms farmers

Some farms in southern La Plata County are hurting without irrigation water for crops a week after 3 million gallons of polluted mine water flowed into the Animas River. Hay farmer John Rehorn said...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ignacio state representative is coming into his own

IGNACIO J. Paul Brown walks across his Ignacio ranch into a small bunch of sheep on a recent Thursday, his wife, Debbie, has her hand in his. As the sun beats down over the proud mountains in the...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

29 cases of livestock disease reported in state

Twenty-nine cases of the contagious equine and livestock disease vesicular stomatitis have been confirmed in six counties in Colorado, including Montezuma and La Plata, according to the Colorado...

DATE: July 27, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colo. joins water battle

BISMARCK, N.D. – Thirteen states led by North Dakota and including Colorado filed a lawsuit Monday challenging an Obama administration rule that gives federal agencies authority to protect some...

DATE: June 29, 2015 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Elk market elevates

As the morning sun was drying the fields near Mancos, a bull elk stared down at the headquarters of the Schultz Elk and Cattle Ranch just west of the La Plata County line. Normally, he would come...

DATE: May 28, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

A beefed-up market

The price of hamburgers for summer picnics, barbecued brisket and steaks have been climbing for years, but customers don’t seem to be reaching for chicken. High demand, high prices and spring rain...

DATE: May 14, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rep. Tipton pushes for clarity on grazing on national land

Bighorn sheep need protection from a highly contagious disease carried by domestic sheep. But the question, according to some lawmakers, is: How much? U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, and about 40...

DATE: May 4, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

It’s 2015, do you know where your livestock are?

Ongoing drought, which has made rangeland less hospitable, and other factors have reduced the number of cattle and sheep that currently graze in the San Juan National Forest. The declining numbers...

DATE: March 22, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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