Ranching

High-altitude grazing a high risk for cattle

For cattle grazing in the high country, altitude sickness can be a life-or-death situation. The ailment is most commonly referred to as “brisket disease,” but it goes by many other names, such as...

DATE: Sept. 19, 2019 | UPDATED: 2 days 17 hours ago | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Farm Bureau marks 100 years; celebration planned for Friday

The American Farm Bureau Federation is marking its 100th anniversary this year, with a celebration coming this week to La Plata County. Charly Minkler, president of the La Plata County Farm Bureau,...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2019 | UPDATED: 5 days 3 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Small meat-processing plant could start up near Mancos

A rancher with operations near Mancos and in Arizona has proposed building a small meat-processing facility south of Mancos to bring locally raised beef from pasture to table. Daniel Mominee said...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

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

Bountiful hay harvest begins in Southwest Colorado

Rusty Hall has already made a first cutting on 80 acres of leased land in McElmo Canyon, setting up what he expects will be a banner year for hay production in Montezuma County. “Last year was...

DATE: June 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

Toxic plants suspected of killing cows in region

SHIPROCK, N.M. – Ranchers in northwestern New Mexico suspect toxic plants, used in Navajo and Hopi religious ceremonies, are responsible for the recent deaths of more than a dozen cows. At least 15...

DATE: May 26, 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

A fat snowpack: Farmers should have water through October

YELLOW JACKET – Sprouts from a volunteer crop of spring wheat in a field kept fallow during last year’s drought provided a reassuring sign earlier this month for Chris Neely. “Last year, the only...

DATE: April 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

Durango man accused of trying to kill cattle signs plea agreement

Exactly two years to the day, the saga of a Durango man accused of trying to kill cattle after he closed the gate to a corral in southeastern Utah has reached a resolution. Mark Franklin, 63, faced...

DATE: April 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Republican officials reassure cattlemen about water, wolves and the wall

Local leaders and elected officials gave a roundup of issues, concerns and legislative plans during the 2019 Southwestern Colorado Livestock Association’s annual meeting Saturday at the Cortez Elks...

DATE: Feb. 11, 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

In twist, Utah ranchers take Fifth in cattle gate case against Durangoan

The key witnesses in San Juan County’s felony case against the husband of a prominent environmental activist may not testify after all. The reason: The ranchers themselves face a criminal...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

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