Livestock farming

2017 Montezuma County Fair winners

Winners in more competitions will publish on Friday. Beef Breeding Beef Grand Champion: Rusty Snyder Reserve Grand Champion: Lauren Butler Breeding Beef–Heifers Rusty Snyder: Blue, Champion Lauren...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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: Agriculture

The farmers who made the market

If gardens could talk, they might have a thing or two to tell us.Perhaps they’d impart some friendly advice about which plants get along and which ones need to be kept away from each other. Maybe...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | COLUMN: Parsnippet

Montezuma County dog shot after killing neighbor’s goats

Montezuma County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a country goat massacre on Thursday. According to an incident report, Deputy John Haynes responded to a call at 11:22 a.m. about a possible dispute...

DATE: Feb. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma’s Bunny McComb is named Cowbelle of the Year

Bunny McComb, a longtime advocate for the beef industry, was named Cowbelle of the Year during the Southwest Colorado Livestock Association’s annual dinner Saturday night. McComb has been a member...

DATE: Feb. 12, 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 their annual banquet Saturday night. Al Heaton, of Dolores, is known as a man “who can...

DATE: Feb. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest livestock banquet draws a crowd to Cortez

The Elks Lodge in Cortez was filled with cowboy hats and good cheer on Saturday night during the Southwest Colorado Livestock Association banquet. About 300 people attended this year’s banquet,...

DATE: Feb. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

For brand inspector Chad Moore, a day on horseback beats an office chair any day of the week

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. 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: Agriculture

BLM’s grazing fund benefits ranchers in Montezuma County

The Board of Grazing Advisors for the Southwest BLM District swung through Montezuma County last week. The board doles out funding for range improvements needed by local ranchers. The funds are...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2016 | CATEGORY: Agriculture

Entrepreneur develops cattle health-tracking system

An Australian entrepreneur, now based in Durango, wants to change the way cattle herds are managed with health-tracking technology. David Poussard’s company CattleFit was one of five local...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Agriculture

Suckla elected to BLM Grazing Advisory Board

For The Journal The BLM’s grazing advisory board for Southwest Colorado recently elected new regional board members, including Steve Suckla, of Cortez, who represents the Tres Rios area and...

DATE: April 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Agriculture

Four States Ag Expo is underway

The three-day Four States Agricultural Expo kicked off Thursday with a full slate of vendors, clinics, livestock displays, farm equipment shows and activities for kids.It runs through Saturday at...

DATE: March 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News