Cattle owners should test herds for trichomoniasis

RBC I The Colorado Department of Agriculture reminds cattle owners to test their herds for Bovine Trichomoniasis. As of Dec. 25, there is one positive trich location in Park County.

Cattle rustling an increasing problem

The history of the Old West is filled with cases of cattle rustling on a large scale. While the crime has slowed down for the best part of the last century, it appears that the practice is making a return in this day and age, particularly in the past few years.

MEEKER I It’s that time of year again when cattle start to fill the lower meadows and truckloads of calves begin to leave the county, providing a once-a-year payday for many ranchers in the area.

Exercising sheep…

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Dozens of sheep took up temporary residence on the front lawn of the Western Rio Blanco Metropolitan Recreation Center in Rangely last week, according to WRBM aquatics/recreation superviser assistant Kirsten Cushman, who captured this image. No sheep herders showed up to claim the sheep, which eventually wandered back into the hills, Cushman said.

Branding: Tradition hasn’t changed much

Kelly Sheridan, left and Coley Turner, right, represent the fifth generation of the Sheridan family in Meeker.  Above, the men work on a calf as they carry on the tradition of family branding.

MEEKER I Spring is here, and for ranchers that means it is time to brand calves and prepare to turn them out for the summer. It is an exciting tradition that has been passed down from generations.

Ag Day a tribute to farmers, ranchers

RBC I March 19 is the 40th anniversary of National Ag Day. It’s not a day that seems to get a lot of attention.

Winter pasture …

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A herd of sheep graze on John and Tawny Halandras’ meadows for a few days before continuing their fall journey from the mountains to their high desert winter range.

Free water education webinar series starts July 27

RBC I Colorado’s unique situation as a headwaters state provides the backdrop for diverse issues and concerns related to a most precious resources: water. Rural landowners in Colorado can benefit from understanding how water resources are utilized. A four-part online series will highlight water conservation practices that won’t compromise crop production or livestock health.

Beef leads growth in Colo. exports

RBC I Compared to 2010, Colorado’s exports of agricultural products increased 23 percent in the first nine months of 2011 to $967 million, led by increases in beef, hides, dairy, grains and processed foods. 

EHV-1 outbreak update

RBC I The Colorado Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian’s office has released all hold and quarantine orders associated with the recent spread of Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1) in the state; the disease is considered contained within Colorado and there have been no new confirmed cases since May 20, 2011.

Ranching Feature: Rustlers remain … so does brand inspector

MEEKER I Ed Coryell has served this area for 35 years as brand inspector.

Ranching Feature: Walsh Ranch juggles cattle, hogs

MEEKER I Tom and Lisa Walsh live on a ranch four miles east of Meeker. We co-manage a purebred cattle operation; have a small cattle herd of our own, and 20 commercial cross-bred sows.

Growing your own food topic of meeting

MEEKER — Growing your own food will be the topic of a presentation March 21. The program, titled “Soil, Seeds and Seasons: Gardening on the Western Slope,” will be presented by Brook Le Van of Carbondale, who is director of Sustainable Settings. Seating is limited for the event, which will be held from 10 a.m. […]