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.

Calving season…


Several new calves were in evidence at the Dunham ranch this week as the cows and their offspring enjoyed the wind and sun. Diane Dunham said several calves came earlier this spring than usual but that there is a long way to go in calving season. The Bill and Diane

Don’t honk…

phmkcattle on hwy 64

This photographer was rebuked by a cowboy after tapping his car horn to get through a herd of cattle on Highway 64, a sure sign of spring.

Finalists named in Colo. Leopold Award program

RBC I Sand County Foundation, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust, Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., and Peabody Energy are proud to announce the finalists for the 2013 Leopold Conservation Award in Colorado. The award recognizes private landowner achievement in voluntary conservation. The finalists are as follows: Wagon Wheel Ranch […]

Like a good neighbor…”down on the creek”

There’s probably no greater compliment than to be called a good neighbor in that 42-mile community of friends “down on the creek,” Piceance Creek, that is.

USFS seeks photos to document range conditions

Everyone at some point has monitored something in their life. When you were a kid, you probably monitored the candy bowl closely. As an adult, you monitor your checking account to avoid overdrafts and any fraudulent charges.

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.

Ranching Feature: Sheep industry changes, but survives

RBC I In the 60-plus years that I have been privy to the sheep industry in Rio Blanco County many things have changed and much has remained the same.

Ranching Feature: Miller Creek Ditch, one of Meeker’s great industries

RBC I Range cattle in White River country were plagued with summer drought,

Ranching Feature: There’s just hardly anything better than a cow

The youngest of three children, Denise Pearce followed in her late father’s footsteps and became a cattle rancher.

MEEKER I Denise Pearce knows her stuff. She should. She learned from one of the best.

Ranching Feature: Cameras help Scritchfield keep an eye on things

Scritchfield had cameras installed in her barns so she could more closely monitor the expecting mothers.

MEEKER I As a single parent with a business to run, Ann Marie Scritchfield figured she could use a helping hand.