Quay County rancher, 70, tops senior pro rodeo rankings

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Thomas Garcia By Thomas Garcia QCS staff writer A local 70-year-old rancher splits his time between tending 300 head of cattle, rebuilding a home and being ranked number one in calf and breakaway roping in the National Senior Pro Rodeo Association. Jerry Koile is currently first in the NSPRA world rankings in 68-plus calf roping […]

Pickup truck gives birth to calf

Baxter Black It was one of those calving wrecks that just seemed to get worse and worse. Clay’s brother said he had never seen a pickup give birth. The first pass through the calving pasture that morning they observed a mama cow in the midst of calving. The calf’s hind legs were showing, so they […]

Roping contest set for this weekend

Hundreds of cowboys, both professional and amateur, will compete in calf-roping events this weekend. The third annual Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping is being held Friday through Saturday at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. According to event coordinator Joe Rhodes, 464 cowboys competed in the 2006 calf roping event. “Hopefully we will have more […]

Cattle ranchers hear concerns

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun If beef consumption is rising around America and the rest of the world, why are American cattle growers making less money in the market? It’s a question cattle growers wish they didn’t have to ask, and a national organization tried to answer at an assembly Friday night. The Tucumcari […]

Rancher’s wife has calving problems

By Baxter Black: QCS columnist It is the bad dream of the rancher’s wife during calving season. Not as bad as a blizzard or machinery wreck but worse than having to go to Kingfisher for parts. Hubby’s been gone overnight so Shirla saddles up to go check the new calves in the calving lot. It’s […]

Publicity of any kind for animal rights group

By Baxter Black: QCS columnist The animal rights group PETA has based its advertising on outrageous things. They attract the media attention posing as a news item, and thus spend very little on advertising. Past examples include comparing serial killer/cannibal Jeffery Dahmer to slaughtering pigs, equating butchering chickens to the Jewish holocaust and parading nude […]

Technology changes calf-branding ritual

Baxter Black Springtime. Grass is greenin’ up, wildflowers are blooming, longjohns are comin’ off, and it’s brandin’ time! It is a festive occasion on lots of ranches. For years it has become a time for neighbors to get together and help one another. The cows and calves have been gathered the day before. By daylight […]

Local wildlife expert serves county

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Tova Fruchtman: Quay County Sun Ron Jones is the area wildlife expert. If there is a bird’s nest in the gutter, a rabid skunk like the one recently found in San Jon, or coyotes eating calves in pastures he’s the one to call. Jones, who works for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture and New […]

Brush Popping ‘Fighter Pilot”

By Baxter Black It’s as close to being a fighter pilot as I’ll ever come. As a college youth plotting my future, I had, on two different occasions, taken the physical and written exams to apply for Officer’s Candidate School to become a Navy pilot. Father intervened and those dreams went to the way of […]