County cattle theft suspected

by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun A rancher in the Obar area of Quay County is offering a $10,000 reward for information about more than a dozen missing calves. “Some were taken about two weeks ago, and then there’s at least six that we haven’t seen by their mothers,” said Bryan Rinestine of Rinestine Ranch, […]

Strong different than tough, in varying degrees

By Baxter Black: QCS columnist There is a difference between being tough and being strong. A 600-pound roping steer is tough; a 2,000-pound Angus bull is strong. Wrestling calves at a recent spring branding, there were several young men there to help flank calves. They were all good boys and came to lend a hand. […]

Family works to preserve cowboy ways

By William Thompson: Quay County Sun – Family reunion includes annual branding of local ranch’s calves. Lee and Debbie Tillman, and their son Jason Tillman, had a few extra ranch hands Memorial Day weekend. More than 30 family members and friends converged on their property just south of San Jon. Some came from as far […]

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 […]