3,000-head feedlot planned for Tucumcari

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun Two area ranchers are proposing to develop a feedyard in Tucumcari near the new landfill off of Highway 54. Tony Gable of Conchas Dam and Mark Whetten of Newkirk made a short presentation about their proposal at Monday evening’s regular meeting of the Greater Tucumcari Economic Development Corp. Gable […]

Cold weather bad news for cows

By Casey Peachock: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Come rain or shine, snow or ice, livestock producers must battle the elements on a daily basis to ensure their livestock is cared for and their livelihood is not damaged or lost. Snow and ice storms that have recently hit the area, with temperatures dropping down into the […]

Rain spells brief relief

Chelle Delaney Thursday night’s rain brought sighs and smiles of relief to many ranchers and farmers in Quay County. And none could be happier than the Sidwells, a ranching couple, who own and operate the JX Ranch near the Caprock. “It’s the best thing that could have happened. We’re just going to ride around, check […]

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 […]

Don’t let the wind get the best of your emotions

By Lynn Moncus: QCS Columnist People who are new to our area or who are young are learning more than they want to know about high winds, dust storms and prairie fires. Some may not have discovered why they are feeling tense or even a little bit combative, but they will figure out eventually that […]

Cattlemen have no business in cologne

By Baxter Black: QCS columnist Dear J.D., I just got wind of your latest venture into the entrepreneurial world. It’s odd that if I’d heard you’d merged with Tyson Foods or been arrested transporting Amish across the state line, I’d have shaken my head but taken it in stride. As it was, I sat back […]

Beef symposium packs Tucumcari

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Longtime Tucumcari veterinarian James Tompkins nodded when the Southwest Beef Symposium speaker talked about BVD, or Bovine Viral Diarrhea — not because the vet of more than 35 years was especially enamored by it, he said, but because he was glad to hear the knowledge shared with Thursday’s crowd. “It reinforces […]

Cattle formidable foes under stress

By Baxter Black: QCS columnist “Isn’t that Larry’s heifer?” asked Dick. The two-year old black whiteface was running down the fence line along Highway 90. Traffic was moderate on the 4-lane highway. The shoulder was not smooth. Arroyos and ridges thick with rocks and brush made any chase risky. “Pull over,” said Dick. The south […]

Cattle producers living high on the hog

By Baxter Black: QCS columnist The beef market for the last two years must be driving economists nuts. There are so many factors affecting the price of cattle other than supply and demand, the playing field is littered with mortar craters. It would be analogous to a basketball game where baskets count, but one could […]

Sunday drive brings back fond childhood memories

Lynn Moncus When almost any of us who have called Quay County home drive around in our county, we recall many memories from the past and often pause toe reflect on the times that were and one our great good fortunes to have grown up in this area. Last Sunday afternoon Aggie and I decided […]