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Market reports for the week of November 16, 2015. [iframe src="http://e.issuu.com/embed.html#1795640/31408905" width="525" height="317" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe]
Published: November 16, 2015
Close to 3,500 calves moved through the sale ring at Herreid Livestock Auction (HLA) on October 30, and cow-calf producers are in a good spot this year as they sell their calf crop, says J.R. Scott, HLA Field Rep.“While everyone would love to see prices at the same levels as 2014, folks are still optimistic about the fact that this
Published: November 17, 2015
Wyoming State Veterinarian Dr. Jim Logan has been notified that cultures are positive for field strain Brucella abortus (brucellosis) on a cow from one Park County cattle herd. Results were received on November 19, 2015 from the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory (WSVL) in Laramie, Wyoming. Dr Logan, with concurrence of USDA-APHIS, has designated the herd from which the reactor cow
Published: November 19, 2015
Compared to last week, the bulk of the steer and heifer calves traded 5.00-10.00 lower with instances 15.00 lower; then on Wednesday the futures rebounded many calves throughout the trade area turned steady to 5.00 lower. On a light test yearlings traded steady to 5.00 lower, instances 10.00 lower for the week. Direct trade was mostly 4.00-11.00 lower. Last Friday’s
Published: November 20, 2015
Market reports for the week of November 23, 2015. [iframe src="http://e.issuu.com/embed.html#1795640/31545079" width="525" height="317" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe]
Published: November 23, 2015
Farming is considered one of the country’s most dangerous occupations ... big machines, moving parts, never enough time, rushing to get finished before it rains ... almost every day there are chances for things to go wrong.So it was Sept. 30 this year on a farm near Colome, S.D., when John Russell, helping a family friend harvest soybeans, was driving
Published: November 20, 2015
Cameron Bruett, head of corporate affairs and sustainability for JBS USA in Greeley, and president of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, spoke on sustainability and the beef industry. “Sustainability really has nothing to do with the system,” Bruett said. “It has to do with output.” He spoke on the newfound struggles of retailers, which he said are not always
Published: November 21, 2015
Bledsoe, chief meteorologist at KKTV in Colorado Springs, presented a long-term outlook of weather patterns to beef producers from across the United States at the Range Beef Cow Symposium on Wednesday at The Ranch.More than 700 producers attended the biennial symposium, which focused on beef production issues in the western United States. The patterns will likely affect farmers and ranchers
Published: November 21, 2015
Sugar beet growers across northern Colorado are racing to complete their harvest before winter sets in. The official start of winter is Dec. 21, 2015, but to beet farmers, it is not so much the date that is important as it is the temperature. All sugar beet farmers in Colorado are members of the Western Sugar Cooperative. Western Sugar has
Published: November 24, 2015
Market reports for the week of November 30, 2015. [iframe src="http://e.issuu.com/embed.html#1795640/31685176" width="525" height="317" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe]
Published: November 30, 2015
Rocky Moss loves being the manager of the Dolores, Colo., Visitors Center on 201 Railroad Ave. “Dozens of cars stop here daily during the summer,” she said. “Most people are looking for information on the Mesa Verde National Park, though,” which is actually 20 miles away outside of the town of Cortez. Since the Park was established in 1906, millions
Published: December 1, 2015
Driving through the country this time of year, you might normally see fields of corn hacked off at the base, but harvest is running late this year.Because of late planting driven by a wet spring, producers are fighting through early winter storms to finish the grain corn harvest.“The problem is, the later you get into the fall season, the more
Published: December 1, 2015
Just like any other business, farmers need to borrow money. Whether you are trying to buy property, expand your operation or keep your farm going, it is important to know about your water rights when you apply for a loan. Bankers allocate their limited funds to borrowers based on the Five C’s of credit, and those factors can be affected
Published: December 1, 2015
If there is any evidence that the future of the beef industry will be in good hands, it was shown recently at the ninth annual Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars 2015 Beef Summit. The Summit is produced in cooperation with the Nebraska Cattlemen Association.“Beginning in August when we come back to campus was when we began making plans for The Summit,”
Published: December 2, 2015
Compared to last week, calves early in the week traded steady to 5.00 lower then turning 5.00-10.00 lower, with heifers trading in many areas 12.00-15.00 lower. Yearlings on a light test traded steady to 5.00 lower, turning 10.00 lower mid to late week. Feeder cattle and calf markets were active following the Thanksgiving holiday week with many auctions selling two
Published: December 4, 2015
Market reports for the week of December 7, 2015. [iframe src="http://e.issuu.com/embed.html#1795640/31828698" width="525" height="317" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe]
Published: December 7, 2015
Chad Franke remembers a time when rumors flew about farmers’ wives calling neighbors to ask them to check the barns for their missing husbands. The wheat market crash in the early 1980s caused a fall in almost every corner of agriculture. It left farmers deep in debt and their families nervous of what they might find when their loved ones
Published: December 8, 2015
Compared to last week, calves and yearlings started the week mostly 5.00-12.00 lower then turned 10.00-20.00 lower from mid-week on, with instances 25.00-30.00 lower from light calves to yearlings. Feeder cattle buyers substantially lowered their bids this week as they try to get cattle bought with break evens that look attainable as another week of cattle futures plunged to new
Published: December 11, 2015
My story a couple weeks ago about some wayward high school seniors who skipped school to pheasant hunt and then got disciplined when they were caught, prompted an avid reader who now lives in southeast Nebraska, ol’ “Moon” Beamer, to dust off a similar experience from his high school days, only he and his five partners in “hooky” were still
Published: December 14, 2015
Market reports for the week of December 14, 2015. [iframe src="http://e.issuu.com/embed.html#1795640/31976691" width="525" height="317" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe]
Published: December 14, 2015
LOVELAND — Conserving and storing water, as well as educating the public, will be key to keeping Colorado’s agriculture sector thriving in the future, experts said last week at the annual Colorado Ag Classic. The group of experts gathered this week at the Embassy Suites to talk about the future of agriculture and how to sustain growth in the industry.
Published: December 16, 2015
PUEBLO — Colorado Agriculture Commissioner Don Brown has named Sarah Cummings as the Colorado State Fair general manager. The Penngrove, Calif., resident will assume her new role on Jan. 19, according to a news release issued last week by the Colorado Department of Agriculture.Cummings is the CEO of the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds and Event Center in Petaluma. She supervises the activities
Published: December 21, 2015
Colorado State University will put together a two-day workshop on food, energy and water problems on Dec. 7-8 at the Marriott Residence Inn in Arlington, Va.. People may register for the event, although it is not required, according to a press release.The workshops will include information presented by experts in the field, overviews of challenges in energy production and more.
Published: December 3, 2015
JBS USA has reached yet another purchase agreement — but this time it’s to sell one of its assets.After years of buying other meat production assets throughout the country, JBS USA officials plan to sell off a small niche operation in Greeley to a Wyoming-based lamb cooperative.Officials from the Mountain States Lamb Cooperative, based in Douglas, Wyo., plan to complete
Published: December 2, 2015
Despite the bird flu epidemic that devastated Midwest turkey farmers this spring, the price of a turkey this Thanksgiving was a little cheaper than last year.This year’s turkeys rang up 1 cent less per pound than in 2014, according to the USDA’s most recent numbers.“I was surprised by that,” said John Anderson, deputy chief economist for the American Farm Bureau
Published: December 2, 2015
The plan lays out the state’s water policy goals: more conservation and more storage. Instead of legislating, the plan is designed to get leaders at all levels on the same page about Colorado’s water future.“Everybody’s happy today,” said Northern Water spokesman Brian Werner. “This is a good thing.” Northern Water is a public agency that services about 880,000 people in
Published: December 1, 2015
A Colorado State University study suggests soil biodiversity can improve human health.The study was published Nov. 23 in “Nature” by Diana Wall, a CSU professor, and co-authors. Wall and her co-authors suggest some alternative approaches to farming such as using cover cropping, agroforestry and conservation tillage. Those methods can improve nutrient supply, water infiltration and soil structure. Other approaches include
Published: November 30, 2015
Producers in Colorado have hailstorms on their minds when they go to bed at night in the summer months. As with most other farming, production of carrots and onions relies heavily on cooperative weather, and this year they got it. Hailstorms, the nightmares of any producer, didn’t fall this year, and as a result, harvest season yields look good. “Usually
Published: September 30, 2015
ELBERT, CO – There is tremendous excitement centering around the unique Colt Starting Challenge USA event which is coming this Friday and Saturday night Oct. 9 and 10 to the Latigo Indoor Arena in Elbert.The new venture features horse trainers showing off their Natural Horsemanship skills over a two-day contest. The word is getting out, and the popularity of the
Published: October 8, 2015
Rob Valentine sported a NASA baseball cap as he scanned the field the morning of Sept. 29. It was just about ready for harvest. Though the morning’s rain stopped, the wind picked up. Today, the drone would have to stay on the ground. Valentine went into business with Travis Hergert in April, creating Precision Aeroworks. The company, based in Firestone,
Published: October 13, 2015
The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association has issued a warning to its Weld County members about a radical group based in Greeley that might try to free animals at local ranches, feed yards and dairy operations. The organization, known as the “Greeley Cow Savers,” has a history of protesting packing plants, cattle haulers and meat retailers, the alert stated. Information gleaned from
Published: December 21, 2015
A truck raffle benefiting the Colorado 4-H Foundation that lasted over seven months has come to a close.Last Saturday, the raffle winner was awarded a new Ford F-150 SuperCrew truck. The raffle raised $157,000 for county and state 4-H programs to be used for education and leadership activities. The truck was provided by local Ford stores, and is valued at
Published: October 13, 2015
According to the 2010 census, 59 people reside in the nearly perfect square outline of Kirk, Colo.In a blink, you’d miss it. There’s one grocery store, one auto shop, one church and one school — the same school from which Renny James, 52, graduated and where he later taught.On June 5, 1979, James’ truck flipped and he was thrown from
Published: September 29, 2015
Lexi Miller lounged on the high railing of the round pen at her family’s house in Eaton, Colo., unaware of her horse trotting up behind her. He gave her leg a slobbery kiss, and instead of being disgusted, the 17-year-old shrieked in surprised laughter. “He’s a lot like a dog,” Lexi said, dangling a hand into the pen for the
Published: December 12, 2015
In a year when most cattlemen on the feedlot and processing side of the industry are already struggling, more than $1 billion in additional tariffs on exports to Mexico and Canada have been approved by the World Trade Organization.“I think it could have a negative impact on the market at a time when we don’t need it,” said Steve Gabel,
Published: December 14, 2015
Market reports for the week of December 28, 2015. [iframe src="http://e.issuu.com/embed.html#1795640/32251719" width="525" height="317" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe]
Published: December 28, 2015
Colorado wheat farmers are invited to attend and participate in the annual county business meetings and elections sponsored by the Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee (CWAC) and the Colorado Association of Wheat Growers (CAWG). The business meetings and elections will be held Jan. 4–7 at eight different locations.Attendees will hear updates from Randy Traxler, CAWG president and wheat farmer; Dave Anderson,
Published: December 29, 2015
Myron Snyder, a 24-year Greeley Stampede volunteer, was named the Top Hand of the Year award winner for 2015 by his peers.The Top Hand award is given annually through the Stampede’s volunteer support group, the Wranglers, to the most outstanding member of the previous year, a press release said.“It’s his positive attitude and work ethic that made Myron the obvious
Published: December 29, 2015
The Red Meat Club of Denver has announced the Friend of the National Western and Red Meat Industry award will be presented in 2016 to Ron Williams, chairman of the board of the Western Stock Show Association, also known as the National Western Stock Show. The award will be presented at the Red Meat Club’s annual dinner promoting the red
Published: December 29, 2015
Technology, labor issues and changing rural demographics will be among topics discussed at the 2016 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture.The forum, which will be at 8 a.m. Feb. 18 at the Renaissance Denver Hotel, 3801 Quebec St., will also discuss the future of ag and important topics affecting the industry.The theme this year is “Next Generation Agriculture.” The event will
Published: December 29, 2015
JulySmall-scale farming hits the classroomBy Tyler SilvyLeslie Trejo probably isn’t the first person you’d expect to be digging around in the dirt, learning how to be a small-scale farmer. She’s from Los Angeles, a long way in both distance and philosophy from agriculture-centric Weld County, Colorado.But for Trejo, a University of Northern Colorado senior majoring in environmental sustainability, playing in
Published: December 29, 2015
Lives are like a wilderness with paths leading thousands of directions. Choose one and wait to see if you reach your chosen destination or, if the road ahead seems wrong, turn around and take another trail. When Cody Quick was just 4 years old, his parents divorced. He and his two siblings moved with their mother to her parents’ Longmont-area
Published: December 30, 2015
Loyalty.If you asked me for one word to describe The Fence Post, it’s loyalty. I have been in The Fence Post management role for almost 14 months and I’ve learned far more than I’ve taught. There’s the loyalty of our staff. Our core team of nine has a cumulative 62 years of experience with The Fence Post, or an average
Published: December 30, 2015
A no-till workshop will be available beginning 8:30 a.m. Feb. 17-18 at Phillips County Fairgrounds in Holyoke, Colo. for those considering a switch to no-till or who are new to no-till.The workshop includes keynote speakers Dr. Jill Clapperton, Lance Gunderson, Paul Jasa and Clark Harshbarger as well as no-till farmers Michael Thompson, John Heermann, Dietrich Kastens, Steve Tucker and Nathan
Published: January 2, 2016
Producers can now purchase environment friendly livestock bedding at a cost comparable to sawdust and wood shavings. Western Resources Group (WRG) in Ogallala, Neb., started producing this Eco-Shred bedding made from cardboard in April. According to Kurtis Olson, plant manager of WRG, the eco-shred bedding is made from 100 percent recycled, high quality cardboard. Although WRG receives aluminum cans, 1
Published: January 6, 2016
Colorado State University’s Sybil Sharvelle, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and head of CSU’s Urban Water Center, thinks there’s potential benefit to capturing graywater and stormwater to supplement traditional water supplies, according to SOURCE. Sharvelle served on a 12-member national committee that looked at benefits and challenges of using stormwater and graywater as a supplemental resource during times
Published: January 2, 2016
When Ty Rinaldo was a kid, he would ride any of the cattle he could on his father’s ranch and try to get them to buck, whether they wanted to or not.By 1993, he was in the top 15 professional bull riders in the country, though he was still in his twenties.Then the accident happened that ended his career. Rinaldo
Published: January 2, 2016
It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since we combined the Rocky and the Plains editions into one bigger, better version of The Fence Post.You, our dear readership, have been one patient bunch with all the changes coming here, and we have one more to announce for you. I’m that change. Hi!I’m Nikki Work, and I’m The Fence Post’s
Published: January 6, 2016
The old cow walked slowly down the alley and made her way carefully into the chute and head catch. The snow on the thick hair of her back didn’t hide the hip bones or back bone. She reached around the head catch expectantly and a handful of cake was put in her toothless mouth. The vet gave her a thorough
Published: January 6, 2016
Two longtime family-owned Nebraska and Kansas John Deere farm implement dealerships launched a major merger Jan. 1. The merger between Oregon Trail Equipment and LandMark Implement Inc., brings together a total 17 farm implement locations across the two states under the LandMark name. “We’re extremely proud of the new affiliation with the Oregon Trail employees and customers,” says Andy Grollmes,
Published: January 6, 2016
Where did 2015 go? Doesn’t seem like time to be writing the first column of 2016, but, in fact, it is! So, here goes ...Christmas came and went in the usual fashion of enjoying family and friends, exchanging gifts and eating way too much. Which brings to mind an email sent to me by my old friend Albie Kirky, who
Published: January 6, 2016
Win Blevins, known for his portrayal of Crazy Horse in the award-winning book “Stone Song” and his tribute to the mountain men “Give Your Heart to the Hawks,” has teamed with his wife, mystery writer Meredith Blevins, for “The Darkness Rolling.”These two turned to their current backyard — the Monument Valley of southern Utah and northern Arizona, rich with the
Published: January 4, 2016
I met Henry Crawford years ago at a museum association meeting in Kansas City. We hit it off immediately, because he and I shared a love of history — particularly history that lives.At the end of the three-day conference, Henry stopped by the booth where I was working to give me a big bear hug and tell me to stay
Published: January 4, 2016
If you want to prepare your kids for being good parents, get them a dog... or five.The best dog trainer I know is a young lady we affectionately call Shanny. She and her sister Erin are the closest thing my wife and I will ever have to kids and we could not be prouder of them if they were our
Published: January 6, 2016
Well, lets see here. I have had a broken leg, separation of foot from ankle, cracked ribs, a broken heart and shingles. I reckon if Terry Bradshaw can warn folks about the shingles virus and talk to strangers about it on the “telly”, I can discuss it with you, my friends. I will tell you that shingles can slip up
Published: January 6, 2016
Clyde and Shorty, a pair of philosophical antediluvian cowboys, sat in rockers on the indoor porch of the Heaven Help Us rest home. They rocked slowly, but rhythmically, as they discussed the meaning of life and other important topics.“Ya know,” Shorty said, “another year’s gone by and we still ain’t dead.” “Well,” Clyde said, “I’m kinda glad about that. My
Published: January 4, 2016
This has been quite a year for my family, and one full of all kinds of surprises and challenges. My kids turned 10 and 7 this fall, making me feel old and pushing my husband and I completely out of the era of having “little” kids. The sadness about kids growing up has also come with the excitement of all
Published: January 6, 2016
“I never would have believed eight inches of snow could do this to my livelihood. But, there are just under 300 dead cows in a row right outside my office, lying next to a 14-foot snow drift,” said Dutch Road Dairy owner Nancy Beckerink.Winter storm Goliath dumped between eight and 22 inches of snow across eastern New Mexico and northwest
Published: January 11, 2016
The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation is accepting grant applications from nonprofits in Greeley and the surrounding area for programs that promote writing, reading and literacy skills or arts, languages and sciences. Applications are accepted now through Feb. 15 and the recipients of the grants will be announced on May 2. Grantees can request anywhere from $500 to $3,000.Since 2008, the
Published: January 11, 2016
A team of researchers at Kansas State University, in collaboration with Garcia-Sastre of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, has developed a vaccine that protects poultry from multiple strains of avian influenza found in the U.S. The vaccine has the potential to be administered through water or into embryonated eggs, making it easier for poultry producers to vaccinate
Published: January 11, 2016
The history and vision for the future of international trade for U.S. agriculture will be the subject of the next Heuermann Lecture on Jan. 12. Clayton Yeutter, former U.S. trade representative and U.S. secretary of agriculture, and Darci Vetter, the chief agricultural negotiator for the Office of the United States Trade Representative, will have a panel discussion.The free lecture, sponsored
Published: January 11, 2016
A series of four K-State Soybean Production Schools will be offered in January to provide in-depth training for soybean producers.Topics presented at the schools will include weed control strategies, crop production practices, soil fertility and nutrient management, insect and disease control and risk management, said Ignacio Ciampitti, K-State Research and Extension crop production specialist.The schools will begin at 9 a.m.
Published: January 11, 2016
Last year, wildfires burned more than 10 million acres across the U.S., agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack announced last week. He urged Congress to pass the bipartisan Wildfire Disaster Funding Act in a USDA release.More than 50 fires burned more than 50,000 acres in 2015 and 20 of those burned more than 100,000 acres. More than 4,500 structures were destroyed in
Published: January 11, 2016
The PlainsMost of the Midwest was warmer than normal for the week, with the greatest departures, of 9-12 degrees above normal, in the northern areas of the region. The Midwest was also dry, with only isolated light precipitation. The recent shift to a wetter regime led to improvements to the moderate drought and abnormally dry conditions that existed in southern
Published: January 11, 2016
The Rocky Mountain Agribusiness Association’s 64th Annual Convention and Trade Show will take place Jan. 12-14 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Denver, Colo. Exhibits will be open from noon-6 p.m.Attendees can learn about first aid, seed technology, biotechnology soil, laws and regulations, label statements and more. For members, registration fees after Dec. 19 are $105 and $160 for 1-day
Published: January 11, 2016
The start of the shift on Jan. 5 marked the first day of operation for Mountain States Lamb Cooperative’s lamb plant in northeast Greeley. The co-op purchased the Greeley lamb slaughter plant from JBS USA at the end of last year. “The first kill started at 7 a.m.,” said Frank Moore, chairman of the co-op, which is under the Mountain
Published: January 11, 2016
True to their words, Oregon ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond turned themselves in peacefully Jan. 4, to complete their 5-year prison sentences.Video footage showed 74-year-old Dwight hugging his wife of 55 years, Susie, then their son Steven hugging his mother before Dwight and Steven reported for their prison sentence.While the Hammond family appeared cool and calm despite the imminent jail
Published: January 12, 2016
Happy New Year to all. My only resolutions for 2016 are to make an all effort to see in 2017 a year from now, have as much fun as possible on the trip, and absolutely to vote in every available election.***Surfing the Internet can turn up some interesting tidbits of news pertaining to agriculture.The most unusual such news story I’ve
Published: January 11, 2016
We could have learned a lot from the Native Americans if we hadn’t been in such a hurry to wipe them out. In many tribes, a warrior could have as many wives as he could afford to feed, and most tribes believed women should do all the work while the men went on hunting parties and to tribal yard sales.
Published: January 11, 2016
Freshly graduated from nursing school in a big city metropolis, Melissa got hired on at a small clinic in a ranching community out West. She approached her job with enthusiasm,efficiency and she always followed the rules in the Professional Nurse’s TLC Handbook. When a pair of cowboys, Wade and Clyde, showed up at the clinic, Melissa went into overdrive. She
Published: January 11, 2016
One of the ways we identify our cattle is by using plastic eartags. They may look like earrings on the cows, but they are more practical. Because the herd has more than one owner, we use different colors to signify ownership and we also have the last names embossed on the tags. The tags are numbered and we put corresponding
Published: January 11, 2016
The Agriculture Department, acting like a late arriving Grinch, announced the final federal order Class III benchmark milk price of 2015 at $14.44 per hundredweight (cwt.), down 86 cents from November, $3.38 below December 2014, and equates to about $1.24 per gallon, down 8 cents from November. It is the lowest Class III price in four years, January 2011 to
Published: January 11, 2016
Travis DePorter pointed to a picture on the wall of his office, hanging beneath banners and bows from livestock shows across the country.In the photo, his daughter Alyssa DePorter is smiling with her grand champion lamb at the 2015 Colorado State Fair. “You remember that day?” he asked her.Alyssa and her lamb, Lambo, were supposed to march in the parade
Published: January 9, 2016
Once upon a time, there was a beautiful little basin called Pleasant Valley. Pristine streams ran down from wooded hillsides. Wild game was abundant. Fish flourished. The peasants tilled their farms and irrigated them with mountain water. The livestock grazed the grassy meadows. It was a contented community, though lacking in material wealth.Word of the scenic beauty of Pleasant Valley
Published: January 11, 2016
Cargill Meat Solutions in Fort Morgan, Colo., will allow more than 150 Muslim employees to reapply for their positions following a mass termination in December. The Wichita-based company let its employees go after a misunderstanding about the company policy on prayer breaks escalated. The Somali Muslim employees are being represented by the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Cargill representatives reviewed the
Published: January 11, 2016
TUESDAY, JAN. 19 — FREE GROUNDS ADMISSION DAYNRCHA Reined Cow Horse Show — 8 a.m., Events CenterSimmental Jr. Breeding Heifer Show/Simmental Bull Show — 8 a.m., Stadium ArenaSalers Jr. Breeding Heifer/41st National Salers Open Show — 9 a.m., Stadium ArenaPro Rodeo Timed Event Slack — 10 a.m., ColiseumPiedmontese Show — 11 a.m., Stockyards ArenaSheep Shearing — 12:30 p.m., Ames Activity
Published: January 9, 2016
A near Christmas miracle happened in the North Dakota badlands.The Wisness family of Keene is an example of cowboy talent and perseverance. In high school, Levi and Beau were each state champions in wrestling. They went on to become top bulldoggers, and Levi won the PRCA’s Badlands Circuit steer wrestling title for 2003 and 2004. Chase was tromping on their
Published: January 14, 2016
Freestyle bullfighting isn’t the attraction it once was.Sponsored by Wrangler from 1981-2000 as part of the National Finals Rodeo, the event has existed since as part of singular rodeo events, with many of bullfighters serving as cowboy protectors, tasked with the duty of distracting a bull from injuring a rider or participant during an event.Eaton resident Kevin Rich, however, is
Published: January 14, 2016
The format invited champions from other rodeos to create seven teams, with each team consisting of five contestants, each representing a category: bareback riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, and bull riding. Those contestants competed in a traditional shootout format, with the top three in each event advancing to a “shootout round” where the winner pocketed $10,000.The thirty-five
Published: January 17, 2016
Greeley Fire Department firefighters rescued a cow Jan. 13 that had fallen through an iced-over creek.Firefighters were called about 12:35 p.m. to a property at 3791 E. 18th St. in Greeley, Colo. When they arrived, firefighters found a cow that had fallen through the ice into a roughly 8-foot deep section of a creek, adjacent to the South Platte River.
Published: January 18, 2016
Last year, Colorado’s corn yields, acreage and overall production took a dip from 2014.In 2015, the state’s corn farmers harvested about 135 million bushels of corn from 950,000 acres, according to a news release issued Jan. 14 from Colorado Corn.Farmers brought in 142 bushels per acre, four less than the previous year. However, just two months ago, harvest forecasts projected
Published: January 18, 2016
Delegates at the 97th American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention elected Zippy Duvall of Georgia as president and Scott VanderWal of South Dakota as vice president for two-year terms on Jan. 12. Delegates elected seven state Farm Bureau presidents to the AFBF board of directors: Carl Bednarski, Michigan; Rich Felts, Kansas (Midwest Region), Harry Ott, South Carolina; Jeff Aiken, Tennessee;
Published: January 18, 2016
The PlainsPortions of east Texas, east Kansas, southeast Nebraska and the Texas Panhandle that were in the wettest part of the storm track got more than 200 percent of normal precipitation for the week. Temperatures were generally 3-6 degrees cooler than normal, as a good push of arctic air made it into the region. No changes were made in the
Published: January 18, 2016
The National Western Stock Show announced its largest opening day attendance in Stock Show history with 50,654 fans. The number beats the former Stock Show record of 47,207 set last year. The opening day event line-up included three rodeo performances, the second annual BBQ competition and an extra long list of events and activities included with a grounds admission ticket.
Published: January 18, 2016
As a rancher, I’m proud to eat at Culver’s and spend my money at a restaurant chain that supports agriculture. Since 2013, the burger company has donated more than $1 million to support the National FFA Association. The company’s “Thank A Farmer” campaign highlights the work America’s farmers and ranchers do to raise meat and dairy for its burgers and
Published: January 18, 2016
Yep, gentle readers, I do believe this is one of those special mornings, at least for me. As I write this, it is early in January and it’s clear and not as cold as it has been. Last night, when I came in from dancing, I didn’t go down and plug in the heater in the water tub at the
Published: January 18, 2016
This year, 12 graduating high school seniors and two college freshmen will receive scholarships from the Colorado Farm Show.The farm show is giving a total of $27,000 to the students Jan. 27 at the Events Center at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley, Colo., according to a news release from the show. In total, the Colorado Farm Show has awarded
Published: January 19, 2016
DENVER — Tyrel Sidwell’s dad always said you can’t choose your kids’ friends but you can choose who they spend their time around. That’s why Sidwell’s children are involved with 4-H and showing goats.That’s why Sidwell’s children are involved with 4-H and showing goats. The Eaton, Colo., family was at National Western Stock Show’s market goat show Jan. 13, in
Published: January 19, 2016
She might have missed the beginning of Rice’s Lucky Clover Honey, but 92 years later, she can at least taste the same honey L.R. Rice was carting around.Five generations and a few revamps later, the family-owned business still is going strong.“We produce a really great quality product that’s the same as it was many years ago when Jim’s grandfather sold
Published: January 12, 2016
Mac told me a harrowing tale about losing a loaded six-horse trailer off the back of his pickup. He admitted he knew the ball was too small, but it wasn’t far to go, it was gettin’ dark, the kids were restless, it was a new moon, the tide was running out, his hat was too tight...whatever the excuse, he needed
Published: January 18, 2016
Between a shootout format and a head-to-head title round, the excitement of the event brought big crowds to its three rodeo performances on Jan. 9. The first two performances whittled down 100 invited contestants to 40, where 20 from each team, sponsored by Cinch Jeans and CenturyLink, then met in Saturday night’s championship round for a chance to advance to
Published: January 11, 2016
Riding five-year-old Don Magnum (owned by Magnum Quarter Horses) in the horse’s first reining competition, Dan James put on a technical display of spins, slides and lead changes throughout the routine. While those grabbed the judges’ attentions and propelled the Aussie to 228 points and a share of first place, the sold-out audience was floored by what happened midway through
Published: January 11, 2016
With their cat-like personalities, sometimes it can be hard to win over an alpaca’s heart.But Eaton’s Laura Ruppel said when it happens, there’s a connection like no other.Ruppel runs Sunrise Silhouettes Farm, 14497 Weld County Road 76 in Eaton, Colo., with her family. She wanted to share that connection with others at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, so
Published: January 19, 2016
My first experience in commercial agriculture was as a six-year-old sharecropper when I turned one of my mom’s tiny flower beds into a radish ranch. My cash crop consisted of two rows planted way too close together and I waited impatiently for the first green sign that my crop would not fail. I can remember to this day the pride
Published: January 18, 2016
Richard Etulain, professor emeritus of history at the University of New Mexico, has written or edited more than 50 books and specializes in the history and cultures of the American West. His most recent work has centered on the unique and interesting life of one of the most iconic characters of the American West.“The Life and Legends of Calamity Jane”
Published: January 18, 2016
Following up a November Senate vote, the House last week approved a joint resolution disapproving of the so-called Waters of the U.S. rule and canceling its “force and effect.”The legislation now heads to the President for his signature or veto. The White House threatened to veto the measure after the Senate’s November approval. The House would need 290 votes to
Published: January 20, 2016
DENVER — About 24 years ago, Donna Garnett and Khadija Haynes mentored an at-risk young man from Five Points in Denver. They took him to the National Western Stock Show, hoping the experience would impact his life. This young man could have ended up in jail, like his friends. But he didn’t.He told Garnett and Haynes he kept out of
Published: January 21, 2016
Wheat is one of the world’s staple foods and a big crop on the Great Plains, but it has been left in the dust. A corn farmer can grow 44 percent more bushels per acre than 30 years ago, but only 16 percent more wheat. That’s led many farmers to make a switch.“Wheat acres have been going down since 1981
Published: January 21, 2016
Angus enthusiasts consigned 46 bulls to the 2016 National Western Angus Bull Sale, Jan. 13 in Denver, Colo. The annual sale, which is the only sale managed by the American Angus Association, grossed $368,750 and averaged $8,016. A panel of three judges including Mark Nikkel, Maple Hill, Kan.; Jake Tiedeman, North Platte, Neb.; and Scott Bayer, Ringle, Wis., evaluated the
Published: January 22, 2016
Nebraska Senators voted to advance a bill Jan. 22 that would allow meatpacking companies to own hogs during production.Under LB176, introduced by Ogallala Sen. Ken Schilz last session, a person who owns, leases or holds a legal interest in a swine production operation could enter into a contract to produce swine for a packer. The producer, or contract grower, would
Published: January 22, 2016

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