Cattle operation earns honor for couple – Arkansas Online

SHILOH COMMUNITY — Cody and Meg Harrington met several years ago on the rodeo circuit. Early in his rodeo days, Cody rode bulls, then changed to team roping. Meg was a barrel racer.

Although rodeo is still a part of their lives, they now spend most of their free time tending to their small cow/calf operation of about 15 head on 20 acres they own in Grant County. They call their operation the Shack Creek Cattle Co. Their land is part of a larger family operation that encompasses about 160 acres.

Cody said, laughing, that there are so many Harringtons who live in this part of Grant County that people often refer to it as “Harringtonville.”

Cody and Meg Harrington are the 2017 Grant County Farm Family of the Year.

“We’re pretty excited about it,” Cody said, when asked about the recognition. “We feel pretty honored. We certainly weren’t expecting it.”

Meg said: “We are simple people.”

Cody added: “We put a lot of hard work into it.

“We try to be good stewards of the land. We have big ideas for the future. We want to retire with as many cows as we can get. We’re looking to expand. We’re not near done.”

Cody and Meg raise mainly SimAngus cattle, a cross between Simmental and Angus. They also have some Angus cattle and commercial heifers. They plan to register their SimAngus heifers.

“They are all grass-fed. We worked pretty hard to put this herd together. They are all [artificial-insemination] bred now,” Cody said.

“We currently sell freezer beef marketed to the local public. As a certified Beef Quality Assurance Producer (certified by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association), we take pride in the health and humane handling of our cattle and believe this is something our customers find a real value in,” he said.

“[We] would like to increase our acreage so we can hold back more heifers and keep bettering our genetics. Part of our land was once timber, and we have converted it over to pasture. There was not any cross-

fencing, so we use portable electric fence to rotate the cattle around the pasture,” Cody said.

“We have a goal to expand by purchasing more land to run cattle on. We have a current offer on some land that would bring our total acreage up to 93 acres. We are also looking for more land to lease,” he said.

“We believe in taking care of our land and making sure it is there to last us. When we first started on our place, there were several resource concerns. We started with some erosion issues in a gully running through the east portion of the field,” Cody said. “We filled in the gully, widened the bottom to spread the water out and planted grass to try and halt further erosion. We also do nutrient management on our farm, as well as rotational grazing of our cattle.”

Meg said she and Cody built their own house.

“We finished it last year,” she said, smiling. “Friends and family helped.”

The Harringtons also have three horses on their farm.

“We rodeo with them and use them to catch cows, often other people’s cows,” Meg said, laughing. “We don’t rodeo too much now; we just go to jackpots in the area, especially the arena in Sheridan. We help run the books and help support our local competitors.

“However, Cody won third place in team roping back in March at the U.S. Team Roping Championships in Tunica, Mississippi. He won a belt buckle.”

Cody and Meg both grew up on cattle farms.

“I have been around cattle for as long as I have lived, I guess,” Cody said. “My grandpa and dad have always had cattle, and I can remember going out with my dad when I was little to put out hay or break water, so raising cattle is just something I was born into.”

Cody, 28, is a son of Raymond and Teresa Harrington and a grandson of Roy and Audrey Harrington, all of Sheridan. Cody has one brother, Matt Harrington, also of Sheridan.

Cody has a full-time job off the farm. He is a resource specialist with the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission in Little Rock.

He graduated from Sheridan High School in 2007 and from Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia in 2012 with a degree in agriculture business. He was a member of 4-H in high school, participating mainly in shooting sports. He was a member of the rodeo team in college.

Meg, 29, grew up in Bedford, Indiana, a daughter of Lisa Jean and Alan Norman. She has a younger sister, Mary Endris, and an older sister, Amy Stevens, who both live in Bedford.

Meg also works off the farm. She is a territory sales manager for Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Heath U.S.

“We promote beef-cattle products to beef producers,” she said. “I travel a lot. I work the entire state of Arkansas. I visit local feed stores and veterinarians.”

Meg showed cattle when she was growing up.

“I was ate up with it as a kid,” she said, laughing.

“I was in 4-H and FFA for about 10 years. I graduated from Bedford [Indiana] North Lawrence High School and from Purdue University in 2009 with a degree in veterinary technology,” she said.

“I worked in veterinary practices for about seven years. My goal was to work in the veterinary pharmacist business. That’s what I do now, … plus I work with cattle,” she said. “I’ve got the best of both worlds. … I work with veterinarians and cattle.”

Cody and Meg have been married four years. They are both members of the Grant County Cattlemen’s Association and Heaven’s Trail Cowboy Church.

Additionally, Cody is a member of the Soil and Water Conservation Society.

Meg is also a member of the Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association’s Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Class of 2017 and the National Cattleman’s Beef Association. She served as president of the Arkansas Veterinary Technician Association in 2016-17.

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Roadshow: Whose cows are those at Stanford Dish? – The Mercury News

Q: Hey Hey Hey Mr. Roadshow. Here’s a topic for you — for a slow day.

Ron Chun
Los Altos

A: There are no slow days here. However, I’ve never received a question on this topic before, so let’s roll with it …

Q: Driving on Interstate 280 between Los Altos and Woodside, you pass the Dish at Stanford. And standing there watching everyone are hundreds of cows grazing on the hills.

It would be nice to know who’s putting those cows out there. What is the actual count of the herd size? The type of cows. And where they go at night and how they get there in the morning. And, if you’re psychic, the future of those cows. (Not everyone may want to know that.)

The reason for my questions? As a father, I’d love to annoy my kids and everyone else in the car with this information.

Ron Chun

A: You are my kind of dad! Keep the kids off-balance.

The cattle belong to a private company that leases some of the land from Stanford. About 300 of them arrive in December and leave in June. A new group comes in each year. The grazing cattle are mostly mixed breeds, which is why they don’t all look the same. And they help maintain the land by keeping the grass trimmed.

They’re young cattle recently weaned from their mothers. Eventually they’ll move on to a feedlot until they’re large enough for slaughter.

Like Mr. Roadshow’s Facebook page for more questions and answers about Bay Area roads, freeways and commuting.

Q: Due to the closure of North Tantau Avenue once again for the Apple Spaceship construction, traveling on Homestead Road toward Lawrence Expressway during the evening commute is harrowing to say the least. Apple workers are forced to exit from Swallow Drive and are turning left onto Homestead to get to Interstate 280. It’s even riskier for the large, gray Apple commuter buses trying to cross.

Starting at 5 p.m., it looks a real-life driving version of the Frogger video game. Any idea when North Tantau will reopen and put an end to this nightmare? It’s a debacle.

Beverly Freitas
San Jose

A: Around Aug. 1.

Q: Why does it take almost two months from the time of purchase of an electric car to getting the white sticker in hand?

Arun Venkatesan

A: The typical wait for a green or white sticker is two to three weeks. But the DMV has been flooded with people applying for the carpool-lane perk.

The DMV issued 260,559 clean-air decals through June 1, up from 240,911 just a few weeks earlier. These stickers will expire in 2019, though legislation now pending could extend the deadline for several more years.

There is no cap on the number that can be issued.

Q: Can I drive in the carpool lane in an eligible vehicle without stickers, if I have already applied for them?

Arun Venkatesan

A: No, no, no.

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Cattle – Iowa Farmer Today

Boxed beef cutout values this afternoon were lower on Choice and higher on Select on light to moderate demand and moderate offerings, USDA said.

  • Choice fell $1.18 to $238.57/cwt.
  • Select gained 94 cents to $217.66.

USDA posted no reportable negotiated cash sales in Nebraska and Iowa-Minnesota.

“Futures opened lower off negatively construed Cattle on Feed report but have recovered nicely as I write,” a Country Futures analyst wrote this morning. However, he said the overall trend in cattle “will most likely remain down into fall.”

August live cattle “closed limit up on the day as traders faded the Cattle on Feed report and stops were activated above Friday’s highs,” The Hightower Report said. Analyst there said the market is “vulnerable to long liquidation selling if support levels are violated.”

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Thin Trading Hobbles Online Cattle Auction – Wall Street Journal (subscription)

An online auction meant to help set prices in the volatile cattle market is in trouble.

Superior Livestock Auction LLC launched the Fed Cattle Exchange last year to help guide the often opaque cattle market, where low liquidity can leave participants scrounging for timely price data. But breakdowns and dwindling participation have dogged the weekly online auction. The exchange has crashed multiple times in the past two weeks; its…

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Cattle slaughter crackdown creates ripples in India – Reuters

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Cattle Empire team takes win at cattle working contest – The Garden City Telegram

The Beef Empire Cattle Working Contest on Thursday at Finney County Feedyard brought in 20 area teams to show their stuff in yet another event designed to inform the public about beef production, and a team from the Cattle Empire Yard in Sublette took home the win.

Sherri Armstrong, owner of Custom Cattle Service LLC, said the event is a great outlet for the processors to attend and learn about new doctoring products brought in by drug representatives, as well as an opportunity to get together with others in the field for a bout of friendly competition.

The contest involves mixing medicine, giving injections and inserting growth hormone implants into the animals’ ears with as much efficiency as possible. Armstrong said each judge pays close attention to one aspect of the process that effectively mirrors what cattle technicians do all day as they work to make sure consumers are getting the best beef possible.

“The final product, your major, most important thing is what these processors do because it is the first day that calf reaches this yard — how these technicians move these cattle, handle these cattle,” Armstrong said. “How they give their injections, their implants will affect these cattle until the day they leave, so it is very important that your crew know what they’re doing and how to handle cattle.”

The first-place team in the contest with a score of 85.5 was the team from Cattle Empire Yard No. 2 near Sublette, consisting of Joel Mendoza, Eulogia Cobieya, Jose M. Ovalle and Ruben Franco.

The second-place team from Midwest Feeders in Ingalls, with a score of 84.75, consisted of Manuel Juarez, Juan Sanchez, Oscar Carillo and Alfredo Chavez.

The third-place team from Centerfire Feed Yard in Ulysses, with a score of 84.5, consisted of Roberto Moreno, Maria Moreno, Nick Urias and Julius Hernandez.

Jerimy Culbertson of the Ulysses Feedyard said before competing that he took away the win first in 2014 and then second in 2015.

“I’m hoping just to represent, and my wife is here, too,” he said. “Her first year working we got first place, and her second year working we got second place. She’s been against me last year and this year, and she’s beaten me both years.”

When asked if he expects similar results this year, he said, “We’re going to find out.”

For Culbertson and many other competitors, the hardest thing about the contest is how nerve-wracking it is. He said having the judges stand around with clipboards and watch the competitors’ every move adds a new element to something they otherwise do almost every day.

“You get a lot of new guys, and they’re shaking and they’re like, ‘Why am I shaking?’” Culbertson said. “There are a lot of people watching.”

Culbertson has been in the beef processing business for 13 years and described it as “a way of life.” For those in the business, the competition gives them a chance to mostly relax and enjoy a day together in which they can showcase their skills.

“This is fun,” Culbertson said. “We’ve got a very large company, a lot of team members. This is a way to kind of unite everybody, kind of like a family reunion. We have some fun, eat some steak and do what we do.”

The teams work consecutively with six animals that maneuver down a barred metal pathway or chute as the gate locks around their heads and holds the calf in place for doctoring.

Thus, Culbertson and his team only had to work with six animals on Thursday, a steep decline from the 1,423 he said he processed on Wednesday.

“So this is kind of a day off, work six or seven head, do what we do every day and see how they judge us on it,” he said.

Culbertson explained that the contest showcases the quality control component of beef production that makes beef products safe to eat.

“My teams, they help me feed my family, I help them feed theirs, and together we feed the world, and you gotta take a lot of pride in that,” he said.

For Miguel Rodriguez of Finney County Feedyard, it was his first time participating in the competition. After performing with his team, he said his first time made him feel “a little nervous,” but added that it “was fun.”

“It’s a big ‘ole difference,” he said of the contest’s departure from his usual work routine. “A lot lies on you. You can’t do what you usually do. It’s a lot of pressure.”

Regardless, Rodriguez said he thought his performance was “great,” even “awesome.”

Beef Empire Days Executive Director Deann Gillen said the winning team receives custom-made BED belt buckles unique to 2017 and a $125 gift certificate to The Crazy House. Second-place winners receive $100 and a gift certificate to Baker Boot Co. and a $25 beef bundle, and third-place winners receive a $75 gift certificate to Baker Boot Co. and a $25 beef bundle.

“Every year, they look forward to this,” Gillen said. “They eat a nice meal and just kind of kick back and relax. You can see how they just kind of hang out and enjoy their afternoon. It’s fun for them.”

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Killing cattle a felony under Texas livestock bill awaiting Abbott's signature – San Antonio Express-News (subscription)

Careless hunters or trigger-happy gunslingers who kill Texas livestock would no longer get a slap on the wrist under legislation awaiting Gov. Greg Abbott’s signature that would make it a felony to terminate cattle, horses or bison without the owner’s consent.

The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, which was founded in 1877 to combat cattle theft and lobbied for the bill, says thieves are still a big problem and ranchers are increasingly finding more dead livestock.

The legislation would make it a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine per head to kill ranch animals — the same penalty as for livestock rustling. It was previously a misdemeanor.

“Either way, it has the same effect on the owner,” said Sonny Seewald, a special ranger who supervises a 52-county area that includes much of South-Central Texas and the Rio Grande Valley. “Whether the animal is stolen or killed, the rancher loses the value on the animal and its potential offspring.”

Sponsored by state Rep. Mary Gonzalez, D-El Paso, and state Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, the bill passed the Legislature May 26 and was sent to Abbott on Tuesday.

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The cattle group’s special rangers have full peace officer status in their jurisdictions in Texas and Oklahoma but are funded by the association’s approximately 17,500 members. And the rangers, who are on call with their unmarked vehicles 24/7, have been as busy as ever. In the past decade, they’ve helped recover or account for more than 37,000 head of cattle and other property valued at more than $42 million.

While most owners of larger ranches brand their cattle so thieves can be caught at the auction barn, many smaller cattle operations don’t bother.

“It’s good money,” Seewald said. Rustlers “get the same price for cattle as the owner does. It’s not like it’s a stolen radio out of a truck and they get $10 for it. They get full price.”

While North Texas, East Texas and southern Oklahoma are bearing the brunt of the thefts, the problem is all over cattle country. Seewald attributes some of the thefts to the end of the recent oil and gas boom as well as the opioid crisis now plaguing rural America.

“Since the oil fields went down, there’s a lot of unemployed people, and they’re out to make a dollar somewhere,” he said. “There’s a lot of times their theft is to support their dope habit.”

While it’s less common to wake up to animals lying dead as opposed to missing, more and more ranchers say the problem is growing. In 2016, special rangers investigated 20 cases involving 37 dead cattle. It’s likely more cases went unreported.

While circumstances vary, the livestock are often killed by nighttime hunters who think they’re aiming at a deer or wild hog or by local youths or others who may be drunk and up to no good.

In February, Seewald was called to San Diego, about 25 miles northwest of Kingsville, to look into a missing calf. It didn’t take long in the small town to track down four suspects — reputed gang members who reportedly were out drinking beer and thought it’d be fun to kill and cook up a goat.

They couldn’t find a goat, so they instead killed a calf spotted behind a rancher’s fence, stole it and are now facing felony cattle theft charges, Seewald said. The owner at least got back the meat and the hide.

“They were just going to have it themselves,” Seewald said. “A little barbecue in the back.”

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Cattle feeding a 'noble' profession – Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

RICEVILLE — For the past 36 years, Bob Noble has seen many changes in cattle feeding and the beef industry as a whole.

The industry, he believes, is a “noble” profession.

“Not every morning, but doing chores on Christmas morning is almost a religious experience, because you know you are taking care of nature and providing for humans,” he said.

Bob, his wife, Jayne, and their three children live on the farm where Bob was raised west of Riceville.

The Nobles have fed cattle on the farmstead for the past 36 years. “My dad, Harlan, was a general farmer with different types of livestock including milk cows,” Noble said. “The last 20 years Dad fed cattle.”

Prior to returning to his home farm, Noble, who graduated from Oklahoma State, worked at one of the huge Monfort cattle feeding facilities near Greeley, Colo., which finished out about a 100,000 head of fat cattle a year.

In 1981, he returned home and began farming near Riceville. He is District 5 director of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and is a voting delegate for the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association on the marketing committee for the National Cattlemen Beef Association.

Over the years, he said obvious changes of technology include feeding with implants, additives and distiller products from ethanol plants.

In the 1960s, Noble said Iowa was the top cattle feeding state in the country, until the Russian corn deal in the 1970s.

Cattle feeding operations then moved to the higher plains and southwest, where Noble said producers used milo and sorghum to fatten their beef.

During that period, Noble said Iowa fell to 11th in the nation in beef production, but now it’s coming back because of the distillers’ byproduct. Iowa is now ranked fourth or fifth in the nation, according to Noble.

“Distillers’ grain has brought cattle feeding back to Iowa, and packing plants are moving back, too,” he said.

In the Corn Belt, Noble said one of the biggest problems for the cattle industry is public industry.

He feels livestock producers have been demonized because of some reports of animal abuse.

“Most people do a very good job of taking care of livestock,” he said.

To offset that, Noble said producers need to get their stories to consumers.

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Noble once participated with a small packing company that labeled each carcass so customers could pull up an app to see the story of the cattle farmers who produced the beef. A restaurant owner told Noble the unique service impressed his clientele.

Marketing beef and buying replacement cattle has also changed, Noble said.

Packing company buyers used to travel from farm to farm looking for cattle to purchase, but today Noble uses a marketing service. When Noble is ready to sell cattle, the service is contacted and the representative works with various packing companies, striking the deal between the producer and the company.

When Noble looks for replacement feeders, he uses the same service. The marketing agent, who is in contact with cow-calf operations, will find the size and condition of cattle Noble requests and sets up delivery dates and times. Though the marketing service costs, Noble said it saves lots of time and travel.

Due to modern record keeping, the Beef Quality Assurance Program can visit farms to verify drug records, evaluate how cattle is handled, observe pen conditions and check for good animal husbandry.

“It links the producer with the public, and puts a face to the steak they consume,” he said.

While current U.S. trade talks with China seem promising, Noble cautioned China is resistant to using a non-hormone growth promoter, which is common in U.S. beef production. Noble said that is a major problem in exporting beef to China.

Noble said he is also concerned whether the government will continue to allocate funding for the Foreign Animal Disease Program. “Bio-security is a big issue,” Noble said.

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Complex world of border trade: Cattle go north, meat south – Yahoo News

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In this April 27, 2017 photo, truck driver Jose Luis Mayorga herds calves onto a truck in Reynosa, Mexico, across the border from McAllen, Texas. Rancher Gildardo Lopez Hinojosa, who sent about 400 of his calves across the border to Pharr, Texas, said he gets the best price for his calves in the U.S. and it’s cheaper for him to import U.S. chicken than ship Mexican chicken from the country’s interior. (AP Photo/Christopher Sherman)

REYNOSA, Mexico (AP) — Waving arms and brandishing a long electric prod, the ranch hands and truck drivers herd about 400 leggy calves onto trucks as the sun crests on the outskirts of this border city. After spending their first eight months on the ranches of Gildardo Lopez Hinojosa, the calves are about to cross the border — bound for Texas and U.S. feed lots beyond.

On one of the three bridges connecting Reynosa with Texas, they might cross paths with the beef and chicken shipments that Lopez imports from the U.S. for his local chains of butcher shops and fried chicken restaurants. He gets the best price for his calves in the U.S. and it’s cheaper for him to import U.S. chicken than ship Mexican chicken from the country’s interior.

Lopez has been selling calves and buying beef across the border for about as long as the North American Free Trade Agreement has been in effect. President Donald Trump has said the agreement that is the basis for much of the $500 billion annual trade between the U.S. and Mexico needs to be renegotiated or scrapped entirely. To hear him tell it, NAFTA was “a catastrophic trade deal for the United States.”

The reality is far more complicated, especially at the border where communities are enmeshed in a shared economy that can be affected by actions or words in either country.

“It’s a lie to say that NAFTA didn’t work,” said Rafael Garduno Rivera, an economist at the Center for Economic Research and Teaching in Aguascalientes, who studies the agreement’s impacts. “It worked and worked very well and for both sides in various areas. Like everything there were losers and winners.”

Maquiladoras, as Mexican assembly plants are known, get most of the attention. They churn out everything from flat-screen televisions and washing machines to auto components that might cross borders a dozen times before a car comes off the assembly line in Michigan.

But U.S. border retailers — downtown discount stores and high-end outlet shopping and malls — also depend on Mexican shoppers, especially those whose jobs in Mexican border cities allow them to shop in the U.S.

For nearly 25 years, Lopez has been sending cows to the U.S. and importing beef to Mexico. Three days a week he loads four to six trailers with his young cows and sends them across the bridge connecting to Pharr, Texas. Once cleared by USDA veterinarians there, buyers from elsewhere in Texas, Arizona or even up toward the Canadian border pick up their cows. After that initial sale, Lopez does not know where they go.

In theory, some could come back to him mixed in among the 25 tons of beef he imports from the U.S. every week for his butcher shops. He buys from the big beef processors like IBP, National Beef and Supreme Beef, wherever he finds the best price.

Lopez’s calves create jobs in U.S. feed lots and slaughterhouses and the cheaper U.S. chicken he buys allows him to employ more Mexicans in his restaurants. Among his various businesses he employs about 400 people.

Nearly 5 million U.S. jobs depend on trade between the two countries, according to a study released last fall by the non-partisan Washington, D.C.-based Wilson Center Mexico Institute.

“The United States depends on Mexico as much as Mexico depends on the United States,” Lopez said.

Monica Weisberg-Stewart, across the border in McAllen, Texas, knows that as well as anyone.

Her family ran discount stores on the border for more than 60 years, before making the business decision a couple years ago to close. Now Weisberg-Stewart leases their properties to other businesses.

The border economy is so interconnected that moves in either country can have dire consequences. As an example, she recalled when the U.S. began requiring a new, more expensive visa for Mexicans who crossed to U.S. border cities.

“It wiped out a socio-economic group that would come over here on a daily basis for groceries, milk, products, just their daily goods,” she said. “Mexico not coming, Mexico not shopping, affects us.”

Border residents on both sides say that is already happening. A weaker Mexican peso has been a principal factor, but the unwelcoming rhetoric and fear of the sort of reception they will receive has been another.

Several hundred miles upriver from Reynosa, Lidia Gonzalez sat in the shade of El Porvenir, Mexico’s town square selling used clothing purchased in El Paso.

“It’s all second hand because people can’t buy new,” Gonzalez said. “It’s OK for us, because from that we eat.”

But she was anxious because her supplier had cut back her buying trips recently. She said Mexican customs officials suddenly began hassling the buyer about her purchases, something Gonzalez attributed to the generally deteriorating relations between the two countries.

Gonzalez has a visa that allows her to cross, but the last time she felt U.S. immigration agents were interrogating her more than usual. For now she has stopped crossing out of fear they might take her visa.

Just west of El Paso, Marisela Sandoval, 39, of Sunland Park, New Mexico, said she had seen fewer border crossers like Gonzalez at her job at a Wal-Mart.

Sandoval said Mexican shoppers were fewer and consequently sales this year in the store where she works had been way off.

“Because of the dollar and the feelings about Trump, what he was saying,” Sandoval explained. “People were getting afraid because in the bridge they were making them sign a paper that would say that they would take their visa and they were afraid to even come.”

The weaker Mexican peso put an end to Gilberto Lozoya’s shopping trips to Laredo, Texas.

Lozoya, 24, has spent four years working in maquiladoras in Nuevo Laredo, a major trade thoroughfare to the United States.

He now works as an engineer supporting assembly lines producing gas valves, thermostats and other products so they keep running, but he’s ambitious and hopes to advance.

At night he studies English, because it would help him move up the ladder at so many foreign-owned maquiladoras, including the Illinois-headquartered engineering and manufacturing firm Robertshaw, where he works now.

He used to cross to Laredo to buy school supplies that he couldn’t find. But the strong dollar put such purchases out of reach. Many maquila workers making only $50 to $60 for a six-day work week rely on a few hours of daily overtime to make ends meet, he said.

If something happened to the maquila jobs, Lozoya said he worries the unemployed would fill the ranks of the drug cartel that controls Nuevo Laredo. But nothing is clear at the moment, he said. “So far we don’t know what situation we’re in and what this new president (Trump) is going to say that could affect us.”

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Cattle killed by spring snow storm –

KUSA – The storm system that brought snow to the metro area over the weekend devastated parts of southeastern Colorado.

Farmers and ranchers in Baca and Prowers counties have lost cattle and countless crops due to the spring snow. The Colorado Farm bureau estimates the cattle deaths are into the thousands.

“Everybody is still out just trying to take care of what is alive,” said farmer Gary Melcher. “They haven’t had a chance to really analyze what the true loss is yet.”

Even though the storm has passed ranchers are still trying to find animals that are still alive. Many of them were lost after fences collapsed under the weight of snow. Some of them are stuck, barely able to move through all that snow.

Justin Willhite found 15 of his cows dead, another 40 to 50 animals are still missing.

“They walk away from the wind as long as it’s blowing,” said Willhite. “So it could be 20 to 30 miles before they stop or get stuck.” 

Farmers say it could be three weeks before they can even asses all the damage done to their wheat crops because they are still covered in snow.

“It’s kind of devastating trying to get going and you know the commodity prices being so low in the last year and half,” said Melcher. “It’s been a trial before this, and you take a loss on top of this, it’s devastating.”

The area is also dealing with power outages after strong winds brought down power lines and power poles.

Ranchers say it could be another week before they can even round up the surviving cattle and get them back to their correct ranches. 

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