New Rockford Transcript - Official Newspaper of Eddy County since 1883

Local bison ranchers face flooding and freezing head on


November 18, 2019

Amy Wobbema

At KenMar Ranch, about 30 head of last year's calves remain trapped in the feedlot. Note the solid white areas are not snow, but snow covered ice. The Homelvigs ensure the young bison have pleny of food by bringing in feed via an access road. For now, the bison are safe, but the ranchers eagerly await for the ground to freeze solid so they can safely move them.

There is no doubt about it, ranching is an unpredictable way of life. Regardless of wind, rain, blizzard, drought or flood the animals have to be cared for and the crops need to be managed.

This year's heavy fall rains followed by the early October blizzard has left farmers and ranchers across the state in a tough situation. As the weeks pass by it has become quite clear that area farmers and...

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