IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:
It's not easily seen as you whiz by in a vehicle along Interstate 76 in Northeast Colorado. A fire ravaged the area in early March, killing cattle, decimating the rangeland, burning homes, structures, and farm equipment. But, rain in the area, as well as the proactive actions of local ranchers, have led to the slow beginning of recovery. Over 32,000 acres were impacted (larger than the size of Disney World, nearly double the size of Manhattan).
The Colorado Department of Agriculture is accepting listings for the 2017 Colorado Hay Directory. The annual publication connects hay producers with buyers.
"We receive calls from across the country requesting information about Colorado hay," said Wendy White, marketing specialist for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. "This publication helps Colorado producers market their hay."
This year, 34 rabid skunks have been confirmed in nine Colorado counties. The Colorado Department of Agriculture reminds pet and livestock owners that rabies is a deadly disease that can spread from skunks to other mammals and vaccination is the single best method to protect pets and livestock.
This is always my favorite time of the year. My cows are about done calving and the grass is getting greener. The weather is getting warmer but not unbearably hot. The recent moisture also helps me feel rejuvenated and optimistic. As I write this, it's a pretty spring day and I wish I could find something to do outside. It's also that time of the year where those working in agriculture go from 0-90 mph until the fall.
The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is tracking three separate health issues impacting horses in the state. There are confirmed cases of Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA), Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalitis, and Strangles.
Ranchers and residents in southeastern Colorado have teamed up via Facebook to track down all the cattle scattered in the snowstorm that hit in recent weeks. According to various reports, people living in the southeastern portion of Colorado dealt with up to 27 inches of snow that fell between Friday, April 29 through Sunday, May 1.
This week, the Colorado Department of Agriculture, State Veterinarian's Office, was notified by the US Department of Agriculture's National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) that a Weld County horse tested positive for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA). The Weld County facility is currently under a quarantine order that restricts movement of horses until further testing is completed by the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA).