Issues of concern to people who live in the west: property rights, water rights, endangered species, livestock grazing, energy production, wilderness and western agriculture. Plus a few items on western history, western literature and the sport of rodeo... Frank DuBois served as the NM Secretary of Agriculture from 1988 to 2003. DuBois is a former legislative assistant to a U.S. Senator, a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Interior, and is the founder of the DuBois Rodeo Scholarship.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Kristin's Cattle Drive
Is this EPA Approved?
When most people think of cattle drives, John Wayne or the movie "City Slickers" might come to mind. But did you know that real cattle drives still happen? News Channel 8's Kristin Dickerson recently helped some ranchers push Texas longhorn cattle across the Kansas prairie. A small group of people paid money to tag along, all in an effort to get a piece of the historic American West. The American cattle drive started in the late 1800s. Millions of cattle were driven hundreds of miles from Texas, through Oklahoma, to the railheads in Kansas for market. Today these cattle drives still happen, but on a much smaller scale. Twice a year, around 80 head of Texas longhorns are pushed 35 miles from their winter to summer pastures. It's an old fashioned cattle drive that starts at the Moore Longhorn Ranch outside of Bucklin, Kansas. Joe Moore, his wife Nancy, and their son Laramie invite 10 (paying) guests to come along to re-live that experience, and play cowboy. Aki came from Japan, where she grew up watching American westerns on television. "I still cannot believe that I see that in person. It is amazing," Aki said. Era is from Finland. She's two months into an 8 month trip around the world. Mike came from Shreveport, Louisiana, to fulfill an item on his bucket list...more