Nearly 1,000 emaciated cattle found on N.M. ranch

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Update: Emaciated cattle moved from New Mexico ranch

A cattle owner in New Mexico has been charged with 25 counts of cruelty to animals after New Mexico Livestock Board officials found about 1,000 emaciated cattle on his ranch.

The ABQ Journal reports New Mexico Livestock Board officials served a search warrant on May 17 and could confiscate the animals.

Two consecutive years of drought have taken a toll on the livestock on the drought stricken ranch near Fort Sumner. Upon entering the 180,000-acre property at Double V Ranch, officials found 25 dead cattle and others at risk of starving to death.

This story from KRQE-TV over the Memorial Day weekend said farm owner Richard Evans has a warrant out for his arrest. 

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May, 28, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Ironic isn't it. In New Mexico the cattle are straving due to the lack of feed while here in NY state the pastures go unused and hay uncut because the price paid by the buyers is so much lower than in the West that you can't make it go. So much for the beef industry consolidation.

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