Ranch Tours: Ake Cattle Co. truly a f...

Ranch Tours: Ake Cattle Co. truly a family affair

There are 14 comments on the Silver City Sun-News story from Feb 8, 2009, titled Ranch Tours: Ake Cattle Co. truly a family affair. In it, Silver City Sun-News reports that:

Getting to Catron County takes three things - patience, skill and determination.

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Bart Mortensen

Denver, CO

#1 Feb 8, 2009
A fun read.

United States

#2 Feb 8, 2009
Man these people are hard on wildlife!

Silver City, NM

#3 Feb 8, 2009
And how much does this ranch cost us? The subsidies this ranch enjoys are well over $100,00.00. Your story likes to paint a sweet cowboy picture. It is so far from the truth. The livestock growers in New Mexico live on tax payers money and their contribution to the states economy are minimal!

Sonora, CA

#4 Feb 8, 2009
meadow wrote:
Man these people are hard on wildlife!
Dear Mr. Meadow, What in the world could or would you possible know of there way of life. Which has been a part of the Americian pioneering dream for quite a few generations, You my friend must have not came from true traditional up bringing to understand. Where cattle have been the way of life since the 1850's beening 99.9% sure that you support it by eatting beef.

Sonora, CA

#5 Feb 8, 2009
Dear MS. Dianna, You obviously don't support privatly owned ranches such as this one as an examaple. Who CARES what this RANCH costs, it has had the same owner for over 50 years, This ranch doesn't cost you personally a dime. This is story about a family keeping american tradition, where hard work is and continues to be a way of life. Sounds to me that you nothing more than a disgruntled gov't employee, underpaid and overworked. These people contribute far more than your knowledge of cattle ranching and the role it has played for more than 100 years in this state....

Casper, WY

#6 Feb 8, 2009
Edward Abbey's quote says it all.........."The rancher strings barbed wire across the range, drills wells and bulldozes stock ponds everywhere, drives off the elk and antelope and bighorn sheep, poisons coyotes and prairie dogs, shoots eagle, bear and cougar on sight, supplants the native bluestem and gamma grass with tumbleweed, cow s--t, cheat grass, snakeweed, anthills, poverty weed, mud and dust and flies-and then leans back and smiles broadly at the Tee Vee cameras and tells us how much he loves the West".

Since: Feb 09

United States

#7 Feb 9, 2009
Note that this "cowboy", Travis Kiehne, has taken over $150,000 in taxpayers money (otherwise known as "welfare"), according to the Farm Bill Subsidy Database: http://farm.ewg.org/farm/addrsearch.php... .

Other members of the Kiehne family in New Mexico have also taken welfare checks, for a total of $187,412. And that's only up to 2005.

Note also that the Kiehne "Ranch" is not 40,000. The vast majority of that land is owned by the public, not by the Kiehnes. I await the day when taxpayer justice is done and these people stop sucking off the government dole to support their chosen lifestyle.

Casper, WY

#8 Feb 9, 2009
Joe Carlson.......
Interesting website....just checked it out, but can't figure out how to access data on various ranches here in Montana(the welfare ranching capital)
Can you provide directions??

United States

#9 Feb 20, 2009
Great article. Travis and Tammy and their family are wonderful people. It's good to read something positive about the livestock industry. Thanks.

United States

#10 Feb 20, 2009
meadow wrote:
Man these people are hard on wildlife!
While it's easy for someone like you to think it's "hard on wildlife", the truth and reality of it is that without management of these animals, they'd be over-populated and starving. Since they're located on the ranch, they lick off the salt blocks and pick up remant pieces of feed that was left when the cattle are fed in the winter.
Please try not to judge when you don't know the entire facts about the situation. It's only the right thing to do. Thanks.

United States

#11 Feb 22, 2009
I live in the middle of ranch country and I stand by what I said. These people are hard on wildlife. If the cattle have to be fed in winter, they've eaten every last bit that grew in summer leaving only their scraps for native animals. I'm betting the government, ie us taxpayers, paid for that feed to boot given the subsidies reported. Without the cattle, the wildlife could thrive, and there would be something left for them to eat.
The truth and realitiy is that not only are these ranchers killing a ton of wildlife as this story makes clear, the cattle are taking food out of the mouths of the natives.
Sweet Southern Gal

Florence, AL

#12 Feb 22, 2009
With all the horrible things that Freeport McMoran Copper and Gold are doing to the lives of miners in Arizona and New Mexico, who has the money for a ranch getaway?


United States

#13 Apr 9, 2012
With all do respect STOP HATEING ON RANCHERS!

United States

#14 May 23, 2017
Although this post is quite old, it still needs comment. There is ignorance and there is stupidity. Not knowing about something is ignorance. Spouting off one's mouth when you don't have a clue what one is talking about, especially when demonstrating the ability to look it up, such as Mr. Carson is just stupid. Let me explain how these "welfare checks work." First the rancher, if he has public grazing rights, decides what improvements he can make to the public land to enhance the land for not only cattle but for the wildlife in the area as well. Then he submits the plan to the BLM (in this case) it may take a year or two of going back and forth to get the improvements approved. Then the rancher has to take a LOAN for the materials and supply the labor to implement the plan. After the work is done, the BLM comes out and inspects the work, approves it, and then reimburses the rancher for the MATERIAL. He does not get reimbursed for the interest or the labor. Now the federal government OWNS the improvement, not the rancher. That reimbursement shows up as the subsidy that Mr. Carson so stupidly considers welfare.

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