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Rejuvenating a county’s tradition: Wichita County Mounted Patrol Arena

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By staff writer Jessica Bartel
The smell of dirt and livestock, the bright lights of an arena and sound of a large crowd on a Saturday night resonates with so many rodeo competitors and rodeo fans. The Wichita County Mounted Patrol Arena was the stage for many large performances such as the Red River PRCA rodeo and the Ranch Round-Up. Present Wichita County Mounted Patrol President Mike Kephart said, “I remember the day when this place was it! It was a big deal! Cars would be everywhere. People would park all the way to the Wichita River bridge.”
The arena was organized and built by a committee in 1957. Its top contributors were Cletus Shank and Dr. Ted Alexander. Alexander and a group of 15 horse lovers met in the Wichita County Courthouse and organized a riding club named the Wichita County Sheriff’s Patrol. Later, in 1967, the Sheriff’s Patrol changed their name to Wichita County Mounted Patrol.
On March 23, 1958, the first charter was written and the Patrol was incorporated as a non-profit and charitable organization. The committee combined to preserve the western heritage and bring top competitors and rodeo athletes to Wichita County. To read more pick up the April 2014 issue of North Texas Farm & Ranch.

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Ranch Biosecurity

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By Barry Whitworth, DVM

With beef, pork, and poultry exports playing a vital role in the economic health of livestock operations, producers need to understand the dangers that foreign animal diseases and other diseases may have on the viability of their operations.

The recent discovery of Influenza A H5N1 virus in dairy cattle demonstrates the vulnerability of livestock operations to disease events. Sick animals are not the only consequence of a disease outbreak. The economic cost associated with disease can be high. Also, in foreign animal disease outbreaks, export markets can be temporarily lost. Currently, Columbia has restricted fresh/frozen beef and beef products from states with dairy herds testing positive for Avian Influenza. The best defense against these threats is a good biosecurity plan.

To read more, pick up a copy of the June issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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Ag Elsewhere: Montana

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In Montana, June brings irrigating, brandings, and some wondrous sights from Mother Nature.

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Ag Elsewhere: Wyoming

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By Tressa Lawrence

Happy June from the lands of Wyoming!

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