Del Rio News Herald from Del Rio, Texas on April 4, 1971 · Page 5
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Del Rio News Herald from Del Rio, Texas · Page 5

Del Rio, Texas
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Sunday, April 4, 1971
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• . V Alta Verde Industries '••''. /' . . . Is Giant Cattle Feeder DEL RIO (TEXAS) NEytfS-HERALD. Sunday. April 4, 1971-5A By HERB PORTER News-Herald Staff QUJ?MADO-Alta . Verde Industries may sound like the name of a factory or a manufacturing company, but that is far from what it really, is. ' ' ' \ Leon .Miller, the Alto Verde co-owner and general manager, calls it a three-ring circus, but it is not a circus either. Miller tagged it that way because of the many varied businesses that Alta Verde is engaged in. Cattle feeding, alfalfa dehydration plant operation and farm equipment and fertilizer business, three big plus factors in the Alta Verde success story. Alta Verde Industries is located in Maverick County on the southern and northern edges of the lush, green Quemado Valley. It is comprised of nearly 1,400 acres of what used to be a cauliflower farm, but now produces alfalfa, grain, beets and is the site of a 20,000 head cattle feedlot It is probably the biggest business in Maverick County and ranks among the largest feedlot^ operations in Texas. At the head of most successful businesses is usually found a successful •1 businessman. This is the case with Alta Verde and Leon Miller. Operating Alta Verde is by ho means a part-time job, it*s difficult to get away for any length of time because of the constant demand for 's personal attention. But yet the cattle chief has let ha is" th president of the Eagle Pass Chamber of ; Commerce, president of the Texas Cattle Feeders Association, director and vice-president of the American Dehydrators Association and he, currently serves bn the board bf trustees of the Eagle Pass Independent School District. In his modern offices located on thje Alta Verde site, Miller stays in constant communications with his men in the fields by means of two-way radios, a teletype machine constantly ticks off cattle and grain prices from all over the United States, and telephone calls flood his switchboard from daylight until dark.' The phone calls are mainly business calls, but there are still a number of calls relating to his various other civic and business activities. One such onslaught of phone calls began recently when Miller, as president of the Chamber of Commerce in Eagle Pass, invited Miss America, Phyllis George, to come .to Eagle Pass and she accepted. I Newsmen from several points in Texas called for 1 details, and the Miss America Pageant office in Atlantic City, N.J., kept in touch with him on last minute schedule changes, wardrobe requirements, room accommodations and transportation arrangements for the visiting beauty queen. When he is not entertaining celebrities, meeting with civic, business or school officials, Miller stays busy in the cattle and feed business. Leon Miller is a transplanted Missourian who has operated successful cattle feeding businesses in Colorado, California and Texas. "I think there is more potential in South Texas than in any other area," says Miller, explaining how he decided to move into the Maverick County area. "There Is a longer growing season, an opportunity for double cropping, dependable climatic conditions, ample irrigation water, well maintainedl_rj»ads, favorable land prices, -"a good labor supply, a favorable attitude by bankers towards apiculture and good markets," ave among the reasons given by Miller when he explains his attraction to the South Texas area. : OEHYDRATOR-A mainstay of Alta Verdegndustries is this alfalfa dehydrator which is capable of dehydrating several tons of alfalfa per day. The company has recently invested $25,000 in modern anti-pollution devices in order to conform with pollution laws. (News-Herald Photo) ' ' Wool Incentive Program to Cost 21 Million More WASHINGTON (AP)"- The government's wool subsidy program will cost $21 million more this year than in 1970 because of . sharply lower market prices paid to farmers this season, the Agriculture Department announced Friday. The subsidy plan involves payments to wool producers to make up the difference between what they receive from market sales and an "incentive" or tar-» get price considered a fair return. The wool incentive price is 72 cents per pound. The Alta Verde operation to a smooth, systematfie business and everything Is done statistically. Calves come into the lots weighing 400-425 pounds, they are pfrmed j n groups of 200, fed for 130-140 days and then made ready for market weighing 700-775 pounds each. "We find that this size of calf is the most in demand in this area and we gear to the market," says Mffler, About one-third of the 20,000 cattle in the lots belong to Alta Verde, the rest are, being custom fed for other people. Alta Verde feeds them, markets them and delivers them and the owner has no problems at all. "This frees a big portion of their land for other uses and we bare the marketing and delivering problems for them," says Miller. Feedlots with capacities of under 6,000 head at one time decreased in number while lots with capacities between 8,000 to 15,999 head made the biggest gains in 1970, according to the latest livestock marketingreport. Last- year in Texas there were five large,feedlots, with capacities of over 16,000 head in operation, Alta Verde was one bf the five. ' Today, Texas remains the third largest cattle feeding state in the nation, surpassed by Iowa and Nebraska. Alta Verde Industries played a major role not only in providing jobs for people and economic growth for the Quemado Valley, but in the overall success story of the Texas cattle feeding business. •*i-r"r, ;•„•»> -;..-~vxr«-r •••'••• - FEEDLOT-A small portion of Alta Verdes' 20,000 head of cattle are shown heVe penned 200 to a pen. Complete shaded areas are provided for each pen, a very valuable asset in obtaining maximum dally gain. Two-thirds of these cattle are being custom . fed and marketed for owners in other parts of the U.S. (News-Herald Photo) TRANS-PECOS HARD HIT Drought Grips Texas By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS It began back In the summer and fall By the beginning of the year Jt had a good 'grip. And when late winter-early spring winds arose, dust fogged up, and there was no question. Drought gripped Texas again. "" £ndthe drought this time is no hit and miss matter. Dryness is a blight upon all the state. Vast segments of Texas al• ready are trying to obtain federal disaster relief. Farmers "dust in" their crops in dry soil hoping later rajns will germinate the seed. Cattle suffer. Stock ponds dry up. Small Stocker-Feeder Sale April 15 Special to the News-Herald SAN ANTONIO-The first Stocker-Feeder Show and Sale of 1971 will be held at Union Stock Yards San Antonio, Thursday, April 15. This early spring sale should attract numerous buyers and arouse a great deal of interest. The judges will be selected from South Texas cattlemen with a practical knowledge of the needs of the industry. Judging will begin at 7;30 a.m. and the auction will begin at 9 a.m. and the prize winning cattle will be sold at 11 a.m. Herefords, Angus and Brahma-cross may be shown for awards in steer and heifer classes in lots of 10, 20, and 40. However, this sale is open to all classes of cattle, and cattle need not be shown for awards to enter this sale. Sales of this kind normally attract a wide variety of cattle and a broad buying demand. grains wither and die. Grass looks sick. Already people are asking themselves: Is this going to be another drought like the 1950s when lack of rain and searing heat turned the state from green to brown for serven long years? Rain totals made March one of the driest months on National Weather Service records. Some towns had no rain. Some of the hardest hit areas are in West Texas. With the five-month period from. mid- October through March, Marfa received only .07 of an inch and got no rain for 101 consecutive days. The Weather Service office at El Paso said parts of the Trans-Pec os have had no rain for 100 days. Farmers and ranchers face staggering losses in crops and livestock unless the drought lifts. In Central Texas, cotton and grain sorghum crops are hurting. "It's still too dry to plant," said Jack Doby, the Travis Count agent at Austin. "Producers have planted in spots and have received some kind of stand. . . . about half has come up, but it's beginning to die. For those who have dry planted, the seed is still in the ground.'' Doby said most farmers were not planning to plant cotton until It rained. He noted it. is getting late to plant sorghum but cotton could be planted up until May. %^ Ranchers arent getting off, either. "There's a shortage of hay," Doby said. "Range and pasture conditions are getting extremely bad. We still have stock water, not as bad off as those farther west, but we've had only 13 per cent of normal rainfall, so the stock tanks are certainly going down." Doby said most people can't remember such a dry winter. Panhandle farmers could lose much of their dryland wheat crops. Cattle have not been grazed on many wheat pastures and feedlots are full. •, Panhandle farmers in several areas have applied for federal aid where disaster areas have been designated. South • Texas farmers and ranchers could lose a substan-' tlal part of the area's annual average $350 million agricultural income because of the drought. The general economy also could be affected. As in other areas, cattle feed- Ing has become necessary to support livestock and is causing many ranchers to reduce their-* herds. Some ranchers have even sold out except for their breeding stock, and if liquidation becomes necessary, the livestock industry could be severely handicapped. Farmers in South Texas face large losses. Weekly Livestock CHICAGO (AP)- The range of cattle prices last week at the Chicago Stockyard was: Cattle — One load of prime 1,275 Ib slaughter steers 35.75, highest price paid since June 1969; 1,150-1.375 Ib 34.50-35.50; choice and prime 1,050-1,350 Ibs 33.50-34.75; choice 950-1.350 Ibs 32.25-33.75; good 28.00-31.50. Load prime 1,020 Ib slaughter heifers 33.50; high choice and prime 950-1,025 Ibs 31.75-32.75; choice 850-1,025 Ibs 30.25-32.50; good 26.50-31.00; utility and commercial cows 19.75-22.25; utility and commercial bulls 25.50-28.00. No sheep receipts any day. Easter Bunny Suggests You Shop ADAMS' FLOWERS for every blooming thing BUENA VISTA DEVELOPMENT CO. CONGRATULATES BEN O'NEAL REAL ESTATE ON THEIR OPEN HOUSE TOD AY-1:00 to 7:00 P.M. J^C ?fi :\v ,v , i '"V reras 205 ELIZABETH, Buena Vista. This home features a huge sunken living area, ash paneling, and cabinets, shag carpeting throughout, oval fireplace, all built-ins including doubjsuoven, 5' tile fence, covered patio, fully bricked, side entrance garage, Spanish Modern architecture. 207 EUZABETH, Buena Vista. Spanish Contemporary Architecture. Beautiful pre-finished paneling arid cabinets, 1 slated redwood covered patio, and many of the features found* in the home at 205 Elizabeth. 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