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Zornio: Could Colorado be looking at a future without cows?

As climate change worsens and bioengineering takes off, Colorado's cattle industry faces an uncertain future

Opinion Columns

As Colorado drought cuts hay crop, cattle ranchers face decision about culling their herds

As the drought worsens across the West and ushers in an early fire season, cattle ranchers are among those feeling the pain


How is Colorado’s new farmworkers’ rights bill being received by migrant farmworkers? With a shrug.

In fields hours away from the political pressure cooker of the Colorado legislature, Senate Bill 87 is stoking a different kind of debate.


Colorado Supreme Court rejects animal cruelty ballot measure strongly opposed by farmers, ranchers

Initiative 16 heads back to the title board and its proponents for changes

Politics and Government

Colorado ranchers are selling off cattle to survive another year of dried-up grass and parched soil

The land is so thirsty, water is soaked up before it can reach reservoirs, crops


Animal cruelty initiative aggravates Colorado ranchers fresh off MeatOut Day controversy

The proposed ballot measure would make ranchers wait to slaughter animals until they are older, which ranchers say would devastate Colorado’s agriculture economy.


Colorado ranchers already had beef with Jared Polis. Then came “MeatOut Day.”

Colorado is the only state to proclaim a day of no meat-eating, further exposing the urban-rural divide and food as the new culture war.


Beautiful, self-confident and hot tempered, “Queen” Ann Bassett stood up to Colorado’s powerful ranchers

Author Diana Allen Kouris sifts through Bassett's legend to find the facts behind one of the West's most intriguing characters during the 19th-century cattle wars

Book Excerpts

A family connection to a legendary Colorado cowgirl sent an author on an exhaustive research roundup

Diana Allen Kouris grew up hearing stories about Ann Bassett on the family's ranch in northwest Colorado, and rode the same trails as the woman she chronicled

SunLit Interviews

Colorado’s attorney general joins colleagues in seeking federal probe into meatpacking industry

In a letter to U.S. Attorney General William Barr, the state attorneys general noted that the four largest beef processors control 80 percent of the industry


Even with beef plants staying open, reduced capacity means Colorado ranchers feel the coronavirus pinch

Ranchers only have about a two-week window to get their cattle to slaughter before they start losing money and quality. Even a slight disruption in the supply chain can throw everything off -- and already is.


Meatpackers welcome Trump’s order that they stay open while others — including Colorado’s governor — question the coronavirus risks

There have been outbreaks of the coronavirus at a number of Colorado meat facilities


Union demands better conditions at Greeley beef plant as coronavirus outbreak worsens, draws White House’s attention

Both President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence mentioned the outbreak on Friday during their daily briefing on coronavirus with the media.


West Slope lawmaker tries to pump the brakes on Colorado wolf reintroduction

Democratic Sen. Kerry Donovan’s bill would delay wolf management to study and fund compensation for lost livestock. It would also cancel a plan to bring back the predators if a “self-sustaining population” is confirmed.


Colorado ranchers have beef with lab-grown and plant-based “meat” — and they want well-done labeling

Cattle and bison ranchers are looking for help to let consumers know where the food in their package came from, including whether it originated in a petri dish or another country


Colorado cattle rustling’s colorful history helps modern brand inspectors keep up with a changing crime

Hundreds of cattle go missing every year in Colorado, most of them simply lost. But the state’s brand inspectors work to ensure thieves don’t cash in.