Farm Credit
Jan 23 2017

’17 Cattleman of the Year

Here’s The Moos….         For Immediate Release / January 22, 2017

From the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association

P.O. Box 7517 / Albuquerque, New Mexico 87194

 

For further information, contact:  Caren Cowan

505.247.0584 phone / nmcga@nmagriculture.org email

 

Wilson Named 2017 Cattleman of the Year

Rex Wilson, Ancho, was named the 2017 Cattleman of the Year by the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association (NMCGA) at the Joint Stockmen’s Convention, held recently in Albuquerque.

“We are proud to have this opportunity to recognize Rex and his family for their dedication to and work on behalf of ranchers in New Mexico,” said Pat Boone, NMCGA President, Elida.  “Rex has been involved in every aspect of the Association.  He has spent countless hours in meetings, on the computer, and on the road helping preserve our future, and we are grateful.”

Each year since 1952, the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association has honored one of its’ own for their selfless generosity to the Association, our industry, our families, our state, our region and often our nation. The winner is nominated and selected by the Board of Directors, Boone explained.  The award was sponsored by Farm Credit of New Mexico and CO Bank.                       

      Wilson has served on the NMCGA’s Board of Directors for 30 years.  He has served as a committee chair, a regional officer, and as NMCGA President from 2012 – 2013.  He partook of leadership training opportunities like the National Cattlemen’s Association Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Tour that took him to Washington D.C. He ended the trip to our nation’s capitol bringing his young family to our nation’s capitol then put those leadership skills to work in the Association, his community, state and region, Boone explained.

Rex has been active with Associated Marine Institute, which aides troubled youth; is a director in the Nogal Mesa Ranchman’s Camp Meeting; is chairman of the Linebery Policy Center at New Mexico State University, and has served on numerous other boards including banking and health organizations. He was a Lincoln County Commissioner for eight years, serving as chairman for seven of those years. In addition, he has worked full-time as a regional director for Presbyterian Medical Services for the past 10 years.

His wife, Carol, grew up in a northeastern New Mexico ranching family, and has developed a few careers that she manages with ease while raising a family and helping on the ranch. She is an accomplished writer and photographer and long-time educational professional at Carrizozo Public Schools where is she has worked at multiple age levels and subjects and is now the librarian and teaches culinary arts.

“There were lots of things said and done during the presidential campaign — many of them not repeatable in polite company. But there was one thing said about Donald Trump that rang true in rural America and cowboys, that the best mark of a man can be read through the children he rears.  That’s true three times for Rex,” said 2016 Cattleman of the Year Bert Ancell, Wagon Mound, as he presented the award.  “It’s to his credit that he is working hard today to keep his sons involved in the family ranch.”

The couple’s three sons were raised as the fifth generation on the family ranch in central New Mexico near Ancho.  Today, their son Justus and his wife Jessica live and work in Artesia; son Kendal and his wife Chelsea work on the nearby Bar W Ranch; and son Marshall works as a policy staffer for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture in Las Cruces.  All three boys remain as involved as possible in the family operation.