Feb 09 2019

NMCGA Border Wall Statement

New Mexico and Arizona border ranchers have serious security concerns on the Mexican border that reach well beyond immigration and border wall issues.

 The New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association has had a member murdered on the Arizona side. Another member had an employee kidnapped, beaten and held for days at gun point. No one is safe without a gun moving around their home, barns, corrals and pastures.

 Ranchers empathize and sympathize with those who are seeking asylum. Historically the practice on border ranches was to provide food and water for folks coming across the border. Today that is not safe due to the size and number of groups along with the volume of drugs coming across the border.

 But while immigration and the wall dominate the national scene and media, we here at home must have safety and security for our children, families and property.

Caren Cowan, Executive Director
New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association


Jan 29 2019

Bays Named Cattle Growers’ Livestock Inspector of the Year

Trey Bays, Las Cruces, was named the 2018 Livestock Inspector of the Year by the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association (NMCGA) at the Joint Stockmen’s Convention, held recently in Albuquerque.

The New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association and its’ members depend on the Livestock Board and its’ force of inspectors each and every day and night of the year,” said Tom Sidwell, NMCGA President, Quay.  “We are pleased to be able to recognize Mr. Bays for his hard work, and thank him for his dedication to livestock producers in southern New Mexico.”

New Mexico’s brand and livestock protection system, enforced by the New Mexico Livestock Board (NMLB), is one of the strongest in the nation.  In recognition of the importance of this system to the livestock industry, each year the NMCGA honors an Inspector of the Year, nominated for the award by the producers they serve.  This year’s award was sponsored by the Sauble Ranch, Maxwell.

Bays, who is currently District 10 Inspector for the New Mexico Livestock Board, has worked for the NMLB for just over 26 years.   He grew up in Mule Creek, New Mexico and graduated from Cliff High School.  He worked in construction and served four years in the United States Navy before going to work for the NMLB.

Bringing young people into the agriculture community is one of the NMCGA’s priorities.  Bays was nominated for the award by a 4-H agent who works with him regularly making sure young people are able to exhibit their livestock projects.  His nomination reads, in part, “Mr. Bays is always on time (usually early) and works from sun up to sun down with me to ensure every child has the proper paperwork by the deadline specified in the Guide for 4-H & FFA Livestock Exhibitors.  Mr. Bays constantly has a smile on his face and is friendly and helpful to all youth.  He spends time teaching the kids how to read ear notches and brands and explains to them the purpose of them on their livestock.”

Working with the youth on their livestock projects is something Bays enjoys.  “It is very rewarding, knowing that a big chunk of these livestock kids will be our livestock clientele in the future,” he said.

 “As ranchers, we depend on the Livestock Board and its inspectors to help maintain our brand system, as well as protect animal health and prevent livestock theft,” Sidwell noted.  “The partnership between the Association and the Board is over a century old and we salute the Livestock Board for their more than 125 year history of service.”

The NMCGA has represented the beef industry in New Mexico and the West since 1914 and has members in all 33 of the state’s counties as well as some 18 other states. The Association participates in venues necessary to protect beef producers and private property rights including litigation, state and federal legislation and regulatory affairs.  For more information, or to join the NMCGA online, please visit www.nmagriculture.org.



Cutline:  Trey Bays (r), Dona Ana County, received the 2018 New Mexico Cattle Growers Association Inspector of the Year Award.  He is pictured with Troy Sauble (l), Sauble Ranch, sponsor of the award. 

Nov 30 2018

2018 JS Convention Schedule

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Nov 30 2018

2018 Zoetis Cattlemen’s College

9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Sandia Resort / Albuquerque

  9:00 a.m.   Welcome & Introductions

                   Tom Sidwell, President, New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association

  9:15 a.m.   Making the Most for the Ranch at Weaning / Stan Bevers, King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management

10:15 a.m.    Break

10:30 a.m.    Current Affairs & Misconceptions Associated with the US beef Industry / Dr. Craig Gifford, NMSU Coop Extension

11:15 a.m.    Ranch Safety Video Series

12:00 noon   Lunch

1:15 p.m.     Vaccine 101: How Modified Lives Work vs Killed / Dr. JP Pollreisz, Zoetis

 2:15 p.m.    Clinical Pearls for Pharmaceutical Use in Cattle / Dr. Elaine Blythe

3:15 p.m.     Break

3:00 p.m.     Making The Cow Herd Better: Applied DNA & Genomics /  Dr. John Paterson Montana State (retired)

3:45 p.m.     Trich Update / BQA Update /  Dr. John Wensel, NMSU Extension

4:15 p.m.     Q & A Panel / Wrap Up


Registration Fee $40 per person, includes lunch

Call 505.247.0584 to reserve your seat!



Nov 21 2018

NMSU to host forage workshop in Los Lunas Dec. 4


LOS LUNAS – The majority of New Mexico agricultural commodities are fueled by forage.

Of the state’s $3.22 billion cash receipts for commodities in 2016, 73.1 percent is from livestock and milk production, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural  Statistics Service.

In 2017, New Mexicans farmed 343,032 acres of forage products valued at $206 million.

Providing research-based information through workshops and publications, New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences helps farmers efficiently produce high quality forage.

NMSU’s Valencia County Cooperative Extension Service will host its ninth annual Forage Growers Workshop on Tuesday,   Dec. 4, to share the latest forage information. The workshop will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus, 280 La Entrada Road, Los Lunas.

Registration is $20, which includes program materials and lunch.

“There are many challenges to growing a high quality forage crop: weather, water, insects and weeds are some of those,” said Newt McCarty, NMSU’s agricultural agent in Valencia County. “At the workshop, we hope to provide information, tools and guidance to address challenges and increase the income potential for producers.”

Farmer Jim Cox always learns something from the presenters.

“I find the benefit of attending this workshop outweighs the registration fee,” said Cox, who is a regular at the workshop. “If I don’t get all the information I want about certain things, I get pointed in the right direction to find it. It’s also a great opportunity to earn continuing education units for your private applicator licenses. And it’s a great place to see old friends and make new ones.”

A wide range of topics will be covered during the presentations, including the effect of water quality on pesticides.

“The quality of the water that managers mix with the herbicide active ingredients can potentially decrease the efficacy up to 50 to 60 percent, thus potentially increasing the need for higher herbicide rates, multiple sequential applications, and ultimately, a failed attempt at controlling weeds in a safe and successful way,” said Leslie Beck, NMSU Extension weed specialist, who will speak on this subject.

Other topics will include:

– Soil testing and appropriate fertilization to maximize forage production by Robert Flynn, NMSU agronomist.

– Water outlook and discussion of opportunities for more efficient and consistent water delivery in the future, by Mike Hamman, Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District’s chief executive officer and chief engineer.

– General management practices impacting alfalfa quality by Leonard Lauriault, forage agronomist at NMSU’s Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari.

– Pest identification and management of alfalfa weevil, aphids and white fringed beetle by Jane Breen Pierce, NMSU Extension entomologist.

– Research findings on Plantain management in alfalfa and follow up on managing common weeds in forages by Beck.

– Weed-free forage and the opportunity for producers to participate in a higher value market by Cary Hamilton, NMSU research director for the New Mexico certified weed-free forage.

– Results from the first year variety trials of fescue and orchard grass by Mark Marsalis, Extension forage specialist at NMSU’s Agricultural Science Center at Los Lunas.

– Variety selections of alfalfa and fescue by Marsalis.

Five CEUs for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture applicator’s license are available for attendees.

USDA agency representatives will also present updates on programs available through the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Services Agency and Valencia County Soil and Water District.

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