Apr 12 2017

Cattle Growers’ Push for Monument Elimination

Here’s The Moos….                 For Immediate Release / April 12, 2017

The New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association (NMCGA) is urging President Donald J. Trump to address the abusive monument designations made in past administrations, according to the group’s President Pat Boone, Elida.

In an early April letter to Congressman Steve Pearce, the NMCGA asked the Congressman to bring the New Mexico monuments to the President’s attention.     

“I know of few that don’t want the best for the land,” Boone said. “But putting layer after layer of bureaucratic designations isn’t often what is best for the land and its’ creatures.”

“Ranchers and other agriculturists have been managing lands in New Mexico for more than 14 generations. If it wasn’t for that stewardship, there likely wouldn’t be pristine lands available today,” he continued.

“We all remember visiting monument designations across the country as youngsters and we enjoy sharing those places with our children and grandchildren today,” Boone noted. “These sights are of a reasonable size for all to enjoy.”

“Unfortunately more recent monument designations starting back in 1996 with the Grand Staircase Escalante in Utah that encompasses 1,880,461 acres appear to be about controlling the land rather than conserving special places,” he said.

The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument takes 776 square miles, or about 25 percent of Dona Ana County, New Mexico, according to Boone. There are several entire ranches within the monument designation.

An additional concern with this huge amount of land is border security, Boone noted. Both the Border Patrol and local law enforcement concerns were unheeded with the Dona Ana County designation.

The federal Antiquities Act requires that “the smallest area compatible with the proper care and management of the objects to be protected.” The act was designed to protect federal lands and resources quickly, according to a Congressional Research Service (CRS) report issue in early September, 2016.

“It doesn’t seem to me that these vast designations meet the letter, spirit or intent of the law,” Boone said.

Furthermore, after three (3) years, the Bureau of Land Management has yet to come up with a plan or guidance on how the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks are to be managed as a monument, he added.

Congressman Pearce fully understood the impacts of such a huge designation in Dona Ana County and attempted to reduce the size of the monument to about 60,000 acres prior to the monster designation by President Obama, Boone pointed out.

 The CRS says that presidents have proclaimed a total of 151 monuments. Congress has modified many of these proclamations and has abolished some monuments. Congress also has created monuments under its own authority.

These monster designations are not limited to New Mexico, with many other Western states suffering from vast monument designations as well, Boone explained.

“We sincerely hope that President Trump will consider the people who live and work on the land as he addresses monuments,” Boone concluded, “and that he takes action to eliminate harmful designations.”


For further information, contact:  Caren Cowan

505.247.0584 phone / nmcga@nmagriculture.org

Apr 11 2017

Indian Livestock Days: May 10, 11, & 12

The annual NM Indian Livestock Days will take place on May 10, 11 and 12, 2017 at the Rt 66 Casino and Hotel.

The website is live and ready to registration with a credit card for individual. This year exhibitors and sponsors must pay with a company/tribal check or money order. All registration forms and our brochure are online.

If you have questions call Kathy at 505-863-3432 or Monica at 505-983-4615.   


After May 1st the registration fee will increase to $100 and booth fees will be $200.  See you all in May!

Apr 11 2017

NMLB: Proposal to Combine Districts 9, 24, & 26

The New Mexico Livestock Board will be holding meetings regarding a proposal to combine districts 9, 24, and 26 in northern New Mexico.

The meetings will be from 6:00-8:00 at the following dates and locations:

Tuesday, April 18th: Juan Gonzales Ag Center, l202 Chamisa Rd, Taos

Wednesday, April 19th: Rio Arriba County Rural Events Center, State Rd 554, House 112-A,             Abiquiu    

Thursday, April 20th: Sandoval Fair Grounds Facility 37 Rodeo Rd, Cuba

Interested parties may also submit comments/feed via to nmlbcomments@nmlbonline.com or mail them to the NMLB, Attn: District Line Comments, 300 San Mateo NE Ste 1000, Albuquerque NM 87108.  Feedback must be received by April 21, 2017 at close of business.

Meetings for Proposed District Line Changes April 2017


Apr 05 2017

Cattle Growers Present Scholarships

Here’s The Moos….              For Immediate Release / April 4, 2017

Three New Mexico students – Jordan Spindle, Moriarty; Rebekah McCarty, Reserve;and Bailey Rhea Smith, Logan, received college scholarships from the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association (NMCGA) during the recent Joint Stockmen’s Convention held in Albuquerque.

 “We want to congratulate our scholarship winners, and wish them they best as they continue their education and careers,” said Pat Boone, NMCGA President, Elida.  “We are very proud of these young women and are looking forward to hearing about their future accomplishments.”

 Spindle received a $1000 scholarship from the NMCGA and Purina Mills.  The 2016 Moriarty High School graduate is a sophomore at Eastern New Mexico University, majoring in dairy and animal science. Last year, she attended South Plains College, where she was a member of the livestock judging team.  Spindle was reared on her family’s ranch and remains involved with the operation, maintaining the ranch’s social media and advertising.  In high school, she was active in 4-H, FFA, Varsity Soccer, the National Junior Hereford Association and the American International Junior Charolais Association.  She is the daughter of Tom and Becky Spindle.

Rebekah McCarty, Reserve, received a $500 scholarship from the NMCGA’s Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Committee (YCLC) and Allied Industries Committee. McCarty is a senior at Reserve High School, and has been active in varsity volleyball, basketball and track, Student Council, National Honor Society and FFA. She was the 2014 Catron County Rodeo and Fair Queen, and the 2015-2016 New Mexico Junior Beef Ambassador. McCarty is currently serving as State FFA Vice President, and plans to attend New Mexico State University in the fall to pursue a degree in Agricultural and Extension Education.  She is the daughter of Billy and Lori McCarty.

Bailey Rhea Smith, Logan, received a $500 scholarship from the NMCGA’s YCLC and Allied Industries Committees.  Smith is a senior at Mosquero High School.  After graduating, she plans to pursue a degree in agricultural business with a minor in agricultural economics and hopes to return to her family’s ranch.  In high school she has been active in basketball, volleyball, Student Council, 4-H, FFA and the National Honor Society. She and her younger sister have their own herd of cattle, and raise calves for their 4-H and FFA projects. She is the daughter of Wesley and Jackie Smith.

Each year, with the help of sponsors like Purina Mills and members of the Allied Industries Committee, the NMCGA awards several scholarships to New Mexico students.  “College gets a little more expensive each year, and at the same time, the economy seems to get a little tighter.  With this scholarship, we hope to help ease that burden,” Boone said.  “We truly appreciate the help of our sponsors.”  

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 19 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 further information, contact:  Caren Cowan

505.247.0584 phone / nmcga@nmagriculture.org

Jan 24 2017

’17 NM Beef Ambassador Contest

The NM CowBelle’s 2017 New Mexico Beef Ambassador contest documents are now available.  The available forms for the contest are: NM Beef Ambassador BrochureJunior Information SheetSenior Info Sheet, and Beef Ambassador Entry Form.

This year’s contest has been streamlined to include:
  • A 10-15 minute PowerPoint presentation on the following topic:  “Response To Consumer Myths About Beef”
  • Interview before a panel of judges with ties to the beef industry

Contestant age categories are:  Senior – Ages 18-20  and Junior – Ages 15-17

The contest will be held Friday, March 31 in Las Cruces after the State FFA Career
Development Events.  Check-in will be at 1:45pm.  Location TBA upon entry.  Winners will be announced at the beginning of the State FFA Awards at 6:30pm held that same evening at the Pan Am Center on the NMSU campus.
The entry deadline is March 1 via email, mail or on-line submission.
An on-line entry form can also be found on the NM CowBelle website at:  http://www.newmexicocowbelles.org/beef-ambassador-program

A three member team, consisting of the top two seniors and one junior, will be chosen to travel throughout the state to promote the beef industry through educational presentations, events, and social media.  Each of the team members will receive a monogrammed beef ambassador jacket and shirts to wear during promotional activities.
Cash Prizes Include:
First Place Senior  – $500 cash award
Second Place Senior – $350 cash award
First Place Junior – $150 cash award
For more information contact:
Shelly Hathorn
NM Beef Ambassador Chair
505-334-9496 (office)
575-447-7447 (cell)



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