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.

Jan 20 2017

Obama pens additional monuments

Cattle & Beef Industry News

Jan 20, 2017


—Expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument draws criticism

The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument was expanded via proclamation from President Barack Obama on Jan. 12, 2017, making the new monument approximately 112,000 acres. When established in 2000 by President Bill Clinton, it was the first monument designated solely for the preservation of its biodiversity.

BLM photo by Bob Wick

Now former President Barack Obama signed five more lame-duck national monument designations into existence in the very last days of his presidency, bringing his total actions under the Antiquities Act to an all-time record for any president. His Jan. 12 expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou and the California Coastal national monuments, along with three smaller designations, bring his total actions to 34.

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Jan 18 2017

Inspector of the Year

Here’s The Moos….               For Immediate Release / January 10, 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


Truby Named Cattle Growers’ Inspector of the Year

            Cathy Truby, Aztec, was named 2016 Livestock Inspector of the Year by the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association 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 Pat Boone, NMCGA President, Elida.   “We are pleased to be able to recognize Ms. Truby for her hard work, and thank her for her dedication to livestock producers in northwestern New Mexico.”

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Nov 08 2016

Ag Community Seeks Self-Insured Group for WCC

wc_sig_nmcga_brochureNew Mexico law now clearly requires that agricultural producers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance, according to New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association (NMCGA) President Pat Boone, Elida.

“While there may be some attempt to change things in the 2017 Legislature,” Boone said, “agricultural businesses are required to have the coverage NOW.”

Workers’ comp insurance for the ranching industry can be as low as $9.00 to $11.00 per $100 of wages, Boone reported, but after one claim, ranchers are paying $18 per $100 and higher in the state’s high risk pool. It is less for farms, but it is still a hit that nobody can afford to take.

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Nov 07 2016

Pharmaceutical Use in Cattle – Online Course

Presented by West Texas A&M University

The course will equip persons involved in the management, administration, distribution or sale of pharmaceuticals used in cattle to maximize therapeutic outcomes, prevent drug-related problems and protect the wholesomeness of the food supply chain.

Graduate and undergraduate students throughout the country can easily access this web-based course to gain up-to-date information and training in veterinary labeled drugs, animal disease states, regulatory issues and public health topics.

Upon completing this course, students will have knowledge and skills that can positively impact educational, veterinary and economic outcomes by applying their drug knowledge resources to veterinary situations. 

This 3-credit hour online course is ideal for students majoring in; animal science, dairy science, feedyard/ranch management, ag education, ag communication, meat science, veterinary technology, and pre-veterinary medicine. Students are welcome to take the course on an individual basis and transfer the elective credit back to their home school.

Registration for the spring 2017 course begins immediately and closes the first week of class.  The course begins January 17, 2017.  The course is offered every spring, summer and fall semesters.

For information on course objectives, dates, syllabus, tuition or registration instructions visit http://wtamu.edu/academics/veterinary-pharmacy.aspx

For questions on this one-of-a-kind course contact the instructor, Elaine Blythe, PharmD. 

Your assistance in disseminating this unique educational opportunity would be greatly appreciated. 

Elaine Blythe, PharmD
Adjunct, West Texas A&M University, Agricultural Sciences
Adjunct, University of Florida, College of Pharmacy
Associate Professor of Veterinary Pharmacology
St. Matthew’s University, School of Veterinary Medicine
Grand Cayman Island, BWI
Certified Online Instructor
Veterinary Pharmacist to NVRT
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