Mar 19 2018

NM Indian Livestock Days

New Mexico Indian Livestock Days

May 2018: 9, 10, &11

The 22nd annual NM Indian Livestock Days will take place on May 9, 10 and 11, 2018 at the Rt 66 Casino and Hotel.

Registration is live at this link


Mar 13 2018

Wildfire Season & Support Survey

New Mexico Ranchers Urged to Prepare for Wildfire Season

If you are able to provide locations for displaced livestock, feed, potential transportation, or other resources please click the link below and fill our the support survey so that our office can begin to compile a list of contacts and resources when the need arises. Please submit your information if you can be of assistance to wildfire victims. 

Click Here for Support Survey

With fires already burning in northern New Mexico, Colorado and Oklahoma, New Mexico ranchers are encouraged to make preparations now for what could be a long and severe 2018 wildfire season.

“It’s only March, but we are being told by the National Weather Service and U.S. Forest Service that we are in for an unusually bad fire season,” said Tom Sidwell, New Mexico Cattle Growers Association (NMCGA) president, Quay.  “Thanks to a warm, relatively dry winter, conditions across the state are unfortunately perfect for wildfires, and they have gotten an early start.”

 The Stateline Fire burning in Union County, north of Clayton, New Mexico, was estimated as of March 10 to be at 21,253 acres, of which 7,160 acres has crossed over into Colorado. The fire has also crossed from New Mexico into Cimarron County in Oklahoma, making it one of the few fires that have burned in three states.

In Oklahoma, seventeen of more than 100 wildfires are still burning. At least 60 homes have been destroyed or damaged by the fires.  There are at least six people dead and a lot of livestock has burned or has been destroyed due to burns.

Agencies have asked the NMCGA to start looking at locations for displaced livestock, feed and potential transportation.  “We would like to start a list of our resources in the NMCGA office so that if and when the need arises we can respond immediately,” Sidwell noted.  “If you are willing to help out, please let us know where you are and what you can do.  Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated.”

Range fires are unpredictable, destructive and dangerous, he said, and shouldn’t be taken lightly.  “Above all else, please be safe.  In the past couple of years, two NMCGA board members have been badly burned fighting fire, with one fire claiming a life.”

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 14 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 / email




Mar 05 2018

Youth Ranch Management Camp

Time to Apply for NMSU’s New Mexico Youth Ranch Management Camp

For six years teenagers have learned the science behind ranching at the New Mexico Youth Ranch Management Camp conducted by New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

Now is the time for youth ages 15 to 19 to apply for a life-changing experience at the June 10 through 15 camp where they will be introduced to the many aspects of running a ranch, from financial statements and marketing strategies to producing quality beef and managing natural resources and wildlife.

Online registration deadline is April 15. Visit for more information and to register. A total of 30 participants will be invited to this year’s camp with three of the openings reserved for out-of-state youth.

The camp is held at the CS Cattle Company’s 130,000-acre ranch at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range near Cimarron.

“This location allows our campers to see a real-life working ranch,” said camp director Jack Blandford, NMSU Cooperative Extension Service program director in Luna County. “The CS, a cattle and hunting operation, has been family owned and operated since 1873.”

Collaboration between NMSU Extension specialists, county Extension agents and members of the ranching industry provides an opportunity for youth to learn about the many aspects of ranching.

“We are proud to offer this one-of-a-kind program for the future cattle producers of our state,” said Jon Boren, NMSU College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences associate dean and director of the Extension service.

“What we are finding, from the more than 150 youth who have participated in past ranch camps, is that they have gained a greater appreciation of the science and opportunities in agriculture,” Boren said. “It is also a win-win for our aging agricultural industry with more young people having an interest in going into this type of work.”

During the first four days, the youth compile information necessary to manage a ranch. The college-level hands-on curriculum includes all things beef, marketing and economics, natural resources and range land management.

At the end of each day, one camper receives the Top Hand award for their outstanding participation in that day’s activities.

Each evening they are using that day’s information to design their team’s own ranch management plan, which they present on Friday to a panel of judges from the beef industry and NMSU in competition for the coveted team jacket.

“You don’t have to just be in ranching to attend this camp. It offers a wide variety of career avenues,” Blandford said. “I encourage any youth within the age group to apply.”

The camp is sponsored by NMSU’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, New Mexico Beef Council, New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association, Cattlegrowers Foundation Inc. and New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau, and several beef industry companies.

Mar 05 2018

April Wildfire Preparedness and Mitigation Workshops

Click Here for Flyer

Above is the link for the announcement flyer for the April Wildfire Preparedness and Mitigation Workshops. Each Workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in the morning (dates and locations are below). Topics to be covered include; why wildfires keep getting bigger; finding solutions through collaboration; interagency fire response; post wildfire flooding and what to do after the fire.

If you are interested in attending, please confirm your name, contact information and the date of the workshop you want to attend to: or 505-476-9682

  • April 17: Aztec, San Juan County Office of Emergency Management, 209 S. Oliver Drive
  • April 23: Hernandez, Hernandez Community Center, 19418 A US-84 (Rio Arriba County)
  • April 24: Las Cruces, Doña Ana County Government Center Rooms #111/113, 845 N. Motel Blvd
  • April 25: Clovis, Carver Library North Annex, 701 N. Main St.
  • April 26: Socorro, Socorro County Office of Emergency Management, 198 Neel Ave



Mar 05 2018

NMDA accepting livestock scale inspection requests


March 2, 2018

New Mexico Department of Agriculture is accepting livestock scale inspection requests through March 31 at no charge

A fee will be assessed after March 31; new inspection program will launch in 2019

(Las Cruces, New Mexico) – If you own a livestock scale in New Mexico, be sure to request an inspection by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture by March 31. If a request is received by March 31, the initial inspection will be provided at no charge to the scale owner, and inspections will be conducted between April 1 and Dec. 31.

A fee will be assessed if the following apply:

  • The request is received after March 31

  • You need your scale inspected sooner than the scheduled inspection date

  • You are unable to have your scale ready for inspection at the scheduled date and time

  • You request an additional inspection in 2018

  • You request a re-inspection in 2018 for a scale that was previously inspected and not in compliance

The fee will be assessed based on the current “fees for weights and measures services” schedule, which may be found at

Inspections may be requested by calling 575-646-1616, emailing or visiting

“A big part of our responsibility here at NMDA is consumer protection and regulatory compliance, and we appreciate livestock scale owners’ cooperation during the inspection process,” said New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte. “We want to ensure that when an animal is being purchased or sold based on a certain weight, the scale is indeed reflecting the accurate weight.”

The NMDA Standards and Consumer Services Division is responsible for enforcing New Mexico’s weights and measures laws and regulations.

A new livestock scale inspection program takes effect in 2019 and will apply to all scale owners in the state.

“In order to improve our efficiency, we’ll be launching a new routine livestock scale inspection program next year,” said Witte. “We want to give scale owners plenty of notice about the changes.”

To be part of the new program, it will be mandatory for all scale owners to complete and submit the 2019 Routine Livestock Scale Inspection form by Dec. 31, 2018. If scale owners do not want to participate in the new program, they still have the option to call in and request every year by the March 31 deadline. All ranches and farms must maintain current contact information with the NMDA Standards and Consumer Services Division, including names, phone numbers, mailing addresses and, most importantly, email addresses. Email will serve as the main point of communication for future updates, new information and inspector correspondence.

If you have any questions or would like details about the new 2019 Routine Livestock Scale Inspection Program, please call the NMDA Standards and Consumer Services Division at 575-646-1616.

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New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s Lorenzo Mireles prepares to lower weights onto a livestock scale east of Las Cruces. Mireles and other NMDA weights and measures inspectors have the responsibility of routinely testing all livestock scales in the state to ensure their accuracy. (Photo by Pamela Sanchez, New Mexico Department of Agriculture)


New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s Lorenzo Mireles inspects a livestock scale east of Las Cruces. Mireles and other NMDA weights and measures inspectors have the responsibility of routinely testing all livestock scales in the state to ensure their accuracy. (Photo by Pamela Sanchez, New Mexico Department of Agriculture)


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Kristie Garcia, Public Information Officer,

New Mexico Department of Agriculture




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