Farm Credit
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 / 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.”

Truby was nominated for the award by the toughest critics there are – the ranchers she works with on a daily basis.  Her nomination cites her dependability, efficiency and honesty, as well as her willingness to work with multiple jurisdictional issues between states, Native American tribes, and landowners in the Four Corners area.  She grew up on her family ranch in the Largo Canyon, and is a life-long resident of the region.

That nomination reads, in part, “Her dedication has earned her the respect of many livestock owners, local feedlots, auction barns, slaughterhouses and buyers.  She assists with explaining laws and regulations, implements brand policy and procedures to prevent theft of livestock and establish proper ownership.  Her actions help ranchers/livestock owners minimize loss as well as portray good public relations with local authorities and the public.”

Truby also helps 4-H and FFA exhibitors navigate the regulations and requirements for hauling and exhibiting livestock at shows and fairs, even at the last minute.  “She has not failed us once when we needed paperwork at the last minute – most often due to our oversight.  She’s seen many 4H and FFA members grow up through the program and remembers many of them,” the nomination continued.  “We have worked with her for over 15 years. She has outlasted other inspectors in our county and is dedicated to her position.  Cathy is most deserving for this award.”

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.

“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,” Boone noted.  “The partnership between the Association and the Board is 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.