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.