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)



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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