Jul 17 2019

Second Dollar Collection for the Beef Checkoff is Coming.

Commencing on July 17, 2019 the New Mexico Beef Council will begin collecting a second dollar on the beef checkoff. This dollar is voluntary and is refundable but there are processes you must file.
      The second dollar is voluntary and was made possible by the passage of SB 193 in the 2019 New Mexico Legislature. The statute outlines a procedure regarding opting out of the second dollar and for a refund of the that second dollar if is collected.
      According to New Mexico law, the New Mexico Livestock Board (NMLB) is charged with the responsibility of collecting beef checkoff dollars. The initial dollar, often called the federal dollar, is in place and is not refundable nor is it possible to get a refund. Nothing has changed on that dollar.
      In the new statute states:
“Producers may elect not to participate in the council assessment for each duly registered New Mexico livestock brand through an application process. The application must be in writing, on a form prescribed by the council for that purpose. Incomplete information on an opt-out form may delay the processing of the form. Upon receipt of the completed form, the council shall notify the board. The board shall enter the request in the board brand database in order to stop collection of the council assessment for the given brand. The council assessment opt-out shall be in effect for three years from the application date. A producer may revoke the opt-out option at any time by request made through the council.”
The forms to opt out of the second dollar may be found at:
      If this form is not in place by July 16, 2019, you will be assessed the second dollar by the NMLB inspectors.
      If you pay the second dollar assessment, you may apply for a refund. The statute addresses refunds as follows:
“Any person who has paid a council assessment is entitled to a refund of the amount paid by making written application therefor to the council. The application form shall be returned within thirty days after the inspection was made giving rise to the council and shall contain enough detail to enable the council to find the record of payment. Refunds shall be made within thirty days of the date of the application unless the proceeds and the necessary information have not been received by the council, in which case the refund shall be made within fifteen days after receipt of the proceeds and necessary information. The form shall be provided by the council.”
This refund application may also be found at:
Should you have any questions or need further information, please visit the New Mexico Beef Council website at https://www.nmbeef.com/ , call the Beef Council at 505.841.9407 or write to 1209 Mountain Road Place NE, Suite C, Albuquerque, NM 87110.
Apr 08 2019

Application Deadline for Cattle Growers’ Graduate Scholarship Approaching


  May 27, 2019 is the deadline to apply for the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association’s (NMCGA’s) Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Committee (YCLC) $1000 Graduate Scholarship.

            “Pursuing a post-graduate degree is something that takes drive and dedication, and it’s not cheap,” said Tom Sidwell, NMCGA President, Quay.  “For some careers, it’s a necessity.  We want to encourage students who come from an agricultural background pursue their goals, and at the same time, hope to broaden production agriculture awareness in non-typical agricultural fields.”

            Applicants must be New Mexico residents, have a background in beef cattle production, and be pursuing a post-graduate degree.  Financial need will be considered, but is not a prerequisite.  Preference will be given to NMCGA members and their families.  Scholarship applications are available on the NMCGA website, www.nmagriculture.org, or by calling the office at 505-247-0584.

            “We encourage all interested students to apply,” said President Sidwell.  “There’s nothing easy – financially or otherwise – about post-graduate studies, and we want to do all we can to help students who are making that effort.”

            Applications must be received in the NMCGA office by May 27, 2019.  They should be sent to: New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association, Attention: Graduate Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 7517, Albuquerque, NM  87194.  Applications can also be emailed to nmcga@nmagriculture.org and must be received no later than 11:59 pm on May 27.  The scholarship will be awarded at the NMCGA’s Mid-Year Meeting, scheduled for June 9-11, 2019 in Ruidoso.

            The NMCGA has represented the ranchers 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.  



Feb 09 2019

NMCGA Border Wall Statement

New Mexico and Arizona border ranchers have serious security concerns on the Mexican border that reach well beyond immigration and border wall issues.

 The New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association has had a member murdered on the Arizona side. Another member had an employee kidnapped, beaten and held for days at gun point. No one is safe without a gun moving around their home, barns, corrals and pastures.

 Ranchers empathize and sympathize with those who are seeking asylum. Historically the practice on border ranches was to provide food and water for folks coming across the border. Today that is not safe due to the size and number of groups along with the volume of drugs coming across the border.

 But while immigration and the wall dominate the national scene and media, we here at home must have safety and security for our children, families and property.

Caren Cowan, Executive Director
New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association


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. 

Nov 30 2018

2018 JS Convention Schedule

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