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“ Establish Justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense” owdy Folks.When I started writing these letters and using the preamble of our Constitution, I was doing it in an abstract way of seeing some things that needed our attention. I didn’t realize that the next part of the Preamble was going to be so close to home.


One of our own members of Cattle Growers’ was murdered on his ranch in southeastern Arizona by someone that we need to bring to justice. As of today, it looks as if the person was an illegal alien who, for some reason took Rob Krentz’ life. I am saddened that something like this had to occur. I takes away a great amount of the domestic tranquility that we ranchers have always felt out here on the land. I want to thank Rex Wilson and the Cattle Growers’ staff that attended the meeting in Apache, Arizona to give our support to the people along the border who have been living, and now dying, with this problem way too long. I hope this is a wake-up call to our government — local, county, state, and federal, that we need help in the common defense of our people. Thank you, Governor Richardson, for sending the Guard to the border. Now, let’s figure out how, we as a nation, can solve this problem in a timely and proficient manner. The winds of March were a week late getting here, but they haven’t let us down. They have kept the realization that we live in New Mexico. As the wind, something is always astir that affects us. I’m so glad we have the people in the office that we do. Caren, Michelle, and Biz keep on top of all the problems. How they do it, I don’t know, but I’m sure glad they are there. We had a Northwest Regional meeting in Cuba, a few weeks ago and had a good meeting with an agenda where each of the staff had a topic of importance, and all were well versed on their subject. These regional meetings are a good way for Cattle Growers’ to reach out to members that can’t make it to the annual or Mid-Year meeting, and really concentrate on problems in that region. If one is scheduled near you, please come and be a part of it. I know the Northeast Regional meeting is in Roy, NM in conjunction with the Northeastern NM Livestock Association on May 2. Others will follow. I can see a hint of green out there, and I don’t have to squint that much. I pray each and all have a great spring, and a safe branding season. May mud stay on your pickup for most of the year. Once again, let’s keep the Krentz family in our prayers, and pray that a viable solution comes to the border so that domestic tranquility and provisions for the common defense may be felt in America again. May God Bless us, Bert Ancell, President

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The Border Gap in Understanding C HICAGO , WASHINGTON , D.C. or San Francisco inner cities lock their doors at night. They are careful where they travel within the city. They all have friends who have been mugged, had homes burglarized, cars stolen or lives taken. They travel the city in crowds like schools of fish. Their safety, like all prey, is in numbers; the odds that someone else will be eaten instead of them. In rural communities, small towns, and isolated ranch houses we do not think of ourselves as prey.





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During the election, candidate Obama made a very telling comment about bitter, small towns, clinging to their guns and religion.” He is from the big city prey mentality. He comes from a place that believes that if we take guns away from ordinary citizens, they will somehow be safer. His comment was interpreted as a slam against small town America, but I will give him the benefit of the doubt. He simply doesn’t have any way to relate to those who believe each person is responsible to take care of himself. The Mexican border, once a cultural bridge, is now a war zone inhabited by killers, smugglers, and drug dealers as bad as any town in Afghanistan. Rural people who live along this poisonous border live with the daily possibility of death and destruction. Thousands of Mexicans have been killed in the drug wars already. The situation, which has been worsening, culminated last month with the murder of a rancher by a suspected drug smuggler on his way back to Mexico. He lived in my county along the border. He was known to the neighbors and many Mexican illegals as a generous man. His ranch has been well traveled by illegals for years. His luck ran out. All of us, his neighbors, are saddened but reminded of just how fragile normal life has become where many have put down their roots. If the President thinks the commu-

nity is bitter, he just might be right. They are on the front lines in a war to supply recreational drug users their daily toke or weekly snort. The smugglers are doing quite well. I hear of no shortages from celebrities and potheads. And, in truth, I would guess most ranchers are ambivalent about dope smokers and drug users. Unfortunately they are trying to ranch on the battlefield where the self-righteous, self-centered stoners, snorters, smokers, shooters and suppliers are fighting The Law. . . . bitter, small towns, clinging to guns and religion. You can see in this Arizona rural community why we cling to our guns. We don’t have police cars patrolling our neighborhoods. The nearest neighbor could be ten or twelve miles away and the criminals pass like ghosts in the night. We use our guns because we are not prey, we take responsibility for our own lives and livelihood. The President’s unfortunate denigration of religion as a source of strength is something he probably wishes he could take back. His past church membership speaks for his faith. Suffice it to say when we turn to God for help it is because He has proven to be more reliable than the stream of politicians’ promises that continue to pour over us like dirty water sluicing down the drain. And nobody seems to have a clue.

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pen. Motives should include profit as a way to finance the vision. These ideas are pretty much universal, but let’s consider your cowherd. Across the country, cattle are getting better based on trends in daily gain, efficiency and quality grades. For decades, the improvements were uneven, giving up beef quality for better performance on the ranch or feedlot. But buyers don’t want the same kind of calves that topped the market in your grandfather’s day, because consumer demand has gradually influenced the beef industry. Cattle are getting better now in a more balanced way because many of them are managed by producers who have a better future in mind. They see a time when cattle make money at every step and produce the beef that consumers want most, stimulating more purchases of high-quality beef. It took a long time to turn, but the 30year slide in quality grade began a dramatic rebound late in this decade, thanks largely to genetic advances and strategic applications of technology. The main reason it took so long is because most producers still underman-


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age their cattle, or leave them to coast through the annual rituals of calving, breeding and weaning with too little deliberate guidance. Tools are easily accessible today from cattle publications, ads, computers, public universities, breed websites and seedstock suppliers. Expected progeny differences (EPDs) still top the list for cattle selection. You can’t move your cowherd toward a better future without making genetic decisions, and EPDs provide the structure for accurate predictions. These expected differences in performance and carcass quality of an animal’s sons or daughters are compared to a “zero base” in foundation stock or a standard data year. Inter-breed comparisons can be tricky, but USDA’s Meat Animal Research Center publishes annual adjustment tables for some EPDs by breed. Commercial cows generally do not have known EPDs, but sire selection affects half the genetics of your calves, and you can choose replacement females based partly on their sire EPDs. Recordkeeping can tell you what is needed to complement the maternal base when you look for bulls to buy or use through artificial insemination. Indeed, records on past progeny performance across all relevant traits are building blocks for effective EPD use. It’s important to look at the accuracy number for each EPD, too. If it is relatively low (<.40), then the value for that trait could change significantly as more data come in. The more predictable sires have EPD accuracies greater than .70. Blending progeny carcass data with individual ultrasound numbers, combination selection indices and DNA markers are more recent advances in genetic selection tools. Health and nutrition have made great strides in the last few decades as well, especially the documented studies on the advantages of effective coordination. Beef quality has proven to be a lifetime event for cattle, so a rising plane of nutrition with as little stress as possible helps in planning for a predictable outcome. Animal identification and recordkeeping allow you to track how well your program succeeds in meeting its objectives, your expectations. Even the most accurate predictions are imperfect, but the process of information feedback helps you increase ■ predictability and profit.

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or 61 years, Casey Beefmasters has provided Beefmasters to both commercial and purebred cattlemen throughout the USA and a number of foreign countries. Owned and operated by Watt Matthews Casey, DVM, his wife Dosia, and their four children, Casey Beefmasters is located on the Phin Reynolds Ranch, one mile north of Albany, Texas. In 1943, Watt graduated from Texas A&M with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and a commitment to the army. He spent the next three and a half years in the service of his country, spending much of that time as a paratrooper in the 11th Airborne Division. Returning to civilian life, he practiced veterinary medicine and worked as a cowboy.

The Casey’s have been involved with the Beefmaster breed since its early days. Watt attended the organizational meeting for the original BBU, Beefmaster Breeders Universal. He and Dosia were charter members of the old BBU and FBA (Foundation Beefmaster Assn.), as well as the new BBU (Beefmaster Breeders United, the result of a merger between the two associations). Watt has served on many committees and several times as a director for both Beefmaster Breeders Universal and Foundation Beefmaster Assn. He was recognized for his service with induction into the “BBU Hall of Fame” in October 1998 and as a “Legends of the Breed” on Oct.

son in late 2009 the main herd had 77% bred and the yearling heifers had 85% bred which is a record and will help rebuild the herd. The Caseys sell cattle private treaty, with the number offered varying from year to year. Usually 50-75 bulls are offered annually, including retired herd sires that have served up to three 30-day breeding seasons. The retired herd sires are offered for sale as they become available. Casey bulls are range conditioned on native grasses and forbs, so they are fit and ready for work. Weights, including birth weights on most calves, date of birth, average daily gain, scrotal measurements, fertility tests and ultrasound information (REA and IMF) is available for most bulls on the ranch, and all this data is available to prospective buyers.

In the fall of 1947, he added cattle ranching to his endeavors. In 1948, Watt started using Lasater Casey Beefmasters is Beefmaster bulls and once again selling shortly thereafter added CSS semen in the Lasater Beefmaster USA, Mexico, South females to his herd. Ever Africa and other since, Beefmasters have countries upon been the focus of the operdemand. From 30-60 ation. Their Beefmaster females, safe in calf, cattle have performed are also sold every well in three very differyear. These are AVAILABLE: Casey ent environments: females that didn’t Beefmasters Virgin Long Albany, Texas; Laredo, conceive in the first Yearlings & Herd Sires Texas; and Kiowa, Colo. 30-day breeding seaIn 1949, Watt married son, but did conceive Dosia Smith. The couple during a second 45were blessed with four day season. The Casey Bulls ...“Fit and Ready for Work” children. Watt, Jr. is youngest fe-males actively involved in the sold safe in calf are Unretouched Photography by Watt M. Casey Jr. ranching operation. The late around 24 months old. Tom Lasater, founder of the Beefmaster breed, The Caseys record each female’s birth date, 26, 2002. The latter honor has gone to was Watt’s brother-in-law. birth weight on virtually all calves, calving histoseven others, all of whom have raised From the outset, Watt has selected and bred Beefmasters for 50 years or longer. ry, the date her calves are born, sex and the calf’s for the Six Essentials. “We believe Tom Lasater weaning, yearling and other weights. In the summer of 2003, BBU and Casey Commercial and purebred ranchers in New was correct when he selected the Six Essentials of disposition, fertility, weight, conformation, hardi- Beefmasters hosted another field day that Mexico, Arizona, California, Utah, Nevada, and ness and milk production,” Watt says. The Casey’s attracted more than 130 people from Arizona, other western states have purchased trailer to raise only registered purebred Beefmasters, and Colorado, Mississippi, New Mexico and Texas. truckload quantities. Caseys’ Beefmasters live off the range, with the herd has been closed since 1967. Casey Beefmasters welcomes inquiries and some supplemental feed as required. Watt Casey Beefmasters are gentle and are handled established a 30-day breeding season in 1977 visitors: they ask that you extend the courtesy of in a manner that will enhance their naturally good for all females 14 months and older. Females calling first. You can reach Watt Jr. by cell temperaments. As one of the Musser Bros. said in that don’t conceive during the 30 day season are phone: 325/668-1373 or text: 325/6681978 and it still applies “Your cattle are so gentle exposed to bulls for a second 45 day season and 1591. The ranch fax machine number is they are a nuisance”. Bull and female customer are offered for sale when safe in calf. Usually a 325/762-2737 or email Watt50@sbcglobNolan Ryan said after visiting the ranch “if you very high percentage (in the upper 90s) of You can send snail mail to the Caseys at want to see gentle cattle go to the Lasater Ranch females conceive as a result of the combined Box 2469, Albany, TX 76430, and visit them or the Casey’s in Albany”. breeding seasons. After the 30 day annual sea- online: ADVERTORIAL

BVD Virus Acute and Persistent Infection Diagnosis

by JOHN C. WENZEL, DVM, Extension Veterinarian, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces

most important components of effective control measures. Control programs will need to include the use of modified live vaccines, annual vaccination of cowherd, BVDV testing and care when purchasing bulls and replacement females.


ovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) is an important pathogen of cattle because of the negative economic impact it can have on cow/calf, stocker and feeder cattle. BVDV can impact production due to reduced fertility, abortions, stillborns, poor growth rates, respiratory disease, immunosupression, diarrhea and death. Results of a 2005 Feedlot trial showed a PI prevalence of 0.3 percent on arrival, 2.6 percent in chronics and 2.5 percent in deads. Risk of initial treatment for respiratory disease was 43 percent greater in cattle exposed to a PI animal compared with those not exposed to a PI animal.


Overall, 15.9 percent of initial respiratory tract disease events were attributable to exposure to a PI animal. Developing immunity against the BVD virus is a complex issue requiring a control program designed for each specific operation. It will be necessary to consult your local veterinarian for assistance in developing a BVDV control program for your operation. Having a basic understanding of how BVD infections take place will help you understand how a diagnostic laboratory can assist in deciding what level of control is needed on your operation.

Laboratory Diagnosis of BVD Infection ■ Tests for live virus: Virus isolation (VI) detects replicating virus and has long been considered the gold standard for detection of BVDV. VI can be done from whole blood, white blood cells, nasal swabs and tissues, in particular spleen, thymus and other tissues associated with the immune system. VI isolation from sera of neonatal calves may not work well because maternal antibodies transferred to the calf via the ingestion of colostrum can prevent the isolation of virus. Samples should be stored on ice or frozen until tested. Heating and drying of tissues will have a negative impact on

sistently infected dam or a dam exposed to BVDV between day 40 and 125 of pregnancy. If a cow is exposed to BVDV and becomes viremic during this time of gestation, the virus can cross the placenta and expose the fetus. The fetal immune system is forming during this time and the calf may then recognize the virus as self and the calf will then shed the virus the rest of its life. These PI calves are a great danger to any cattle they contact. Identifying and removing PI cattle and the continued vaccination to prevent fetal infection are the

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BVD Infection

There are two distinct species of BVD virus, BVDV 1 and BVDV 2 along with two distinct biotypes, Cytopathic and Noncytopathic. There are also two types of infection, acute and persistent, along with five clinical forms of acute disease (acute BVDV infection, severe acute BVDV infection, hemorrhagic BVDV infection, acute BVDV infection- respiratory tract disease and acute BVDV infection-immunosupression). The clinical signs seen with an acute infection depends on the BVDV species, biotype and strain along with immune status of the exposed animal and the presence of secondary pathogens. Many infections are mild and subclinical. Exposure of a pregnant cow can result in abortions, stillbirths, birth defects and persistently infected (PI) calves. Persistently infected calves can range from fairly normal to weak poor-doing calves that die shortly after birth. These calves are a source of viral exposure to all cattle they contact for the remainder of their lives. PI cattle shed virus at a much higher rate than acutely infected animals and are a greater risk to native cattle than natural infections. Persistent infections can result from two types of exposure — being born to a per-

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detection by VI. Both persistent and acute infections can be detected using VI. The drawbacks are that VI is time consuming, relatively expensive and requires significant technical expertise and reagents free of BVDV and antibodies against BVDV. ■ Tests based on the detection of viral

genomic material: Diagnostic tests based on the detection of genomic material include in situ hybridization, conventional polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and real time PCR (RT-PCR). PCR reactions that use differential primers can be used to determine the species of the infecting BVDV. Alternatively the product of the PCR reaction can be sequenced and compared to laboratory reference strains to determine species. The PCR based tests are sensitive, fast and commercial kits, which provide standardized protocols and all reagents are now available. Samples include whole blood, white blood cells, nasal swabs, lymphoid tissues and skin biopsies. Samples should be stored on ice or frozen until tested. Heating and drying of tissues will have a negative impact on detection. These tests require a fair

degree of technical expertise and there may be significant differences in the reliability of both test protocols and technical expertise between laboratories. Test runs should include positive and negative control and it is preferable that internal standards are run for each sample to determine that reactions are running correctly. Internal standards for PCR amplification can be a target sequence that can be found it both negative and positive samples. This is because some samples from the field contain agents that inhibit the PCR reaction. If you do not include an internal standard you do not know whether a sample is negative for BVDV or if the sample is positive but did not amplify because there were inhibitors present. ■ Tests based on the detection of viral

proteins: Diagnostic tests based on the detection of viral associated proteins include immunohistochemistry (IHC) and ELISA based tests. Monoclonal or polyclonal antibodies are used for detection in these tests. IHC can be performed on fixed or frozen tissue. IHC allows the diagnostician to determine if there is association between virus and any lesions

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observed. IHC is not affected by passive antibodies and so it is a reliable method for testing neonatal calves. The best results for IHC are achieved when these tests are performed and interpreted by an experienced pathologist. Mishandling of tissues after collection can affect detection by IHC. Commercial kits for ELISA detection are available and results using these kits tend to be quite reproducible between labs. These tests are sensitive, fast and require the least amount of technical expertise of the available tests for BVDV. Samples include whole blood, white blood cells, nasal swabs, lymphoid tissues and skin biopsies. Detection of BVDV in skin biopsies is not affected by passive antibodies, which makes this a reliable test for use in neonatal animals (See Table 1 on page 26). Applying diagnostic results

Producers will need to contact their local veterinarian for help in interpreting BVDV test results. The type of test and interpreting results will depend on each situation. If you are testing during clinical disease such as pregnancy loss, then you continued on page 26

USDA to Reduce TB Surveillance Testing Requirements n response to fewer confirmed cases of bovine tuberculosis (TB), input from the cattle industry and increased herd size, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will soon publish a federal order outlining the reduced need for downgraded state status and disease surveillance in some areas, including New Mexico. New Mexico cattle producers have actively engaged in a heightened TB surveillance program for several years. The state’s status was downgraded by USDA in September of 2008 after bovine TB was found in eastern New Mexico dairy herds. The following March, New Mexico was awarded split-state status, which kept restrictions in place in two counties — Roosevelt and Curry, but removed the majority of restrictions for cattle producers in the rest of the state. That long-term effort, as well as the diligent management of the Roosevelt-Curry Modified Accredited Advanced (MAA), zone is being acknowledged by the USDA and will result in the reduction of testing and surThe result will veillance within New Mexico be the lifting earlier than previously of a significant announced. The result will be operational and the lifting of a significant operational and financial burfinancial burden den from many New Mexico from many New livestock producers, according Mexico livestock to Myles Culbertson, Director producers . . . of the New Mexico Livestock Board (NMLB). “We in New Mexico have worked hard to control the disease, protecting the health of our state’s cattle herds and industry,” Culbertson said. “By lifting testing requirements earlier than expected, the USDA is recognizing the significant progress our state has made.” Under the new federal order, New Mexico will be allowed to reduce certain testing requirements within the state. The MAA Tuberculosis Zone is expected to remain in place; however, testing and surveillance will be reduced. Producers should continue to contact the NMLB at 505/841-6161 or visit the agency’s website at, for the most current TB information and regulations. A degree of continued diligence will be necessary to prevent the recurrence of the disease and continue to minimize the burden on New Mexico’s cattle producers. In addition, there is an increasing need to monitor and prevent potential disease transmission at the livestock wildlife interface. The USDA held numerous comment sessions and meetings nationwide in the past year, and the consensus was that changes to the existing bovine tuberculosis program are needed. The USDA’s expected announcement will help expedite some of those changes. The federal program has become, in some ways, a victim of its own success. After almost one hundred years of hard work, the disease has been reduced to an extremely low level. Today, sufficient testing technology that would effectively aid in eliminating the disease is yet to be ■ found, although research is ongoing.


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may apply more than one test, such as SN, IHC or VI. If you are testing as a baseline to find out if BVDV is present, then you may elect serum neutralization on cows or IHC on calves. ■ One Example — Increased number of open cows at pregnancy check. Pull blood for SN titers. If positive titers are present, you need to determine if exposure is transient or from a PI animal. To determine if a PI animal is present, ear notch calves at branding and test dams of positive calves. If you have PI cattle, remove all PIs and start disease prevention program. If all tests are negative then this was a transient exposure. Start a BVDV control and prevention program that includes multiple modified live BVDV vaccinations on replacement females, annual vaccination of entire cowherd, purchasing PI tested seedstock, and limit exposure to transient cattle (such as stockers, yearlings or purchased cattle). Refer to the figure below for this example. (See Chart 1 bottom right.)


TABLE 1 (From: Ridpath, JF NADC/USDA 2009) Test

Detection Target

Meaning of Positive test

Sample type

Virus Isolation (VI)*

Live virus

Virus present, animal could be acutely or persistently infected

Tissue, whole blood, lymphocytes, serum, nasal swab

Immunohistochemistry (IHC)*

Viral protein

Virus present. Will detect persistently infected animals. Positive tests of acutely infected animals have been reported.

Tissue, skin biopsy (ear notch)

Antigen Capture ELISA (ACE)*

Viral protein

Virus present. Will detect persistently infected animals. Positive tests of acutely infected animals have been reported.

Whole blood, lymphocytes, skin biopsy (ear notch)

Conventional PCR*

Viral genetic material

Virus present. Will detect persistently infected animals. Positive tests of acutely infected animals have been reported.

Tissue, milk, whole blood, serum, skin biopsy (ear notch)

Real Time PCR*

Viral genetic material

Virus present. Will detect persistently infected animals. Positive tests of acutely infected animals have been reported.

Tissue, milk, whole blood, serum, skin biopsy (ear notch)

Serum neutralization(SN) Antibodies against BVDV

Animal has been exposed to BVDV. Cannot differentiate between vaccinated and naturally infected


BVDV antibody ELISA

Animal has been exposed to BVDV. Cannot differentiate between vaccinated and naturally infected


Antibodies against BVDV

*Persistent infection confirmed by second positive test on samples collected 3 weeks after first sample collection


Diagnosis of acute infection is based on clinical signs, lesions and presence of virus. Laboratory assistance is necessary to confirm a diagnosis of acute BVD infection. Diagnosis of PI cattle is based on laboratory testing. A second positive test is usually required to confirm a diagnosis of persistent infection. Laboratory diagnosis of BVDV infections is necessary for several reasons as differentiating between an acute infection

and a persistent infection is of the utmost importance. If a persistently infected animal is detected on your operation, it will be necessary to determine if the PI animal was born to a PI dam or if exposure occurred during fetal gestation. This will require repeated testing and may require more than one method of laboratory diagnosis. Consult your local veterinarian for assistance in diagnosis and testing for BVDV and developing a control program for your operation.■


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Begin BVDV prevention program

Begin BVDV control and prevention program

Do IHC on calves at branding

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LaMoyne’s great grandmother, Sophie Pfingsten came from Trinidad, Colorado, to Angus, New Mexico, with a herd of cattle. Bar E X Brand belonged to Sophie Pfingsten. She had the Bar E X brand at that time and registered it in the New Mexico Territory at Las Vegas, New Mexico, in 1881. Her husband was a gold miner and had little interest in the cattle. Her daughter Emma Pfingsten Peters Bragg, who was LaMoyne’s grandmother, continued to raise cattle in Lincoln County. Gilbert Peters, who was LaMoyne’s father, also continued to run cattle in Lincoln County. LaMoyne’s mother was Chloe Zumwalt Peters. She cared for an elderly man for years to help acquire the first piece of the ranch. LaMoyne was their only child. LaMoyne took his college money to buy more land in Lincoln County. He and Opal Jones were married in 1941. Opal’s parents, D.O. and Mattie Jones, came to Lincoln County in 1914


and were farmers and ranchers who ran Hereford cattle also. Opal inherited some of her parent’s ranch which helped expand her and LaMoyne’s ranching operation. Opal Peters taught school in Capitan for 28 years. Much of her salary was used to expand and support the cattle ranch. Glenda Peters Armstrong is LaMoyne’s & Opal’s only child. She married Leslie Armstrong in 1962. Leslie’s grandparents were also ranchers who ran Hereford cattle. Jim & Elizabeth Armstrong brought some of the first registered Hereford into Catron County and ran Hereford cattle in Catron County until the 1940s. His other set of grandparents, Sid & Edna Armstrong, ranched with Hereford cattle in Catron County until 1965. (Yes, both sides of his family were Armstrongs) Leslie and Glenda have three children: Renee Armstrong Grant, Lynden Armstrong, and Tanya Armstrong Bequette. These three grandchildren have given LaMoyne and Opal four greatgrandchildren: Kyra Grant, Rhett Grant, Kenzie Bequette, and Kagan Bequette.

LaMoyne and Opal in their backyard, 1988.

Proof positive that Opal Jones caught LaMoyne Peters. Opal was dressed up for Fiesta days at school. LaMoyne decided to join in the fun when his little darling snared him.


In 1934 LaMoyne & Gil bought their first registered bull at the Roswell Fair which was the state fair at that time. He was the grand champion and they paid $75. Calves at this time sold for 2 cents per pound in Kansas City, this made calves bring between $6 and $12 a piece. LaMoyne and Gilbert Peters bought their first registered cow in 1946. In recent years some registered Angus bulls have been added as the herd of cattle has expanded. It was always Gil and LaMoyne’s dream to have a ranch large enough to run a herd of registered Hereford cattle and a herd of registered Angus cattle. The long range plan was to use their own bulls on their commercial cattle. Some Charolais cattle were bought in 2000 but they didn’t last long. A registered Angus herd was started in 2005. Cross commercial cattle were also purchased in 2005. The next year it was plain to see that the commercial black calves were not near the cattle that the Hereford calves were, plus the fact that the Hereford calves outweighed the black calves by several pounds. The calf buyer made the following comment – when you have worked on your black cattle as long as you have the Herefords you will see a different set of black cattle from the ones you have today. The black calves that are being produced in 2010 do look considerably better. LaMoyne is beginning to realize this dream as the family joins him in the implementa-

Ephesians 2:20

tion of this family vision for the future. As Lincoln County became crowded with people it became evident that it would be necessary to expand somewhere else. In 1976 expansion was started into DeBaca County. Three ranches have now been purchased in DeBaca County. The first hay producing farm was purchased in 1979 in DeBaca County. Irrigated circles were also purchased and feed is now grown to background some of the calves. These purchases helped with the realization of the second part of LaMoyne’s & Opal’s dream – to produce some of their own feed for the cattle. In 2000 the ranch name was established as Cornerstone Ranch with Ephesians 2:20 as the ranch motto: Jesus Christ being the Chief Cornerstone.

LaMoyne Peters shooting a six-shooter from atop a pet bull. LaMoyne once returned an entire bull battery to the Peters Ranch while riding this bull and trailing the rest of the herd.

Double Monuments? by KAREN BUDD-FALEN, Attorney, Cheyenne, Wyo. n April 16, 2010, the Obama administration held a White House conference as a first step in its plans for the America’s Great Outdoors initiative. While this conference was touted as providing a chance for all viewpoints to be voiced in order to create a comprehensive conservation plan for public lands in the United States, an Interior Department document leaked on February 14, 2010 shows that the Obama Administration is also seeking to limit access and use to over 10 million acres of land in the West, by possibly designating 14 new National Monuments under the Antiquities Act. While the designation of National Monuments is technically supposed to only include the minimum amount of land necessary to preserve America’s “antiquities,” in reality, in recent years these designations have been significantly larger and have had a severe negative impact on the tax base on many Western communities and counties.


But because National Monuments are designated under the Antiquities Act pursuant to an Executive Order by the President, there is not much legal recourse in opposing the designations themselves in federal court. Even without Obama’s proposed designations, currently there are 100 National Monuments across the Nation, located in 27 states. President Teddy Roosevelt established the first National Monument, Devils Tower in Wyoming in 1906. President Bill Clinton created the most National Monuments, 19 plus the expansion of three existing monuments. Only Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush did not create any new monuments under the Antiquities Act. Over 12,091,930 acres are included in these 100 existing Monuments; President Obama’s proposal would add 10,000,000 acres more to that total. The question is what can be done by local counties and communities to protect their economies, environment and citizens when more and more land is “saved” from the people who care about the land. There is a serious misconception by elite bureaucrats and radical environmental groups that those who live on the land are destroying the land. Being a bureaucrat in Washington, D.C. does not make them an expert in land management; just as someone belonging to a radical environmental group that claims to care about the planet, does not make their loud claims valid. Who better understands the neighborhood than the people who live there — whether that neighborhood is a city block in Chicago, a farm in Iowa or a ranch in New Mexico. Local opinion and knowledge should not be discounted just 28

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because there are more people on your block in New York than on mine in Wyoming. If rhetoric wins over common sense and more land is “saved” from the people who live there, there are ways for local governments to protect their tax base and economic stability — namely through active participation in the federal decision-making processes. Specifically, statutes like the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”), the Federal Lands Policy and Management Act (“FLPMA”), and the National Forest Management Act (“NFMA”) require that the federal government proactively seek the input of local governments before the federal agency can make substantive decisions. Additionally, regulations governing the U.S. Forest Service (“USFS”), the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”), and the Fish and Wildlife Service (“FWS”) require that the federal agencies, at a minimum, notify and additionally coordinate with local governments to develop federal land use plans. These statutes allow local governments to take an active role in influencing federal decisions, should the local government decide to accept that role. Consider the following statutory requirements: The NEPA mandates that the federal government consider the “environmental impacts” of all federal decisions. If there is an environmental impact, the federal government also has to consider the economic, local tax base and social impacts of the decision as well. Local governments can influence these deliberations as active participants, by developing alternatives to the federal decision, preparing or reviewing economic or environmental studies

and forcing federal agencies to substantively respond to local plans and policies. The question is whether the local government is willing to enforce its rights under federal law and regulation. As another example, U.S. Forest Service (“USFS”) regulations specifically invite local governments to participate in and to influence regional and forest-wide land use plans including plans for management of National Monuments. The regulations require, at a minimum, participation by local governments in the development of the federal land use plan and the USFS’s selection of a preferred alternative. Additionally, the USFS is required to review, and coordinate with, the regional and local planning efforts of state and local governments. The review must include consideration of the explicit objectives in the local land use plans and policies, an assessment of the interrelated impacts of these plans and policies, a determination of how each USFS plan should deal with any impacts on the local land use, and consideration of alternatives should there be conflicts between the federal plans and the local land use policies and plans. Finally, the affect of the final federal land use plan must be monitored to evaluate the effects of local land use plans on National Forest lands, and vice versa. These coordination regulations ensure that the local environmental and economic needs are being met, even through federal land use decisions. Federal law also provides opportunities for local governments to participate in, and to influence BLM land use policies, plans and programs. The BLM regulations require the agency to be kept apprised of all state and local land management plans, to ensure that appropriate consideration is given to these local land use plans in the development of federal resource management plans. Additionally the BLM must take all practical measures to resolve any inconsistencies between the federal and local land use plans while providing early involvement of the local governments in the federal decision-making process, again including National Monument management. Thus, the BLM is required to give advance notice of any preparation, amendment or revision of a resource management plan to the state and local governments, in order to ensure the earlicontinued on page 34

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he Lazy D Ranch was founded in 1992 and is located just north of Hobbs, New Mexico. We are in the southeastern corner of New Mexico about five miles west of the Texas/New Mexico line. The elevation is 3,692 feet at a latitude of 32° 45' N and longitude of 103° 13' W. The climate at our ranch is semi-arid with the average rainfall of 15 inches per year. The summers are hot and dry with daily high temperatures averaging in the low to mid 90s. At night the temperatures drop to the mid 60s. Typical winters are clear and cold with nightly low temperatures averaging in the mid 20s and the highs averaging in the mid to high 50s. The ranch overlies the Ogalala aquifier which allows us to grow our own feed. The grazing ranges from winter wheat to jose wheat grass. In the areas under cultivation, the soil is a sandy loam while on the natural grass land it is rocky. Red Angus breeder Mary Dobry describes herself as the “chief cook and bottle




washer” at the Ranchers’ Steakhouse and Buffet, and “number one hay slinger and calf puller” at the Lazy D Ranch in Lovington, NM. “You can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl.” The daughter of Oscar Shipley, Mary grew up with animals and livestock on her father’s farm in Chickasha, OK. A former trick rider, Mary shares her attraction to her unusual occupation. At a rodeo in Chickasha, riding a little white horse at the back of the arena, she spotted a man also riding a white horse. The man offered rides to the youngsters present, and offered Mary a ride as well. “I put my arms around the horse’s neck. He asked me if I would like to have the horse.” When Mary located her father to obtain permission, he instructed her to stay away from the man. “I reported back to the man, who talked to my dad. I took the horse home that night from the rodeo.” With a team of two white horses, Mary started to train and experiment with Roman

riding. She began riding professionally at the age of 13, and was scheduled to appear at Madison Square Garden as a novelty act. Because Mr. Shipley became ill and wouldn’t allow her to go to New York with anyone else, the performance was cancelled. In 1993, Mary says she had a few cows, but not much land, and she knew she couldn’t raise enough cattle to make money. She briefly considered raising horses, but ultimately opted for registered seed stock. “I looked at several different breeds, and most of the time I was cautioned not to get in the pen with a bull. People asked, “Are you by yourself? You don’t want this breed ... for any number of reasons.” Remembering the day she discovered the breed, Mary says, “I’ll never forget it.” Driving in her car, she spotted a woman handfeeding some red cows in a field. “I was wearing a white pantsuit, and I climbed over the fence and went to talk to the woman. She handed me some cubes, and I fed the cows. I decided that this was the

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breed thoroughly, studying genetics and expected progeny differences, known as EPDs. “I breed to produce a six-foot to sixfoot-two frame to get the leg-length ranchers want.” Similar to the Black Angus in size, but described as gentle and easy to handle, Mary has sold many to people who are tired of working with other breeds. Finding that the Red Angus cattle halter-break and trailer easily, Mary says, “ I love them, and I’m ’hands-on’ with my animals – I’ve been called the ‘cow whisperer’. I can walk out in the pasture with my bulls, and walk right up to them,” but cautions that their gentle nature wasn’t the only reason she selected this breed. “They are easy-keepers,” gleaning the best from available feed. And, maybe most importantly, Lazy D bulls are educated professionals, adapting quickly to their surroundings and says Mary, “They go straight to

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New Mexico’s Old Times and Old Timers

“Dirty Dave” Rudabaugh, Outlaw ave Rudabaugh is a name not famed among the thieves and killers of the Old West, but it should be. He was one of the most ruthless and otherwise despicable of western outlaws and he was certainly well known to the citizens New Mexico in the late 1870s and early 1880s. One source described him as “thick set and athletic in build. He [was] suave and very gentlemanly in his deportment. He [had] brown hair, hazel eyes and a heavy mustache a shade of brown lighter than that of his hair.” Such an attractive image of him was not universal. Another source suggests that Rudabaugh had a mighty reputation for “uncleanliness.” “The few friends that he managed to acquire said that he had taken his last bath at a very early age . . . From that time forward he would not even drink water but stuck strictly to whiskey, tequila and sotol.” ¹ Rudabaugh was born in Illinois in 1854. As a teenager after the Civil War, he



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moved on west, first to Iowa then Kansas and Arkansas. During the early 1870s, in Arkansas, he associated with a gang of cattle thieves that also included Mysterious Dave Mather² and Milt Yarberry. By 1875 Rudabaugh is believed to have been in Ft. Griffin, Texas where he became acquainted with Doc Holliday and his friends. On January 27, 1878, young Dave was a part of a gang that botched a train robbery near Kinsley, Kansas. The entire gang was soon arrested by Ford County Sheriff Bat Masterson and his posse. J. J. Webb, who played a significant part in Rudabaugh’s future, was a member of the posse. No believer in the Code of the West, Rudabaugh quickly agreed to turn state’s evidence. The Kinsely Graphic newspaper reported thus: “Rudabaugh testified that he was promised immunity from punishment if he would ‘squeal,’ therefore he squole [sic]. Someone has said there is a

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kind of honor among thieves. Rudabaugh don’t [sic] think so.” Four of the other train robbers were convicted. Rudabaugh left Kansas in short order. He appeared next in Las Vegas, N.M., where he became a member of the East Las Vegas police department. This was not a law enforcement agency in a conventional sense. It was more akin to a criminal conspiracy. Created and headed by justice of the peace H. G. Neill — also known as Hoodoo Brown — police officers were paid with money Neill collected — extorted many said — from local merchants. Others of his “policemen” were Dave Mather, J. J. Webb, and Tom Pickett.³ In 1879, Rudabaugh was accused of train and stagecoach robbery, and many believed that he was the leader of a gang continued on page 34



eorge and Vera Curtis came to New Mexico as small children in the early 1900s. Their parents, arriving in a covered wagon, homesteaded in rural Quay County, New Mexico, on the Llano Estacado. Forrest, New Mexico, was the nearest place of commerce, a community built around a rural schoolhouse where their children of the 1920s and 1930s era received their education. George heard of the Aberdeen Angus breed, and much improved genetics that the breed was known for, and made the decision to acquire a registered Angus herd of his own. Traveling across the U.S. in search of the best genetics that money could buy turned out to be quite an adventure for Mr. Curtis but also a memorable quest for the Curtis children of the era. George Curtis and his youngest son James V. Curtis accepted the challenge of competing with the other top Angus breeders of the 40s and 50s at numerous State and regional competitions including the Denver and Ft. Worth livestock shows. When James V. Curtis (Rip) returned from his world travels, sponsored by the U. S. Air Force, with his wife, a North Carolina native and Air Force registered nurse, Thelma, the Curtis team resumed their Angus breeding venture. As cutting edge technology became available in the form of artificial insemination and embryo transplant, the Curtis family began to utilize these new tools to improve the herd focusing on the genetic traits that most needed improvement both in the industry and on the Curtis ranch. George Curtis’ passing in 1977 and his son’s passing in 1994 left the responsibility of sire selection and herd genetics to the present generation of Curtises. Tamara, Blake and Tye Curtis still operate George Curtis, Inc. today. The Curtis family takes pride in completing three generations in the Registered Angus cattle business. Our pledge is to continue to meet our customers’ expectations of excellence. The easy calving, top gaining, moderate framed stock that the Curtis family has been known for in the past is still available today at George Curtis Inc.

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of thieves, most of whom were also members of the East Las Vegas police force. For then, nothing came of the charges against Rudabaugh and a local newspaper even defended his “energy and honesty.” In March, 1880, J. J. Webb shot and killed a visiting Wyoming cattleman named Michael Kelliher. Peace justice Neill did what he usually did in such cases, which was to impanel a jury and quickly exonerate his henchman. That time it didn’t work. Investigation revealed that the killing was in cold blood and that Neill had stolen the bulk of $2,000 Kelliher had been carrying. Webb was locked in jail and Neill fled in the dark of the night.4 On April 2, 1880 Dave Rudabaugh and John “Little Allen” Llewellyn walked into the San Miguel County jail and asked to see prisoner J. J. Webb. Since Rudabaugh had visited with Webb previously, jailer Antonio Lino Valdez allowed the visitors inside. But when Valdez refused to give up the keys to Webb’s cell, Rudabaugh shot him. Wisely, Webb declined to escape. Valdez died later the same day.

Rudabaugh and Llewellyn fled in a hired hack. An impromptu posse gave chase, shooting at the outlaws until their ammunition was exhausted. A larger posse later took up the pursuit but Rudabaugh and Llewellyn were not found. Llewellyn, in fact, was never seen again at all. The story goes that Little Allen suffered greatly from tuberculosis and rheumatism as he and Rudabaugh fled to the south. He begged Rudabaugh to put him out of his misery. Rudabaugh is said to have obliged by shooting Llewellyn in the head and burying him in some sand along the trail.5 By June of 1880, Rudabaugh had taken up with William H. Bonney — Billy the Kid — and his gang of thieves and killers.6 He was with Billy at the Greathouse and Kuch road-ranch in November when Lincoln County deputy sheriff James Carlisle was murdered. He was with Billy at Fort Sumner in December when the gang was ambushed by Sheriff Pat Garrett’s posse and the outlaw Tom O’Folliard killed. Rudabaugh, in fact, had his horse shot out from under him in that fight. Rudabaugh was also with Billy when Garrett’s posse killed Charlie Bowdre and captured the gang — including Rudabaugh — at Stink-

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pulque, all of which were made of distilled agave cactus juice. 2 Mather gained a measure of fame as a gunman and

killer at Las Vegas, NM in the early 1880s. Yarberry became Albuquerque’s first town marshal. He was hanged for murder on February 9, 1883. 3 Pickett was an outlaw in his own right. 4 Neill never returned to Las Vegas and disappeared

from history after 1880. 5 Not much is known about Llewellyn. One source

describes him as “a pint-sized carpenter and house painter from Georgia. 6 One source says that Dave Rudabaugh was the only man Billy the Kid feared. Another says that Jesse Evans was the only man the Kid was afraid of. Billy seems to have been the measure by which “badness” was measured, for whatever it was worth.

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est possible coordination with them. The BLM regulations also require consistency between the federal and local land use plans, so long as the local government timely notifies the BLM of any such inconsistencies. Once the BLM is notified of any inconsistencies between the federal and local land use plans, the agency must consider alternatives to alleviate the problem. The importance of federal land use and resource management plans cannot be overlooked — these plans govern all federal decision making, including decisions regarding uses on federal lands. By local governments taking an active role in federal decision making processes, which may include having a local land use plan in place, local governments will be able to influence federal decision making processes. Federal agencies are required to coordinate with local governments, but local governments must be willing to be active participants in that process. Will the Great American Outdoor Initiative and almost doubling the amount of land in National Monuments be “saved” from the American public or managed, with local input, “for” the American pub■ lic?

Dairy Producers Annual Convention/ Trade Show Set airy Producers of New Mexico (DPNM) has set its 2010 Annual Convention/Trade Show and Golf Tournament for June 10 and 11, in Ruidoso, N.M. DPNM is a grassroots trade association for dairy producers in New Mexico and West Texas. The Trade Show will be Friday, June 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ruidoso Convention Center (111 Sierra Blanca Drive). There will be a Silent Auction in Room 1 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Vendors who would like to donate to the Auction should call the office for a Silent Auction Donation form. Exhibitor booths may still be available — call the DPNM office to find out. The cost of a booth is $600. The booths are approximately 10' x 10' and include 8'-tall back drapes, 3'-tall side drapes, one 8' skirted table, two folding chairs and one sign with company name. Booth registrations will be accepted until the show is full. After the Trade Show, there will be a Reception at The Lodge at Sierra Blanca (next to the Convention Center) from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Trade Show sponsorships are available for $275. Sponsors are acknowledged in the program and welcome to attend the Trade Show Reception. Golf hole sponsorships are also available for $275 per hole. Golf sponsors are acknowledged in the program and a sign is posted at a golf hole during the tournament. To be listed in the program, booth registrations and sponsorships must be received by May 3. The twenty-first Annual Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, June 12, at the Inn of the Mountain Gods Golf Course with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. Player cost is $150. Entry forms will only be accepted until the tournament is full at 128 players. For more information and/or registration forms, please call 800/217-2697 or 575/622-1646. ■



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Typical Manford brood cow. Gary Manford with F1 cow and calf: “I prefer to buy my registered Herefords and pay a little extra for them . . .” he The high mesas of northwestern New Mexico drew Gary Manford and his artist wife, Mary Jane, to New Mexico. The clear, dry air, which allows the couple views of up to 150 miles, affords Mary Jane endless landscapes to capture on canvas. Gary, meanwhile keeps the road hot between four properties in Arizona and New Mexico and his herds of Brahman, Hereford and F1 crosses which populate the ranches. Prior to 1991, Gary and Mary Jane owned a ranch in South Texas. When the San Antonio River Authority exercised eminent domain on the ranch and acquired it for a lake, Gary hit the internet, searching for another home for his cattle and his family. “I was primarily looking for a place to run Brahman cows,” he remembers. “We had visited New Mexico a lot on vacations and thought that the country would be similar.” Gary found several large Brahman breeders outside of Tucson and Phoenix and eventually purchased the Indian Springs Ranch near Eden, Ariz. The ranch was the east part of the 100,000 acres that was once the Chisum ranch. After a good while, the Chico ranch, which is on the state line between Virden, N.M., and Duncan, Ariz., became available. Gary followed that purchase with an irrigated farm in Gallina, N.M., and the Lybrook Ranch, about 35 miles north of Cuba. The Manfords make their home on the high mesa country of the Lybrook Ranch. Cowherds of Brahman and Hereford cows forage on the sage and mesquite country, dropping their F1 calves in the harsh and often unforgiving landscapes


which make up so much of the Southwest. Weaned calves are shipped to irrigated pastures, and the Manfords sell high-end F1 heifers and bulls at annual production sales. “We’ve had the F1 cattle since the mid-1940s,” Gary related. “My grandfather and great uncle put Brahman bulls on our Hereford cattle in 1942 and we’ve been running the F1 for a long time. Dad kept those F1 cows for himself, for the most part. He used Angus bulls on the F1 cows and had great steers to sell.” When Gary took over the ranch, he switched the Angus bulls for Charolais and kept utilizing the great F1 genetics for the bulk of his cowherd. “I watched some of the other breeders selling their F1 females at a premium and realized that we’d probably make more money by letting go of some of those great females,” Gary related. “In 1986 we sold our first bred F1 heifers, and we’ve been raising them to sell instead of to keep since that time.” When Gary and Mary Jane left Texas, they held a mini-dispersal and sold all of their older cows. The younger cows were moved to New Mexico, but it took almost two years for them to adjust to the change of climate and geography. “Gramma grass was the only thing

that I can think of that was common to both Texas and New Mexico,” Gary stated. “We didn’t have sage or winter fat or four-wing saltbrush in Texas.” Old-timers advised the Manfords to buy local cattle, but they found they couldn’t always buy the type and quality that they needed. “Getting the cattle used to the climate is something that just happens anywhere,” Gary noted. “We bought 23 registered cows from another breeder when we arrived in New Mexico. They had been on irrigated country and they had a real hard winter adjusting to this brush country.” Of course, the livestock haven’t been the only ones adjusting. “Getting used to these mornings when it is minus 15 degrees Fahrenheit is pretty tough on us as well,” Gary admitted. The Manfords maintain about 260 registered cows. The Brahman cows are covered by Hereford bulls and the Hereford cows are under Brahman bulls. “We separate the cows during the breeding season, but depending on how much water we have, the cows are usually running together by the time summer is over,” Gary noted. “So we do get the Brahman calves, and we get straight Hereford. We keep the Brahman heifers for replacements and sell the Brahman bulls, but we sell the Hereford heifers and cut the bulls and sell them as feeders.” Gary maintains a separate Angus herd and does the necessary paperwork, so he knows how much work is involved in herd registries and all the figures neces-

sary to calculate Estimated Progeny Differences (EPDs). “We don’t keep our own Hereford heifers because we don’t collect scientific data on them,” he explained. " I prefer to buy my registered Herefords and pay a little extra for them because someone else has done all the work to get me the scientific data on which I need to base my decisions.” Gary looks for low birth weights combined with high yearling and weaning EPDs. “We like the horned bulls the best, but we do run some muleys,” he confirmed. “And of course, they have to have good confirmation and be rockfooted. We’ve had some trouble with bulls getting sore and stove up on the rocks, so we are careful with their feet.” Why purchase and run an F1 cow instead of a purebred or crossbred? “Our use of the English and Brahman cross ensures the maximum heterosis in that F1 animal,” Gary noted. “You use an F1 and cover her with a terminal cross bull of a different breed and you will get the maximum genetic kick. Additionally, the calves will grade #1.” Gary is quick to note that dependable help on the Arizona ranches makes his job more do-able, but he still spends a lot of time managing cows and land spread across two different states. He is also organizing an October 6 production sale in Kirtland, New Mexico, and another production sale in Arizona in February. Meanwhile, Mary Jane turns her talents more and more towards the endless, haunting beauty of the New Mexico landscape. And if a few F1 cows happen to show up in some of her paintings, that might just be part of the Manford package. by Carol Wilson

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THERE IS A WAR BETWEEN RANCHERS AND ENVIRONMENTALISTS IN THE WEST — AND THE ENVIRONMENTALISTS ARE FUNDED BY THE TAXPAYERS. here is a war going on in the West. It has nothing to do with guns and bullets. It’s an environmental war, declared by eco-activists against farmers and ranchers who work the land. It’s not covered by the mainstream media. But environmental groups boast that their aim is to run ranchers off their land, put them out of business, and bar beef and other food from our tables. And the environmentalists get taxpayers to pay them for their attempts at destruction. The tools they use are the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and other acts, along with a small army of lawyers who find bureaucratic loopholes to bankrupt farmers and ranchers. While ranchers struggle to pay attorneys to represent their interests in these lawsuits, environmental groups are getting paid by taxpayers. Even though the activists don’t win all of these cases, they are reimbursed for their attorneys’ fees through the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA). The abuse of EAJA, where environmental groups collect up to $650 per hour for frivolous lawsuits, was covered recently by Pajamas Media. “Essentially, these environmental groups are being paid to sue the federal government,” said Wyoming attorney Karen Budd-Falen. “They file hundreds of lawsuits, and rather than fight the suits, the government often settles the case, agreeing to pay attorneys fees in the settlement.” Here are some of their cases. Wyoming sheepman Carl Larson and his family continue the operation founded by his grandfather 100 years ago. The operation is made up of private and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land, which the family pays to use and maintain. Because of the land ownership in their area, the BLM land is critical to the operation. When the activist group the Western Watersheds Project (WWP) filed a lawsuit that would have stopped grazing on the grazing allotment, based not on proof of damage to the land but on procedural issues with the permit, the family was


forced to intervene. “Losing this permit would have been devastating to our family and our livelihood,” Larson said. “We intervened because WWP had requested a stay of any grazing on the allotment until all litigation was completed, which would have effectively put our family ranch out of business.” The WWP could not show any proof that the Larsons’ use of their land was causing any damage, so after several months the request for a stay on grazing was denied. The litigation is ongoing, and some problems were found with the BLM’s permit renewal procedures. “We have absolutely no control over the BLM’s processes, but have to live with the consequences and had to spend $35,000 to keep our ranch,” Larson said. “There is no way

to get that money back from the WWP, even though for the short term, we beat them.” In addition to the cost of the litigation, the Larsons have invested a lot of money over the years in improvements to the allotment including fences, water developments, and bridges. “If the allotment were closed, it would be a major taking of private property rights and my family would lose its business,” Larson said. Jordan Valley, Oregon, rancher Rand Collins was also forced to intervene in a lawsuit filed by the WWP that would have eliminated the family business that has been in the family for 46 years. In 1997, the group sued the BLM to eliminate grazing on 68 grazing allotments, including Collins’ allotment. “All of these allotments, like mine, have been grazed by livestock for over 100 years. Like the Louse Canyon Community allotment for me, the use of these allotments is necessary for the continued existence of our ranchers and way of life,” Collins said. The WWP lawsuit claimed that the BLM had not completed the necessary papercontinued on page <None>

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Eddie Chaves


ddie Chaves was born in 1934 on the family ranch between Springerville and St. Johns Arizona in a small rock home. Eddie passed away in 2005 and at the time of his passing he lived in a very nice home on the side of South Mountain overlooking the Phoenix valley. Most people would say that Eddie lived very comfortably at the time of his death, some would call him wealthy, and others might say he was rich. Eddie didn’t worry about stuff like that. But what lies in between those years from 1934 till 2005 are what makes telling a little bit about Eddie Chaves’ life a worthwhile story. You could say that it is representative of the classic tale of the American dream. The Chaves family has been ranching in the northeastern part of Arizona — near where Lyman Lake is — for several generations. Although most historians claim that the Mormon settlers were the first non-Indians to settle that part of the world, the Chaves family claims to have been there longer. As proof, they offer up an old grave site on the family ranch with a headstone dating back to the early part of the1800s, a good 50 or 60 years before any other settlers arrived. “Our ancestors were ranching and farming in this valley long before any other white people came,” says Eddie’s family, “and we are still here today.” It was into this deep rooted, old-time family that Eddie was born. About that same time, a young girl named Victoria Gabaldon was born on another historic family ranch at Mangas, New Mexico which is south of the Quemado area. Victoria and her family moved from the family ranch to Springerville, Ariz. when she was a teenager. At a football game in Springerville, young Eddie Chaves and Victoria Gabaldon met; each was 14 at the time. By the age of 18, they were married, and they were together through thick and thin from then on, until Eddie’s death. Even after Eddie’s death, his spirit still lives on in Victoria and many others as well. As a young married couple, they soon set out for Phoenix where Eddie was to work in construction. Like most young married folks, they had big plans and dreams. Eddie and Victoria were no strangers to hard work, and hard work is what they both got for a long time to come. Eddie sometimes worked up to three different jobs at a time while Victoria took care of the kids, which came to number five of their own and two more that they raised. 42

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Together they also built their home near the Laveen area southwest of Phoenix with their own hands. On most weekends the Chaves family would head back up the mountain to the family ranch and work there also. Those first several years were quite a struggle, but the young family kept a good attitude and always maintained a good work ethic. With Eddie working for the state highway department and various other construction jobs, and Victoria taking care of the kids, and also helping Eddie with the construction, the young family eked by. Then tragedy struck. Eddie and Victoria lost their only son in a car accident when he was still but a teenager. It was a devastating loss for the two of them, as one could only imagine. But out of this tragedy something good did come. As a way to keep Victoria’s mind off of things, the family opened their own business and started selling Mexican food. They worked out of a little stand up at the South Fork Ranch near Springerville that summer selling food to the tourists. Eddie helped to work on the place and get it ready while Victoria cooked in the kitchen. Victoria is an excellent cook. She learned to cook from her family and had been cooking for large numbers of people ever since she was a little girl. Not only is Victoria an excellent cook, but the style of food that she cooks is the old time “Rio Grande” style food that her family had been cooking ever since migrating up the Rio Grande valley of New Mexico several generation back. The Arizona tourists loved it and soon her great cuisine would be known world wide. That first summer at South Fork Ranch went so well that the next year Eddie and Victoria decided to open their own restaurant in Springerville. Eddie

built a little a-frame building on Victoria’s parents land there in town where it had fairly good visibility. From that humble beginning the famed Los Dos Molinos restaurants sprang. Now there are five different Los Dos Molinos locations including three in the Phoenix area, one in New York City and of course the original in Springerville. The Springerville restaurant was later rebuilt (by Eddie’s own hands) at a new location on Highway 60. Restaurateuring was not an overnight success however. While the people loved Victoria’s food and Eddie was handy at making the place look good and at keeping things working, money was still tight. From that modest little A-frame beginning to the legend of where they are today was a lot of struggle and hard work in between. Eddie and Victoria didn’t have any financial backers other than themselves. They didn’t have the support of a national franchise or a big time banker to catapult them to the big time. They relied on their own hands and also the support of their large family. You might say that they built their legacy one plate of delicious food at a time; one satisfied customer at a time. After the restaurant in Springerville took off and started doing well, the couple then opened one in Mesa. It was kind of the same scenario; Eddie had to work hard on the place to get it going and Victoria did all of the cooking. Next came the restaurant on South Central in Phoenix. It was an old-time Hacienda that had been badly vandalized over the years. There was a lot of history there however and Victoria wanted a restaurant in that location sooo much. Once again the couple took over the task of building (or in this case, rebuilding) their restaurant from the ground up. This little scenario worked good for the Chaves family. Victoria did the cooking, Eddie did all of the construction and maintenance (of which there was always plenty) and the kids helped out, also. One daughter even opened a restaurant in New York City and another location was added near central Phoenix. The Chaves family and their chain of Los Dos Molinos continued on page 43

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restaurants were doing well. People from all over the world and from all walks of life just couldn’t get enough of Victoria’s great New Mexico style food! Their slogan soon became “Some like it hot!” as Victoria didn’t know how to make it any other way. But along the way, tragedy had struck again. Another one of Eddie’s and Victoria’s kids were killed in a car accident. This time it was a daughter, who left behind a now motherless granddaughter. Eddie and Victoria finished raising their granddaughter and also practically raised Victoria’s youngest brother. All together, including their own five kids, that made the total of seven kids that they raised (three of whom have now passed on including Victoria’s little brother). The Chaves family had to endure a lot of pain and hardship throughout their lives, but they always pressed on and overcame it. Throughout the years, Eddie remained passionate and directly connected to the family ranch. Back when they were first starting out, the Chaves’s raised chickens, sheep, goats, pigs, and even had a milk cow

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just so that they could survive. They raised as much of their own food as possible because money was always tight. But even later on in life when Eddie could afford just about anything that he wanted, he still raised animals. He was a natural born rancher at heart. Eddie was also very passionate about fixing old things up and he loved the history behind them. At the time of his death, Eddie had quite a collection of antique cars that he had remodeled. And of course there is the famous South Central restaurant location which is a great remodel job of the old-time Hacienda there. Both the Chaves and Gabaldon families have a lot of ranching history along the Arizona / New Mexico border area and Eddie was always picking up old family heirlooms and restoring them. As a matter of fact, that is how the Los Dos Molinos restaurants got their name. One day when Eddie and Victoria were working on their original little place before it was opened, they ask each other “well what are we going to call our new restaurant?” There just happened to be a couple of old chile grinders setting there

that Eddie had brought out for decorations. One was from his old family ranch and the other from hers. They looked at each other and then at the old family grinders or Molinos as they are called in Spanish and they knew that they had their answer. Thus the Los Dos Molinos (or The Two Grinders) name came about. Victoria says that they were always grinding it out! Eddie was also a very good natured fellow. He was constantly kidding and joking about. I guess that having a good attitude helps to beat the trials and tribulations of having to overcome such hardships as they endured. Through all of financial slow times, tragedies and other struggles, Eddie and Victoria kept good attitudes. They

were the same good natured and down to earth people later in life as the head of the Los Dos Molinos restaurants legend as they were when born on the little old desolate ranches in the high country rangelands. All along the roadway of life, Eddie Chaves was a hard working country kid that never forgot his roots. He and his family were dealt major tragedies a few times, but they just kept on fighting. In the end, Eddie was proud of the legacy that he left for his family. And as far as I’m concerned Eddie Chaves was a classic example of someone who lived the American Dream and had it come true. Born a pauper and died a king . . . that was Eddie Chaves.

About the Author: Jim Olson was raised on a ranching operation in the high plains of Eastern New Mexico. Being raised on the high plains, Jim learned how to ride young colts, tend to cattle, and even drive heavy farm equipment at an early age. Jim has always enjoyed roping and spent a few years competing in the calf roping event at the PRCA level (even qualifying for the “circuit finals” a few times). Today Jim enjoys team roping with his family and attends a number of major team roping events throughout the year. Jim Olson is the owner of Arizona and New Mexico Ranch Real Estate, businesses that deal with Ranch, Farm, and Horse Property sales throughout Arizona and New Mexico. Today, Jim lives on and operates his own working ranch near Stanfield Arizona (which was once a part of John Wayne’s “Red River” ranch). Jim writes stories about interesting and extraordinary people of the contemporary west and finds that these types of stories are well received. Jim writes numerous articles and short stories both fiction and non fiction and is probably best known for his monthly column titled “My Cowboy Heroes”. Jim’s articles are published monthly by several magazines throughout the southwest and have received national coverage also. Jim is a member of Western Writers of America and has had a couple of books published. Jim can be reached through his website at






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Expected progeny differences are genetic prediction tools that can be used to estimate and compare the genetic merit of future progeny (calves) for a given trait. Readily available on registered cattle, EPD are computed with actual individual animal data submitted to respective breed associations and provide a current representation of the pedigree for a given trait. To use EPD correctly, producers should remember the following key words (rules) when using EPD: estimate, compare, future, and within breed. These values are not absolute, but rather a deviation from a base value determined within a specific breed. An EPD is not a static value, as more data from progeny are recorded by a breed association the value will change, and the accuracy of the EPD estimate will increase. An EPD value for an individual animal has no meaning until it is used to compare to another animal(s) EPD of the same trait. The difference between the two EPD values is a prediction of the performance difference between the future progeny of the animals in question. Most EPD are expressed in the same units as the trait being compared. For example birth weight, weaning weight, and yearling weight are expressed in pounds, where carcass traits such as back fat and ribeye area are expressed in inches and inches square, respectively. It is critical that EPD be used to make only within breed comparisons. The only way to compare EPD of bulls from different breeds is to use the acrossbreed EPD adjustments published annually in by the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF). Initially EPD were calculated for birth weight, weaning weight, and yearling weight. Today, as more performance data on a multitude of traits are being routinely submitted to breed associations, EPD are calculated for an ever-expanding list of growth, maternal, carcass, and ultrasound traits. At first glance, the vast amount of information is simply overwhelming. However, the expanded list of EPD allows a producer the opportunity to simultaneously select for multiple traits. Dollar Value Indexes

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expressed in dollars per head and their use and application follows the same rules as EPD. Currently, $Value indexes are calculated within individual breed associations for Angus, Hereford, Gelbvieh, Limousin, and Simmental. The following are examples of common $Value Indexes (and respective definitions) available to aid producers in multi-trait selection (Sources: American Angus Association and American Hereford Association/Hereford World).

quality grade and yield grade attributes, and is calculated with carcass EPD, ultrasound EPD or both. Beef Value ($B) is the expected average difference in future progeny performance for postweaning and carcass value compared to the progeny of other sires. This value combines the contributions of $F and $G and is not designed to be driven by one factor such as quality, red meat yield, or weight. Instead, it is a result of the application of industry-relevant market value to Angus genetics for both feedlot performance and carcass merit.


Angus Cow Energy Value ($EN) assesses the differences in cow energy requirements (maintenance and lactation) as an expected annual dollar savings difference in daughters of sires. A larger value is more favorable when comparing two animals (more dollars saved on feed energy expenses). Weaned Calf Value ($W) is the expected average difference in future progeny for pre-weaning growth. This value includes both revenue and cost adjustments associated with differences in birth weight, weaning direct growth, maternal milk, and mature cow size. Hereford Baldie Maternal Index (BMI$) is a maternally focused index that is geared to service any commercial program with British-cross cows with a progeny harvest endpoint directed toward Certified Hereford Beef (CHB). The index is places emphasis on calving ease, fertility, weaning weight, and intramuscular fat (IMF). Calving Ease Index (CEZ$) is a general purpose index that focuses on bulls that can be used on heifers and future progeny marketed through CHB. This index places significant emphasis on calving ease and maternal calving ease and minimal emphasis on growth and carcass traits. Terminal

Angus Feedlot Value ($F) is the expected average difference in future progeny performance for post-weaning performance compared to progeny of other sires. This value accounts for not only the estimated difference in the dollar value of weight gain, but is adjusted for the cost of achieving that gain. Grid Value ($G) is the expected average difference in future progeny performance for carcass grid merit compared to progeny of other sires. This value combines 48

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... with improvements to traditional and emerging selection tools today’s producer has greater opportunities to more accurately elicit genetic improvements in their cowherd. Hereford Certified Hereford Beef Index (CHB$) is a terminal sire index for Hereford sired progeny directed toward the CHB program. The index emphasizes increased calving ease, weaning weight, and yearling weight, ribeye area, intramuscular fat. This is the only (Hereford) $Value index that does not place any emphasis on fertility. Pre-Identified Endpoint

Angus Quality Grade ($QG) represents the quality grade segment of the economic advantage found in $G, and is intended for the specialized user wanting to place more emphasis on improving quality grade. The carcass marbling EPD and ultrasound derived percent intramuscular fat EPD contribute to this value. Yield Grade ($YG) represents the yield grad segment of the economic advantage found in $G and is intended for the specialized user wanting to place more emphasis on improving yield grade. It provides a multi-trait approach to encompass ribeye, fat thickness, and weight into an economic value for red meat yield. In the process of identifying the appropriateness of using $Value Indexes as a selection tool it is critical to define the current genetic and production level of a producer’s herd, followed by identifying ERT specific to the genetic improvement goals of a specific operation. Once these factors have been defined, the selection of an appropriate $Value index that encom-

passes the indentified ERT can be selected. Dollar Value Indexes should be used in addition to other selection tools and compliment the criteria pre-established and defined for an individual operation. Producers are encouraged not to use $Values as the sole selection tool. DNA Assisted Selection

The adoption of new technologies and selection tools has increased the rate of genetic improvement throughout the historical course of the beef industry. In recent years, the advent of DNA-based technology has given beef producers a revolutionary selection tool with evolving capabilities. Conceptually, having a selection tool with the ability to evaluate the genetic makeup of cattle at the gene level within DNA will improve the rate of selection accuracy for desired traits. Though the technology is rapidly evolving, currently available commercialized DNAbased tools have limitations. The limitations of these tools are hampered by current technology and the nature of the traits of importance to cattle producers. Traits of importance to cattle producers are commonly classified as simple or complex. Simple traits are usually affected by one gene, which is responsible for the exhibited appearance or performance (i.e. hide color). Furthermore, simple traits are typically either/or scenarios (i.e. horned or polled, carriers or non-carriers, etc.), and the environment (i.e. nutrition, climate, implants, etc.) has little to no effect on the expression of the trait. On the contrary, complex traits (i.e. birth weight, weaning weight, milk ability, marbling, tenderness, etc.) are controlled by multiple genes and form intricate interactions with other genes and the environment, which ultimately impact the expression of the trait. Unfortunately, almost all ERT in the beef industry are complex. Current technologies used to build relationships between genes and traits of importance to cattle producers utilize DNA marker assisted selection. A DNA marker is simply a sequence of nucleotides (which are the building blocks of DNA) that uniquely identifies a specific location on a genome. This location can be within a gene or near a gene and can be used to identify a specific allele. An allele can be thought of as a functional possibility (i.e. hide color has two possible alleles: red and black). The DNA marker is simply a “tag” that identifies a specific individual sequence of DNA which describes a functional possibility (trait). This “tag” allows continued on page 50


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the inheritance of the specific sequence of DNA to be tracked from parent to progeny. The most commonly used DNA markers used today are single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP; pronounced snip), which are the simplest form of DNA markers (describing a single nucleotide or base pair change). Single nucleotide polymorphism techniques accurately determine the functional possibility for simple traits, like hide color, horn status, parentage and simple disease traits (i.e. Athrogryposis Multiplex (AM), Neuropathic Hydrocephalus (NH), Tibial Hemimelia (TH), etc.), because of the previously noted facts that these types of traits are controlled by a single gene and have no environmental influence. The same technology is used for complex traits. However, more obstacles and challenges are experienced due to the genetic complexity (i.e. multiple genes and associated interactions between genes and the environment) of these traits. While the DNA marker profiles explain more of the genetic variation for a variety of traits than ever before, current marker profiles still do not account for the largest

percentage of genetic variation within any one trait because they explain only the genetic variation for the specific marker(s). This scenario has been a point of contention in practical settings when comparing EPD and marker profiles for individual animals. It has been a common occurrence for current marker profiles to contradict EPD data. What data is correct? In fact both are correct, but each is the result of a different evaluation. Recall an EPD describes the net effect for all genes an animal has for a trait, whereas, a marker profile describes a subset of genes for a trait. Optimistically, as the technology evolves to define a larger array of markers (tags) for traits linked to ERT the net result should yield improvements. Today’s beef producer is faced with many of the same challenges as decades past. It is apparent however, that with improvements to traditional and emerging selection tools today’s producer has greater opportunities to more accurately elicit genetic improvements in their cowherd. Recognizing the intended uses and limitations of these selection tools is critical if they are to be effectively incorporated into selection schemes for bulls and females. ■

Calling all con artists very year, thousands of crooks bilk taxpayers out of billions of dollars, says Tevi Troy, former Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and a visiting senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. While statistics on fraud are somewhat hard to come by, the available numbers are truly frightening: ■ 2009 Government Accountability Office study found that 10.5 percent of Medicaid payments in fiscal year 2008 were improper. ■ Thompson Reuters study in October of 2009 found there to be somewhere between $600 billion and $850 billion annually in health care waste, which includes fraud but also inefficiency and medical errors. Nationwide estimates of fraud alone tend to estimate it between $60 billion and $100 billion. Part of the reason for all of this waste is the way the government processes payments. It is under pressure to pay bills quickly so that providers and suppliers don’t opt out of the system, and payments are investigated only if the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) or the Office of Inspector General (OIG) later



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discovers or is informed about some impropriety. By that point, the cash is hard to recover, says Troy. During its effort to pass its health care bill, the Obama administration pressed the issue of waste, fraud and abuse. However, when it comes to ObamaCare’s solutions, the program offers very little, says Troy: The new law achieves much of its “waste, fraud and abuse” savings not by cutting actual waste, fraud and abuse, but by scaling back the Medicare Advantage program. By spending a trillion taxpayer dollars in the current system, and specifically by putting 16 million more people on Medicaid, it actually increases the number of opportunities for fraud. And it does not take the bipartisan antifraud steps that President Obama appeared to embrace leading up to and following the February health care summit. Ultimately, however, only the repeal of ObamaCare — and a decisive move away from third-party payments — will solve the problem that the president has just exacerbated, says Troy. Source: Tevi Troy, “Calling All Con Artists,” National Review, April 2010 / Nat’l Ctr for Policy Analysis

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work under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for permit renewal, and requested that livestock be removed until that paperwork was complete. While the court agreed that the BLM had violated NEPA, livestock were not removed, but the case is ongoing. “WWP’s website boasts that it wants to eliminate my livelihood and family, but because it cannot challenge me directly, WWP and other groups find errors in the bureaucratic process as a backdoor way to harm my legitimate use of the land I have loved for 46 years,” Collins said. “So many times, these cases are not filed on anything substantive, but on paperwork and missed deadlines,” Budd-Falen explained. “It’s all on paper — nothing in the lawsuit even impacts the environment.” Ranchers like Tim Lequerica, based in Oregon’s Owyhee River Valley, were assured that their historic operations would be protected when Congress gave the river near Lequerica’s home its Wild and Scenic designation in 1984. That was put to the test, however, by litigation filed in 1998 by the WWP and the activist Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA), which joined WWP challenging the BLM’s management plan for the wild and scenic river. The litigation claimed that cattle should not be able to get water from the river and requested that grazing be stayed or eliminated pending the outcome of the litigation. The river was the ranchers’ only source of water. Ranchers intervened, arguing that they would keep cattle from drinking from the river if they were provided alternative water locations. “Our issue was not whether we had to use the Owyhee River, we just wanted a source of water for our thirsty livestock,” Lequerica said. “Our argument was that if the court would allow us to install water pipelines and tanks on dry BLM lands, we would be happy to keep cattle from drinking in the river as the environmentalists wanted. The environmentalists wanted no water at all, which would mean our cattle would go thirsty.” The ranchers spent $42,000 to participate in the litigation, and in the end, the court granted the ranchers’ requests. The ranchers were able to put

in new pipelines and tanks to provide water for both livestock and wildlife. “However, because the BLM failed to jump through some procedural hoops with regard to the written wild and scenic river management plan, the federal government voluntarily agreed to pay ONDA and WWP $128,000 in attorney fees and costs. Thus, my money paid for every part of the litigation,” Lequerica said. “I paid my personal attorneys to represent me; my tax dollars paid the federal government and their attorneys who failed to do all the paperwork correctly; and my tax dollars paid the ONDA and WWP to sue the federal government.” Millions have been spent on the reintroduction of Mexican grey wolves into southwestern New Mexico and southeastern Arizona, which started in 1998 as the result of environmental activist groups suing the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS). Today, very few wolves have survived in the wild, area wildlife is sparse, and livestock depredation is putting ranchers out of business. Since 2000, Gene and Ginger Whetten, of the Adobe Ranch in far southwestern New Mexico, have been living with dead and missing livestock, lost profits, and litigation caused by the wolves, and there’s no end in sight. In 2007, the Whettens had nine wolves living right below the house, killing cattle every night. They estimate that they lost $100,000. “This year, we’ve found nine or ten dead calves, and pieces of 14 more. That doesn’t include those that you never see, that you just know are gone because a cow comes in with a tight bag,” Ginger Whetten said. “It’s been a big financial hit for us and an even bigger one for some of our neighbors who only run 50-100 head of cattle. When the wolves get in on them, it just wipes them out. It is heartbreaking to watch as they lose their livelihoods and way of life.” Working and spending time together as a family brought the Whettens to the remote ranch, but much of that has been lost to the constant stress of the wolves. “The wolves are on our minds and on our property all the time. It’s not what we wanted for our family.” To protect citizens like the Whettens, and others who feared for the safety of their families, Catron County, New Mex-

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ost are aware by now of the tragic murder of Rob Krentz on his ranch just across the state line in Arizona. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Sue Krentz and the rest of the family. One issue not being adequately discussed so far is the impact of federal land use designations on the ability of the Border Patrol and other law enforcement agencies to protect the public and otherwise perform their respective missions. In the Krentz case the assailant illegally entered the U.S. and made his escape back into Mexico by using the San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge. The San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1982 when the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) acquired the 2,309-acre ranch, which lays right on the border with Mexico. Jesuits had established a missionary there in the 1700s, and farming and ranching had occurred on the property until 1979. Interestingly, from 1914 to 1919, cavalry encampments were present to protect settlers from raids by Pancho Villa. Sadly, that is all the protection we have today. You see the FWS allows the Border Patrol regular access only by foot or horseback. Just five months ago, Benjamin Tuggle, PhD, Regional Director of the FWS, wrote the Border Patrol stating they could “access the Refuge by foot or on horseback at any time to patrol, pursue or apprehend” violators. I wasn’t kidding when I made reference to the cavalry. They make one exception and that is an “emergency.” And what is an “emergency” according to the FWS? The letter says an emergency is defined as “a life threatening circumstance that requires immediate attention.” I’m trying to think of a life threatening circumstance that doesn’t require “immediate attention,” but if such an animal exists your help will arrive on foot or horseback. The letter goes on to state the Border Patrol must keep an electronic log of all incidents of emergency vehicular access and must within two days file a report on the location and severity of the event. Finally, the letter states: The letter makes it pretty clear the USFWS doesn’t want the Border Patrol on the Refuge. In fact, some believe the



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Department of the Interior (DOI) was using the San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge as a test case for excluding the Border Patrol. A knowledgeable source writes: I have received word that the U.S. Department of Interior through the USFWS may very well be planning to use the San Bernardino National Refuge in the Southeast corner of Arizona to frame the argument against all Border Security Access to protected and semi protected Federal Lands along the U.S. Border, both Canadian and Mexican. This is particularly valid for the New Mexico/Arizona border at this moment.

Bishop and Hastings especially have been on top of this issue for some time, and this legislation will bring more attention to the issue. The alleged plan seeks to set up a show case in the San Bernardino that would validate similar action nationwide on the northern and southern borders against Border Patrol access. This is just one agency and one land use designation. There are other agencies and many designations, including wilderness. Let’s not forget that Senators Bingaman and Udall have introduced legislation, S.1689, which would designate over 400 square miles of wilderness within a few miles of our border with Mexico. That’s 400 square miles with no vehicular access, no low-flying aircraft, no mobile surveillance systems, no nada. Another “insider” with years of experience on border security issues predicts that as a result of the Krentz murder and the political furor it has caused, the drug cartels will slow or stop movement of cargo through the Chihuahuan Corridor. He also predicts they will move east, which puts southern New Mexico right in the line of fire. In addition, a recent report by the National Drug Intelligence Center tells us the Mexican drug cartels have established drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) in El Paso, Las Cruces, Deming and Columbus. Throw in 400 square miles of wilder-

ness and you will needlessly subject New Mexico’s ranchers and rural residents to property destruction and physical harm. Sadly, Rob and Sue Krentz had written a letter to Congress stating “the flood of illegal immigration through the proposed Wilderness Areas has almost produced a state of war over drugs and immigration” and that “we are in fear for our lives and safety and health of ourselves and that of our families and friends.” Let’s hope Senator Bingaman and the rest of our Congressional Delegation will listen to their constituents and display the statesmanship required to resolve this issue. The wilderness bill, S.1689, must undergo drastic revision or be totally withdrawn. Just as I’m completing this column I received notice a bill has been introduced to address this issue. Claiming federal lands “have become an unpatrolled highway that’s open to criminals, drug smugglers, human traffickers and terrorists who endanger American lives and cause severe environmental damage,” House National Parks, Forests & Public Lands Subcommittee Ranking Member Rob Bishop (R-UT), House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Doc Hastings (R-WA), Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member Peter King (R-NY) and Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Lamar Smith (R-TX) have introduced H. R. 5016 to prohibit the Department of the Interior from using environmental regulations to hinder U.S. Border Patrol from securing our border on federal lands. We owe these four Rep’s a special thank you for recognizing the problem and trying to do something about it. Bishop and Hastings especially have been on top of this issue for some time, and this legislation will bring more attention to the issue. Having the ranking members on Judiciary and Homeland Security as cosponsors will highlight the importance, the breadth and the severity of the problem. That being said, we all recognize this bill is probably going nowhere in this Congress. I’d be surprised if they can even get a hearing on the bill. I predict we’ll see task forces created, meetings held, MOUs signed, more “collaboration.” That’s it. Want to see some real change in favor of this proposal? That will come in November. Till next time, be a nuisance to the devil and don’t forget to check that cinch. Frank DuBois was the New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture from 1988 to 2003, is the author of a blog: The Westerner ( and is the founder of The DuBois Rodeo Scholarship (

America needs more jobs, not more lawsuits s policymakers consider ways to put Americans back to work, they should keep this simple formula in mind: More lawsuits equal less job growth, says Tom Donohue, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The business community has long warned that increased litigation can suck the life out of a state’s economy. For businesses both large and small, one frivolous lawsuit can mean the difference between job creation and stagnation, according to Donohue. To document America’s legal climate on a state-by-state basis, the U.S. Chamber's Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) commissioned the nonpartisan research firm Harris Interactive to ask senior litigators and general counsels at some of America’s largest employers to offer their impressions of state legal climates. Here are the results: Two-thirds of those surveyed said that the litigation environment in a state is likely to impact corporate decisions such as where to locate a company or do business. However, it is not just larger companies that are impacted by a hostile legal climate — small businesses also suffer. In fact, another study found that small businesses shoulder 69 percent of all business lawsuit costs and pay $98 billion in tort liability costs per year. It should come as no surprise that many of the states at the bottom of the survey — including Illinois, California and Louisiana — have high unemployment rates, with some in excess of the national average. What should be even more discouraging for residents of these states is the fact that the problem is only getting worse, says Donohue. To stem this tide, state officials need to step up and take action. There’s no time to waste — we must create 20 million new jobs by the end of this decade to put unemployed Americans back to work and keep up with a growing population. Once states can halt the expansion of lawsuits, businesses will have the freedom to focus on growing jobs, instead of fighting in court, says Donohue.


Source: Tom Donohue, “America Needs More Jobs, Not More Lawsuits,” U.S. Chamber of Commerce, April 2010. For report:



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ico, adopted an ordinance designed to give its citizens relief from wolves living in their front yards. “The federal government did not take any legal action against the county for the ordinance, and we felt we had a sworn duty to protect the health and safety of our citizens,” said Catron County Commission Chairman Ed Wehrheim. “The ordinance stated that if a wolf was harassing a person, the county would protect that person as allowed by the Endangered Species Act (ESA).” In 2007, the radical activist group WildEarth Guardians (WEG) sued Catron County in federal district court claiming that the county ordinance violated the ESA. In the end, the court ruled in the county’s favor on all counts, and specifically held that the ordinance as written was lawful. Catron County spent over $100,000 in attorneys’ fees defending its ordinance. “Even though the suit was brought under the ESA, we cannot recover that money from the WildEarth Guardians,” Wehrheim said. “In contrast, they and other groups have filed countless suits against the government about the

wolves, and are able to get their attorneys’ fees repaid.” In another suit, the Western Watersheds Project (WWP) sued the FWS in 2001 to list slickspot peppergrass under the ESA. The FWS ultimately decided against listing the species as threatened or endangered, but agreed to pay the WWP $26,663 to reimburse their attorneys’ fees. After this decision, a number of ranchers in the Mountain Home, Idaho, area, including Charlie Lyons and Ted Hoffman, came together with the state of Idaho to create a Candidate Conservation Agreement (CCA), which was approved by the FWS under the ESA. The agreement, which was signed by many ranchers, included specific, on-the-ground actions ranchers and landowners agreed to take to protect the species. According to a 2009 report, the slickspot peppergrass had the highest recorded population numbers. “We believe these population counts show the actions in the CCA were working and making a difference,” Lyons and Hoffman said. In 2004, the WWP sued again to force a listing under the ESA, the court agreed, and the species was listed. In 2007, the

FWS withdrew that decision, based on the protection given by the CCA. The WWP sued again, and won. Following that decision, the governor of Idaho filed a suit contesting the latest listing, and that litigation is ongoing. Due to the litigation, the CCA is useless and the faith and hard work that the landowners and permittees put into management for the plant is down the drain. No one can show that this plant is any better protected by some legal federal paper

While ranchers struggle to pay attorneys to represent their interests in these lawsuits, environmental groups are getting paid by taxpayers.

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bullhorn NMBC Sponsors 20th NM Dietetic Association Meeting sorship of New Mexico’s professional association of nutritionists and dietitians. Members work in all branches of the field, from individual counseling, to planning school lunches, to hospital nutritional counseling for diabetes and cancer patients. The NMBC sponsored the NMDA Annual Meeting lunch of tenNMBC-sponsored derloin, cranberry and pear salad with honey mustard dressing. The speaker, Dr. Martha Belury n Friday, April 16, 2010, the New of Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, Mexico Beef Council sponsored the presented a talk on “Dietary Fats that speaker and lunch for the New Mex- Lower Body Fat: Surprising Effects in Postico Dietetic Association’s annual meeting menopausal Women” to the gathering of at the Radisson Hotel Albuquerque. over 300. The group responded to her talk It was the twentieth year of NMBC spon- enthusiastically.


Dr. Martha Belury of Ohio State University addressed the NM Dietietic Association on “Dietary Fats that Alter Body Fat: Surprising Effects & Possible Mechanisms.” The NM Beef Council sponsored Dr. Belury’s talk.

Lunch, also sponsored by the NMBC, was Tenderloin Cranberry and Pear Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing. Each attendee also received a plateside gift of an “I Heart Beef” message boardfeaturing the “29 Lean Cuts of Beef.” NCBA currently has an “I Heart Beef” campaign for health professionals taking place. A drawing for two “Healthy Beef Cookbooks” was also held.

NM Beef Council Sponsors Zia Award Lunch


or the second year, the NM Beef Council sponsored the Zia Award lunch of the New Mexico Press Women’s Association, on Saturday, April 17, at the Uptown Sheraton in Albuquerque. The Zia Award is given annually to a New Mexico woman author. This year’s contest recogDina ChaconReitzel, Executive Director of the NM Beef Council, with friend and mentor Mildred Latini, past president of the NM Press Women. Mildred was southern NM district director for the NM State University’s Cooperative Extension Service.

nized fiction and went to Jeanette Boyer for her novel, Junkyard Dreams, published by University of New Mexico Press. Beth Hadas, editor for the press, received the award on behalf of the author. Robin Rahm, creative writing instructor at New Mexico State University, received a runner-up award for her collection of short stories, The Mother Garden. Dina Chacon-Reitzel, executive director of the NMBC, welcomed the organization and spoke about the mission of the NMBC. The NMPWA is a statewide organization of media professionals with chapters in Las Cruces, Albuquerque and Santa Fe. The organization celebrated its 60th anniversary at this year’s conference, with members of the national board in attendance. Lunch was a buffet of juicy roast beef, salad, mixed vegetables, roast red potatoes, rolls, chocolate cake, coffee and tea. Attendees also received an information packet with recipes and handouts on beef nutrition and preparation.

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Tammy Ogilvie Named to Beef Board


he Cattlemen’s Beef Board seated new Board members during its orientation meeting April 7, 2010, in Denver, Colo. After being appointed by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture in March, a total of 36 Board members — including 31 new members and five existing members who were appointed to a second term — were seated for service on the Beef Board after taking the oath of office from USDA representative Craig Shackelford during a CBB meeting. Among the new members was Tammy Ogilvie, Silver City rancher and former president of the New Mexico Beef Council. New members seated and the states they represent include: Barbara S. Jackson, Arizona; Willem Bylsma, California; Darrel C. Sweet, California; Dean A. Black, Iowa; Daniel P. Herrmann, Kansas; Larry M. Oltjen, Kansas; Genevieve D. Lyons, Louisiana; Andrew B. Salinas, Michigan; David M. McCormick, Mississippi; Kevin H. Frankenbach, Missouri; Judith A. Reece, Nebraska; Annalyn Settelmeyer, Nevada; Tamara A. Ogilvie, New Mexico; Ernest B. Harris, North Carolina; Thomas A. Woods, Oklahoma; James C. Kesler, South Carolina; Danni K. Beer, South Dakota; Linda J. Gilbert, South Dakota; Larry B. Pratt, Texas; Andrea W. Reed, Texas; D. Rudolph Tammy Ogilvie, Silver City rancher and new member of the Cattleman’s Beef Board.


Tate, Texas; Bruce D. Dopslauf, Texas; Laurie L. Munns, Utah; Jane E. Clifford, Vermont; Larry D. Echols, West Virginia; Martin A. Andersen, Wisconsin; Randall A. Geiger, Wisconsin; Spencer A. Ellis, Wyoming; Alberto J. Senosiain, Importer; Andrew Banchi, Importer; and Scott A. Hansen, Importer. Reappointments and the states they represent include: Wayne Buck, Colorado; Jeff Clausen, Iowa; John Schafer, Minnesota; Kristy Lage, Nebraska; and Rob Reviere, Jr., Tennessee.

U.C. Davis Report Says Meat Production Not Tied to Climate Change


n a report published in the peerreviewed “Advances in Agronomy” and presented in the March meeting of the American Chemical Society meeting, University of California-Davis researchers took a critical look at the 2006 United Nations’ report “Livestock’s Long Shadow” to clarify its application to U.S. livestock production. Writing the synthesis was supported by a $26,000 grant from the Beef Checkoff Program. “Clearing the Air” is a synthesis of research by the U.C.-Davis authors and many other institutions, including the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture, California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board. In “Clearing the Air: Livestock’s Contribution to Climate Change”, principle investigator Frank Mitloehner, Ph.D., associate professor and cooperative extension specialist in air quality, and his colleagues discredit claims in the oft-cited “Livestock’s Long Shadow,” saying they are not relevant to livestock production in

developed countries such as the United States and cannot be applied on a regional basis. Specifically, Mitloehner found the statement that livestock production is responsible for 18 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions and that this is more than the transport sector is a flawed analysis. In addition, in the United States, only 2.8 percent of annual greenhouse gas emissions can be attributed to livestock production, compared to 26 percent from transportation, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Media reports highlighting the Clearing the Air findings include articles in the Washington Times, the Register (UK), the Daily Telegraph (UK), the Des Moines Register blog, an AFP article posted to Yahoo! News and broadcast reports by FOX News and BBC. The AFP article reported: “Eating less meat will not reduce global warming, and claims that it will distract from efforts to find real solutions to climate change.” Mitloehner was quoted in the Washington Times article as saying: “The developed world should focus on increasing efficient meat production in developing countries where growing populations need more nutritious food. In developing countries, we should adopt more efficient, Western-style farming practices to make more food with less greenhouse gas production.” Notably, the Daily Telegraph article reported the U.N. admitted the “Livestock’s Long Shadow” report linking livestock to global warming exaggerated the comparison with transportation. Pierre Gerber, a policy officer with the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization, accepted Mitloehner’s criticism of the report: “I must say honestly that he has a point — we factored in everything for meat emissions, and we didn’t do the same thing with transport.” We currently are notifying other national media outlets of this story and encourage you to share the positive story on a state level.

2009-2010 DIRECTORS — CHAIRMAN, Tom Spindle, Producer; VICE-CHAIRMAN, Cliff Copeland, Purebred Producer; SECRETARY, Jim Bob Burnett. NMBC DIRECTORS: Andres Aragon, Cow-Calf Producer; Darrell Brown, Cow-Calf Producer; Chad Davis, Producer; Bill Porter, Feeder; Joe Clavel, Producer; Art Schaap, Fluid Milk Producer.

EX-OFFICIO’S: Jane Frost, Producer, Federation of State Beef Council Director; Tammy Ogilvie, Producer, Beef Board Director; Wesley Grau, Producer, Beef Board Director; Bill Porter, Feeder, USMEF Director.

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jinglejangle he United States of America is run by the people who show up to vote. It is frightening that the majority of voters in November of 2008 chose leaders determined to run our country in front of a freight train — but that is a discussion for November of 2010. The New Mexico CowBelles organization is also run by the people who show up. And show up you did for the 2010 NMCB District Workshop Tour! Thank you for coming and thank you for purchasing the sale items which support our organization.


Your NMCB officers volunteered more hours than their families would have liked to put together a program to help you bridge the gap between cattle producers and misinformed consumers of animal protein. There’s not much we can do for malnourished vegans who deny themselves nutrient-dense beef with a religious fervor. Maybe pray for them. This year’s workshops gave us a day to visit with friends from neighboring locals while enjoying presentations by President-Elect, Linda Lee; 1st Vice President, Kimberly Stone; Secretary, Joan Key; and Treasurer Lyn Greene. Hostess locals — Yucca, Mesilla Valley, Chuckwagon and Silver Spur — displayed CowBelle hospitality extraordinaire. The tour of all four NMCB districts by Owaissa Heimann and the state officers began in Artesia with supper at La Fonda and a guided tour of downtown Artesia’s larger-than-life bronzes, followed by the Executive Committee meeting. The District IV Workshop was held the next day at the Community Building on the Eddy County Fairgrounds. CowBelles from Yucca, Berrendo, Cactus, Corriente and Otero attended. Seating at lunch was by place cards so that everyone got to visit with CowBelles they might not have met otherwise. After lunch, Yucca CowBelles treated us to an amazing quilt demonstration. Our next stop was the Center of Knowledge, New Mexico State University, for the District III Workshop. Mesilla Valley CowBelles surprised us with a visit from Pat Garrett and Agnes Morely Cleaveland, courtesy of the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum. Jodi Lindsay, our Beef Ambassador, encouraged attendees from Borderbelles, Canyon, Copper, Frisco, Mesilla Valley, Otero, Tobosa Belles and a group of Non-Locals to bring a Beef Ambassador contestant to compete June 27 at our MidYear Meeting. The New Mexico Beef Ambassador program has a new sponsor — a rancher who realizes that it is in his

vested interest to have a well-informed New Mexico youth spreading our beef message. The NM Beef Ambassador will compete for a spot on the National Beef Ambassador Team in October in Rapid City, SD. That achievement comes with an ANCW scholarship and a chance at a USDA internship. Next stop — Belen. Luckily only two of us left our clothes behind at La Quinta in Las Cruces. The Chuckwagon CowBelles outdid themselves at the District I Workshop. They not only provided breakfast munchies and lunch at the beautiful First Methodist Church in Rio Communities but they were the only local attending. Luckily, they are a large, active local and their enthusiasm made for lively discussions. Treasurer Lyn Greene is a Chuckwagon and her entertaining presentation was uproariously received. The officers had so much fun we hated to leave. Neverthe-less, we raced out of Belen to beat the storm making its way across our route to Cimarron. We drove through a couple of snow squalls with no problem and arrived at the St. James Hotel in Cimarron. It would have been worth braving a blizzard and 6 inches of ice to get there. The St. James has been renovated and is gorgeous and everyone working there must have taken hospitality lessons from the Silver Spur CowBelles. Silver Spur put on a wonderful District II Workshop the next day at the Cimarron United Methodist Church. Maybe it was because they made us feel so


June 1 . . . . Beef Ambassador Applications due to Shelly Porter June 27 . . . Beef Ambassador Contest June 28 . . . NMCB Board of Directors and General Membership Mid-Year Meeting

at home or maybe it was because it was the last stop on the tour but the officers seemed to relax and enjoy giving their presentations to Silver Spur, Lariat and Piñon CowBelles. I was lucky enough to have a granddaughter in my lap at that workshop so I pretty much just sat there with a silly grin on my face. Kimberly Stone’s interactive presentation was entitled, A Sense of Urgency — Long Range Plan. Each district participated in formulating goals and a Long Range Plan specific to their district. She will combine the district plans into a NMCB Long Range Plan which will be presented for approval at our Mid-Year Meeting in June. Kimberly also had the job of filling out the work schedule for the Beef Council Booth at the NM State Fair. The State Fair will be closed on Monday and Tuesday of each week this year so the schedule is a little more complicated. Please call and volunteer your local for a shift or two if you haven’t already. Joan Key relayed the message, Earth to CowBelles — Environmental Stewardship, which recognized the legacy of stewardship cattlemen and cattlewomen practice daily. NCBA’s Environmental Stewardship Award, sponsored by Dow Agro-Sciences and the NRCS was introduced with promotional videos including the video clip of the Bradley 3 Ranch, the 2008 Region IV winner. The Bradley 3 Ranch donates a $1,500 bull certificate to NM Cattle Growers’ which is auctioned off at the Joint Stockman’s Convention. Check out Linda Lee is the State Team Member for ANCW’s Animal Welfare Committee and she told us about the programs, College Aggies On-Line and Adopt-A-Teacher, offered by ANCW in conjunction with Animal Agriculture Alliance. She presented information from the Animal Agriculture Alliance,, pointing out that the underlying goal of several so-called animal welfare organizations is the elimination of all animal agriculture. They don’t seem to understand that our wolf teeth aren’t just there for vampires to use. Treasurer Lyn Greene presented Boothwomanship 101, enlisting CowBelles to act out skits showing good trade show booths and bad trade show booths. Everyone got so into their roles that it was sometimes hard to tell the good booths from the bad ones. Being bad seemed to be a lot more fun than being good. We got the message, however, and promised to behave ourcontinued on page 58 MAY 2010


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selves at the State Fair. The fair is our best opportunity to educate consumers about safe, wholesome and nutritious beef. For those CowBelles who couldn’t make it to any of the District Workshops, please join us at our NMCB Mid-Year Meeting, June 28, 2010 at the Inn of the Mountain Gods in Ruidoso. Our New Mexico CowBelles organization is run by the people who show up. Carnivores Unite! — Karen Kelling President, New Mexico CowBelles • • • • • • The Chuckwagon CowBelles met on April 13, 2010 at Alpine Alley in Mountainair with 20 ladies present, welcoming the newest member, Vera Gibson, and Toni Barrow presiding. Lyn Greene presented a bill for $48.60 for the purchase of membership books and bill will be paid. Toni asked for comments or suggestions about the District Workshop. Only positive feedback was given. There was discussion about the State Fair Beef Booth and its protocol. Toni announced that she will send the State Officers a copy of by-laws. Toni read thank you notes from Karen Kelling, Owaissa Heimann, Joan Key, Lyn Greene and Linda Lee. Kimberly Stone also thanked Chuckwagon for hosting the workshop. Chuckwagon’s State Fair dates are September 10 in the afternoon and September 12 also in the afternoon. On May 11 and 12 Chuckwagon will sponsor a booth at the Indian Livestock Days at Route 66 Casino. Toni asked volunteers to help with Ruth Romero’s Bosque Farm’s School Days on May 6 and 7. Mid-Year meeting will be June 27 through June 29 at the Inn of the Mountain Gods in Ruidoso. The Beef Ambassador contest will be held on Sunday afternoon during that conference. Five States is planned for September 29 in Clayton, N.M. There was discussion about the Otero Mesa and its land-grab. Toni read a thought-provoking article about the aesthetic defacement of New Mexico by electricity generating windmills, billboards, etc. Jackie Brown announced that there are at least five new businesses in Belen. Possible good news about the economy? Hope so! Toni reminded members to keep a record of miles and time for November’s report. Next meeting will be on May 11, 2010 at 58

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the Alpine Alley Café in Mountainair. Respectfully Submitted by Babbi Baker President Kim Clark opened the Copper CowBelle March 9, 2010 meeting held at Two Spirits Café at noon and new member Linda Pecotte was introduced. Correspondence received from Linda Lee thanking Copper members for helping with the New Mexico State Fair Booth. Dutch Oven Cook-off to be held Saturday, March 27 in Glenwood which benefits the Community Park. Ft Bayard Days in September will have an agricultural theme and the organizers are requesting CowBelle help with the event. Cowboy Days will be held this year in conjunction with the Pro Rodeo on June 5 and a booth is needed for the festivities in Gough Park. The Regional CowBelle meetings will be held in Prescott, Ariz. on April 29. Gale Moore was thanked for preparing the Copper CowBelle yearbooks and were available for distribution. The memorial plaque and plant from the State CowBelles has been delivered to the family of Ruthie Graham. Judy Billings presented the Treasurer’s report. Judy received a bill from the Silver City Press for the dance at Cliff. Kim will send it to Joe Delk. The sign committee reported that Billie and Kathy Davis tore down the old brand sign and were thanked for that job. Kim will get with Pat Bearup to put up the new one. The deadline for the Pat Nowlin scholarship requires any candidates be approved at the April meeting and mailed by the 15. The September business meeting will be held at noon on the 14 at Aunt Judy’s Attic, bring a bag lunch. Members are then to also attend a special luncheon at the Woman’s Club on the 17. Bobbie Little’s marketing committee is still researching items to purchase to promote beef. They are leaning towards bumper stickers. McKeen Ranch Days on April 27-28th. Kathy Davis has been researching options for storage unit. Pat mentioned that club has not had a Historian in many years and as a result no scrapbooks have been produced. With most CowBelle members having jobs in town, no one has the time to make them anymore. Patricia E. Hunt, substitute Secretary The Mesilla Valley CowBelles hosted the District III workshop on March 23 at the Home Living Center on the campus on NMSU. Forty-six members from the district attended, including members from Otero and Canyon CowBelles. The workshop was very informative. The group went back in time to hear from Pat Garret and Madeline, the lunch time story teller’s

entertainment. Thank you to the state officers for all of your hard work! April finds the group supporting Doña Ana County Extension Service as they fight for funding to stay operational for the fiscal year 20102011. Without the extension service, the county will suffer greatly! Some local members judged a calendar art contest sponsored by the Las Cruces Public Schools New Mexico Ag in the Classroom, and Mesilla Valley CowBelles. Winners were selected, all of who are elementary aged students. The winning drawings will be in the 2010-2011 lunch menu calendars, with the 1st place winner’s artwork being used for the cover of the calendar. Winner’s will receive a certificate, premium check, and artwork will be displayed later this year at the Southern NM State Fair. Submitted by Gretchen Lindsay The February meeting of the Corriente CowBelles was held on February 2, 2010, President Kimberly Stone presiding with 14 members present and three guests, with all three guests becoming members by the end of the meeting. Correspondence received included three thank you cards from Wade Sultemeier, Owassa Heimann and Kathryn Malcom Callis. Kimberly Stone presented a letter regarding the New Mexico Raised and Bred Steer Show. It was decided to add an annual $250 donation to this show. Ag Education week will be held at Capitan Schools the week of May 3-6. It was discussed that the most volunteers would be required on Thursday the 6. Ruth asked members to come up with ideas for goodie bag items for thank you gifts for the 15 teachers for allowing us to work with their students. After much discussion, it was decided to order 864 mugs at $2.99 each. Pam Cleckler talked about t-shirts and passed around a catalog for members to look through to pick out shirts or jackets they may want to order. Some members ordered shirts to sample them. Member Carol Price gave a presentation about the capitan area mobile food pantry and what a blessing and asset it is to the community and asked for volunteers to assist in providing food to more than 150 local families. It was decided to donate $20 each month for the remainder of the year to the Mobile Food Pantry. Pam Cleckler talked about a new organization that is forming called Friend of 4-H and FFA which will raise funds to further support the youth involved in either of the two organizations continued on page 59

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in their agriculture endeavors. Pam asked each member to send in recipes to her for the group’s first fundraiser which will be a community cookbook, they will be starting an annual Calcutta event to keep the fundraising process alive. Michelle Stearns found a new fundraising idea in selling customized cow bells and that Michelle would research. Sherrie Huddleston informed everyone that she had contacted the state office regarding the individual member subscriptions to the NM Stockman and the magazines deliveries should be getting straightened out soon. From the January meeting: the Christmas party was a huge success Stone led discussion about the Stockman’s award and the need to reevaluate this program. She shared her concerns about the lack of CowBelle volunteers as well as the decreased number of kids with breeding animals specifically in the beef area. Members discussed the reason for the award and the other awards that are offered by the 4-H and FFA programs. Michelle Stearns, Frances Traylor and Kathleen Phillips-Hellman had ideas of putting the money towards a buckle or the cream of the crop. All wanted to see the most kids benefited by our donations. After detailed discussion it was decided to move the Stockman's award money to the Cream of the Crop fund. Submitted by Nikki Bowen New Mexico CowBelles: Thank you to all who have submitted their news to “Jingle Jangle.” Please send minutes and/or newsletters to: Jingle Jangle, Janet Witte, 1860 Foxboro Ct., Las Cruces, NM 88007 or email:

Heartfelt Thanks…

To the many people of Douglas and the outer community —

The Krentz, Pope, and Kimble extended families wish to thank those many people that supported Sue and family that contributed to the events leading up to and including the memorial services for Rob Krentz. It is only in a community of such compassion that in a tragic situation we all come together and support each other. For those of you who lost that unique friendship offered by Rob, we support and pray for you too. We are humbled and grateful for the food cards, flowers, hugs, and prayers. Without the prayers we would not make it through the day. Sincerely,


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S W E R S' A S

by Caren Cowan, Exec. Director, New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Assn.

rom month to month I try to have some idea of the topics I want to write about next. Like most of my days, it hardly ever goes like I have it semi-planned. The whole direction of the issues that most of New Mexico livestock trade organizations have high on their priorities took a sharp turn the morning of March 29 when a phone call got me out of bed. It is never a good thing when my home phone rings before 9:00 am on Sunday. It was Mother calling to tell me that Rob Krentz had been shot and killed the morning before by an illegal.


The reason the call had been so long in coming was that Rob and his mortally wounded dog, Blue, hadn’t been found until the middle of the previous night. The danger of living and working along the Mexican border in Arizona and New Mexico has long been known — and largely ignored — for literally decades. The fact that someone had been killed was more of a shock than a surprise. The fact that it was Rob was shocking, surprising and heartbreaking on many levels.

I grew up with Rob and his wife Susie. We lived on the other side of the Chiricahua Mountains from the Krentz, the Kimbles, the Popes and the Snures. But Cochise County is a fairly small place and extremely close-knit. Cowbelles, homemakers, Cochise-Graham Cattle Growers, Old Timers Picnics at Cochise Stronghold, Rucker dances, 4-H camp, the county fair, weddings, funerals and other such gatherings was where we made friends that have been bonds for life.

While Rob did the various leadership jobs that are passed on from generation to generation in the rural communities that are the fabric of our nation, it was not because it was his first nature. He was much more comfortable standing at the back of the room rather than the front. But he recognized that it was his role and he accepted it. Just like he accepted all the calls for help from his friends and neighbors over his lifetime, he served through the chairs of the Cochise Graham Cattle Growers and held that seat on the Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association Board of Directors. I don’t know how many years he served on the Apache School Board and the local soil conservation district board. Rob and Suzie raised two sons, Andy and Frank, and a daughter, Kyle. The boys both graduated from New Mexico State

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University, while Kyle determined that she wanted to be a wife and mother. She has now borne two grandchildren, a boy and a girl. The oldest, Robert, named for his grandfather and great grandfather, has that square head that marks him as a Krentz for all time. Rob went through Project Central, the ag leadership training program in Arizona, but knew that Susie would do more with the training so he made sure she was a Project Central graduate, too. He was right. Susie served in all the offices in the Cowbelles and eventually becoming Arizona State Cowbelle President. She has long been a national ambassador for the Cowbelles as well as all the issues that face the ranching industry in the Southwest. She has championed the cause of border security and the impacts of the Endangered Species Act for at least two decades. It is worth noting that son Frank Krentz is a current participant in Project Central, but I expect he will be more like his dad than his mom in public respects. Sadly, members of Congress are now finding in their files letters from Rob and/or Suzie. Even worse is that Susie and her family are now trying to survive the thing they feared worst for their region within their own home. While some have speculated that this was a tragic, but isolated incident or that it was a million-to-one chance encounter that led to the killing, both are far from the truth. Krentz, his family and his neighbors across southern California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas have faced this risk every moment of their lives for the past several years. The authorities are careful to note that Rob’s killer is allegedly an illegal alien — there are some questioning that fact to anyone who will listen. But skilled trackers trailed the murderer nearly back across the Mexican border. I say nearly, because he used a national wildlife refuge as a pathway – a pathway that is barred from entry except in the event of a life and death emergency. There is ample evidence that he crossed back into Mexico from the “refuge”. . . how appropriately named. Early reports were that Blue was killed along side Rob. That was not the case. He stayed by Rob until he was found, and then had to be put down due to his injuries. Through out the trauma of that first day, I commiserated on the phone with friends in family in Arizona who were shocked and outraged. The one request

that everyone had was that Rob’s death not be in vain — that somebody do something to keep this from ever, ever happening again. Michelle and I spent the rest of the day on the phone with every elected official and/or their staff that we had a phone number or email address for. I often mention how blessed I am to have my New Mexico family. That blessing includes Congressmen Harry Teague and Ben Ray Lujan, as well as Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall and their staffs who took our calls and went to work. We were able to meet with Congressman Teague here in Albuquerque that Sunday night. By Monday afternoon three members of the New Mexico Delegation were on record asking for immediate federal attention for the situation. There was only one contact who will remain nameless who took the “just calm down and let the proper authorities handle this issue in due time” attitude. There was universal concern that the nation and the world learn about the guerilla war that has been going on along the border for years. One member of the Remnant Tribe captured the situation quite well. Ninety nine percent of the public wasn’t aware there was a war on our own border and it seems 100 percent of the politicians were at least as uninformed. No one wanted this to be one of those “15 minutes of fame” issues. We had no idea just how big a hornet’s nest we could create. Calls and emails went out to the media as well. The Albuquerque Journal did a short piece for that first Monday and has since done an excellent job of reporting the story. True to the Cowbelle spirit, as calls and emails crossed the nation to Susie’s friends and fellow Cowbelles/Cattlewomen took up the call for action. It would be interesting to know how many contacts Fox News got that Sunday. Many of us are taking credit for veteran Los Angeles-based Fox reporter William La Jeunesse broadcasting from Highway 80 in the San Bernardino Valley by Monday afternoon. Hundreds of people from at least three states, including New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association (NMCGA) President Elect Rex Wilson and staff, gathered in the parking lot of the two-room Apache School House on March 31 along with more media than I have seen at any presidential event. Congresswoman Gabriella Giffords from Arizona’s eighth district which covers Cochise County, along with representatives from Bingaman, Udall, Teague and Lt. Governor Diana Denish’s staff, wanted

to hear from the people about the needs along the border. The people needed to gather to grieve. In better times, illegal immigrants would walk through border ranches in search of work. If there wasn’t work available, ranchers usually provided food and water to the traveler before he went on his way. Over the past 20 years that has changed. We learned that night that the problems with control of the border are staggering and simply unbelievable in this age of technology and instant gratification. There are those who lay the blame on the shoulders of the Border Patrol. Yet the men and women who have taken up this duty don’t even have the most of basic of equipment, like maps and binoculars. Instead of patrolling the border that is the width of a fence, they are stationed tens of miles from the border, heading back to home-bases on routine shifts. If the Border Patrol is in hot pursuit at shift change, pursuit is halted. If the Patrol is in hot pursuit and comes to a sector line, pursuit is stopped. Not only are there no cell towers or sometimes even land lines to stations in the border region, there is no radio communication between Border Patrol sectors. Governor Bill Richardson responded to the issue by sending over 30 National Guardsmen to the border for backup assistance. We learned that Arizona’s Governor Jan Brewer had been asking the federal government to send the Guard to the border for months. We also learned that if the state or the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sends the Guard to the border without the approval of the Department of Defense, there is no health coverage for the Guardsmen — and they don’t get any bullets. This must change immediately. Property trained and equipped individuals representing law enforcement agencies at every level must be communicating with the solid mission of securing the border. NMCGA developed a board policy statement to address these needs and communicated it to the Congressional Delegation and state leadership. The Arizona Cattle Growers’ adopted an 18-point plan that members of the Krentz family and others in the Valley had been working on for some time. It is called the “Return Our Borders” (ROB) Plan and it is in the hands of Congress and the Arizona Legislature, which is still in session, as well. DHS Secretary, former Arizona Governor and native New Mexican Janet Napolicontinued on page <None> MAY 2010



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and the USFS is requiring a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis and Corps of Engineers permit before work can be done in the river. “They just don’t care,” McKeen said. “Part of my land has been destroyed — the floodplain is gone, so now the river is aimed right at my field.”

The ranchers spent $42,000 to participate in the litigation, and in the end, the court granted the ranchers’ requests.

The problems with their grazing permit also involve the loach minnow. The activist groups the Center for Biological Diversity and the Forest Guardians (now known as WildEarth Guardians) filed a suit claiming that the USFS had not considered the impacts of grazing on two fish and a bird species and requesting that all livestock be removed from 42 allotments until the consultation process was completed. Ranchers intervened, spending about $100,000. In the end, the court ruled that extra work would only be required on allotments where the fish are actually found. “Even though our attorneys stopped the groups from eliminating all grazing and then won most of the case on the merits, the federal agreement voluntarily agreed to pay the two groups $300,000 in tax dollars,” McKeen said. The fish species were found on the McKeen’s allotment and private land, so the USFS built a fence to keep his cattle out of the river. Maintaining a fence along the river is difficult, and when the fence is down the cattle get in the river. In punishment, the USFS has cut the family’s grazing permit for 25 percent. The McKeens suit against the agency has been ongoing for ten years. “Even if we win the suit, all I get are my cattle numbers back, no restitution, no compensation for lost income, nothing,” McKeen said. “They cut my numbers by 25 percent, reducing our income by 25 percent. No business can sustain that.” Callie Gnatkowski Gibson lives with her husband and daughter in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She writes for agricultural organizations and publications. Prior to that, Callie worked for Senator Pete Domenici, the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association and the New Mexico Wool Growers’, Inc. She was raised on a sheep and cattle ranch in central New Mexico, and remains active in the family operation.

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Memoriam Harvey Milton Nunn, 86, Fayewood, passed away on March 20, 2010. He was born on October 22, 1923 in Lake Valley to Edward and Frances Nunn. He served in the Marine Corps during World War II, receiving the Purple Heart. He spent the rest of his life on the family’s Flying Y Ranch. He was a member of the Hatch VFW and a 32nd degree Mason. He is survied by his daughers Rose Ann Eby (husband Larry) Fayewood, and Dorothy Frances Young (husband John) Halfway, Texas; borther, Smokey Nunn, Deming; sisters Eleanor Wimberly (husband Kirk) and Mable Graves (husband O.C.), Albuquerque and numerous grandchildren. Robert N. (Rob) Krentz, Jr., 58, Douglas, Ariz. was murdered at his ranch on March 28, 2010. Rob was born June 3, 1951 in Douglas, Arizona to Robert and Louise Krentz. He graduated from Douglas High in 1969. He attended the U of A graduating with honors and a degree in Animal Science in 1975. Always active in his community, Rob served as President of the Cochise Graham Cattle Growers from 1993 to 1994. He also served as a Board member for the Arizona Cattle Growers. Rob was currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Malpai Borderlands Group and President of the Whitewater Draw National Resource Conservation District. He is survived by his wife, Susan, two sons, Andy (wife Amanda) of Las Cruces, N.M. and Frank Krentz, Douglas, Ariz., daughter, daughter Kyle Gutierrez (husband Brandon) and two grandchildren Robert and Madyson Gutierrez of Green River, Wyoming, a sister, Susan Pope (husband Louie), brother Phil (wife Carrie), nephews neices and numerous other relatives of the Krentz and Kimble families. Willie Lou (Billie) Craig Shoemaker, 101, passed away in September 2009 in Billings, Mont. She is survived by daughters Jimmie Lue Eddleman, Worden, Montana, and Joann Driggers, Haines, Oregon, as well as numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on June 12, 2010 in Las Vegas, New Mexico. For details on the service, please contact Doggie Jones at 505/425-6021. (We sincerely apologize for errors in last month’s posting.)

Carrie B. Green, 92, lifelong Cox Canyon, N.M. resident, passed away April 1, 2010, at the home of her daughter. She was born June 16, 1917, in Pierce Canyon to Frank Melvin and Lulu Mae Bonnell. She was a member of the Cloudcroft First Baptist Church. Survivors include her daughter, Frances Goss and husband Jimmy of Weed; three sons, Norman Green and wife Sylvia of Carlsbad, Gene Green and wife Kay of Cloudcroft, and Derrell Green and wife Zona of Alamogordo; daughter-in-law Louise Mendonca; 20 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Carrie was a freedom fighter, traveling to the Legislature in Santa Fe many times in her later years. E.R. (Bud) Bagley, 83, Corona, N.M., passed away on April 20, 2010 in Mescalero. He was born to Richard Jennings and Lois Bagley in Odessa, Texas on June 30, 1916. He lived the past 64 years ranching in the Corona area. He was a member of the New Mexico Mounted Patrol, serving as Colonel and Chief for 53 years. He was on the Board of Supervisors of the Claunch-Pinto Soil & Water Conservation District for more than 50 years. He served in the Navy during World War II. He is survived by his son Jim Bagley, Corona; daughters Jannie Freeman (husband Glen), Ruidoso and Donna Glover (husband Frank), Melrose; brother George (wife Pat) Dimmit, Texas; sister Allene Sultemeier, Albuquerque, eight grandchildren, seveal great grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. ••••• Editor’s Note: Please send In Memoriam announcements to: Caren Cowan, New Mexico Stockman, P.O. Box 7127, Albuquerque, NM 87194, fax: 505/9986236 or email: Memorial donations may be sent to the Cattlegrowers’ Foundation, a 501(c)3, tax deductable charitable foundation serving the rights of ranch families and educating citizens on governmental actions, policies and practices. Cattlegrowers Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 7517, Albuquerque, NM 87194.

Beef demand and prices may set record this summer by GARY TRUITT, Hoosier Ag Today attle prices are on the rise; and, soon, retail beef prices may be, too. Retailers have reduced their margins to keep beef prices low so far this year. While retail beef prices were down 10 cents per pound in the first quarter, retail margins dropped by 20 cents per pound. That can’t continue for long, says Purdue Ag Economist Chris Hurt. He and others are forecasting higher beef prices this summer, “Beef prices could hit record highs this spring and summer, eclipsing the third quarter of 2008 when the average retail beef price hit a record $4.46 per pound.” American Farm Bureau livestock economist John Anderson says, “The outlook for meat prices is, from a livestock producer perspective, more positive than it’s been in a long time. We are expecting fairly high livestock prices and that would translate to higher prices at the meat counter. A lot of people are saying that we may see record meat prices in summer of 2010.” Livestock producers went through some very tough economic times in 2009; and, as a result, reduced the number of animals they were raising. Now supplies are down and prices are going up. “Typically what we see is that supplies of meat get tight and processors and retailers sort of ratchet up their prices in response to the fact that their product costs are going up, and they’re looking for that point where consumers say: ‘You know, that’s too high.’ It remains to be seen where that point is, but that’s kind of what we’re going to be looking for this summer,” said Anderson. In fact, U.S. beef production is down 1 percent so far this year as somewhat higher slaughter rates have been more than offset by lower cattle weights. In addition, U.S. and international consumers are competing for reduced meat supplies as they feel more confident about the global economy. In the first two months of 2010, U.S. beef exports were up 24 percent while beef imports were down 23 percent, resulting in a 5 percent reduction in U.S. per capita beef supplies. Hurt predicted retail beef prices will remain strong throughout the year, but will peak this spring when supplies are the lowest. The mainstream media is already


howling about record high beef prices, but Anderson says consumers can find good beef bargains is they shop around, “Retailers use meat to feature sales in a lot of cases. So to just say that prices are high really masks the fact that within those high prices there will be a lot of featuring going on from week to week from retailers. So, shoppers who really want to look for a bargain can usually find something that’s cheap, at least cheap relative to other things that are in the meat

counter. So shop around, see what’s being featured, and fire the grill up.” Finished cattle prices are also expected to be at their yearly highs this spring. Summer prices are expected to be in the low-to-mid $90s per hundredweight. Hurt forecast that, in 2010, finished cattle prices may average about $93, dramatically above the $83 of 2009. Prospects for 2011 should remain strong as well, perhaps moving close to $95 for ■ the year.



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Foundation For The Future by CALLIE GNATKOWSKI GIBSON

or almost 100 years, 4-H has been a presence in New Mexico’s communities, educating young people and developing new generations of leaders and professionals in all fields. First geared towards


agricultural youth, today’s program gives kids across the state from all backgrounds countless opportunities and experiences. In recognition of the influence 4-H has had in so many lives, and in preparation for the upcoming 4-H Centennial celebration, the New Mexico 4-H Foundation is kicking off a “One Hundred for $1 Million” fundraising campaign, focused on former New Mexico 4-H members, leaders and volunteers to create a permanent endowment to assure future genera-

This goal can easily be reached if every person touched by 4-H will simply ante up $100 to the New Mexico 4-H Foundation.

tions a quality 4-H program. “The skills and knowledge kids gain from participating in 4-H stay with them throughout their lives,” said Jimmie Hall, New Mexico 4-H Foundation Executive Director and New Mexico State Representative. “Our goal is to raise $2 million, $1 million for state programs and $1 million for county programs, to support New Mexico 4-H, and we’re asking past members, leaders, and anyone who has been touched by the New Mexico 4-H program for their help.” This goal can easily be reached if every person touched by 4-H will simply ante up $100 to the New Mexico 4-H Foundation, Hall pointed out. “The state is filled with former 4-Hers, their leaders, their parents, their grandparents, their children, their business associates and friends who have all benefited from the program. We hope all of these people will help invest in the future of 4-H and our state’s young people.” While some aspects of the 4-H program in the state have changed with the times, the organization’s dedication to youth development remains strong. “We are all about youth development,” said continued on page 71


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Frank Hodnett, State 4-H Director. “All of our programs, all of our projects, are focused on helping kids reach their potential and become good members of society.” 4-H club work in New Mexico started in 1912 through outreach from the New Mexico A & M, now New Mexico State University, to rural youth and communities across the state. The Cooperative Extension Service was established with passage of the Smith-Lever Act in 1914,

Competitions, trips, camps and other programs give participants new experiences and knowledge that they can use throughout their lives. which helped the 4-H program to continue to grow. Today, the Cooperative Extension Service has an office in every New Mexico County, providing information and support to 4-H and other programs. Over the years, 4-H has expanded to include urban and suburban youth, and projects that are definitely non-traditional, said Hodnett, who oversees the over 60,000 youths and 5,600 volunteer leaders currently involved in New Mexico 4-H. “We are broadening our focus, placing more emphasis on science, engineering and technology; while working to maintain our agricultural base — the people who brought us to the dance. We want to have a club, project, or activity to meet every kid’s needs and interests.” 4-H starts at the local level, with clubs organized by geography or interest, and continues on county, state and national levels. Parents and other adults volunteer time, skills and knowledge to help kids with different project areas, and club involvement helps teach skills like leadership, public speaking and recordkeeping. Competitions, trips, camps and other programs give participants new experiences and knowledge that they can use throughout their lives. Volunteer leaders who oversee 4-H clubs and project activities are key to the program’s success. “Volunteer leaders are the backbone of our 4-H program,” Hodnett said. “Our Extension professionals are second to none, but they are stretched pretty thin. Programs wouldn’t have near

the reach or impact that they do without volunteer involvement.” As a youth development organization, 4-H strives to meet four of kids’ essential needs — belonging, independence, mastery and generosity, Hodnett explained. Membership in clubs and spending time with caring adults helps kids feel like they belong to the group and are valued. Leadership activities help develop independence and confidence, and can give kids an advantage throughout their lives. By mastering new skills, students have the confidence to get more involved in school and other groups and organizations. Finally, community service projects teach kids caring and generosity. Although 4-H is a nationwide program, it is very different from one state to another. Programs and events often overlap, but each state’s program is set up to meet the needs of its residents. Similar

Secure, online contributions can be made at For more information, please contact Hall at 505/294-6178. differences can be found within New Mexico, since lifestyles, agriculture and traditions differ greatly between regions of the state. “New Mexico 4-H is one of the greatest programs in the nation, and I feel fortunate to be a part of it,” Hodnett said. The New Mexico 4-H Centennial Celebration will offer everyone an opportunity to become involved by participating in activities that relive our past as well as celebrate the future of 4-H, and we need you. The 4-H program is looking for past members who would be interested in serving to help plan these activities as well as locate potential donors to help us reach our goals. If you are interested in being a part of this celebration please contact Frank Hodnett, 4-H Youth Development Department Head at 575/6463026 or to let us know of your interest. “Contributions made through this campaign will help ensure that kids today and tomorrow have the same positive experiences that we had,” Hall said. Secure, online contributions can be made at For more information, please contact Hall at ■ 505/294-6178.

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New Mexico FFA members win at state contest FA students from around the state competed at the New Mexico FFA State Career Development Events April 6-9 in Las Cruces at New Mexico State University. The members competed in a variety of events, including dairy cattle evaluation, agricultural mechanics and livestock evaluation. The first-place teams in each event will go on to compete at the national level in Indianapolis in October. The Silver City FFA Chapter won first in the agricultural mechanics contest, with member James Jones winning high-point individual. Ryan McCauley won high-point in the wool contest. The Artesia FFA Chapter placed first in the crop evaluation competition, with Shelby Burnett winning high-point individual. The chapter also placed first in the meats evaluation contest, with member Cade Hall winning high-point individual. In the poultry evaluation and dairy cattle evaluation contests, the Texico FFA Chapter placed first. Fallon Scanlon was





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P.O. Box 145 Cimarron, NM 87714 575/376-2341 Fax: 575/376-2347

Cimarron River Property, $410,000 – 10.91 +/- deeded acres, 2,700 +/- sq. ft. home. West edge of town with water frontage on the Cimarron River, some water rights and a private lake. This is the end of the road with awesome views of the mountains in a quiet peaceful village. Cimarron, Colfax County, NM. Foreman Property, $425,000 – 559.10 +/- deeded acres, Private 2,000 +/- sq. ft. home. Custom rock work. Horse barn, two-car garage, two hay barns, 5 pastures. Excellent spring gravitational feed-totrough, house on city water system less than 5 years old, septic system brought up to code. 0.8 mile driveway, mature cottonwood trees, very private, 4 miles east of Springer, Colfax County, NM.




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Miami Lookout, $395,000 – 80.00 +/- deeded acres in Miami, NM Approximately 60ft X 60ft metal building, utilities buried, water and septic in place. All back off highway up the mesa on private driveway, affording majestic views. Currently owner parks 5th wheel during summer months. Utilities could accommodate a 3 bedroom home. Has trees and irrigation shares. Colfax County, Miami, NM. Spear Road Ranch, $700,000 – 160 +/- deeded acres, with exceptional three bedroom 3 bath home, approx 2,200 sq ft. Adjacent office, 3 car garage and workshop, one round pen, 150 ft X 300 ft arena. Convenient to I25, fantastic views of mountains and the plains. Second manufactured home on site. Water shares and three water meters. Approximately 5 miles NE of Springer, NM. Western View Ranch, $259,235 – 373 +/- deeded acres, located 1 mile east of Taylor Springs. Windmill, stock pond, highway frontage, electricity and amazing views of NM and Southern CO mountains. Traditionally used for yearlings, in great shape. Would make nice escape. Approximately 8 miles E of Springer, NM.

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12,000 acres, Terrell County, Texas. SW of Sheffield, SE of Fort Stockton. Excellent hunting ranch, mainly deer (whitetail & mule) and turkey. New hunter’s lodge & walk-in freezer. Surface rights only; no minerals Principals only. $400/acre, cash.

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NEVADA RANCHES and FARMS Spring Sheep Range: This should be a Great Investment property, ideal for a 1031 Exchange! Deeded Sheep Base in Elko, Co.: 10,716 deeded acres plus a 29% public BLM permit in the mountains just northeast of Elko. Fifty percent of the mineral rights included. Good spring and summer range for sheep and cattle. Annual lease income, plus inexpensive Ag taxes. Price: $1,393,080. Dawley Creek Ranch: Located in one of the most beautiful ranching valleys of the West “Ruby Valley”. Set at the foot of the Majestic Ruby Mountains with approx. 1,100 acres of lush meadows and good private pasture. This ranch has approx. 6,000 deeded acres. Approx. 700 acres are currently being cut for meadow hay plus 200 acres under pivots with Alfalfa/Orchard Grass hay. This ranch runs approx. 500 pair plus heifers and bulls year long, and around 30 head of horses. No water fights in this case as the water doesn’t run off the ranch, but rather fills a Snow Water lake called Franklin Lake. This ranch has been a target for Conservation easements. Contingent upon being able to complete a 1031 exchange into another acceptable property. Waddy Creek Ranch: Located in a remote Nevada Ranching Valley called Charleston which sits at the foot of the Jarbridge Wilderness which is part of the Humboldt National Forest. The ranch is bounded on two sides by Forest. There is no power in the Valley, but there is land line phone. Two creeks provide irrigation water for approx .138 acres of historic meadow. This property has quaking aspen groves and is quite beautiful. Access is on a County Road. There is a BLM grazing permit attached to the ranch for 71 head. Price: Reduced to $450,000. Indian Creek Ranch: White Pine County, Nevada. Out West Realty Network Affiliate

This is a great property for a hunter as it is surrounded by Public Lands and has plentiful mule deer, antelope and elk. There is a large spring arising on high ground that could provide pressure for hydro power, or gravity flow domestic or irrigation water. This is an old historic ranch base and can provide summer pasture for cattle or horses and includes approx. 200 acres in three separate parcels. Piñon pine and Utah juniper plus some cottonwood, willows and quaking aspen. Very scenic. Approx. 1/2 mile off county-maintained road. Price $425,000. Lamoile Ranch at the foot of the Rubies. 138+ acres with two gravity flow pivots for irrigation; modern manufactured home; second manufactured home, cabin, large shop and separate barn. A 25% ownership in larger adjoining parcel on the mountain. Truly a unique property! Home Ranch in O’Neil Basin: Beautiful ranch with two creeks and adjoining BLM permits in northeastern Elko Co. This ranch consists of approx. 887 deeded acres with around 500 acres irrigated. Good improvements with larger two-story ranch house, a cookhouse with two bedrooms and a bunkhouse with three bedrooms. Nice horse barn, a calving barn, corrals and scales. Price: $1,675,000. Blois Ranch: South of Wells. This 160 acre has a two-story home with 3 bedrooms and two baths and a large barn. Power. Could be made into nice small ranch property. Priced to sell at $225,000. Mason Mountain Ranch: Great summer ranch with 3,700 deeded acres plus small BLM permit. Located approx. 75 miles north of Elko. Runs approx. 300 pair for the summer. Approx. 89 acres of meadows irrigated with water stored in reservoir/fishing hole which also acts as Red Band Trout hatchery. Home and outbuildings for a good cow camp. Phone, but no power. Price: $1,575,000.

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RITA BLANCA RANCH – Dallam Co., TX. 4,055 acres, 4 circles, 375 acres CRP, good fencing, pens and water. Priced to sell. EASTERN N.M. – Approx. 30 sections mostly deeded some BLM & State, employee housing & two sets of steel pens, county maintained, all weather road. Your cows will think they are in Florida! HEART OF THE PLAINS – 8 section ranch with new set of pens, concrete bunks, truck/cattle scale and commodity barn, mobile home, watered by subs, mill and pipeline, on pavement, hour from Lubbock. MAY 2010



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Ranches FORSale Southeast New Mexico Ranch: 13,397 deeded acres plus 7,393 acres of New Mexico State Lease. The terrain is fairly level to gently sloping and sometimes undulating. Soils range from sandy loam to sandy, with some sand hill country. Over the years, the owners have continued to improve this property with many miles of new fencing, additional water facilities and substantial brush clearing. The headquarter improvements are well maintained and the property shows pride of ownership. Improvements consists of an attractive owner’s home, guest house, barns, shop, horse pens, shipping pens, roping arena and other outbuildings. This working cattle ranch is set up and ready to operate. The property is priced at $2,500,000, or approximately $186 per deeded acre.

Eastern Plains of Colorado: 37,140 deeded acres with four sections of Colorado State Lease. This ranch has been owned by the same family for almost 60 years. The ranch is approximately 90 miles east of Colorado Springs. The terrain is open rolling, well sodded, native prairie country. The ranch has adequate headquarter improvements and is watered by live creek water, wells, an extensive waterline network and earthen ponds. This is a rancher’s ranch, priced to fit a rancher’s pocketbook at $245 per deeded acre. The property is rated at 1,000+ A.U. The Colorado State Lease will be assigned subject to approval of the CSLB. Northeast New Mexico River Ranch: 10,005 deeded acres along with 1,320 acres of leased land. This unique, highly improved ranch features approximately 6-7 miles of Canadian River Canyon Country. Numerous structural improvements include over 30 miles of high game fence, landing strip, 15,000 square foot office/airplane hanger, along with numerous other structural improvements. The structural improvements offer a huge depreciation schedule, and everything is in place for the sportsman. $495 per deeded acre.

Eastern New Mexico Ranch: This is a low overhead operating cattle ranch comprised of approximately 70,000 deeded acres and 9,000 acres of leased and free use land. The property is northeast of Roswell, New Mexico and has historically been stocked with around 1,600 animal units. The terrain is rolling and sloping hills draining to huge flats. The ranch is principally watered by large dirt tanks, but several water wells are available. Don’t expect to see stylish improvements or scenic views, but if you are in the market for a no frills working cattle ranch, you will have East-Central New Mexico Cattle Ranch: 60,400 to look long and hard to match this deal at an asking deeded acres with approximately 6,000 acres of leased and free use land. The ranch is located near price of $110 per deeded acre. Santa Rosa and historical stocking rates indicate a Texas Panhandle Ranch: 71,059 acres located carrying capacity of 1,200–1,300 animal units. The northwest of Amarillo, Texas. The centerpiece of the ranch has a rolling to hilly terrain with a small ranch is approximately 29 miles of the scenic Cana- amount of canyon country. The property is watered dian River, which essentially runs through the center by natural lakes, submersible wells, windmills and an of the property. The terrain varies dramatically from extensive waterline network. Improvements include elevated mesas descending to deep canyons and wide a nearly new Spanish style hacienda, two camps and fertile creek bottoms. The property is extremely well several good sets of livestock pens. This ranch is reimproved and very well watered by the river, springs, alistically priced at $285 per deeded acre. creeks, and many water wells. Major improvements include a 7,000 square foot owner’s home, 4,500 foot paved landing strip, hand houses, dog kennels, and many extras. The ranch offers some of the best mule DESCRIPTIVE deer, whitetail, turkey and quail hunting to be found. BROCHURES Two state record deer have been harvested in recent AVAILABLE ON years, and elk are now coming down the river out of ALL RANCHES. New Mexico. This property has a colorful history and a carefully planned Conservation Easement is in place. This ranch has it all. $475 per acre. —— O F F E R E D E X C L U S I V E L Y B Y ——

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the high-point individual in the poultry contest. The Dora FFA Chapter won first in dairy foods evaluation, with Gowan Hays receiving high-point individual. The chapter also placed first in entomology and pasture and range evaluation. Layni Breshears was the high-point individual in the pasture and range contest. Dora FFA received the production sweepstakes as well. In the farm business management contest, the Clayton FFA Chapter won first. Mona Ahmed was the high-point individual. The Las Cruces FFA Chapter won first in wildlife evaluation, with member Cody Howard receiving high-point individual. Joslyn Beard won high-point in the horse evaluation contest. The Mesa Vista FFA Chapter placed first in floriculture, with Anna Baecker winning first place individually. The chapter also placed first in horticulture produce. In the forestry contest, the Carlsbad FFA Chapter won first. Jessie Bass was high-point individual. The Santa Rosa FFA Chapter won first in the homesite evaluation and livestock evaluation contests. Gary Agar was the high-point individual in the livestock contest. The chapter also received the horticulture production sweepstakes. The Floyd FFA Chapter received first in land evaluation. Tess Nall was the highpoint individual. The Magdalena FFA Chapter placed first in landscape design, with member Nathan Apache winning high-point individual. In the nursery landscape contest, the Las Vegas FFA Chapter won first. Cady Mathews was the high-point individual for the event. The Tatum FFA Chapter placed first in horse evaluation. Dakota Stroud received high-point individual in homesite evaluation. The Carrizozo FFA Chapter won first in the wool evaluation contest. The Clovis FFA Chapter received the agricultural mechanics sweepstakes. The junior high leadership sweepstakes went to the Dexter FFA Chapter. Ryan Roberts of the Lovington FFA Chapter was high-point individual in entomology. Skylar Starbuck of the Grady FFA Chapter received high-point individual in the dairy cattle evaluation. Alicia Palomarez of the Corona FFA Chapter was the high-point individual in ■ horticulture produce.

Buena Vista Realty 521 W. 2nd, Portales, NM 88130 • 575/226-0671 • Fax 575/226-0672

What a Place! Only 320 acres but really improved. 2 brick homes, several large barns, well-watered with 2 wells. Excellent turf, very accessible. Horse friendly. Very Nice Smaller Ranch – Has brick 3 bedroom, 2 bath home plus a smaller hand house, shop building, hay barn, livestock scales, large steel pens with some feed bunks, working chutes, overhead bulk feed storage, outside fencing (mostly new 5-wire steel post), 1141 acres of excellent turf, and 2 pastures cross-fenced with drinkers. In all, this is a great opportunity for someone. CPR LAND AVAILABLE GIVE US A CALL OR STOP BY. LET US WORK FOR YOU!

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WAHOO RANCH – Approximately 41,376 acres: 12,000 deeded, 6,984 BLM, 912 state, 40 uncontrolled and 21,440 forest. Beautiful cattle ranch located on the east slope of the Black Range Mountains north of Winston, NM, on State Road 52. Three hours from either Albuquerque or El Paso.The ranch is bounded on the east by the Alamosa Creek Valley and on the west by the Wahoo Mountains ranging in elevation from 6,000' to 8,796'. There are 3 houses/cabins, 2 sets of working corrals (1 with scales) and numerous shops and outbuildings. It is very well watered with many wells, springs, dirt tanks and pipelines. The topography and vegetation is a combination of grass covered hills (primarily gramma grasses), with many cedar, piñon and live oak covered canyons as well as the forested Wahoo Mountains. There are plentiful elk and deer as well as antelope, turkey, bear, mountain lion and javelina (46 elk tags in 2009). Absolutely one of the nicest combination cattle/hunting ranches to be found in the SW. Price reduced to $7,500,000. SAN JUAN RANCH – Located 10 miles south of Deming off Hwy. 11 (Columbus Hwy) approximately 26,964 total acres consisting of +/- 3964 deeded, +/- 3800 state lease, +/- 14,360 BLM and +/-4840 Uncontrolled. The allotment is for 216 head (AUYL). There are +/- 278 acres of ground water irrigation rights (not currently being farmed) as well as 9 solar powered stock wells and metal storage tanks and approx. 6½ miles pipeline. The ranch begins on the north end at the beautiful Mahoney Park high up in the Florida mountains and runs 5½ miles down the mountains to their south end. It continues another 7½ miles south across their foothills and onto the flats. The ranch has a very diverse landscape with plentiful wildlife including quail, dove, rabbits, deer and ibex. Lots of potential & a good buy at $1,200,000. 46 ACRE FARM LOCATED IN SAN MIGUEL – Full EBID irrigation and supplemental well. Bounded by Highway 28 on the east, County Road B-041 on the south and County Road B-010 on the west. Priced at $14,000/acre – $644,000. 212 ACRE FARM BETWEEN LAS CRUCES, NM AND EL PASO, TX – Hwy. 28 frontage with 132 acres irrigated, 80 acres sandhills, full EBID (surface water) plus a supplemental irrigation well, cement ditches and large equipment warehouse. Reasonably priced at $2,000,000. 50.47 ACRE FARM - Located on Afton Road south of La Mesa, NM. Paved road frontage, full EBID (surface water) plus a supplemental irrigation well with cement ditches. Priced at $14,500/acre - $731,815. BEAUTIFUL 143.81 ACRE NORTH VALLEY FARM located in Las Cruces, NM next to the Rio Grande River. Great views of the Organ Mountains. Cement ditches, 2 irrigation wells & EBID. 2 older houses and shed sold “as is”. Priced at $13,212/acre - $1,900,000. Will consider dividing.

OTHER FARMS FOR SALE – In Doña Ana County. All located near Las Cruces, NM. 8, 11, & 27.5 acres. $15,000/acre to $17,000/acre. All have EBID (surface water rights from the Rio Grande River) and several have supplemental irrigation wells. If you are interested in farm land in Doña Ana County, give me a call.

DAN DELANEY REAL ESTATE, LLC 318 W. Amador Avenue Las Cruces, NM 88005 (O) 575/647-5041 (C) 575/644-0776

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Feds want full market value for Utah land it bought for $1 in Mantua Laura Riley 505/330-3984 Justin Knight 505/490-3455


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he town of Mantua, Box Elder County — population 756 — once sold the federal government 31.5 acres of land for $1. Now, the town would like that unused land back for free. But the Obama administration last month said it wants full market value for that land instead. Harris Sherman, Undersecretary of Agriculture, told a Senate Energy & Natural Resources subcommittee hearing that the administration opposes a bill by the Utah delegation that seeks to give Mantua the land for free. “Our concern with the bill is it does not provide for fair market value to the Forest Service, which runs counter to well-established, long-standing policies,” he testified. He added, “We are clearly willing to work with the town of Mantua to effectuate this conveyance. We want to do so under the terms of the Townsite Act, which requires us to receive fair market value for the conveyance.” That, of course, could create obstacles in the Senate for the bill sponsored by Sens. Bob Bennett and Orrin Hatch, both R-Utah. However, the House already passed last year on a 396-1 vote an identical bill introduced there by Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah. Bishop told the House at the time that Mantua had given the Forest Service the land 60 years ago for $1 and “the Forest Service forgot they had the land. It was not part of their inventory. It is surrounded by land that is either private or in control of the city already.” Bishop said the town is considering using it for such things as expanding a cemetery and building a new town hall, fire station, park or a school. “The land has limited value for the federal government, but has a major value for public purposes for the city of Mantua,” Bishop told the House. No one at the hearing questioned Sherman about his statement on the Utah bill, and instead focused on other public lands bills also being discussed ■ at the hearing.


House, New Mexico 160 acres, 126.5 acres under center pivot with 48 acres in 1st year alfalfa. T and L sprinkler. Water source is from a rechargeable stream. $1,185 / acre. House, New Mexico 2200 sq ft home on 10 acres. Needs work. Located south of House, NM. $65,000 Clovis, N.M. 620 S Reid, Need a Home for your horse? Don’t miss this one. 1+ acre with super nice barn featuring tack room, indoor wash rack w/ hot water and bathroom. All city utilities, lots of pipe fencing, 5 covered runs and large shed row. Business opportunity for horse boarding. Call Brett 575760-3654 575-763-5055 Portales, NM 1007 acres on HWY 467 and Oasis State Park Road. 640 acres state lease. 327 acres deeded. 5 pastures, 2 traps, 2 wells, 2 sets of pens. Call Brett Johnson 575760-3654 or 575-7635055 $295,000

BRETT JOHNSON – 575/763-5055 • 575/762-5611 • • 3008 N. Prince St., Clovis, NM 88101 Office 575/763-5055 • Cell 575/760-3654 • Fax 575/769-9177

NEW LISTING – Approx. 60 ac. farm located close to Carlsbad, NM. Lazer-levelled in ’08 & planted in alfalfa. 55 ac. of CID water rights. Cement ditches with metal head gates. Approximately 5-6 cuttings yearly. $192K LA PALOMA RANCH –10 miles SW of Carlsbad NM. 604 head BLM ranch has a mixture of flats & hills. Good road access but still a horseback ranch. 54 sections of state, BLM & private. Projected water sales for this year are $100K+. Priced at an affordable $3,150 au. Good headquarters, scales, & covered working chute. CROOKED CREEK RANCH – Well maintained 585 BLM permitted SE NM ranch. A working ranch with good headquarters, improvements. Located 25 miles SW of Hope, NM. Well watered with lots of storage. Good improvements. Four BR home, roping arena, & large barns. Part of ranch has controlled access for hunting & could be developed as another source of income. Affordably priced at $3,168 a cow unit. Co-listed with Dave Kern, Kern Land, Inc., Clovis NM.

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by BRIAN WILSON, Democratic congressman is seeking to strip the word “navigable” from the 1972 Clean Water Act to allow the Environmental Protection Agency to surpass the limits imposed by a 2001 Supreme Court ruling on the kinds of waterways the agency can regulate. That word typically is interpreted to refer to any body of water that is “deep enough and wide enough to afford passage to ships.” But Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn., who worked on the 1972 legislation as a Capitol Hill staff member, said he is trying to restore the original intent of the law. “I know what it means and it says the purpose of this act is to establish and maintain the chemical, biological and physical integrity of the nation’s waters,” Oberstar said. Some Republican advocates of land rights are wary, fearing that striking the word “navigable” from the Clean Water Act will bring every lake, pond, creek or mud hole under the EPA’s control. “It potentially puts government in charge of all waters, including mud puddles, irrigation ditches,” said Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash. “If you take out ‘navigable’ in this bill, it could potentially lead to the federal government usurping state laws as it relates to water and regulating, therefore, mud puddles. I just think that’s bad policy.” And that, he says, could place onerous burdens on farmers, ranchers and some small businesses. Not all Republicans are aligned against Oberstar’s bill. Some feel his bill strikes the right balance. “The bill is seeking to protect all the waters of the United States from pollution,” said Rep. Vernon Ehlers, R-Mich. “That’s the goal. The question is where do you draw the limit.” Oberstar tried in vain in 2007 to pass his water bill. Back then, the legislative waters were not “navigable,” so to speak, because the Bush White House issued a veto threat. But when Democrats control Congress and the White House, chances for passage appears ■ more likely.


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LOOKING TO SELL YOUR FARM, RANCH, OR RURAL HOME? Call me today. As a fellow farm owner and operator, I understand the unique challenges faced by agriculture and am here to help you in meeting your goals, whether buying or selling. PAUL STOUT, QUALIFYING BROKER 3352 State Road 209, Broadview, NM 88112 O: 575/357-2060 • C: 575/760-5461 • F: 575/357-2050

Centerfire Real Estate Kokopelli Ranch, Socorro, NM 8,733 +/- Deeded Acres, 9,934.94 +/- New Mexico State Lease Acres. Four elk permits & one antelope permit. Also excellent deer & bird hunting. 1,300 sq. ft. 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom. Ranch offered in a variety of ways – call listing brokers for information. Co-listed with O’Neill Land, LLC.

Hwy 60, Mountainair, NM What a great Cowboy retreat! 295 ac. of fabulous mountain views. Horse barn, Metal barn, Hay shed & a roping arena! Bunkhouse w/kitchenette & bath! 3-4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sunroom & covered patio. Rustic vigas & saltillo tile throughout, wood stove, dining area, & large kitchen island covered w/granite. $699,000. Ranchos De Caballos, Capitan, NM 706 Deeded Acre, 40 acre State Lease 1 mile hwy. frontage, just 2 miles N of Capitan. Natural gas pipeline runs across property. Electrical & telephone are easily accessible. Mule deer, elk & antelope adjacent to Capitan Mountains & U.S. forest lands, Majestic views. $4,236,000. Call Max Kiehne 505-321-6078 We Know New Mexico! 505/865-7800 2206 Sun Ranch Village Loop, Los Lunas, New Mexico

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Ranch and Recreational Property A.C. TAYLOR 505/792-7646 10300 Cottonwood Park Albuquerque, NM 87114

920 East 2nd, Roswell, NM 88201 Office: 575/623-8440 Cell: 575/626-1913 PRICE REDUCED ON THE CLAPHAM RANCH — CALL FOR DETAILS

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FEATURED LISTING: TINAJA RANCH – NEW MEXICO DREAM RANCH Live on a beautiful scenic small ranch, minutes from Raton, NM, near Tinaja Peak and close to I-25. It’s one hour from Angel Fire Ski Resort, and only 15 miles from the NRA Whittington Center Headquarters and the Raton Airport, which can handle private jets. New race track and casino to open this year in Raton. Mountain views and privacy, 702 acres, large historic 4,800 sq. ft. home with all the amenities (must see to believe). New barn, shop with 2 bedroom guest apartment, working arena, round pen, etc. Good grass for horses and livestock, and hunting for antelope. Rugged canyons offer additional hunting for elk, deer and bear. Brochure available. Asking price: $1,950,000. Co-exclusive listing with Charles S. Middleton and Son.

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New Mexico / West Texas Ranches Campo Bonito, LLC RANCH SALES P.O. Box 1077 • Ft. Davis, Texas 79734

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DAVID P. DEAN Ranch: 432/426-3779 • Mob.: 432/634-0441

532 acre CATTLE and HUNTING, N.E. Texas ranch, elaborate home, one-mile highway frontage. OWNER FINANCE at $2,000/acre. 274 acres in the shadow of Dallas. Secluded lakes, trees, excellent grass. Hunting and fishing. Dream home sites. $3,850/acre. 1,700 acre classic N.E. Texas cattle and hunting ranch. Some mineral production. $2,500/acre. 1250 acres in Montana. Excellent hunting, good pine timber to Marshall rock deposit. $775/acre.

503 acres in So. Navarro Co., Texas. It’s got it all. $2,000/acre. SALE PENDING.


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326 acres West Texas, Ranch. $750/acre.

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We may not be the biggest, the fanciest or the oldest but we are reliable & have the tools. RICHARD RANDALS – QUALIFYING BROKER • TOM SIDWELL – ASSOCIATE BROKER O: 575/461-4426 • C: 575/403-7138 • F: 575/461-8422 • 615 West Rt. 66, Tucumcari, NM 88401

5 Acres – Log home. Price Decrease: 3,800sq. ft. log home, 6 br, 4 BA on 6 acres m/l. 35 x 68 bunkhouse/classroom heated & 1 BA. 1/2 mile from Gasconade River & Wetstone Creek. Many possibilities for this property. Mountain Grove schools. Asking $170,000. MLS#814022

483 Acres, Hunter Mania:

Nature at his best. Dont miss out on this one. Live water (two creeks). 70+ acres open in bottom hayfields and upland grazing. Lots of timber (marketable and young) for the best hunting and fishing (Table Rock, Taney Como and Bull Shoals Lake) Really cute 3bd., 1-ba stone home. Secluded yes, but easy access to Forsyth-Branson, Ozark and Springfield. Property joins National Forest. MLS#908571

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Just north of Phillipsburg off I-44. 80 percent open, pond and a well. Build your dream home and enjoy. MLS#910997 See all my listings at:

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Kern Land, Inc. A RANCHERS RANCH – The 12,000-acre Rio Pecos Ranch located south of Fort Sumner, New Mexico has been running 300+ cows and weaning calves averaging over 700 pounds for many years. The Pecos River provides abundant stock water as it meanders for 8 miles through the middle of the property. The Rio Pecos Ranch has a tremendous grass cover from years of brush control and good management. Improvements include a large set of newer, well planned pipe corrals, cattle scales and over-head feed storage. Presently stocked with over 300 black cows that may be purchased by separate treaty by the buyer of the ranch. See Brochures at: 575/762-3707 Billy Howard Cell # 575/799-2088

1304 Pile, Clovis, NM 88101

Dave Kern Cell # 575/760-0161

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1611 ACRES E 

SE New Mexico Ranch For Sale • 10309 +/- Total Acres • 1525 +/- Private Deeded • 8149 BLM w/169 year-round permit • 144 State, 491 uncontrolled • 10 miles East of Hagerman, NM • 30 min. from Roswell & Artesia

CALL NOW! 1-877-488-8350 Nancy A. Belt, Broker Cell 520-221-0807 Tom Hardesty 520-909-0233 Rye Hart 928-965-9547 Tobe Haught 505-264-3368 Office 520-455-0633 COMMITTED TO ALWAYS WORKING HARD FOR YOU! Fax 520-455-0733 Turkey Creek, AZ – 2837 acres deeded, nice HQ, small state lease, 724 acre feet of water rights, great development potential. $6,000,000.

power & a well at HQ. Paved access. Elevation ranges from 3,500 to 7,265 feet. $1,050,000. Adjoins 56 head ranch that we have listed, combine them to form a nearly 300 head outfit.

310 H ead Cattle Ranch, Virden, N M – 4500+/- deeded acres, BLM, NM and AZ State Lease. HQ – 3 BR, 2 bath, MH, with power and corrals. Well watered, 12 wells, 10 dirt tanks, 10 springs. 7 sets of working corrals. $1,700,000. Terms

Wickenburg, AZ – 216 Head Cattle Ranch. Scenic, lush high desert vegetation. 103 deeded acres, State, BLM & 3,100 acres private lease. Well watered w/tanks, springs & wells. Abundant feed, numerous corrals & great steel shipping pens. $850,000.

Young, AZ 72 Acre Farm – Under the Mogollon Rim, a must see, w/small town charm, mountain views. 1,000 gpm well, home, 1800s museum, 2 bedroom cabin, shop, & barn. Excellent for horse farm, bed & breakfast, land or water development. +/-62 acres & well for $1,700,000; home & other improvements. $424,500, Seller Financing.

Near Cotton City, NM – 680 acre farm. $755,000.


250–400+ Head Cattle Ranch Sheldon, AZ – 1,450 deeded acres, +/-30 sections BLM, 150 +acres irrigated farm land. Nice HQ incltwo rock homes, good set of steel shipping & horse corrals, 30’ x 20’ barn, 9 livestock & domestic wells & 4 irrigation wells. There is deeded access to the ranch off of a paved highway & power to the headquarters. $1,500,000, Terms. 320 Ac Farm, Kansas Settlement, AZ – This working farm has 2–120 acre Zimmatic Pivots, a nice site built home, large workshop & hay barn. 5 irrigation wells, 2 domestic wells. The property is fenced & cross fenced. Great set-up for pasturing cattle. $1,168,000, Terms Desired. 235 Head Ranch, Safford, AZ – State, BLM & USFS leases. 40 deeded acres w/a nice 3 BR, 2 BA home built in 2007, corrals, electric


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56 Head Ranch, Safford, AZ – A ranch w/an upside! 640 deeded acres with a BLM allotment. Surveyed into 40 acre parcels & has established legal access off of a paved hwy. Run cattle & develop the deeded. This is a ranch that will pay for itself! Adjoins 235 head ranch listed above. $699,000. Rainbow Valley, AZ, 300 Head Cattle Ranch – Excellent desert ranch owned & operated by the same family for 40 years. Well improved w/BLM & State grazing leases. HQ on State Land, well watered. $650,000. Greenlee County, AZ, 139 Head Ranch – Year long USFS permit w/two room line camp, barn & corrals at HQ. Remote horseback ranch w/limited vehicular access. 10 acres of deeded in Sheldon, AZ. $400,000 – Seller Financing. Santa Teresa Mtns, Fort Thomas AZ – 200 ac. Plus 17 head BLM allotment, private retreat, two wells. Very remote & extremely scenic w/sycamores, cottonwoods & beautiful rock formations. $300,000 – Seller Financing. 68 Head Cattle Ranch, Tombstone, AZ . $250,000 – Pending.

HORSE PROPERTIES *NEW* San Pedro River north of Benson, AZ –250 ac. Professional Horse Breeding Facility –55 acres of irrigated pasture, 900 gpm well. 2 homes; barn w/office, apt., tack room, feed room, & storage area; 12 stall barn; 7 stall mare motel; lab/vet room; lighted riding arena; insulated workshop; and hay storage area. $2.4M. Terms Available. *NEW* In the foothills of the Chiricahua Mtns. Beautiful Sunglow Estates 14 acres, extremely private, beautiful custom home, spacious outdoor living w/exceptional views, creek, horse barn, workshop. Must see! $1,995,000. *NEW* 200 Ac Hacienda in Florence, AZ. Original ranch HQ built in 1866 recently remodeled. Beautiful courtyards, guest house, bunk house, arena, bath house, pond, borders State Land. $1,395,000. Terms Available. *NEW* Deming, NM – Charming country home on 160 Acres with barn and well. Development potential. $550,000. Terms. Willcox, AZ, +/-9 Acres w/Roping Arena – 3BR/2BA Shultz mfg home with many upgrades, roping arena, nice 4-stall horse barn with tack room & hay storage, second barn, new well, a very private and nice location $210,000. Benson, AZ 10 AC Mini farm – Home, barn, chicken pens, organic growing beds $185,000. Willcox, AZ 5 Ac, 2BR/1BA mfg home, roping arena, 5 covered stalls, hay storage, tack room, workshop/garage, RV. Great Value at $85,000.




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New Mexico Real Estate Socorro Area 228 Jaramillo Loop, Veguita – Horse Property Deluxe – If you want horses & can’t give up city comforts, see this rambling 3 or 4 bedroom, 3-bath home. Offers inspired, clean lines with colorful Santa Fe touches & spacious rooms. Barn, 3 stalls, runs, 4-horse walker. Pens are fenced & cross fenced – easy to work on 9 irrigated acres. In the heart of horse country. $837,000. MLS#669493 76 Calle De Lemitar, Lemitar – 20.76 acres m/l, subject to new survey, orchard grass & alfalfa. MRGCD right to water. Possible to split. $20,000 p/ac. MLS #671308 A Farmer’s Farm, San Acacia – 55 acres in alfalfa on paved access only 12 miles north of Socorro. Practical & scenic setting. Concrete ditches, & 3-year-old cottonwoods at edge of property. MRGCD right to water. Possible to add some dry land &/or an additional l70 ac. farm. $20,000 p/ac. MLS #670600 Levee Ditch-Zanja Road, San Antonio – Like to get back to the basics? Discover this 162 ac. m/l alfalfa farm w/stunning views. Easy access. Power, water & phone available. Will split. $13,000 p/ac. MLS#660140 Farm to Market Road, San Antonio – 25 m/l irrigated acres, all fenced, currently in alfalfa 3-years-old. Priced right at $12,000 p/ac. MLS#660145 Main Street, Socorro – 13.052 acres. Country setting right in town. Utilities available, paved access, wonderful view of M Mountain. Alfalfa 1-year-old. Only $20,000 p/ac. MLS#671316 Riverside Drive, Luis Lopez – Great views, fully fenced, horses permitted, water, electricity, telephone available. Ditch rights only. Currently in pasture. Seller is willing to split. A great place for horses. $115,800. MLS#667498 Magdalena Land – Exquisite views, convenient to town - 225 acres offers the opportunity to take advantage of additional land owned by BLM. Power & phone at property line. Development potential or just wide open space for your enjoyment. $525,000. MLS#484787

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Crane Creek Ranch: Tehama County, 556 acres. Two small homes, winter range. West of Red Bluff. Priced at $975,000.

Rubicon Ranch: Tehama County, 2,082 acres, Hunting Ranch, pigs, deer, quail dove. Ponds and creek. Priced at $1,350,000.

Wilson Ranch: Modoc County, 487 acres, house, barn, summer range. Surprise Valley, Calif. Priced at $950,000.

Spring Meadow Ranch: Shasta County, 160 acres, water rights, 50 acres irrigated, large home, swimming pool, barn, shop. Priced at $699,000.

Willow Springs Ranch: Shasta County, 1,470 acres, barn, two homes, Cottonwood Creek frontage. Make offer.

Trinity River Ranch: Trinity County, 117 acres, 5,000 ft. Trinity River frontage, excellent trout fishing. Priced at $665,000.

Pasture Ranch: Modoc County, 427 acres, nice home, 400 acres irrigated. 2.5 miles Pit River frontage, priced at $1,600,000.

Kelley Ranch: Modoc County, 658 acres, 156 acres irrigated, three houses, barn, shop. Priced at $900,000

Fisher Ranch: Modoc County, 2,808 acres, 465 irrigated, USFS and BLM permits, older nice home, 200 cows included. Priced at 2,999,000. Hooker Creek Ranch: Tehama County, 1,023 acres, winter range, large ponds, recreation, electric, well, septic, telephone. Priced at $1,095,000.

Paskenta Ranch: Tehama County, 487 acres, house, corrals, barns. Approx. 200 acres, class one soil. New well, nursery-orchard. Priced at $1,795,000 Horse Ranch: Tehama County. 26+ acres, 14 acres irrigated, house, corrals, 120x200 covered arena. 140 ft. cutting arena, 16-stall barn, Cottonwood Creek frontage. Priced at $1,350,000





9 Mile Ranch – La Paz County. Approx. 24,069 +/- Acres State Grazing Lease and 140,000 +/- Acres BLM Grazing Lease. $85,000. .................................... SOLD! Oak Allotment – USFS Lease in Cochise County. $65,000. ............................ SOLD! Arnold Allotment – The Ranch consists of approx. 23,000 +/- Acres BLM Ephemeral Grazing Permit with a little State Grazing Lease. ......................... SOLD! Artex Ranch – A large desert ranch (about 141 +/- Sections) with a long history of running large numbers of cows during “the season.” .................... SOLD! Clem North Ranch – Approx. 67,745 +/- Acres BLM & State Grazing Leases and 32,250 +/- unfenced private leases. $300,000. ....................................... SOLD! C/O Farm/Ranch – Snowflake, AZ. 9 Deeded Acres & 509 +/- Acres State Grazing lease & 153 +/- Acres Ag Lease. $325,000. ....................................... SOLD! Mission A Ranch – Cochise County. 9,408+/- Acres State Grazing Lease and 60 Deeded Acres. $300,000. ..................................................................... SOLD!

2520 acre m/l, all deeded ranch 40 miles south of Santa Fe and 45 miles east of Albuquerque. Good balance of open and cedar country. 50 A.U. year-round, or 120 yearlings for summer. A well-watered ranch with windmill and submersible pump. PVC pipeline to drinkers. Great variety of NM native grasses. A great location. $1,300,000.

SANTA TERECITA RANCH – SOCORRO COUNTY, NM 495 deeded acre m/l, in Datil area. A very highly improved ranch with both cattle and horse facilities. All-steel pipe, new construction, state-of-the-art 8-stall horse and stud barn. Office and public restrooms. Lighted all-steel rodeo arena built to P.R.C.A. specifications. Large steel barn for storage, tack, and shop. All-steel cattle working facilities with large and small chutes. Nice adobe home, and much more. This ranch has abundant underground water with 220 acre water rights. Two fully equipped irrigation wells supply two pivot sprinklers. Each well supplies a sprinkler. Qualified and interested – call for brochure.



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Investments Out West Land Company Marketers of Quality Southwest Properties arge irrigated acreage adjacent to a paved L road – total of all tracts approximately 2400 acres. Irrigated by center pivots. Productive soils. Crops now include wheat and alfalfa. Excellent opportunity for farming, dairy or cattle operation. WAYNE BAKER, ASSOCIATE BROKER, INVESTMENTS OUT WEST LAND COMPANY

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1139 Acres total 715 Acres under pivots or wheel lines Produces 3000 ton alfalfa hay a year Nice house+3 bedroom trailer house +2 bedroom bunk house • Excellent set of corrals • Excellent water rights • Cuts 3 to 4 crops high quality alfalfa hay a year • Heated Shop + large machine shed + storage & outbuildings • 30,000 bushel grain storage • Complete set of good farming equipment (except baler) • Some goose hunting in the winter.

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An international trend toward self-directed care Commentary by JOHN C GOODMAN, Health Affairs Blog ritics of consumer-directed health care often argue that patients are not knowledgeable enough and the market is not transparent enough for consumerism to work in health care. But a study by The Commonwealth Fund says there is an international trend toward self-directed care (SDC) and it is focused on a most unlikely group of patients: the frail, the old, the dis-


abled and even the mentally ill. In the United States, Medicaid “Cash and Counseling” programs — underway for over a decade — allow home-bound, disabled patients to manage their own budgets and choose services that meet their needs. In Germany and Austria, a cash payment is made to people eligible for longterm care — with few strings attached and little oversight on how the money is used. In England and the Netherlands, the



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disabled and the elderly manage budgets in a manner similar to Cash and Counseling in the United States. Also in this country, Florida and Texas have SDC programs for patients with serious mental illness and the Veterans Administration has an SDC program operating in 20 states for long-term care and mental illness. Further, it appears that we have barely scratched the surface in taking advantage of patient power opportunities. Chronic Care. As I wrote at my blog and at the Health Affairs blog, the greatest potential in this area is in the treatment of chronic illness. Studies show that chronic patients can often manage their own care with results as good or better than under traditional care; and if patients are going to manage their own care, it makes sense to allow them to manage the money that pays for that care. The British National Health Service (NHS) is already contributing to SDC budgets for muscular dystrophy, severe epilepsy, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The NHS believes it is saving money in reduced hospital and nursing home costs. The NHS is also about to launch pilot programs that will include mental health, long-term chronic conditions, maternity care, substance abuse, children with complex health conditions, and end-of-life care. Other countries are moving in a similar direction. The fastest-growing use of personal budgets in the Netherlands is for families with children who have attentiondeficit hyperactivity disorder, autism, and other types of serious emotional distur bances. The advantage of empowering patients and families in this way are straightforward: lower costs, higher quality care and higher patient satisfaction. Lower Costs. In Germany, long-term care patients are given 50 percent less than what would have been spent if they agree to manage their own budgets. In the Netherlands, spending is 30 percent less. In England, long-term care services purchased by individuals cost from 20 to 40 percent less than equivalent services purchased by local governments. In the Arkansas Cash and Counseling program, participants were given more than what Medicaid would have spent, but an 18percent reduction in nursing home use continued on page 93

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Carrizozo Cowboy Days / Ranch Rodeo or a fun-filled day of family entertainment Carrizozo’s Ranch Rodeo is a must. You won’t want to miss the Wild Cow Milking contest, or the Team Doctoring event. There will be five team events altogether where the real cowboys and cowgirls will be competing for individuals prizes and an over all High Point award. The Ranch Rodeo is a living tribute to our Western Cowboy Heritage. It features competition between teams of cowboys who demonstrate necessary skills and know-how that ranch hands practice daily on New Mexico ranches. Real working cowboys from throughout Lincoln County will be showing off the skills of their trade Saturday afternoon at 1:00 pm, June 12, 2010, at the Carrizozo Cowboy Days celebration.. There will be five teams of cowboys with 5 cowboys/cowgirls per team competing for prizes in each event and High Point honors. Ranch Rodeo is an event that was recreated a number of years ago. It was a return to the days of the original rodeo around the mid 1800's. The competition was among the ranches and who had the best team of cowhands in the area. These rodeos were a gathering of ranch families and became a social function that was not only a competition but a time of visiting with each other. Modern day Ranch Rodeo is a return to these times of sharing and friendly competition. In 1994, the Working Ranch Cowboys Association was created to return to these roots and focus on the cowboys, their families and the ranches where they worked . Shortly thereafter, the Women’s Ranch Rodeo Association was organized in 1998 in Kansas. The mission of the Women’s Ranch Rodeo Assn. Is to educate while promoting the lifestyles and skills associated with women in the cattle and ranching industries. When the contestants arrive at the arena they will draw to see which team they will be working with. Each team will compete in the same events and will be judged or timed. While the events are fun, they also show off the skills real working cowboys use every day. There’s one thing about Ranch Rodeo, anything can happen and usually does, and anybody can win. Every morning when someone crawls out of bed to go to work at their job, some days are good and some days aren’t so good. The same thing happens in Ranch Rodeo. This is when it gets real interesting and sometimes downright hilarious. ■


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reduced Medicaid’s overall costs. Higher Quality. In Arkansas, Cash and Counseling patients got 100 percent of their authorized hours of personal care, compared to only 70 percent for those in traditional Medicaid. In New Jersey, “mentally ill adults with physical disabilities . . . were less likely to fall, have respiratory infections, develop bed sores, or spend a night in hospital or a nursing home if they were directing their own personal care services.” Overall, SDC participants get more preventive care; and as a result, “make significantly less use of crisis stabilization and crisis support.” One reason is that SDC gives participants access to a broader range of services. “In Texas . . . [where] Medicaid will not cover routine counseling . . . SDC is providing individuals access to counseling using funds from their individual budgets.” Higher Satisfaction. In the Netherlands, close to 80 percent of disabled and elderly participants who were eligible for long-term care services and opted for a personal budget had a positive assessment of the services they received, compared with less than 40 percent in traditional

care. In England, 79 percent of those who employ a personal assistant were very satisfied with the care and support they received, compared to only 26 percent in traditional care. In the United States, satisfaction rates in the Cash and Counseling programs have hovered in the high 90 percentiles. Nat’l Ctr for Policy Analysis

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Creighton’s Town & Country, Portales, NM Garland Creighton 575/356-3665

Roswell Livestock & Farm Supply, Roswell, NM Hub Traylor 575/622-9164

Maid Rite Feeds, Willcox, AZ Billy Thompson 520/384-4688

Steve Swift, Account Manager Portales, NM 575/760-3112

Horse ’n Hound Feed ’n Supply Las Cruces, NM Curtis Creighton 575/523-8790

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