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Dear Fellow Cattlemen: s I write my final letter, there is much to review and much to be thankful for. I want to extend sincere appreciation to the Executive Committee, all the Committee Chairman and Vice Chairman and all of the members who have contributed to a growing New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association (NMCGA) over the past two years. It is simply amazing the amount of work that gets done through the NMCGA staff. Please join me in expressing appreciation to them as well. I am proud and humbled to report that we have surpassed our goal of 400 new members during 2012 and 2013. Now it is on to the next bench mark. Retention of members is important as well. We have mailed a “come on back” letter to the dropped members from the past five years and those folks are starting to reinstate their memberships. We are at the highest NMCGA membership we have had in years and are growing toward new highs on a daily basis. That wouldn’t be possible without you putting your shoulder to the wheel and making it happen. I don’t want to lose sight of the fact that it is a deliberate choice to be a member and I want to insure that NMCGA is worthy of your membership. In late October my son Marshal and I had the privilege of accompanying a group of ranchers to Washington, DC to advocate for some real change in how federal agencies treat Americans. As a community we spend a lot of time lamenting our small numbers and the lack of the ability to change how we are treated. It is easy to fall into that trap when we, at the ranch, watch the news headlines and the emails piling up. That trip was a real eye opener. There were 20 of us from Wyoming, Nevada, Idaho, Texas and New Mexico. The reason for the trip was a House of Representatives Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands & Environmental Regulations hearing. The subject was Federal Bullyling & Abuse. We have long known that some, certainly not all, federal employees believe they are above the law. We have seen numerous egregious acts like perjury in federal court right here in New Mexico. The reason for that is that they have sovereign immunity under the Civil Rights Act. That means they cannot be held personally liable for their actions, unlike state and local employees who hold qualified immunity. As long as state and local employees act within the law, they cannot be held personally liable for their actions. Federal employees have no such constraints. Karen Budd Falen, our Cheyenne, Wyoming attorney, has devised a solution to the problem at the behest of the U.S. Supreme Court in their decision on the Frank Robbins case a few years ago. The hearing was the first step in getting Congress to act and protect Americans from their own employees. These actions are not limited to federal lands ranchers, but run the gambit through just about any federal agency. But the hearing itself was just a fraction of the time we spent and the impacts that group made. Never wanting to waste a minute Michelle Frost and Karen’s staff planned four days of meetings with decision makers not just on Capitol Hill but throughout DC. We met with groups like The Heritage Foundation, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, public relations firms and national media in addition to more than 20 members of Congress or their staffs from all of the states represented and then some. I can tell you that people care what is happening to us. They just need to see the faces that are suffering the abuse. We hear often that we need to do a better job of telling our story. That’s the truth. We are surviving and we will continue to do so by taking the individual responsibility to let leaders know what is happening on the ground. I have been proud to serve NMCGA all the way up through the chairs and look forward to finishing out my duties as a past president over the next four years. Thank you for this tremendous opportunity.





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Mr. San Peppy 1488593 Carlos Jean

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Mr. Penney Poke 1272182 Flintrock Lady

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Steve Jensen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 National Western Stock Show . . . . .44 Southwest Beef Symposium . . . . . . 36

ANGUS 2 Bar Angus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 American Angus Association . . . . . .26 Bill King Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Black Angus “Ready for Work” Bull Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Bradley 3 Ranch LTD . . . . . . . . .6, 89 Brennand Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 C Bar Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25, 87 Candy Ray Trujillo’s Black Angus . . .25 Conniff Cattle Co LLC . . . . . . . 30, 98 Cornerstone Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Express UU Bar Ranch . . . . . . . . .114





Raymond Boykin . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Beefmaster Beefmaster Breeders United . . . . . .39 Casey Beefmasters . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Isa Cattle Company . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

F&F Cattle Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 George Curtis Inc . . . . . . . . . . .29, 89 Greer Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Hales Angus Farms . . . . . . . . . 23, 88 Hartzog Angus Cattle . . . . . . . .12, 87 Hubble Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . .25, 31 J - C Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Jimbar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Manzano Angus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 McKenzie Land & Livestock . . . . . . 30 Miller Angus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 New Mexico Angus & Hereford Assn Bull & Heifer Sale . . . . . . . .37 P Bar A Angus Cattle . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Porter Angus Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Salazar Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 T-Heart Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 U Bar Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24

BRAHMAN Manford Cattle . . . . . . . . . . . . .73, 86 Pratt Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72, 88

BRANGUS Best in the West Brangus Sale . . . . .38 Carter Brangus . . . . . . . . . . . .20, 89 Dees Brothers Brangus . . . . . . . . . 93 Floyd Brangus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Hubbell Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . .25, 31 Lack-Morrison Brangus . . . . . . . .115 Parker Brangus . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Ramro LLC / R J Cattle Co. . . . . . . .18 Rio Hondo Land & Cattle Co. . . . . .29 Roswell Brangus Breeders Co-Op . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Roswell Brangus Bull & Female Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4

BARZONA Barzona Breeders Association of America . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 F & F Cattle Company . . . . . . . . . .32

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Skaarer Brangus . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Townsend Brangus . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Westall Ranches, LLC . . . . . . . .13, 86

BRAUNVIEH Freeman Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89

CHAROLAIS Bill King Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Grau Charolais . . . . . . . . . . . . 22, 86 Grau Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11, 89 Ramro LLC / R J Cattle Co . . . . . . .18

CORRIENTE Cates Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88



Clavel Herefords . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Coleman Herefords . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Cornerstone Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Cox Ranch Herefords . . . . . . . . . . .89 Coyote Ridge Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . .89 D & S Herefords . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Decker Herefords . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Henard Ranches . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Mason Cattle Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88 Mountain View Ranch . . . . . . . . . . .88 New Mexico Angus & Hereford Bull & Heifer Sale . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Nine Cross Hereford Ranch . . . . . . .17 Salazar Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Texas Hereford Association . . . . . . . 51 Tom Robb & Sons . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 USA Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 West Star Herefords . . . . . . . . .20, 97

IRISH BLACKS & REDS Jarmon Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . .32, 89

GALLOWAY American Galloway Breeders Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87


B & H Herefords . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Bar J Bar Herefords . . . . . . . . .15, 89 Bill King Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Clark Anvil Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 C & M Herefords . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25


LONGHORN Goemmer Land & Livestock . . . . . .29

RED ANGUS Ferguson Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 JaCin Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Lazy D Ranch Red Angus . . . . . . . .86 Lazy Way Bar Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . .87 McGinley Red Angus . . . . . . . . . . .87 Sachse Red Angus . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Santa Rita Ranch . . . . . . . . . . .25,88 Southwest Red Angus Assn . . . . . . .87

RED BRANGUS ROD Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27

SALERS American Salers Association . . . . . .26 Clark Anvil Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . .33

SHORTHORN Conniff Cattle Co., LLC . . . . . . .30, 98


Conniff Cattle Co. LLC . . . . . . .30, 98




T-Heart Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16


Apache Creek Limousin . . . . . . . . .25 Bow K Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88 Craig Limousin . . . . . . . . . . . .25, 87 Greer Winston Ranch . . . . . . . . . . .38 May Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14

Campbell Simmental . . . . . . . . . . .25 T-Heart Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16

TARENTAISE D Squared Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37


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The View

from the back side

Top Hand by BARRY DENTON he old truck and trailer came barreling into the ranch last spring at full gallop and screeched to a halt in front of the round pen where I was riding a jittery colt. The truck door slammed and out jumps the man to replace John Wayne according to him. Red was about five foot four and was just certain he could leap tall buildings in a single bound. To steal a line from Yavapai Pete “he had a head like a hatchet with a face made to match it.” The rest of him was narrow and wiry. The stubble on his face convinced you that he had some ferret in his background. His big roweled spurs drug the ground with each step. Other than strutting like a bantam rooster and lying consistently he wasn’t too bad of a cowboy or so I thought. Red arrived at the round pen gate and said he had a cow and calf just east of our place that needed to be doctored. Could I come and help him? This was mid morning and of course the middle of our work day. To make the best of it I figured my jittery colt could use the work. Red swung open his trailer door and out came one of the strangest looking horses I have ever seen. Other than being sixteen hands tall he looked just like Red. The horse was narrow faced with pig eyes and a big old hump in his forehead. His legs went in every direction and his feet were pointed in the other. The horse was slicked out which was unusual for any of Reds’ horses. Red mounted up and explained that the boss had given him a blank check to find a good horse for the ranch. Red said that he searched high and low for a few months and came upon this horse at a sale. The horse was supposed to go back to Hancock and Secretariat, figure


that one out. He said that he had been bidding against an agent for Tuf Cooper who really wanted the horse, but he just couldn’t outbid ol’ Red. I figured if Red was right I ought to see a world class ranch and rope horse at work today. We headed out for the east pasture at a high trot. When we had gone about four hundred yards the world’s greatest ranch horse proceeded to buck. The way I would describe it would be a high fashion buck. That homely old horse was actually one of the prettiest buckers I have ever seen. He just seemed to float on air and then really snap as he hit the earth. Right about then he hit a stand of live oak

trees with Red still hanging on. Red and his horse finally came out the other side, but it looked like they had been through a bar room donnybrook. To his credit Red stayed on, but he would have been better getting off. The horse looked fairly unscathed by the entire incident, but Red’s face was so swollen he couldn’t say much. Actually that wasn’t a bad thing as we still had about four more miles to cover. I was thankful that my jittery colt didn’t even raise an eyebrow. Red had sure gotten quiet and looked continued on page 71

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bovine species of cattle that served to advance agriculture and survival. Early “cattle ranching” was initiated when hunter/gatherers migrated with their herds up the Tigris-Euphrates Rivers then expanded into India, Europe and United States when Ponce de Leon brought Andalusian cattle into Florida from Spain. “Western Expansionism” gave birth to the cattle industry in the American West. These true stories of early pioneer cattle ranchers instill the American spirit into the 21st Century. As legendary cowboy author, J.P.S. Brown (Nogales, Arizona), says, “Real cowboys are not always who you think they are whether or not they wear boots and cowboy hats; it is their Spirit that lives.”

Renee Strickland (Myakka City, Florida), tells her challenging 21st Century effort to initiate the global cattle industry as a gateway into Africa and the Middle East. Jimmie Hargrove (Lake Placid) describes his family’s survival strategy establishing a ranch in Wild Florida when he was just a child. The tragic story of border heritage rancher, Rob Krentz (murdered by a suspected illegal) is told by his dedicated wife, Sue, (Douglas, Arizona) with other border ranchers describing their everyday battles with the Mexican Cartel: John Ladd (Bisbee, Arizona), Ed Ashurst (Apache, Arizona). Interview with Scott George, Pres. National Beef Cattleman responding to continued on page 110


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What is the 50K Chip?

available sources such as the bovine reference genome, Btau1, and the Bovine HapMap Consortium data set. All SNP probes have been validated in 19 common beef and dairy breeds. This product targets evenly distributed SNPs that are polymorphic across the breeds tested and provides an average probe spacing of 49.4kb and a median spacing of 36.9kb. ■ This 24-sample BeadChip represents the highest density genotyping solution for characterizing the genome in dairy and beef cattle ■ The PCR-free, single tube sample preparation significantly reduces labor and potential sample handling errors ■ Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) and robotic automation are available to accurately and efficiently track samples throughout analysis Supporting the most comprehensive genome-wide genotyping studies, the 777,000 SNP BovineHD BeadChip expands the diversity of bovine breeds assessed in genetic prediction and enables more dis■ coveries of quantitative traits.

he BovineSNP50 BeadChip (50K Chip) is a multi-sample genotyping panel powered by Illumina’s Infinium HD Assay. This assay provides the industry’s highest call rates, allows for flexible content deployment, and enables the detection and measurement of copy number variation. The BovineSNP50 v2 BeadChip contains 54,609 highly informative SNPs uniformly distributed across the entire genome of major cattle breed types, empowering applications such as genomewide enabled selection, identification of quantitative trait loci, evaluation of genetic merit of individuals, and comparative genetic studies. This BeadChip was developed by Illumina in collaboration with the USDA-ARS, University of Missouri, and the University of Alberta. More than 24,000 SNP probes target novel SNP loci that were discovered by sequencing three pooled populations of economically important beef and dairy cattle using Illumina’s Genome Analyzer. Additional content is derived from publicly


Relationships of Beef Breeds Using the 50K Chip by LARRY KUEHN, PHD, RESEARCH GENETICIST, U.S. MEAT ANIMAL RESEARCH CENTER reeds of cattle were established primarily through selection based on physical appearance (color patterns, stature), easily observed performance (milk production, muscling), or due to geographic constraints. These various selection pressures produced the uniform populations of cattle we define as breeds. Selection occurred over several generations; hence, breeds of cattle also diverged genomically due to selection pressure, inbreeding, and drift. Based on genomic differences, we should be able to determine the breed composition of animals of unknown origin. Knowledge of breed composition of cattle would be useful for predicting heterosis, evaluating adaptability to


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production environments (e.g., Brahman influence), and sorting animals into management groups. Breed composition is also useful for tracing an animal’s history from birth for the purposes of tracking disease transmission and sources of contamination in meat. Therefore, our objective was to determine whether we could accurately predict breed percentage in crossbred animals using the 2,000 bull project bulls as a genomic breed reference pool. 2,000 Bull Project: In order to test whether breed composition of crossbred animals could be accurately predicted, we needed a reference population of bulls from several pertinent beef cattle breeds. The 2,000 bull project sample of bulls was ideal for this purpose. The U.S. Meat continued on page 27









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Animal Research Center (USMARC) genotyped over 2,000 bulls on the Illumina BovineSNP50 in collaboration with the 16 largest U.S. breed associations that have a national cattle evaluation (Figure 1). The purpose of this project was to evaluate the effectiveness of producing marker tests from a discovery population (USMARC) and exporting these genomic predictions to an industry representative set of animals. However, because the bulls were a highly representative sample of the major beef breeds in the United States, they were also an excellent resource to estimate breed allele frequencies for the Illumina BovineSNP50 markers in the major U.S. beef breeds. These allele frequencies were used in a statistical model to determine the percentage breed makeup of a sample of crossbred steers and heifers. Our sample of crossbreds were part of the USMARC Germplasm Evaluation Program. Specifically, they were 2-, 3-, and 4breed crosses of Angus, Hereford, Red Angus, Charolais, Gelbvieh, and Short-


horn. We tested whether their pedigree based breed frequency was accurately determined using the reference allele frequencies from the 2,000 bull project. These crossbreed animals were already genotyped using the Illumina BovineSNP50 for genomic discovery work. Breed Relationships/Distances: Based on the frequencies of each marker for each breed in the 2,000 Bull Project, breeds can be shown as genetically distant from one other (Figure 2). Although some of the distances are inflated due to biases from the discovery source of the DNA markers on the 50K chip (e.g., Hereford origin vs. Angus origin), these distances can be exploited to determine breed composition of animals with unknown pedigree. In general, Brahman-influenced breeds segregated from European breeds. Hereford was the most distant European breed. Line 1 Herefords (from the Ft. Keogh Livestock and Range Research Laboratory; Miles City, MT) were even more distantly removed from the other breeds, as would be expected. Most continental breeds grouped separately. Angus and Red Angus were the most closely related breeds.

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The Importance of Sire Selection DAN W. MOSER, KANSAS STATE UNIV. ull selection presents an important opportunity to enhance the profitability of the beef production enterprise. For several reasons, bull selection is one of the most important producer decisions, and as such, requires advance preparation and effort to be successful. To effectively select sires, producers must not only be well versed in the use of expected progeny differences (EPD) and understand breed differences, they must accurately and objectively assess their current genetics, resources and management. Furthermore, recent advances in DNA technology and decision-support tools add complexity to selection, but will ultimately enhance selection accuracy. Producers who stay up to date on advances in beef cattle genetics should profit from enhanced revenue and reduced production costs, as they best match genetics to their production situation.


Opportunity for Genetic Change

Sire selection represents the greatest opportunity for genetic change. Genetic change in cow-calf operations can occur both through sire selection and through replacement female selection in conjunction with cow culling. Most producers raise their own replacement heifers rather than purchasing from other sources. This greatly limits contribution of female selection to genetic change because a large fraction of the heifer crop is needed for replacements. Depending on culling rate in the cowherd, usually one-half or more of the replacement heifer candidates are retained at weaning to allow for further selection at breeding time. So even if the best half of the heifers are retained, some average heifers will be in that group. Finally, the information used to select replacement heifers in commercial herds is limited. Producers may use in-herd ratios along with data on the heifers’ dams, but these types of data on females do not reflect genetic differences as well as do the EPD used to select bulls. In contrast, whether selecting natural service sires for purchase or sires to be used via artificial insemination (AI), the amount of variation available can be almost overwhelming. Producers can find bulls that will increase or decrease nearly any trait of economic importance. Furthermore, since continued on page 29

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a relatively few bulls will service a large number of cows, producers can select bulls that are fairly elite even when natural mating. Use of AI allows commercial producers to use some of the most outstanding bulls in the world at a reasonable cost, allowing for enormous amounts of genetic change, if desired. Finally, selection of bulls is more accurate than female selection. Seedstock breeders provide genetic information in the form of EPD, which allow for direct comparison of potential sires across herds and environments. Unlike actual measurements, EPD consider the heritability of the trait to accurately predict genetic differences between animals. If AI is used, even greater accuracy is possible. Bulls used in AI may have highly proven EPD, calculated from thousands of progeny measured in many herds and environments. Permanent and Long-Term Change

Genetic change is permanent change. Among management decisions, genetic selection differs from others in that the effects are permanent, not temporary. Feeding a supplement to meet nutritional requirements is beneficial as long as the feeding continues and health protocols, while important, must be maintained year after year. However, once a genetic change occurs, that change will remain until additional new genetics enter the herd. Whether selecting for growth, carcass traits or maternal performance, those traits, once established in the herd, are automatically passed on to the next generation. Sire selection has a long-term impact. Regardless of whether a selected sire has a favorable or unfavorable effect on the herd, if his daughters enter the cowherd, his effects will remain for a considerable period of time. Assuming a sire is used for four years and his daughters are retained, his impact will easily extend into the next decade. And, while each generation dilutes his contribution, his granddaughters and great-granddaughters may remain in the herd a quarter-century after last sired calves. For this reason, purchases of bulls and semen should be viewed not as a short-term expense, but a long-term investment into the efficiency and adaptability of the beef production enterprise. Excerpted from the Nat’l. Beef Evaluation Consortium Sire Selection Manual, featuring NBCEC research & genetic technology producers can apply to farms & ranches. For a printed copy: Twig Marston ( or Lois Schreiner, Beef Improvement Federation, (

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Improving forage, livestock production begins with the soil any ranchers view livestock as their base crop. Other ranchers view grass as their foundational crop from which the cattle grow. While healthy cattle depend on healthy forages, the entire process begins with the soil, according to Chad Ellis, Noble Foundation pasture and range consultant. “The management of soil health is of vital importance to producers as it is the dynamic resource,” Ellis said. “As managers, we often focus on managing the aboveground production in our pastures while paying little attention to what happens belowground. Sound grazing management is the art of capturing sunlight and water while recycling a portion of the aboveground parts of the plant through livestock.” Ellis outlined five principles for building soil health: Armor the soil Bare ground is enemy No. 1. It is damaging because it increases soil temperatures and even kills biological activity.


Once soil temperatures reach 140 degrees, soil bacteria die. The soil must be covered through forage and crop residue. Minimize soil disturbance Physical soil disturbance such as plowing and overgrazing can result in bare ground and compacted soils that disrupt soil microbial activity. Incorporating reduced tillage methods in cropping systems and proper grazing management in pastures will keep soil covered. Increase plant diversity Increasing plant diversity above ground allows for more diverse underground community. The more diverse the microbial

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Potential Mexican Grey Wolf Changes – How This May Affect Your County by SAMUEL T. SMALLIDGE, WILDLIFE EXTENSION SPECIALIST, NMSU he US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) has proposed to delist the gray wolf (Canis lupus) in the US while maintaining the Mexican gray wolf (C. l. baileyi) as an Endangered subspecies. Concurrent with this proposed listing change; the Service has


released another proposal to modify the 10(j) rule finalized in 1998 (10(j) is a section in the Endangered Species Act). Under the 1998 – 10(j) rule Mexican gray wolves in New Mexico are listed as a nonessential experimental population. The Service states, “The nonessential experimental population rule we are currently proposing differs from the 1998 Final Rule in several substantive and technical ways.” As representatives of your county as well as the Cooperative Extension Service, consider how proposed actions might impact county residents. The Service welcomes input and your comments may have an impact on the direction of the program. Counties may 1) enter into agreements with the

Service as a “cooperating agencies” (as a cooperating agency you may develop county specific alternatives for the Service to consider); 2) provide information to the Service specific to your county; and 3) ask questions and request data from the Service to aid in county decision-making regarding wolf recovery. Counties may request cooperating agency status before the comment period deadline (December 17, 2013) by contacting the Mexican Wolf Program at 505/761-4748 to request information on how to be recognized as a cooperating agency. Below are several paraphrased excerpts provided to illustrate the types of actions being proposed. The Service seeks comments and information concerning the following revisions continued on page 35

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being proposed: (1) Expanding the area for release to include the entire BRWRA recovery area (Figure 2). (2) Allowing Mexican wolves to disperse from the recovery area into the Mexican Wolf Experimental Population Area (MWEPA) (Figure 2). (5) Developing and implementing management actions on private land within the recovery area by the Service in voluntary cooperation with private landowners, including but not limited to initial release, proactive measures to prevent conflicts, and translocation of wolves if requested by the landowner. (8) Clarifying that an individual can be authorized to take Mexican wolves under specific circumstances. (10) Revising the conditions that determine when we would issue a permit to livestock owners to allow take of Mexican wolves that are engaged in the act of killing, wounding or biting livestock on public lands allotted for grazing from ‘’6 breeding pairs’’ to ‘’100 Mexican wolves’’ to be consistent with our population objective of establishing a population of at least

100 wolves. (11) Modifying the prohibitions for take such that taking a Mexican wolf with a trap, snare, or other type of capture device within occupied Mexican wolf range is prohibited and will not be considered unavoidable or unintentional take, unless due care was exercised to avoid injury or death to a Mexican wolf. Due care includes ... (13) Clarifying that the Service will consider State-owned lands within the boundaries of the MWEPA in the same manner as we consider lands owned and managed by other public land management agencies. The Service has also requested comments on the following actions not specifically being considered in the proposed actions but may be included in the final rule: (14) Moving the southern boundary of the MWEPA in Arizona and New Mexico from Interstate Highway 10 to the United States–Mexico international border (Figure 3) (15) Expanding the BRWRA to include the entire Sitgreaves National Forest in Arizona; (17) Expanding the BRWRA to include

the Magdalena Ranger District of the Cibola National Forest in New Mexico (Figure 3). (18) Replacing the term ‘’depredation’’ with the term ‘’depredation incident’’ and defining it as, ‘’the aggregate number of livestock killed or mortally wounded by an individual Mexican wolf or single pack of Mexican wolves at a single location within one 24-hour period, beginning with the first confirmed kill or injury.’’ (19) Including provisions for take by pet owners of any Mexican wolf engaged in the act of killing, wounding, or biting pets on private or tribal land anywhere within the MWEPA, provided that evidence of a freshly wounded or killed pet by wolves is present. The take must be reported to the Service’s Mexican Wolf Recovery Coordinator or a designated representative of the Service within 24 hours. Below are example questions counties may consider in determining their need to get involved or for county agents or counties to pose in their comments: What are the human health implications for citizens in the county? How

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might the new wolf management plans impact agriculture operations in my county and the economy of the entire county? What science is used to support the proposed rule changes? What are the social issues? What policies does the Service have in place to address conflicts and social issues? How successful has the Service been at conflict mitigation? What if wolves venture north of I-40 or east into Texas? Does their status change? What are the responsibilities of counties north of I40 if a wolf is present and how will these wolves be managed? What role can a County have in this process? Would expanding the size of the BRWRA described in action (17) expand the area allowed for wolf release mentioned in Action (1)? How will private land owners be affected by an agreement a neighbor makes with the Service? How will other gray wolves be classified and managed if they migrate into New Mexico? Does the Service have the budget to manage wolves over this increased geographic area? If not, how will issues be prioritized to manage conflicts? What is the carrying capacity of my county for Mexican wolves? The opportunity to get involved is now. The comment period for the proposed changes has been extended until December 17, 2013. The proposal to delist the gray wolf and list the Mexican gray wolf and the proposal to make changes to the 10(j) rule are available at the Service’s Southwest Region web page: Please contact me at 575-644-9566 if you ■ have any questions.



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NMSU, Texas A&M to host Southwest Beef Symposium in Clayton hile rangeland conditions improved in the latter part of the growing season, southern plains cattle producers still have a lot to evaluate as thoughts of rebuilding herd inventories continue. Cattle industry experts will address global industry issues, timely nutrition and health management strategies, and the economics and risk associated with restocking ranches during the Southwest Beef Symposium. The annual symposium and tradeshow will be Thursday and Friday, January 9 and 10, 2014 at the Clayton Civic Center, 124 North Front St., Clayton, N.M. As is customary with the symposium format, the opening afternoon session will address big-picture emerging issues in the global beef industry. Leann Saunders, co-founder and president of Where Food Comes From, Inc. and chair-elect of the U.S. Meat Export Federation, will open the symposium at 1 p.m. Thursday with a discussion on the “Effects of Global Meat Exports on U.S. Beef Producers.”


Additional afternoon outlook sessions will address the changes in agriculture lending policies, emerging beef sustainability issues by major beef purveyors and a short and long-term weather outlook. On Friday, Cooperative Extension Service specialists and university faculty from Texas A&M AgriLife, Kansas State Univ. and N.M. State University will provide strategies and considerations on rebuilding regional beef herds specifically focused on the economics of re-stocking, defining current pasture lease rates and effectively selecting and managing the nutrition and health programs for stocker calves and cows. The symposium will wrap up with a panel discussion by regional ranch managers on their individual perspectives of rebuilding regional cattle inventories. Individual registration is $70, which includes a steak dinner on Thursday, lunch on Friday, refreshments and symposium proceedings. Online registration and payment will be available Dec. 2. Registration deadline is Jan. 3. The schedule of events, lodging information and presenter information is available at For more info contact Manny Encinias at 505/927-7935 or Bruce Carpenter at ■ 432/336-9632.

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According to a 20-year analysis of diagnostic samples that tested positive for BVD, the predominance of subtype 1b has been increasing (41 to 61 percent).1 During this same period, subtype 1a has decreased and the incidence of the disease has not gone down.1 This suggests that commonly used combination vaccines that rely on the cross protection from 1a and 2 to protect against 1b, may not adequately protect calves from 1b infections. This makes Viralign 6 an important herd health tool because it targets all three major BVD strains, including 1b, the most predominant subtype. Viralign 6 proven safe and effective

The USDA has reviewed studies documenting no adverse effects attributable to Viralign 6.2 Additional research shows calves vaccinated with Viralign 6 and then exposed to 1b had no clinical signs of BVD, unlike their control counterparts — 80 percent of which showed signs including diarrhea, nasal discharge, rapid respiration and watery eyes.2 Next steps

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Are We Pet “Owners” or “Guardians”? by ALEX LIEBER, WWW.PETPLACE.COM 100-pound pig, orphaned when his owner passed away recently, currently resides in a shelter located in southern Maine. The staff is fervently trying to find a home for this domesticated pig – not an easy task because this animal lived a pampered life. He was, for instance, used to sleeping in a bed with his beloved caretaker. But if he is adopted out to a family, should his new family be considered his “owners” or his “guardians”? In Maine, for now, the pig is legally considered property, as animals are throughout most of the United States. However, a growing number of communities – and one state – are changing the status of pet owners to “owner/guardians” or just guardians. The latest municipality to do so was the city of Sherwood, Arkansas, joining the California cities of Berkeley and West Hollywood, as well as Boulder, Colo., and the state of Rhode Island. These cities and Rhode Island take the stance that no one has an inherent right to “own” an animal. Rather, people are guardians of their companion animals, who are unable to take care of themselves adequately because their environment has been altered to fit the lifestyle of people. The argument may seem to be one of semantics at first glance, especially in today’s world where pets are increasingly considered full-fledged family members. However, there is a tug-of-war under way between groups that feel animals possess certain inalienable rights (should not be considered property) and those who believe such campaigns are signs of extremists trying to impose their values on people. Though they may not realize it, pets have come a long way in the last hundred years or so. They are still considered property in 95 percent of the country, but laws have been enacted to provide protection against abuse and neglect. Mistreating or neglecting an animal is becoming a serious offense – even a felony in cases with aggravating circumstances. But should they be accorded a status other than pets? And what does it mean, legally, for a person to be considered a guardian rather than an owner? This article provides an overview of the welfare/rights debate. It is dangerous to slap all-inclusive labels on any one organization because, like so many movements, there are different shades and sides to the same argument. But the debate over terminology is at its heart the fundamental difference between animal rights and animal welfare activists.


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not and should not be considered property. Groups such as the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and In Defense of Animals oppose any human claims on animals. Animals are not ours to buy or sell, use in experiments or as entertainment (as in circuses or zoos), or to be used as food or clothing. They should not be raised or kept on farms or enclosed in cages, zoos, etc. Eating meat is considered immoral and a crime against an animal’s right to live out his or her natural life. In the home, domesticated animals should not be considered pets. According to In Defense of Animals, one of the leading animal rights groups in the country, changing the language would encourage people to treat “companion animals as living feeling beings as opposed to mere objects or possessions.” Andrew Butler, campaign coordinator for PETA, explains that improving the conditions of animals – which PETA works toward – is a laudable effort, but only addresses the symptom of the disease, which is the exploitation of animals for human gain. “In the legal sense, animals have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” he says. Animal rights groups are wholly opposed to any selling or buying of animals, and stress that pets should only be adopted through shelters rather than purchased from breeders. Animal rights organizations oppose any form of deliberate breeding, and organizations such as PETA and the IDF are strong proponents of mandatory spay/neuter programs. Butler explains that the domestication of dogs and cats makes their case a little different. In an ideal world, they would be free in the wild to live their lives according to the dictates of their natural behavior. But humans have altered their evolution through selective breeding, and domesticated pets have become dependent on people. These animals still retain basic rights, Butler says, and should be afforded the status of companion animal rather than property. In 1995, a Summit for the Animals was held in San Francisco in which a resolution was passed to change the designation of pets to “companion animals,” and more significantly, owner to guardian. The animal rights movement argues that the primary benefit to changing the language is to change the perception of

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William Pelham: Little Appreciated New Mexico Governor illiam Pelham (1803-1879) is one of those characters in New Mexico history who is little known, even to ardent historians, and those who do mention him rarely agree on some of the details of his life and adventures.


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was the eighth of eleven children, and three of his five brothers became surveyors. It appears to have been a profession in some demand by the United States government and therefore lucrative for contract work. William Pelham’s first contract was in Arkansas where he also served as territorial auditor. He farmed near Bentonville and is reported to have owned six to eight slaves at various times in his life. Pelham was a Whig early in his career, but when Democrat James K. Polk was elected President in 1844, he accordingly changed his registration and was promptly appointed Surveyor General of Arkansas. That lasted until Whig Zachery Taylor was elected president in 1848. After that, Pelham had the resources to purchase farmland in Texas, a short distance south of Austin, which remained his home of record for the rest of his life. In 1854, President Franklin Pierce, another Democrat, appointed Pelham the first Surveyor General of the relatively new continued on page 45

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Territory of New Mexico. While en route to begin his new duties, he established a base point near Acacia, north of Socorro, from which all New Mexico surveys would be run. Noted New Mexico historian Marc Simmons located and visited that point in the early 21st century. Pelham arrived in Santa Fe in December 1854 and began the work of surveying the territory. His efforts received mixed reviews. Fred Roeder wrote, “Almost three decades of experience as a federal surveyor made Pelham seem a good choice for his office. Although he spoke no Spanish and was not an attorney he had a basic understanding of Spanish and Mexican land

laws. He soon realized that with the resources that were made available to him he could not properly do both sift his way through the 168,000 documents he found ‘jumbled together with wanton carelessness’ in the archives to adjudicate private land claims, and at the same time survey the public lands . . . [That] set the stage for that unhappy chain of events that plagues New Mexico land titles to this very day.” El Democrata, a short-lived (April to July, 1857) Santa Fe bilingual newspaper, was not receptive to Pelham’s problems. Editor Miguel E. Pino (a prominent New Mexican to be sure), wrote that Pelham’s office was the most expensive in the entire country, and the least productive, not offering a single plot of land for sale. That was not an entirely fair criticism since the Land Office in Santa Fe did not open for

business until late the following year. Pino also accused Pelham of “. . . employing his great energy in playing billiards and electioneering” and of nepotism in hiring his brother-in-law to do much of the surveying work. The charges seem to have had some foundation. New Mexico historian Victor Westphall wrote some years later, “Pelham capably established the public surveying system in frontier New Mexico.” Pelham resigned in August 1860. He very shortly had a surveying contract in Las Vegas, New Mexico, which kept him busy until early the following year. The Civil War changed everything for Pelham; an overt Southern sympathizer. Soon after the Confederate army fired on continued on page 65

Thank you to all of my family, friends & mentors who have provided so much support & help over the years. The many kind words from everyone are greatly appreciated. This recognition by Cattle Growers & New Mexico ranchers is truly humbling.

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Dear CowBelles, hat a year this has been. The weather has been from the drought to looking into a fantasy world, almost the best for some of us. Let’s not forget to thank the man who made a difference in our land, our state of mind and our industry. It is time for me to let go of the reins and hand them over to a very capable Madalynn Lee. I thank you ladies for giving me the privilege to serve as your president this past year. It was a challenge, but that is what life is about. You never know what you have undertaken until you have completed your challenge. It has widened my view on what goes on in the beef industry, how changes in promotion of beef affects


us. Yet, people still want to hear the story from the people who raise the best, most nutritious and healthy food they can put on their plate, Beef. Promotion is what we are best at, keep moving forward and doing it that is what CowBelles do best. Legislation is another important part of our organization; keep writing letters, emails and phone calls. We must keep up with what the legislature is doing in Santa Fe and Washington, DC, it affects all of us. You have a voice let it be heard. Be proud you are an American, stand up for what you believe in and stand up for our industry. Tell these legislatures thank you, they

will remember it in the future. Our youth, what a shining star we have in our state, Katelin Spradley, our Junior Beef Ambassador, who was first at the national level. She will make the New Mexico Beef Industry proud. The youth is the future of our industry, support them, tell them Thank you. I want to thank Madalynn for such a great job on the Pumpkin Patch. I want to thank those who helped her, those who participated in the Pumpkin Patch carving and those who helped judge it. For you continued on page 48

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who were unable to participate we are now waiting to see if there was a world record set for the Pumpkin Carving Contest. What a great opportunity for CowBelles to partipate and promote Beef. It is amazing what our local CowBelles do and we are not aware. The Yucca CowBelles participate in a fishing outing for the Wounded Warrior’s. The CowBelles prepare and serve about seventy people, including twenty veterans; the others are fishing club and CowBelles. Thank you Farm Bureau who partner on this great event. This is done twice a year and have been doing it for four years. I would love to commend this group for doing such a great project. An organization functions with great member to work with. I appreciate each of you and what you have done. I know you will continue to promote Beef. I am asking just one more thing from you; please get a new member so they can share their ideas in promoting beef and make our organization even stronger. Don’t forget to say thank you, how we appreciate, when they say something posi-

able items for the food pantry. Jodell will mail out invitations and Cathy will submit articles to both local newspapers. The members present at today’s meeting volunteered to bring ingredients for the taco bar as well as desserts. A brief discussion was held concerning election of officers for next year. It was decided to keep the same officers. Jodell won the door prize of a free lunch! Meeting adjourned at 11:50 a.m. Submitted by Cathy Pierce The Chuckwagon CowBelles met on November 12 at Babbi Baker’s house in Estancia, with 15 members, one adorable little cowboy, two guests and Toni Barrow presiding. There was discussion about the meeting schedule for 2014. January – what is your one wish and why? February – history of your family. March – district workshop, March 13, in Socorro. April – bring your vintage quilts and aprons to share. May - June – show and tell. July – things you like about a certain month or season. August – what was the best advice you ever received? September – bring something that is special to you. October - November - December – Christmas party. The goal this year is to learn more about the mem-

The Chamiza CowBelles November Meeting was called to order by President, Gloria Petersen, at Elephant Butte Inn with seven members present. The steer for beef raffle was purchased from Connor Roberts. It weighed 1274 lbs and the group paid a total of $1465.10 which was a market price of $1.05/lb plus 10 cents a pound bonus. The beef winner, Butch Bullock, opted to take the cash rather than the beef. Two cowbelles had previously expressed an interest in purchasing the beef, so they each bought a half. A total of 3302 tickets were sold, plus a donation of $100, both of which were deposited into the scholarship fund. The December meeting will be held at the home of Jodell Downs. This year, the group decided to make the meeting a membership drive party. Menu will be a taco bar and there will be a guest speaker, Bruce Cranmer. In lieu of gift exchange, members are asked to bring non-perish-

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bership. A good thought to remember: to succeed in life, you need three things – a wishbone, a backbone, and a funny bone. Volunteer hours and miles are due to Babbi. Toni read a thank you card for the scholarship money from Lake Baker, and a letter from Joyce Shaw. A report on the Mountainair craft fair revealed few buyers there this year. The Estancia craft fair on Saturday, December 14 was discussed and it was decided to not participate. Chuckwagon’s officers are up for election, the nominating committee recommended the same slate of officers. Toni read a letter from Owaissa Heimann concerning the Associate Membership for ANCW. There

was discussion about this and it was decided to remain a member and send $150. Toni then read a letter from the Camino Retirement Center regarding donation. After lunch Rick Iannucci and Nancy DeSantis with Horses for Heroes gave a presentation on their organization. The group gave $417.50, and an additional $100.00 to treat a veteran to the Christmas dinner during the Cowboy Christmas event. Toni announced birthdays. Joyce Shaw’s was today! She also announced the annual meeting and breakfast – $25 should be mailed to Lyn Greene as soon as possible. The next meeting is at Toni Barrow’s house in Belen on December 10, 2013, officer elections and potluck. Meeting adjourned at 2:20 p.m. An Executive Board meeting was convened at 2:35 p.m. It was decided to donate #S38 – the Starter

Gift Set from Rada – to the silent auction at the annual meeting. It was decided that group will also donate a set of Dry Creek books to the silent auction. Present at the Executive Board meeting were Cindy Robison, Vera Gibson, Margaret McKinley, Carolyn Chance, Toni Barrow, and Babbi Baker. Meeting adjourned at 2:40 p.m. Respectfully submitted by Babbi Baker With 12 members present, Lariat CowBelles met on November 13 at the Rabbit Ears Café. There were three new members. Thank you notes were received from Owida Franz and school children for Kids, Kows and More. Thank you notes were received from Estelle Bond and Suzanne Bennefield for condolence cards. A thank you note was received from Barbara Jackcontinued on page 50





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son, one of the speakers at 5 States. A condolence card will be sent to Kay Stanley for the passing of Lariat member Pearl Sowers. Time sheets need to be submitted to Mary Coffman. Dues need to be paid. ANCW dues have increased to $60 and associate has increased also. Members signed up for committees and hostessing for 2014. The nominating committee nominated Owaissa Heimann for President and Marianne Rose for Reporter/Historian. Both were elected to those positions. There were 167 attendees at Kids, Kows and More. Lariat CowBelles cooked and served hamburgers. School children from Clayton, Boise City, Felt, Mosquero and Texline attended. Kathryn MalcolmCallis explained what is taught to the children, such as how cattle are fed and cared for, the use of vaccines, and what products are made from cattle besides beef. Lariats will hostess the District 2 Workshop in 2014. A new meeting location will be obtained due to the increased number of attendees and programs. Lariat’s Christmas meeting will be held December 11. There will be a gift exchange with the cost

of gift to be no more than $15. Officers will be hostess. The Joint Stockmen’s and New Mexico CowBelle’s annual meeting will be December 6 and 7, in Albuquerque. Lariats will be in charge of decorations. Owaissa Heimann explained what activities Lariat CowBelles participate in, such as 5 States, the Pat Nowlin Scholarship, education and promotion of the beef industry. Kathryn Malcolm-Callis discussed American National Cattle Women. The annual Gate to Plate tour will not be held in 2014 due to National Beef Council finances affected by the drought. Everyone needs to be aware legislation is coming up for the release of wolves in our area. Pumpkin Patch was a big success. A pumpkin carving contest was held that beat the Guinness Book of World Records for the most carvers at one time. Karen Kelling, author of The Comanchero’s Grave, gave a presentation on writing children’s books that promote ranching. Her book is targeted toward teen-aged girls. She discussed what is involved in writing a manuscript and getting it published. Her book is available on Amazon. There were signed copies available for members to buy. It is also available at the A. W. Thompson Library in Clayton. Respectfully submitted by, Mari-

anne Rose, Lariat CowBelle reporter The Powderhorn CowBelles met in November at the Valley Community House with Aspen Achen and Kari Henry, De Baca County Extension as hostesses. Connie Moyers Extension Home Economist from Roosevelt County was present to give the program, a demonstration of fall themed foods. She brought with her a friend from Melrose, Carol Moore. When we had finished the business meeting we moved to a semi-circle of chairs in front of the demonstration table and we were each given a book Falling into the Holidays printed by New Mexico State Extension but put together by Connie Moyers during her career. It is a delightful collection of whimsy, articles and recipes of all kinds. She was using an induction plate and a flat bottom pan of metal that a magnet will stick to. She started by putting the ingredients for Hominy Chile doubling the recipe and then putting on the lid and turning it on. She continued mixing the ingredients for Layered Corn Bread Salad and finally a large pumpkin dessert Pumpkin Trifle. As she prepared these dishes she called attention to other recipes she is fond of and recipes for mixes which make lovely continued on page 51

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gifts for family and friends and her section on tailgate meals, an update of suggestions bringing this old favorite into contemporary use. These three dishes, Hominy Chile, Layered Corn Bread Salad and Pumpkin Trifle became the main dishes of our lunch, along with foods we had brought. During the business meeting we made plans for our Thanksgiving giving of money and baked goods. Our new project for 2013 was the selection of three members whose history resulted in them being chosen to be honored for their service to Powderhorn at our Christmas party. At that time a gift for each will be sent to the Pat Nowlin Memorial Fund in their honor. Those three members are Lib Cortese, Sarabel Hall Key and Dorothy Vaughan. Our Christmas Party will be on December 10th at 6:00 p.m. at the home of Nick and Karen Cortese. Spouses are invited. There will be a gift exchange of a white elephant from each member’s home, not to exceed $5 in value. This is to be a true white elephant, not a purchased new gift. New officers were elected for 2014. They are President, Sandy McKenna; Vice-President, Aspen Achen; Secretary, Karen Kelling and Treasurer, Ginger Key. Dorothy Vaughan, Secretary Mesilla Valley Cowbelles met October 29 at Village Inn in Las Cruces with 10 members present, one junior and one guest. Thank you notes from SNMSF Beef showmanship Buckle winners were read, flyers advertising Ropings were passed around. Traci gave a report regarding Ag in the Classroom newsletter and the books, which Chuckwagon and MVC will split a case of. Dues are due and discussion of raising dues transpired. It was decided to raise MVC dues for 2015. State and local dues will total $25 for 2015. Fundraiser/Christmas party was discussed. Group decided to have a New Years Eve Dance for young people so that kids underage will have somewhere to go. Details and tasks were discussed and delegated among the members. Officer nominations were discussed and the nominating committee nominated the same officers and it was the decision of the membership to keep the slate the same. Melissa Woodall, Secretary 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: the 14th of ■ each month.


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DINO CORNAY Telling the Truth With a Pencil hen Dino Cornay holds a pencil in his hand, life doesn’t imitate art; instead, life becomes art. The pencil is the magic wand he uses to tell the absolute truth about cowboys, horses, livestock, and the daily events of ranch life. His meticulously composed and drawn black-and-white images communicate the artist’s world directly to the viewer’s heart. Following that initial lightning jolt of recognition, the viewer asks: How does he do it? How does he make the horse’s mane look so real you can reach out and feel it; the sun shine through the grasses with warmth you can touch; and the caring




between mama cow and baby calf so devoted that it breaks your heart, just with pencil and paper? From the bay windows of his studio, Cornay looks east toward the vast country and skies of Union County, where the American cowboy endures. Except, to Cornay, who’s lived most of his life on his family’s fifth-generation Folsom, NM ranch, this way of life is hardly a myth, and it is far from falling into the pages of history books. Both he and his dad, Carlos, now 85, who can still ride all day and sleeps in the same room where he was born, are immersed in the daily work of managing

the ranch along with Rob Pickard. The original Cornay Ranch, founded in 1865, is owned by three families and raises primarily Herefords and pastures steers in the summer. In addition, Carlos and Dino’s sister, Maria and Dino own a nearby ranch where they run Charolais cattle. Cornay’s great-grandfather, Carlos Cornay, came to Taos from France, via a stay in Canada, with his brother, when he was 13 years old. He landed on the site of the Cornay Ranch and was attracted to the live water. As a young man, he recalled the buffalo migrations in spring and fall. He was part of a chuckwagon cowboy crew called the Dutch Company that went to El Paso, brought cattle up, summer the cattle in Folsom, then drive them to Dodge City in the fall. That way of life ended in 1888, when the railroad came through. The train whistles through daily conversation around the wooden dining table in Cornay’s 110-yearold Folsom home. “Certain traditions on a ranch endure because of the lifestyle. Pound for pound, New Mexico has as many true cowboys as anywhere in the U.S. Cattle still have to be continued on page 53

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worked primarily on horseback on our country because it is so rough. Heavy cattle work can still require hard riding of thirty or forty miles a day on some ranches. Branding is still a tradition, and that’s why NM has such a low rate of cattle theft,� Cornay says.�Some people may view branding as cruel, but it must be done to protect ownership. “I’ve never considered myself a good hand but like anybody raised on a ranch, I understand it and am steeped in it. Besides, I never learned to rope well. I’m cautious about my hands because I play the guitar and do my art. Everybody starts young here, and I made my first cattle drive up to Johnson Mesa when I was five. This lifestyle has generated and enhanced my art. It’s all that we know,� he says. When Cornay needs a break from the studio, he picks up his guitar to relax. He is a member of the Raton-based country band, Colfax Reunion, well known throughout northeastern New Mexico. “I can get away from the confinement of the studio and go ride horseback or go feed with my dad, and I have an outlet to clear my mind,� he says. “I love to ride,

work cattle, and walk on the ranch. This land gets a hold of you. Smelling branding smoke, being in the corral, the smell after a rain – all the daily experiences of being on the ranch – enhance my work. “I deal in realism, and I strive for authenticity in everything I do. To every cowboy, everything he owns is his identityhis spurs, his chaps, his saddle, and his hat – and every cowboy shapes his hat differently. Plus, it is my artistic nature that I pay great attention to animal anatomy. Horses are my favorite subject, and I also love drawing cattle, native wildlife, and children. I will go the extra mile and spend the extra time required to make everything authentic. That’s what people expect from me. The nice thing about art is: you can make huge mistakes, but as you progress through the years, you should improve. I want true ranch people to view my work as accurate. That is what I strive for, because these are my people.� Cornay has never had formal training, in fact, he “almost flunked� the only college drawing class he took. Rather, he considers himself a graduate of the�OJT,� or the “on-the-job� training school of art. “I can never remember a time when I wasn’t drawing,� he says. He began drawing as a

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From Canada to New Mexico Western Painter Robert Lougheed by MEREDITH DAVIDSON o paraphrase Oscar Wilde, art imitates life and life, in return, imitates art. This theme runs throughout Cowboys Real and Imagined, the New Mexico History Museum exhibit created in conjunction with guest curator Bryon Price. A painting by Robert Lougheed on display demonstrates that underlying theme: how the cowboy’s image slips from reality to fiction and back again, across generations of admiring Americans. By 1978, when Lougheed painted “Ten Miles to Saturday Night”, he was near the end of a prolific artistic career and had become one of the most recognizable Western artists of the time. A modern artist in his painterly approach, Lougheed was aware of classic cowboy and Western artists who laid the groundwork before him. Frederick Remington, Charles Russell and Will James were all part of his education on how to mix reality with imagination. “Ten Miles to Saturday Night” depicts working cowboys from New Mexico’s Bell Ranch in a scene that harkens to a roman-


ticized past, mixing both on one canvas. It took a Canadian to create this thoroughly New Mexican scene. Born near Ontario in 1910, Lougheed’s first art lessons were of his own undertaking. As a child, he sketched animals and landscapes on his father’s farm, loving most of all the family horses. Even as a young artist, he endeavored to stay as true to his subjects’ nature as much as possible and was known to have referenced his father’s veterinary texts for equine anatomy. He also studied the way light played on the animals and the landscape around them. In one frequently cited anecdote, young Lougheed lay in the grass while his family horse grazed nearby. Looking up from the ground, the boy noticed the horse’s belly reflecting green tones from the grass below. That lesson on surrounding surfaces and reflections directly influenced his understanding of light and color. In 1935, after earning six years’ experience as a newspaper illustrator for the Toronto Star, Lougheed moved to New York to study at the Art Students League, a group that had helped train artists like Georgia O’Keefe and Norman Rockwell. Lougheed’s mentor at the League, Frank DuMond, shared his passionate experi-

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mentation with light and shadow. After completing his studies in the 1930s, Lougheed returned to Canada and served as a military painter. New York beckoned him back and, under the advice of a fellow artist, he pursued work as an illustration artist. Never much of a city boy, Lougheed settled in the more rural artistic community of Westport, Conn., and his wildlife paintings began to catch the attention of corporate clients like Pennzoil and DuPont. One of his tasks involved updating the flying Pegasus logo of the Mobile Oil Co. He also produced hundreds of illustrations for Reader’s Digest, projects that always seemed to lead him back to wildlife paintings and opportunities to produce pleinair works. By the 1950s, Lougheed had become one of the country’s most recognizable wildlife painters. He was also proving to be a travel bug. A love of varying landscapes led him to traipse from the Northwest to the Southwest, Alaska, Hawaii and Mexico. In 1952, while visiting Taos, he met with artists like Frank Hoffman and Ernest Blumenschein. The trip was brief, but it stuck. After returning to the East Coast, Lougheed longed to reconnect with the Land of Enchantment. At 49, the longtime bachelor met and fell in love with Cordelia Ervin. “Cordy,” as she was known, became Bob’s travel companion and supported his artistic endeavors, even picking up a camera to document their travels and produce prints her husband used to reference details needed in his paintings. In 1960, the couple began traveling across the United States under a contract from National Geographic Magazine to paint 13 breeds of horses. To capture the details of working American Quarter Horses, the magazine coordinated a trip for the Lougheeds to the historic Bell Ranch near Tucumcari. The pastures were a welcome stage for what would become some of Lougheed’s most well-known Western scenes. That first visit allowed Bob to sketch the Bell’s crew, cattle and horses during fall wagon work. It also introduced the couple to their soon-to-be dear friends, ranch manager George Ellis and his wife, Mattie. After the National Geographic project concluded, the Lougheeds heeded the Ellises’ invitation, returning to the ranch nearly every summer for the next 10 years. Even after the ranch was sold to the Lane • continued on page 55



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family in 1970, a standing invitation allowed the Lougheeds to continue visiting. The open skies of New Mexico, its landscape and its cowboys charmed the Lougheeds. During summer and fall visits, Bob sketched and painted while Cordy snapped photographs of cowpunchers branding, riding and relaxing. Lougheed’s efforts to document working ranch operations were always balanced by his artistic flair in the final works. His illustrations graced the pages of a book of Bell Ranch cowboy tales documented by Mattie, as well as one by George of his own ranching experiences, The Bell Ranch as I Knew It. A stickler for accuracy, Lougheed knew when to reference a photograph taken by his wife or one of his own field sketches. And he was quick to ask a clarifying question of people who knew “the cowboy way” inside and out. In 1956, while preparing sketches for Mattie’s book, Bell Ranch Recollections, he sent her this exacting query: “What would men have tied to their saddle when riding fence?” In 1970, the Lougheeds moved permanently to Santa Fe, where Robert contin-

ued to paint. He was a valued member of the Cowboy Artists of America—an organization that gave him nearly 20 awards between 1968 and his death in 1982. Lougheed had also helped form the National Academy of Western Art but in 1978, Lougheed removed himself from NAWA after a dispute over awards Robert Lougheed (1910–1982), Ten Miles to Saturday Night, 1978, oil on canvas, 30” x 50”. Collection of the New Mexico Museum of violated existing polArt. Gift of Mrs. Robert Lougheed, 1986 (1986.495.1) icy in his eyes. © New Mexico Museum of Art. Although he saw this detachment as a necessary move, he was so disheartened that he didn’t paint for several months. When he finally returned to his studio, Ten Miles to Saturday Night was one of the results. More than five years had passed since his last trip to the Bell, but the painting manifests itself as well. From its roots in shows he was still pulling from his the working-cowboy world, the work sketches and Cordy’s photos of modernembodies an imagined romance of the day cowpunchers. Time, distance or a longing for something he surely missed continued on page 61



Christmas 1979 at the Orndorff Ranch by CURTIS FORT

e made it to the Wilson trap on the west side of Orndorff Ranch the first night, with those big, freshweaned calves. It was pretty touchy when we left that trap at the Long Ranch that morning, but everyone really made a hand and they were handling pretty good when we got to Wilson Trap. The next morning we made a good drag on the trap and it was a good part of the day getting them over to East Well, as we were always holding them up to keep them from getting too hot. By the time we trailed them into a holding trap and put them on water they were handling pretty good and we were proud to get there with same number we left the Long Ranch with, although a few of them could graze better from having their necks stretched. After they rested a couple days, we penned them at East Well, and sorted the heifers and steers, and gate-cut a few keeper heifers. We let them set a few days, then weighed and shipped them all, except the keepers. As we put those heifers down the alley, we’d kick dirt under them and the ones that jumped the highest and blew snot, we thought Jim should keep. Being El Patron he didn’t always follow our suggestions, but when we got them sorted, they were a nice set of future mother cows. This all worked just right to get them shipped and with the heifers in a trap, we received more yearlings there the next day. One of those warm, late fall days, when we were working cattle at the East Well, the first Schwan’s truck any of us ever had seen, came driving up. The driver was asking us directions, and someone asked him what he was hauling. He said frozen beef, fish, vegetables, and ice cream! Now that got our attention and our fearless leader, Jim, had a few dollars on him and said, “Let’s have some!” That was a treat in the middle of no-where, and Jim told him how to get to our Headquarters and several others. We worked long days, but we were in




the saddle. We all lived at Headquarters, and were dedicated to wintering those cattle in good shape, with a minimum death loss. As fall changed to winter we had all the cattle pretty well lined out and located. We still had two loads a coming in around Christmas, so that gave us a week to catch up on prowling and doctoring. Humberto and Ramon fed, put out salt, cut posts and fenced. From my days at the Corralitos Ranch, with those hombres, I knew they were quite aware of ghosts, witches and all. I would mention to Ramon (in my limited Spanish) of how there was a bruja (witch) there around headquarters, and I was just making it up. After a month or so he told me I was right. One cold December day after dinner, we caught fresh horses. Jim was down south at Bingham, and we knew

We were on horseback all day, every day, which is what we wanted to do. what needed done, so we sent Ramon to work on some fence on a trap that held sick cattle, just west of headquarters. It was sandy and there were lots of cedar trees. Humberto went another direction to put out salt and cut some posts. Sammy, Gary and I went to prowl the Wilson Pasture for any weak cattle. It was a cold overcast day, looking like it could snow anytime, and was an hour before sundown when we loaded our mounts and headed east towards Headquarters. We needed to prowl the trap west of headquarters and pick up any thing really sick. It was a long, narrow trap, so we stopped on the west side and unloaded both mine and Sammy’s

mounts. Gary took the rig to the house. I caught a glimpse of the old Power Wagon Dodge on the north fence where Ramon was working fence. I tied my mount to a cedar tree, worked my way closer to Ramon and kept the trees between us. He was working like a beaver tying in staves and working that fence. When I was pretty close I let out a low moan, like a witch, or spook would do. Ramon stopped, looked up and down the fence line and in the brush behind him. Then he went back to work, but you knew he was wondering. It took some time to ease in a little closer, as he was glancing around regularly about the time that cold fog had begun to roll in. I let out another mournful sound, and Ramon dropped the pliers, tie-wire, got in the pickup and locked the door! I worked my way back to my mount, prowled my side of that trap and when we got to headquarters, we threw the two snotty nosed calves we’d picked up into a corral, and doctored them. We unsaddled and grained our mounts along with the ones Gary had jingled. So we rolled a smoke waiting for them to finish and rope out our mounts for the next morning! It was nearly dark when Humberto and Ramon drove up to the shop close to the saddle barn. They walked over to visit and were rolling a smoke! I was oiling a bridle and I noticed Ramon was hanging close, wanting to talk to me. He’d just rolled his smoke and I drug a match down the wall and lit it. He said in Spanish, “I saw the Bruja!” I acted really excited and asked him when and where. He told me she had appeared that afternoon while he was working on the fence. He described how he heard her and caught a glimpse of her! He said that fence was in good shape now. I noticed from then on he and Humberto closed their curtains on their trailer windows, and were always anxious to get to their camp before dark! We received the last two loads at South

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Well on Christmas Eve. We sorted, and got them into a holding trap, where they had good grass, water and salt. Jim said that we had worked hard and the cattle needed to rest up. He told us we’d prowl them for sick ones and that we’d get some neighbors and drag ‘em to the fire in a few weeks. That sounded good to us as we hit a buggy trot toward the lights at Headquarters. It was cold, with no wind or clouds when we un-saddled our mounts and grained all the horses, with a special helping to the wrangling horses. The Christmas tree lights twinkled through the windows, and all the fireplaces were crackling with piñon wood. The crew all met at my camp for a Christmas toast, and we celebrated a well-deserved night’s rest after a long fall works. We all had coffee and relaxed the next morning after doing the chores. Around noon Mariann & Jim had the whole crew come to their house for a wonderful Christmas dinner. Loren and his sisters showed us what Santa had delivered . . . some special clothes, dolls, and especially a pair of spurs for Loren! The

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the wise men followed was shining brightly in that winter-night sky above the Chupadero Range. Jim figured those last cattle we received in December were doing good and needed to be branded. They were light 400 pounds or so. We invited a few neighbors and we roped and drug them to the fire at South Well. It was a good day. Larry Dean, Carl Lane, the twins Jarrod, and Justin, and Melanie came from the Question Mark. H. Penders was there from the Harliss, as well as a few other neighbors. Mariann had another great meal for us at Headquarters. My friends Carl Lane and Larry knew we were riding hard so they left a couple extra Question Mark mounts there for me to use. We were on horseback all day, every day, which is what we wanted to do. Once all those cattle were located, we prowled in that brush, finding some “chronics” to drive back to the sick pen. A couple of us would help throw in cattle to the feed wagon and get a good count. Most of them did very well on grass and a little cake. We had to keep those pipe lines going, along with the windmills, and all the other ranch chores. It was long hours in the saddle . . . ■ which is what we were there for.

meal included a fresh pot of those Anasazi beans with some Hatch green chile, and a turkey with all the trimmings. Mariann had gone “all-out”. Around 3:00 p.m., Jim, Sam and I drove over to East Well and ran the sick ones through the chute for a shot of Christmas medicine. We were a long ways from any town, but the real feeling of Christmas was there. It was one of the best Christmas Days I can remember. The star

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animals, and to strengthen anti-cruelty laws. They say that while animals are considered property, crimes against them are punished only in relation to their monetary value, not as individuals possessing their own rights. The Animal Welfare Argument

The other side of the debate is characterized as “animal welfare.” These groups also work toward improving the lives of animals, but do not oppose raising and using animals for food, fiber, labor and medical research to save human lives. They do not oppose the featuring of animals in movies, circuses and in many sporting events. According to the National Animal Interest Alliance, one of the largest animal welfare organizations in the United States, “animal welfare requires humane treatment of animals on farms and ranches, in circuses and rodeos, and in homes, kennels, catteries, laboratories and wherever else animals are kept.” Animal welfare advocates contend that animal rights groups are working to end pet ownership altogether, as well as the involvement of animals in all human

endeavors, including service animals for the blind, deaf and disabled. (In his interview, Butler noted that technology can provide a better solution, other than service dogs, for the disabled. Animal rights proponents do not believe that dogs should be used in human-related occupations.) Mary Beth Duerler is president of an affiliated organization called Responsible Pet Owner’s Alliance. In an interview, Duerler argues that the ultimate wish of animal rights groups “is not clean cages, but empty cages.” “Animal rights is not about humane treatment,” Duerler says. “It’s about no treatment whatsoever. No pets, no zoos, no meat for food. A human and an animal are the same thing.” Duerler believes that changing language from “pet owner” to “guardian” is the most important step in the animal



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The debate will continue, passionately in some parts of the country and more as an academic exercise in others. To the pig living in the shelter in southern Maine, the question is indeed academic. He is used to a loving home and living a life most pigs could not imagine. The question is also something of an abstraction for the shelter’s executive director, Steven Jacobsen, who runs the largest animal shelter in Maine. He said, frankly and honestly, that while his staff holds differing opinions on the subject, they are all trying to take care of and place the thousands of homeless animals that wind up in the shelter every year. Including, Jacobsen said, that 100pound pig that once slept in his favorite ■ human’s bed.













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Jury Finds AQHA Clone Ban Violates Antitrust Laws by TIFFANY DOWLING , ASSISTANT PROFESSOR & EXTENSION SPECIALIST AGRICULTURAL LAW TEXAS A&M AGRILIFE EXTENSION SERVICE federal jury sitting in Amarillo recently found that an American Quarter Horse Association rule prohibiting registration of cloned horses violates state and federal antitrust laws. The AQHA, founded in 1940, is the world’s largest equine breed registry and membership organization, having more than 5 million registered horses and over 280,000 members.


The Rule

The AQHA allows registration of quar-

ter horses that are conceived by live cover, artificial insemination, and embryo transfer. In 2004, however, the AQHA implemented Rule 227 (the rule has since been re-numbered as Rule REG106.1), which prohibits registration of “horses produced by any cloning process” including “any method by which the genetic material of an unfertilized egg or an embryo is removed and replaced by genetic material taken from another organism, added to/with genetic material from another organism or otherwise modified by any means in order to produce a live foal.” Under the rule, both cloned horses and their offspring are banned from the AQHA registry. AQHA rules are proposed by the membership and then sent to one of AQHA’s standing committees, which now number 12. A proposal to allow the registration of clones and their offspring was sent to the Stud Book and Registration Committee

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(SBRC) which reviewed the proposal and made a recommendation it be denied. The SBRC recommendation was then open for discussion at the general membership meeting at the AQHA Convention, resulting in the Membership also voting to deny the request. At that point, the proposed rule was placed in the hands of the 300member Board of Directors for a final decision. The Board of Directors likewise voted to deny the registration of clones or their offspring. It was with this background that Rule REG 106.1 was enacted. According to the AQHA, a survey revealed that 86 percent of its members favor banning cloned horses from the organization. The Arguments

In April, 2012, two AQHA members who own cloned horses filed suit in federal court challenging AQHA Rule REG 106.1. The lawsuit alleges that the AQHA rule violates the federal Sherman Antitrust Act and the Texas Free Enterprise and Antitrust Act of 1983. Both acts prohibit the monopolization of any part of trade or commerce. Plaintiffs explain that the AQHA enjoys a place of “prominence, dominance and market power” in the quarter horse market and provide numerous examples, including that numerous races are limited to AQHA registered animals, that AQHA registered horses are found in all 50 states and in more than eighty other countries. Plaintiffs claim that Rule REG 106.1 denies cloned horses the ability to complete effectively with registered horses and protects registered horses from having to compete with unregistered horses, which benefits registered horse owners at the expense of owners of cloned quarter horses. Further, they argue that the rule reduces the supply of top quality quarter horses in the market. Plaintiffs claimed injuries including a 70-80 percent diminished value of their horses because of the AQHA’s refusal to register their cloned horses, and claim that this also harms the public by inflating the value of registered horses. The plaintiffs seek both monetary damages and a permanent injunction against the AQHA to prohibit the enforcement of Rule REG 106.1. The AQHA argues that the members of a voluntary, private organization should have the right to determine rules for their own organization. Further, the AQHA’s mission includes working to improve the quality of each generation of quarter horse. The Association believes that continued on page 61




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cloning does not improve the breed, as it merely makes copies of the same horses. The AQHA also argued that the plaintiffs were free to create their own registry with its own rules that could compete with the AQHA. The Verdict

At the conclusion of a jury trial, a 10person federal jury panel seated in Amarillo found that rule violates both state and federal antitrust laws. The jury refused, however, to award plaintiffs any of the millions of dollars in monetary damages requested. Prior to reaching its verdict, the jury reported to the court that it was deadlocked after less than a day of deliberation. At that time, the judge ordered the jury to continue deliberations and the verdict was eventually reached on July 30. The court has issued an injunction that requires the AQHA to begin registering cloned horses and their offsprings. The AQHA has appealed this decision to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals after a unanimous vote by the organization’s Executive Committee. Further, the AQHA is seeking a stay of the judge’s ruling that it must immediately begin registering clones. The AQHA argues that until the appeal has been decided, it should not be forced to go through the time and expense to register the cloned horses.

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turn of the century, where punchers might ride into town instead of hopping into their pick-ups. Bell Ranch aficionados may recognize Dan Crowley in the painting. He’s the one wearing a bowler hat. Polished black shoes, ready for a night of dancing, dangle by their laces from his saddle. Bell Ranch wagon boss Leo Turner and Mr. Turner’s nephew lead Crowley. In Lougheed’s imagining, Turner carries a fiddle case from which he can pluck an instrument fit to entertain the townsfolk that evening. (Men visiting the exhibit who worked the Bell pastures during the years of Lougheed’s visits immediately recognize this particular wagon boss by his upright riding stance.) Despite its obvious charms, the paint-

ing, Price wrote in Lougheed’s biography, initially attracted no buyer and won no awards. The Lougheeds kept it in their personal collection, and it eventually found a home in the New Mexico Museum of Art’s collection, courtesy of Cordy Lougheed. It claims its admiring public in Cowboys Real and Imagined. On display through March 16, the exhibit explores the history of the cowboy in the Southwest. From hard-working ranch hands to contemporary rodeos and cowboy movies, visitors are invited to explore the incarnations of America’s most indelible icon—and maybe recognize a few fellow cowboys in the paintings and photographs. Meredith Davidson is curator of 19th- and 20th-century Southwest collections at the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe. For more information on the museum and its exhibits, log onto

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If the decision is upheld, it could lead to similar lawsuits against other animal organizations with similar rules, including the American Paint Horse Association, the Jockey Club, and the American Kennel Club, both of which currently exclude cloned animals. Additionally, the ruling could impact other breed organizations that have rules excluding certain animals from membership. For example, although the American Angus Association allows the registration of cell-cloned calves, it bars the registration of animals possessing various genetic defects including double muscling, dwarfism, horns and an uncommon blood type. The AQHA ruling could encourage lawsuits by disgruntled members of other organizations who are unsatisfied with rules prohibiting registration of ■ animals.





Lands News My column this month is about livestock grazing legislation, dissecting a major speech by the Interior Secretary, and the mysterious story behind the Bill Humphries National Monument.

Grazing Improvement Act he Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources has passed the Grazing Improvement Act, S. 258. The legislation, sponsored by Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), will codify exist-


ing appropriations NEPA language and extend the term for grazing permits from a minimum of 10 up to 20 years, providing for added permit security. “The act is vital for ensuring the fate of our producer’s permits - livelihoods are depending on the efficiency of the system which undoubtedly needs restructuring,” said Scott George, NCBA president and Wyoming rancher. “Not only will the bill codify the language of the decades old appropriations rider, it will also allow cate-


gorical exclusions from NEPA for permits continuing current practices and for crossing and trailing of livestock. Additionally, it will allow for NEPA on a broad scale, reducing paper pushing within the federal agencies.” Some are concerned the Senate version of this bill contains a pilot program for voluntary “buy-outs” of grazing permits, where grazing would be permanently retired on those allotments. According to the Public Lands Council, New Mexico and Oregon would be impacted - allowing for up to 25 permits per year in each state to be “voluntarily” relinquished. New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich serves on this committee and I doubt this could have happened without his approval. “PLC strongly opposes buyouts - voluntary or otherwise,” said Brice Lee, PLC president and Colorado rancher. “Ultimately, buyouts create an issue for the industry due to the wealthy special interest groups who work to remove livestock from public lands. The language in the amendment addresses ‘voluntary’ buyouts; however, radical, anti-grazing agendas are likely at play. Litigation and persistent harassment serve as a way to eliminate grazing on public lands-and could force many ranchers into these ‘voluntary’ relinquishments, unwillingly. There can be no ‘market based solution’ in which any given special interest group is able to ratchet up ranchers’ cost of operation, and artificially create a ‘voluntary’ sale or relinquishment.” A similar bill (without the buy-out provision), H.R. 657, has passed the House Natural Resources Committee.

Secretary Jewell’s Speech Interior Secretary Sally Jewell recently gave a lengthy talk to the National Press Club. Here are some “takeaways” from her presentation: ■ On the Land & Water Conservation Fund, she supports the President’s proposal to have mandatory full funding, i.e. a

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billion dollars a year for federal land acquisition. She’s caught the private property eating virus in spite of the fact they can’t manage or maintain what they have now. ■ “We need a comprehensive public lands package that conserves our nation’s most special lands and waters - just like the one that President Obama signed into law in 2009 that protected more than 2 million acres of wilderness, designated more than 1,100 miles of wild and scenic rivers, expanded the national park system and established several new national conservation areas.” She wants to bundle bills instead of having individual votes on each bill based on its merits; i.e. log roll the suckers through Congress. ■ On national monuments, she said Obama has designated nine of them over the past four years to provide protections for special places “like the Rio Grande del Norte in northern New Mexico” and to preserve key chapters in our nation’s story “like that of Cesar Chavez and Harriet Tubman.” In the coming weeks and months, she will be meeting with communities and “evaluating opportunities” to ensure our nation’s stories and landscapes are “honored, celebrated and preserved.” She indicated if Congress doesn’t act to pass land protection bills “President Obama is ready and willing to step up where Congress falls short.” She’s got a hammer and is threatening to use it. ■ They just can’t leave our kids alone. Secretary Jewell announced a multiple part program to engage our nation’s youth. First, there will be partnerships with 50 cities for urban parks and “to create opportunities for outdoor recreation for more than ten million young people.” Next, we’re going to “use the nation’s best natural classrooms - our public lands - to provide educational opportunities to at

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deserve one. Time: back when the cattle growers had a team roping during the summer quarterly. Landscape: a roping arena somewhere in the Las Vegas, NM area. Story: After Humphries (Land Commissioner) and I (Sec. of Ag) made a nice run on our first steer we were feeling our oats. We decided right then and there to challenge Jim Baca (former Land Commissioner) and Dr. Stephens (former Sec. of Ag) to a matched team roping. That was a fairly safe bet and surely a story worth preserving as a national monument. We could call it Bill’s Hills & Roping Thrills National Monument. I don’t think I’ll share what happened on our second steer. One final thought for this year’s last column. Back in the mid-to-late 60s did anybody, in the farthest reaches of their mind, ever think that Curtis Fort and I would both end up writing for the NM Stockman? Miracles do happen. Hope you and yours have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Frank DuBois was the NM Secretary of Agriculture from 1988 to 2003, is the author of a blog: The Westerner ( and is the founder of The DuBois Rodeo Scholarship (

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school early on for drawing during class, but his high school art teacher made sure he always had a pencil or a paintbrush in his hand and encouraged him. He graduated from Colby Community College and Kansas State with a degree in animal science. He was a member of a nationally renowned livestock and horse judging team at both institutions and was high individual at four contests and tied for high at a fifth. He first developed his judging skills as a member of the state champion 4-H and FFA livestock judging teams while at school in Des Moines. This judging experience enhanced his knowledge of animal anatomy. “This judging contributed to my being a stickler for anatomical authenticity.” During college and following graduation, with much encouragement, he began to realize he could make a career of art. He came home to the ranch, did some drawings and printed them. But because he had no clientele, sales were dismal. That’s when he learned what a hard business art is to break into. He started developing a client list, writing down every name he could think of among his acquaintances and contacts. Despite years of recognition and a client list that includes numerous serious collectors from all over, he remains involved in all aspects of his business, down to wrapping prints for shipping. Most of his originals are sold privately, and to date, Cornay has sold out 22 editions of his limited edition prints. His

work has appeared in numerous art shows. Pencil art is a longstanding cowboy tradition, an example of “the medium is the message,” just as a sepia or a black and white photo is more Western looking and lends well to the subject matter. Contrast is extremely important in the medium. You do not have the luxury of color, Cornay explains, so you have to use 3-D effects as well as contrast to draw the eye in and stop the viewer so he or she really looks at the piece. To achieve his effects, he uses a classic graphing system that dates to the old masters. He takes many photos as he researches his subjects. He works freehand and uses photographic references but alters the landscape or the placement of an element to suit his composition. “It’s still freehand,” he says.”Composition and technique is a never-ending process. Everything I do and see on the ranch comes back to me when I work.” Technically, graphite is a simple yet complex medium. “Everyone is familiar with a pencil and amazed when they see what can be done with one,” he says. Cornay uses three brands of pencils, which he

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Fort Sumter, South Carolina (April 12, 1861), New Mexico’s Union Colonel Edward R. S. Canby arrested Pelham as a “rank secessionist” and charged him with “treasonable correspondence”. The surveyor was held in the guardhouse at Fort Marcy in Santa Fe and might have stayed there had it not been for the Texas Confederate invasion of New Mexico in March 1862. When Confederate General Henry Hopkins Sibley reached Santa Fe in early April 1862 (the city capitol had been captured earlier, but Sibley had remained in Albuquerque, drinking heavily, according to most historians), he appointed Pelham Governor of Confederate New Mexico. By then, the Texas Confederates had been defeated at Glorieta and were in retreat. Note that historian John Taylor suggested that the appointment might not actually have been made at all, but Sibley biographer Jerry Thompson reported that it was indeed. It didn’t matter much anyway. After the Confederate retreat in late March and early April, there was no Confederate New Mexico, and Pelham found it prudent to retreat south along with Sibley’s army. Pelham didn’t get to Texas immediately, however. He surrendered to Colonel Canby near Polvadera and was sent to Fort Union in northeast New Mexico. As a civilian, however, he was only held until the following year when he was allowed to go home. He returned to Texas where he farmed and raised livestock for the remainder of his life. He died in June 1879. The Mesilla Valley Independent wrote: “His duties as Surveyor General of New Mexico were difficult [but] he was regarded as a man of integrity and up-right dealing and ever will be remembered as such.” Perhaps, but he is only remembered by a few. No list of New Mexico governors contains an entry for William Pelham. Selected sources: Edrington & Taylor, The Battle of Glorieta Pass: A Gettysburg in the West, March 26-28, 1862 New Mexico Newspaper Project, 1995 Fred Roeder, The American Surveyor, April 11, 2009 Sánchez, Spude & Gómez, New Mexico: A History Marc Simmons, “A Forgotten Confederate Governor,” Prime Time, October 2013 Thompson, Henry Hopkins Sibley, Confederate General of the West Twitchell, Leading Facts of N.M. History, Vol. II Twitchell, Old Santa Fe: The Story of New Mexico Ancient Capital



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The Food Age ccording to a food scientist at the University of Arizona, more than 100,000 plant and animal varieties have become endangered over the last quarter century. In addition, it is commonly believed that only about 100 species of crops and livestock provide most of the food in the world. His interest is in reviving these endangered plants, as a regular part of the American diet. When I was a student we had to study the benefits of the multiplicity of breeds, be they beef cattle, chickens, hogs, sheep, dairy or goats. It was a colorful time. But as the food scientist observed, things have changed. Today most of the chickens and hogs raised are composites, mongrelized to combine the benefits of many breeds into one superior sire or dam. My old animal science books have pretty pictures of Rhode Island Reds, Leghorns, Bantams, Plymouth Rock and Delaware hens and roosters! Now they are shuffled to the side. The most common hogs in commercial operations today are a three-breed crossbred involving Hampshire, Duroc and Yorkshire. In FFA I remember learning the traits of Poland China, Spotted Poland China, Berkshire, Tamworth and Chester White. They are now “heritage” pigs, their pictures hanging in the National Pig Museum. Sheep breeds have managed to maintain some diversity, simply because of low numbers in the U.S. I think of them today as either meat or wool breeds. But they come from royal ancestors: Merino, Suffolk, Southdown, Cheviot, Shropshire, Rambouillet, Dorset and Hampshire. This huge diminution in the variety of plant and animal foodstuffs is the direct result of the industrial world’s obligation to feed a burgeoning global population. They take what genetics are available and improve upon them. Chemical companies devise growth enhancers and disease repellants which increase production. Farmers and implement dealers enact planting, growing and harvesting methods


with better machinery to produce even more. Instead of going back to look for natural substitute foodstuffs, these ag scientists are taking the best from all of them and building their own product! It’s working, and although many people distrust modern agricultural practices, they are the ones who benefit. Food is safer, better, cheaper and more abundant almost every year than the previous. It is also more available to those with a tight budget, or


worse, go to bed hungry. I appreciate the food scientist’s interest in preserving plants and animals that are falling to the wayside. I sympathize. My little tour through the sheep, hog and chicken breeds is just me reminiscing about the old days. But it’s not real life. The world went through the Ice Age, Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Exploration Age, Industrial Age, Technological Age and now we are in the Food Age. What modern agriculture has done in the last 30 years to stay ahead of global starvation is nothing short of a miracle. And still the onerous numbers hang over our heads; world population in 2013 7.2 billion, in 2025 8.1 billion, in 2050, when my son will be as old as I am now, will be 9.6 billion. The downside, he may never see a watermelon radish, purple majesty potato or a real homegrown tomato, and that will be too bad. It’s the price we pay to feed the ■ world.

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My Cowboy Heroes by JIM OLSON

“Leonard Stroud – Greatest Trick Rider” ccording to author Clifford Westermeier in 1947, “Leonard Stroud was one of the first cowboys to make a business and, certainly, a career of contesting (in rodeo).” Stroud was born near Monkstown, Texas, December 1, 1893 into a ranching family. He left home at sixteen to join the Howe Circus and, after becoming a big hit, later joined the Ringling Brothers Circus where he performed in “Wild West” trick riding and bronc riding exhibitions. Due to his popularity, he was paid a phenomenal sum (for a cowboy) of $25 per week! He also toured with Pawnee Bill. Deciding to follow rodeo instead, Leonard embarked upon a very successful career. During his rodeo prime (1914 1924), he competed in almost every event including trick and roman riding, trick roping, saddle and bareback bronc riding, steer and calf roping and bulldogging. Rodeo producers often had to rearrange schedules to accommodate Stroud’s participation in so many events. Trick riding is what he really became famous for however. (It should be noted here that trick riding was a judged event much like the



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rough stock events up until the 1930s.) He is credited for being the first to perform such moves as going under the belly of a horse at a full gallop, passing under the horse’s neck to the other side at a full gallop and there is a trick riding move named for him to this day called the “Stroud Standout.” In this move, the rider “stands” out to the side of the horse, creating a ninety degree angle between horse and rider—and he would do rope tricks while “out there.” Stroud would also do many maneuvers while Roman riding— things like jumping over a parked car— with people in it! He was a crowd favorite, always flashy and colorful, and was known far and wide as a “showman.” Leonard rode a saddle, specially designed by him and Porter Saddlery of Phoenix, Arizona, which incorporated several unique features, many of which are still evident (and now standard) on today’s trick riding saddles. First there was a very elongated saddle horn, serving as a central hand-hold. Other modifications included slotted handholds attached to the rear skirting, a low (practically flat) cantle, special saddle strings which could serve as



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handholds and various other leather straps. Even though he was one of the best riders of his day, Leonard suffered injuries along the way. Once at a Colorado rodeo he slipped and fell under the horse while attempting to pass to the other side. He broke three ribs! Aside from being the undisputed World Champion Trick Rider between 1914 and 1924, Leonard was also a serious contender in the other events he entered. He learned rope tricks from none other than Will Rogers, becoming an accomplished trick roper. This also helped his roping abilities in the calf and steer roping, where he won many titles at big rodeos. Of course, his riding abilities were second to none, this is evident of the many bronc riding titles he won, including Cheyenne in 1918. Of course, nobody wins all of the time. Yakima Canutt, in his memoirs, tells a hilarious story about the El Paso, Texas rodeo of 1921. “Leonard Stroud rode a wild bronc that had been brought over from the Mexican side. He was a small horse, but could he buck! He was a crooked, fast sunfisher. He really unloaded Leonard. Doubleday, the official rodeo photographer, got a picture of it and Stroud gave him ten dollars to destroy the negative. I gave him ten dollars to print me up several of the photos and inscribe them, ‘Leonard Stroud Showing the Boys How. A Yakima Canutt Photo’. I passed them out to the bronc riders. It got a good laugh.” Along the way, Leonard married Mamie Saunders Stroud who was also an accomplished trick rider and bronc rider. She got her start in Lucille Mulhall’s Roundup. The duo competed in many rodeos together throughout their storied careers. They moved from Texas to Oklahoma, and eventually made their permanent home in Rocky Ford, Colorado where they remained involved in rodeo in one aspect or another the rest of their lives. Something that stands out during this period is the fact that most rodeo cowboys continued on page 71




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during the 1930s were supportive of the new cowboy organization known as the Cowboy Turtles Association (CTA). Not so with Leonard. While acting as the Arena Director of the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo, only months after the CTA was formed, he was against what he called the “Cowboy Union.” Leonard is quoted here in the Pueblo Indicator on July 31, 1937, “It won’t work (the CTAs threaten to strike if certain demands are not met). The cowboys can’t ride me. The expression, ‘ride ‘em cowboy,’ refers to horses and cattle, not me!” For reasons of his own, Leonard remained opposed to the CTA and never joined up. The greatest trick rider from the early days of rodeo died June 29, 1961 due to health issues at a Denver, Colorado area hospital. Leonard was posthumously inducted into National Cowboy and Western Heritage Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1965. ■

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awful. His face was a collection of bruises and cuts oozing blood. Finally we spotted the cow and calf. The pair was bushed up in some oak brush so I went to chase them to the clearing where Red could stick a rope on them. Of course Red only saw his cattle about twice a year so things got pretty western in a hurry. However, that ugly old horse was right on that calf and Red dropped a loop on him. True to his legend Red’s mount stopped like a rodeo calf horse when he felt the tug from the calf. The next thing that happened astounded me. Red got off his horse to tie the calf down. When he did he tied one of his extra long split reins to his leg and proceeded to the calf with his piggin string. I was keeping an eye on the cow who had stopped running and was coming back for her calf. She was still about two hundred yards away. I tried to ask Red politely why he tied that rein to his leg. He said he always does that with a new horse in case mama cow comes back and he has to mount up quickly. Just about that time mama was coming back at a dead run and I tried to head her off. Needless to say the new horse saw this and left immediately with Red’s

leg and the calf in tow. Mama cow had arrived and was hooking everyone and everything in sight. However, Red’s good rein wasn’t about to break and with Red bouncing so much he couldn’t get it untied. Pretty soon mama cow was hooking Red on a regular basis. I finally got a rope on Red’s horse and got him stopped. Next I was able to cut the rope and then the rein. When I cut the rope mama cow gave up the chase and was standing there licking her calf. Red was full of cholla, rocks, dirt, and blood. I made sure he didn’t break anything and propped him up under a nearby tree. I then rode home quickly and came back with a truck. Red was about four months getting over his injuries. It is always interesting when you ride with a “top hand”. Barry Denton has been a farrier & blacksmith for over 35 years. He is an American Farriers Association Certified Farrier, A Brotherhood of Working Farriers Certified Master Farrier, & member of the BWFA Hall of Fame, devoting his life to the betterment & good health of horses. He has traveled from coast to coast in the U.S., Canada, Dominican Republic, & Mexico, shoeing & consulting for top trainers of race & show horse, shoeing champions in over 30 different disciplines, & specializing in treating lame & laminitic horses. His accomplishments on the back of a horse include many state titles in Reining & Working Cow Horse. He’s also an accomplished photographer & had a monthly column in America’s Bridle And Bit Magazine for several years.


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The Future & Impact of Ultrasound Technology FROM THE BRAHMAN REVIEW ow more than ever, the Brahman breed is in a position to put to rest the negative perceptions regarding carcass quality of Brahman cattle. These perceptions, having plagued the industry for quite some time, are continually found inaccurate through the latest technologies available, specifically ultrasound. By using this technology and making wise genetic selections based on carcass data, today’s Brahman breeders are equipped to move the breed forward into the future.


What is it?

For some breeders, determining carcass data on cattle happens after the calves are fed out and harvested. This process takes anywhere from 180 to 220 days to feed and harvest calves; however, it could take months, even years, to receive carcass data. A more reliable and efficient avenue for evaluating carcass qualities is through the use of ultrasound, explained Chris Shivers, executive vice president of the American Brahman Breeders Association (ABBA). “Through ultrasound,” said Shivers, “the carcass quality of animals is able to be evaluated without the animal having to be harvested.” Because of this, carcass data is available within weeks, maybe days, of performing the ultrasound. When cattle are ultrasounded, ribeye area, fat thickness, intramuscular fat (marbling), and rump fat are measured, explained certified ultrasound technician Donnie Robertson of Robertson Livestock. A certified ultrasound technician, such as Robertson, scans data at two locations on the animal—over the hip, which measures rump fat; and over the rib, which mea72


sures rib fat, ribeye area and marbling. For the ultrasound data to be recognized through the ABBA, there are a few rules for the animals and the technician. Animals must be on file at ABBA (i.e. registered or submitted for “performance only” reporting) and must be between 12 and 16 months of age. Also, the ultrasound images must be collected by an ultrasound technician, who is approved by the Ultrasound Guidelines Council (UCG), an organization that insures ultrasound information used for evaluating carcass traits is of utmost quality.

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Shivers explained that in 2003, the ABBA developed the baselines and guidelines to include the ultrasound information into the database. With participation strong in the early years, it wasn’t until 2011 that participation grew significantly, doubling previous participation and also doubling the number of records collected in 2011 the following year. “Brahman breeders have really adopted this technology and are making great strides as a result of it,” said Shivers. Why use it?

For those unfamiliar with the ABBA’s push for carcass data collection, the question “why?” might be running through your head. Well, carcass data! The Brahman’s role in the commercial market is of ever growing importance; just ask any breeder out there. Robertson explained that by using ultrasound, a breeder can determine the carcass quality of their herd just like any other trait. “They can make breeding and marketing decisions based on their data,” said Robertson. “They will be able to see patterns based on certain sires, and in enough time, certain dams.” Using the information gathered from an ultrasound can not only assist breeders in identifying superior traits, but also (and probably more importantly) identifies the animals with weaknesses, said Robertson. From there, breeders make the decision to eliminate such animals and strengthen their herd. As mentioned above, ask any breeder out there, and more than likely he or she is paying close attention to the commercial market. Shivers explained that the increase in ultrasound participation has been a direct result of breeders placing emphasis on carcass quality. He continued to urge more breeders to adopt this technology in order to find out how their cattle are performing and also use information from fellow breeders to improve their herd. By doing so, this results in the breed, and ultimately the entire beef industry, benefiting. “[B]uyers are currently requesting this information, and then many breeders are preparing for the future when there will be even more emphasis placed on animals with superior carcass quality,” said Shivers. How to interpret?

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technician can either interpret the data only if they are a Certified Lab Technician as deemed by the UCG, or submit it to a UCG approved lab to be analyzed. This may take a few days to a few weeks. Once analyzed, the data is submitted to the ABBA, which is building a database of carcass information. “Currently, producers receive the adjusted information and this information is incorporated into the genetic evaluation to calculate carcass EPD’s,” explained Shivers. When analyzing data, Shivers suggested that breeders should not focus on the cattle with superior traits, rather the focus should be on those cattle that won’t marble or have small ribeye areas. Robertson stressed that large herds are not the only ones that can benefit from carcass data. “Identifying those bloodlines with superior carcass traits are not limited to herd size,” he said. “I have seen them in all size herds, and it strengthens their programs, the Brahman breed, and the overall cattle business.” Cost is also a factor to consider. Robertson usually charges between $12 and $14 a head with no travel. A normal range could be anywhere from $12 to $20 a head, sometimes with mileage added, but most technicians have a set price per head, said Robertson. What does ultrasound hold for the future?

As technology advances are made every day, more and more information will be readily available on beef animals. Buyers will continue to request carcass and other data on animals they purchase, forcing breeders to make the right breeding decisions to benefit the entire industry. But, force may be a strong word in this situation. Breeders should already be making the right breeding decisions in order to make the entire beef industry better. So, as you evaluate your operation and what part you can play, consider using ultrasound technology. You’ll be taking a step in the right direction to further the breed and give consumers the best quality beef product. ©TABR If you’d like a complimentary copy of The Americay Brahman Review, please email

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Monday, January 13, 2014 8am Nat’l Gelbvieh & Balancer Show 8am Red Angus Show Tuesday, January 14, 2014 Ram Day 8am USTPA Team Penning 9am Nat’l Limousin Jr. Heifer / Lim-Flex Show 9am Nat’l South Devon Show 2pm Nat’l Braunvieh Sale 4pm Jr. Market Goat Showmanship 6pm Nat’l Limousin Sale 7pm Denver Chute-Out PBR Touring Pro Finale (Semi Final) Wednesday, January 15, 2014 8am Nat’l Limousin MOE & Lim-Flex Show 8am ROV Angus Bull Show 8am USTPA Team Penning 9am Jr. Market Goat Show 10am Nat’l Braunvieh Show 12pm Angus Bull Sale Show 1pm Jr. Market Goat Championship 3:30pm Angus Bull Sale 6pm Mutton Bustin’ 7pm Denver Chute-Out PBR Touring Pro Finale Finals Night Thursday, January 16, 2014 8am Jr. Angus Heifer Show 8am Limousin & Lim-Flex Carload & Pen Show continued on page 96

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Sterling Decker, My Hero

NM. On October 11, 2013 he was injured in a horse accident while working some cows with his family. He was flown by helicopter to Lubbock, Texas, where he was diagby CURTIS FORT nosed with a Traumatic Brain Injury. He is terling Decker is a seven year old currently recovering at TrustPoint Hospicowboy and the son of Jeff and Jenna tal, an inpatient rehab facility, in Lubbock. Decker, young ranchers of Tatum, The healing process is slow, but Sterling is improving each and every day. He had a big smile the last time we were there, especially when we mentioned his four year-old sister, Stoney. He and his family are in the prayers of many folks. Sterling’s first grade teacher, Sherry Taylor, told us he was a top student, and a class “A Loop Full of Snort” – the Curtis Fort bronze to leader. He is a


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hero of mine as he craves punching cows, loves drawing and Will James. The Decker Family occupies the pew in front of us in church. Sterling and I pay close attention to the sermon, but we hand bucking horse drawings back and forth. He wears his spurs to church, not to show off, he just figures those are part of him as a cowboy! A year ago we gave Sterling a couple of Will James books. A few weeks later at Church he handed me a letter. The letter was from Sterling, but since it was in nice handwriting, I think his Mom, Jenna, wrote it. It said, “Dear Curtis, I really like those Will James books. My Mom has read them to me OVER, and OVER, and OVER and OVER . . . Your friend, Sterling.” As true ranchers, who believe in taking care of their own, eighteen ranch families came together and paid the casting cost of a sculpture of mine titled, “A Loop Full of Snort.” Our friend, Western Artist, Gary Morton, is finishing an original painting to also be included in these ticket sales. Tickets are available for $10 each . . . no limit to the amount of tickets that can be purchased. All ticket sales go into the Sterling Decker Benefit Account, at American Hercontinued on page 75

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itage Bank in Clovis, New Mexico. Our “Thanks” to them as they purchased the first twenty tickets to set up the account. We also give a big “Thanks” to the New Mexico Stockman magazine for their support, and they have graciously provided this page and one in January to help this cause. Joe’s Boot Shop in Clovis, NM, has been instrumental in getting this together and the drawing will be held February 15, 2014, at Joe’s Boot Shop. At this time, tickets may be purchased at Joe’s Boot Shop Clovis, New Mexico; Lea County Museum, Lovington, New Mexico; Sid and Betty Price, Elida, New Mexico, phone 575/6076669, and from Curtis Fort, phone 575/398-6423. Sterling’s recovery will be a long road for the Decker Family. They will need lots of support as expenses mount up. We ask for your continued prayers and your financial support for Sterling and his ■ family.

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advancements during his seven-year deanship, such as projects to help Iraq and Afghanistan rebuild agricultural systems following the model of the Cooperative Extension Service; advances in research activities through the Agricultural Experiment Station that range from a unique

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RANCHES/FARMS *NEW* 400 Head Ranch, adjoining Leslie Canyon, Cochise Co., AZ Highly improved & maintained w/4 homes; horse barn; hay barn; equipment sheds; workshop; roping arena; excellent shipping corrals w/scales; extensive water distribution w/wells, storage & pipelines. Scenic w/rolling grasslands and mountains. Easy country. +/7,346 deeded acres, State lease & USFS permit. This is a top quality ranch & a rare opportunity. $3,900,000. *NEW* 500 Head Ranch, Tucson, AZ Well improved HQ with 3 homes, pool, barns, corrals, airplane hanger & strip. State & BLM grazing leases. 80 Deeded Acres. $2,380,000. Owner may split.


90 H ead, Agu a Fria Ran ch , Quemado, NM – This is a scenic midsize ranch with great prospects. Operating as a private hunting retreat, and a purebred Angus and Paint horse ranch. +/-1200 deeded acres, +/80 acres of NM lease, and +/-5220 acres BLM. 4BR, 2BA, mfg. home. Trophy elk, antelope, deer. Elk and mule deer permits. Candidate for a conservation easement or land exchange with the BLM. $1.65M *REDUCED* 52 Head Ranch, San Simon, AZ – Indian Springs Ranch, pristine & private, only 12 miles from I-10. Bighorn sheep, ruins, pictographs. 1480 acres of deeded, 52 head, BLM lease, historic rock house, new cabin, springs, wells. $1,300,000 $975,000, Terms. 335 Head Ranch, Greenlee County, AZ – Near Double Circle Ranch. +/20 Deeded acres, w/two homes,

barn & outbuildings. 58 Sections USFS grazing permit. Good vehicular access to the ranch – otherwise this is a horseback ranch. Scenic, great outfitters prospect. $850,000 * REDUCED* 314 Acre Farm, Pearce, AZ – Two pivots, three irrigation wells, charming +/- 2100 s.f. home, four car garage, large metal workshop, both with concrete floors, two railroad cars with cover between for horse stalls, hay and feed storage. $750,000 Now $698,000. * REDUCED* San Simon, AZ – Indian Springs Farm 162 acres w/pivot, nice home, hay barn other utility buildings. $750,000 Now $650,000. *NEW* Graham Co, AZ 78 Plus Head Cattle Ranch – Approx. 640 deeded acres, 3633 acres USFS and 5204 acres BLM; 1 BR, 1 Bath home/camp. Foothills of the Santa Teresa Mountains. $650,000 *REDUCED* Young, AZ, 65+ Acres – Under the Mogollon Rim, small town charm & mountain views. 2100 s.f., 3 BR, 2 Bath home, 2 BR cabin, historic rock home currently a museum, shop, & barn. Excellent opportunity for horse farm, bed & breakfast, or land development. +/- 65 acres for $1,070,000; home & other improvements. $424,500. 240 Acres with Irrigation Rights, Elfrida, AZ – Suitable for hay, crops, pecans, irrigated pasture, homesite or future development. Includes 130 acres of irrigation rights, partially fenced, with corrals, & 1200 gpm well. $336,000 Terms. *NEW* 137 Head Ranch, east of

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NEW MEXICO PROPERTIES Listed Cooperatively w/Action Realty, Cliff, NM, Dale Spurgeon, Broker – 575535-4177

* REDUCED* Virden, NM +/-78 Acre Farm, with 49+ acres of irrigation rights. Pastures recently planted in Bermuda. 3 BR, 2 Bath site built home, shop, hay barn, 8 stall horse barn, unique round pen with adjoining shaded pens, roping arena. Scenic setting along the Gila River. Great set up for raising horses also suitable for cattle, hay, pecans, or pistachios, $550,000 Terms. *REDUCED* +/- 50 Head Ranch, Virden, NM – 367 Deeded acres, 4,000 acres BLM, nice HQ w/home, barn, corrals, along two miles of the beautiful Gila River. $525,000 $485,000 HORSE PROPERTIES/LAND San Rafael Valley, AZ – Own a slice of heaven in the pristine San Rafael Valley, 152 Acres for $380,150 & 77 Acres with well for $217,000 Rodeo, NM, 160 Acres - on the western slope of the Peloncillo Mountains. 4-forty acre parcels surrounded by BLM land on two sides. Unimproved lots with electric nearby. $141,760 Willcox, AZ 40 Acres – Great views in every direction, power to the property. $85,000.

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MOLERES RANCH We got rain! Dirt tanks are full of water and grass is growing ... No cattle stocked on ranch since end of 2012. • 11,733 Deeded acres. (18½ deeded sections, 1 section State of NM) Located 53 miles north of Milan, NM. • Nice cattle producing ranch. 3 large fenced pastures. 3 smaller traps, all watering off the headquarters. Year round operation or good winter country. • Native grasses consist of galleta, blue grama, Indian rice grass, alkali sacaton and also fourwing saltbush. Partially wooded in pinon/juniper. Small sandstone mesas and outcroppings. Amazing Mesa top ruins with kivas and rooms. Near Chaco Canyon National Historical Park. • 4 producing windmill wells. Pumping from 250’ to 500’. 9 pit dirt tanks strategically placed throughout the ranch. Great water storage. 4 miles of pipeline. • Wildlife consists of Elk, Mule Deer, Antelope, Quail and Rabbits. Ranch received 2 Bull Elk tags and 2 Cow Elk tags in 2012. • Modest headquarters: Ranch house with kitchen, den and bunking quarters. 30x40 metal sided barn/ hay storage/tack Corrals with guard rail, squeeze chute, and certified scales/house, semi chute/ramp. Call for photos and brochure. Price reduced to $199 per acre! HOWARD MICHAEL, QUALIFYING BROKER Coldwell Banker Legacy 617 W. Santa Fe Ave., Grants, NM 87020 Office 505-876-2222 • Cell 505-290-0761 Email: /howard.michael Serving NW New Mexico, ranch, recreational, residential & commercial real estate for sellers & buyers!




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Famous 50,000Âą acre ranch located north of Sheridan, W Wyoming. yoming. Historically renovated headquarters of renowned Kendrick Cattle Company anchors a 1,500 animal unit cow/calf operation. Over 2,000 acres of creek bottom and dryland hay plus deer deer,, elk, antelope, upland birds and excellent water resources. $18,500,000


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home $1,500 in cash and handmade Miles Bell headstalls. Top Hand was Stefanie Logan of the Champion Team, Quarter Circle Milliron, and she won a handmade set of Marion Turner spurs. Top Horse went to Michelle Dyer, an Oklahoma cowgirl on the Rockin’ P team, and she won a handmade bit by Marion Turner. A full house of vendors were set up all weekend as well and each vendor donated at least one item to our silent and live auction, where all proceeds went to RCRA’s Cowgirl Crisis Fund. The RCRA Cowgirl Crisis Fund is proud to be able to give monetary support to cowgirls and their families in times of crisis. Each long go paid out $500 per event ($5000 total). All 10 teams that made it back to the short go won a minimum of $900 per team, if not more based on their placing. All of these prize monies coupled with the prizes that were doled out over the weekend totaled over $32,000! Thanks to all over our great sponsors who made it necessary: Durrett Cattle Co., Ranch Royalty Clothing Co., Joe’s Boot Shop and Country Junction, Whiteface Ford, Adobe Walls Nutrition, TX, Oliver’s Saddle Shop, Grab the Gold Ranch Rodeo, View From the Ranch, Punchy Pix, Pam Lewis Photography, Days Inn and Suites of Clovis, Taco Box and Pizza Hut on Prince Street. The 2014 season will kick off next May! See y’all then! For more information visit the RCRA website at or add the RCRA ■ as a friend on Facebook.

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umerous times recently people have asked “what is going to happen to our country” or “what are people thinking?” I just got a new iPhone 5S with Siri on it. Believe me it is a culture shock on all levels, but this morning it took the cake. I had asked Siri to make a call for me. There were two numbers in my phone for that person, so Siri asked me which number to call. I said “mobile. Thank you.” Seri answered immediately and said “I don’t understand thank you. Please repeat selection.” Ponder the implications of that. For those who are not familiar with who Siri is . . . that is a lady’s voice on the iPhone that responds to commands and gives driving directions upon request. Most of you guys probably really need one . . . but would likely prefer having one that understands the meaning of please and thank you.


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2013 Rounders Award to Johnny D. Boggs, Don Bullis wo New Mexicans were honored recently for contributing positively to the culture of the West through their body of work. Santa Fe-based writer Johnny D. Boggs and Rio Rancho-based writer and historian Don Bullis each accepted the 2013 Rounders Award from New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte hosted at the Governor’s Residence in Santa Fe. The Rounders Award honors those who “live, promote, and articulate the western way of life.” The award was created in 1990 by former New Mexico Agriculture Secretary Frank DuBois. It was named after The Rounders, a classic western novel written by New Mexico native Max Evans, who presented the award along with Witte. “In their own unique ways, Johnny Boggs and Don Bullis are both curators of the diverse culture of the West,” Witte said. Boggs grew up on a farm in South Car-


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Double Honor For Bullis ew Mexico Stockman writer Don Bullis also was honored with the first ever New Mexico-Arizona Literary Award, made by the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards Committee for the first time in 2013. The award goes to an individual who has shown extraordinary support for authors and books in New Mexico and Arizona. Don Bullis has been a long time supporter of books and authors in the American Southwest. Over the years, he has profiled and/or reviewed literally hundreds of books by New Mexico and Arizona authors. He has edited the “New Mexico Historical Notebook”, a monthly newsletter, for the past seven years. He served as a faculty member for the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference on numerous occasions going back 2004 and he is a long time participant in the First Friday group that author Tony Hillerman organized many years ago. He has been an active member of the New Mexico Book Coop since its inception in 2005 and he has actively helped dozens of up and coming authors as well as many old-timers with critiques, testimonials, and guidance. He served as Sheriff of the Central New Mexico Corral of Westerners for nine years from 2003 to 2012 and he is currently the First Vice-President of the Historical Society of New Mexico. And if that was not enough, his newspaper column, “Ellos Pasaron Por Aqui,” appeared in the Rio Rancho Observer for more than twenty years and his column “New Mexico’s Old Times & Old Timers” has appeared in the New Mexico Stockman magazine since 2006. Going back more than 25 years, he has been the author of more than a dozen books. Probably his best known volume is New Mexico Historical Biographies (2012) which received national recognition with the Eric Hoffer Best Book Award for reference work in 2013. In all, his books have won more than a dozen awards for excellence. His newest book, Unsolved: New Mexico’s American Valley Ranch Murders & Other Mysteries, was released in October 2013. Bullis first moved to New Mexico in 1955, but not to stay. He came back for good in 1967. “I decided I wanted to know as much as I could about my new home,” he explained. “That quest for knowledge created an enduring passion for New Mexico history. It is unending and never gets


dull.” But Bullis doesn’t take all the credit for work. “My wife Gloria is my biggest fame,” he beams. “She has created an environment that makes it possible for me to do the work that I do. She deserves at least half of the credit.” Bullis was honored by the New Mexico State Library as New Mexico’s Centennial Author for 2012. Eastern New Mexico University named him Outstanding Alumni ■ for 2013.


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years. Enlisting in the military at 21 years of age, Blackie became a fighter pilot with the 82nd Squadron. He served two tours during World War II, earning several medals including the Distinguished Flying Cross and the World War II Victory Medal, and later became a test pilot for the US Air Force. He was the first pilot to fly the Black Dog fighter plane, which is

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where his nickname came from, and at one time had more experimental air flight time than any other pilot in the US Air Force. Following his active duty, he became an Aerospace Engineer, working on the earliest of space missiles such as the Minuteman and the Titan, for Hughes Aircraft, Lockheed Aircraft and North American Rockwell. He retired as a Major from the US Air Force in 1981 and returned to his roots, raising purebred Santa Gertrudis cattle in the Mimbres Valley. He is survived by his sister, Gloria Quinones, daughter, Amanda (husband, Butch) Mayfield, six grandchildren, three nieces, one nephew and 10 great-grandchildren. Dale “Tuffy” Cooper, 88, Monument, died November 17 at his home after breaking his hip in a fall. He was a pioneer in the sport of roping and patriarch of one of the greatest rodeo families in the history of the sport, died Nov. 17 at his home in Monument, New Mexico. Mary “Sue” Forehand Ogden, 88, Loving, passed away in Lubbock, Texas on November 21, 2013. Sue was the daughter of Roy McKinley Forehand and Masie Wicker Ussery Forehand, who were both from pioneer ranch families in Eddy County. She was raised on the family ranch on Black River. Sue attended school in Carlsbad and graduated valedictorian of her 1943 senior class. She continued her formal education at the University of Texas. Sue married James C. Ogden on December 30, 1945 in Carlsbad. Together, they farmed and ranched on Black River for over 67 years. Sue was a Girl Scout leader in Loving, a member of the Loving Extension Club, Assistance League of Carlsbad, Carlsbad Republican Women, Mu Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, Chapter A, P.E.O. as well as P.E.O. Alto Group and Woman’s Club of Carlsbad. She was president of NM Federation of Woman’s Clubs and also served on the National Board of General Federation of Woman’s Clubs. In recognition of her abilities, United States Senator Pete Domenici appointed Sue to serve as a New Mexico representative on the National Council on Aging. Sue was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church in Carlsbad. continued on page 105



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recieved The New sMand exico Ranch is Maansponsor agemenof t Cthe ampUSBA. producer leaderusth . NMBC significant attention and air time in April, when a 6.5 minute video on the prog ram aired on s “Cattlemen to Cattlemen” The New Mexico Y Yo outh Ranch Management Camp recieved on RFD-TV. The prog ram is carried on Dish, Direc nd significant attention and air time in April, when a 6.5 minute jor cable networks. The prog ram is also accessible on “Cattlemen toxico Cattlemen” video onnet theatpro g ram on NCB NCBA A’.s The the Inter cattlementoca New Me Beef g ram is carried mini-documentar on Dish, Direct TV, on RFD-TV RFD-TV. . Thethe proNMSU-produced TV, and Council sponsored

most major major cable networks. The prog ram is also accessible on the Inter net‘naM t ca . The w Mexico Kids, Kows orttlementoca e, an ongoing prog ram to teachNe elementar y Beef Council sponsored mini-documentar school children state the NMSU-produced ood comes from, reachedy. over 6,000 students this year. Nine trained presenters instructed Kids , Kowsand ‘n M oreteacher , an ong oing prog ram to teach elementar s receiv ed a y the students 371 s. Students and teacher w ealth ofchildren beef resources . where their food school statewide food comes from, reached

over 6,000 students this year. Nine trained presenters instructed the students and 371 teacherH s.ealth Studentsand and teachers received a Health wealth of beef resources. N utrition Pr ograms Nutrition Programs The NMBC sponsored lunc 100 aealth ttendees of the H Health and of Nutrition & Dietetics N Nutrition utrition Pr Programs ogr ams Conference es, MS, for The NMBC sponsored lunch for RD of the NCBA speakers bureau 100 a ttendees of the NM Academ Academy y spoke on: “Making the Nutrition-Fitness Connection MISSION n & D ietetics o f Nutritio POSSIBLE at School; Strong Bodies, Sharp Brains, and Smart ConA ferdelic enceious . Dayle Dalunc yle hHay Ha yes, MS, Choic or New Me xico Students”. menu of the NCBA ertest s bureau featured beef brisket sliders, andRD attendees receivedspeak the la spokbrochures e on: “Making thetoNutrition-Fitness beef geared wards lean beef andConnection heart health.MISSION

POSSIBLE at School; Strong Bodies, Sharp Brains, and Smart Choices for for New Me xico Students”. A delicious lunch menu featured beef brisket sliders, and attendees received the latest beef brochures geared towards lean beef and heart health.



Social Social Media Media and A Advertising dver tising Pr Programs ograms Radio advertising promoting beef recipes for for dinner ran when or dinner.” consumers were headed home and wondering “what’s ffor Spots r an in Santa Fe, Far mington, Las Cr uces, Gallup and Roswell in both English and Spanish. In Albuquerque, the campaign also included text messages sent to consumers’ cell phones with recipes and ing redient lists. Maximizing the radio advertising campaign, radio ads directed consumers to “friend” the NMBC F Face acebook page to receive a daily recipe and become eligible for for prizes. The website links to Pinterest and the NMBC NMBC blog, which offers a personal look into the lives and work of New Mexico ranchers. The NMBC redesigned the website,, to make it more user friendly. The blog was moved to reside on the website rather than on a separate site. A section that features a daily recipe was added, and recipes were cataloged by interest or type of course. A special page, “Abuelita’ uelita’ss Corner” was created which features favorite New Mexico beef recipes. This has proven to be the most visited page on the new website.

Public Public Relations Relations Pr Programs ograms As part of an annual celebration, the NMBC promotes Beef Month in New Mexico each June. The NMBC sends a package of inf infor ormation on the latest safety, safety, nutrition, beef preparation and recipes to a selection of print media around the state to publicize awareness of the many benefits of beef. In tur n, several local newspapers publish a “June Beef Month” supplement and articles on beef topics. The State Fair Fair Beef Exhibit is a magnet for NM State Fair attendees of all ages. The NMBC distributed tasty beef samples of prepared beef products. The NM Cowbelles g reeted fairgoers at the booth with smiles, beef recipes, and the opportunity to win “Beef ffor or a Year” Year” by participating in the Beef Trivia Quiz.

Producer Producer Commu Communications nications Pr Programs ograms Available to all New Me xico producers, the NMBC’s Annual Report inf infor orms the industry how Check Checkoff off dollars are invested to Mexico promote beef. The annual report is published in the New Mexico Stockman and made available on NMBC’s website. Printed copies are distributed at producer meetings and are available from the NMBC office. Published monthly in the New Me Mexico xico Stockman, the Bullhorn keeps producers in the loop on current developments on beef research and marketing from state, national and inter national perspectives. The Bullhor n is also available on the NMBC’s website.



Bill Zucker Zucker er,, Ketchum Public Relations, was NMBC’s featured speaker at the 2012 Joint Stockman Convention. Zucker addressed the mark market et research findings driving the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance marketing marketing eff effor orts. Zucker Zucker discussed how the Beef Checkof (founding offf (f ounding members of USFRA) are ensuring the beef perspective is heard across the U.S.

NMBC Dir Directors ectors Producer, Artesia, NM Darrell Brown, Chairman, Producer, Producer,, Roswell, NM Bernarr Treat, Vice-Chairman, Producer Alicia Sanchez, Secretary, Purebred Producer, Producer, Belen, NM Jonathan Vander Vander Dussen, Fluid Milk Producer, Producer, Clovis, NM Milfor Milf ord Denetcla Denetclaw w, Producer Producer,, Shiprock, NM eeder,, Deming, NM David McSherry, Feeder eeder,, Fort Sumner Sumner,, NM Mark McCollum, Feeder Bruce Davis, Producer Producer,, Springer, Springer, NM Tamara Hurt, Producer Producer,, Deming, Deming, NM

Ex-Officio Ex-Of ficio Members Jane Frost, Region VI Federation Vice President, Producer,, San Jon, NM Producer Wesle esley y Grau, N.M. Beef Board Representative, Producer,, Grady, NM Producer Tamm ammyy Ogilvie, N.M. Beef Board Representative, Producer,, Silver City, Producer City, NM

Dear Dear Fellow Fellow Bee Beeff Pr Producers, oducers, Is the Feder ation of State Beef Councils still relevant after 50 year s? In my opinion, it is. Beef D Dear ear F Fellow ellow Bee Beeff Pr Producers, oducers, producers today want as much input as possible into how their dollars are spent. Is the Feder ation of State Beef Councils still relevant after 50 year s? In my opinion, it is. Beef Thanks to forwa forward-thinking producer leaders almost three decades ago, the mandatory Beef Checkoff producers today want as much input as possible into how their dollars are spent. Prog ram had as part of its framework then-existing and to-be-created beef councils at the state level, rd-thinking producer leaders almost three decades ago, the mandatory Beef Checkoff Tha which would collect the $1-per-head mandatory checkoff and help populate important directionProg ram had as part of its framework then-existing nd to-be-created beef councils at the state level, establishing and funding committees. which would collect the $1-per-head mandatory checkoff and help populate important directionFeder ederation to share expenses for for common needs, Many of those states had already joined together as a F establishing and funding committees. such as Infor Infor mation Technolog y, design ser vices, planning guidance and communications. By not ation to share expenses f ommon needs, Many of those states had already joined together as a duplicating costs from state to state, and joining in a common vision and message, councils e xtend n ser vices, planning guidance and communications. By not such a mation Technolog checkoff prog rams in the state and assure that producers throughout the country are getting the most for for their checkoff dollar. duplicating costs from state to state, and joining in a common vision and message, councils e xtend Relevant? Absolutely. The Federation of State Beef Councils is a mechanism for for g rassroots input and influen influence. checkoff prog rams in the state and assure that producers throughout the country are getting or their checkoff dollar. Yours truly, Relevant? Absolutely rassroots input a luence. ederation of State Beef Councils is a mechanism f s trul Richard Gebhart, Chair Federation of State Beef Councils Richard Gebhart, Chair Beef Producer, Claremore, Okla. Federation of State Beef Councils Beef Producer, Claremore, Okla.

Fr Fresh esh Str Strategies ategies ffor or a Changing Bee Beeff Landscape L ands Fr esh Strategies Strategies ffor or a cape Fresh Because of g rassroots producer leadership, the beef industry Changing Bee andscape Beeff L Landscape is positioned to capitalize on future changes in the beef

Because of g rassroots producer leadership, the beef industry marketplace. Committee restructuring, which parallels the is positioned to capitalize on future changes in the beef industry’s Long Range Plan, was completed this past year to marketplace. Committee restructuring, which parallels the provide the Cattlemen’s Beef Board and the Federation of industry’s Long Range Plan, was completed this past year to State Beef Councils a us on industry goals. provide the Cattlemen’s Beef Board and the Federation of Following re some national and inter national beef checkoff focus on industry goals. State Beef Councils a better foc ts tha lect that plan: Following are some national and inter national beef checkoff effor eff orts that ref reflect lect that plan:

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Through checkoff-funded research, we know consumers bor n So Solving lving the M Millennial illennial Dil Dilemma emma in the 1980s and 1990s – sometimes called millennials – enjoy Through checkoff-funded research, we know consumers bor n ve some concer ns about preparation, nutrition in the 1980s and 1990s – sometimes called millennials – enjoy and convenience. Now the question becomes, just how do we beef.. But they have some concer ns about preparation, nutrition beef tur n them into long term beef lovers? and convenience. Now the question becomes, just how do we Through a new checkoff-funded retail campaign, with additional tur n them into long term beef lovers? support from the Federation and individual state beef councils, Through a new checkoff-funded retail campaign, with additional that question is being addressed. support from the Federation and individual state beef councils, The checkoff-funded Convenient Fresh Beef project explores a that question is being addressed. way to develop an easy-to-prepare fresh beef product at retail The checkoff-funded Convenient Fresh Beef project explores a stores, make it appealing and create the education and training way to develop an easy-to-prepare fresh beef product at retail to make it successful. stores, make it appealing and create the education and training Convenient Fresh Beef to make it successful. products include the beef, Convenient Fresh Beef seasonings and instructions in products include the beef, an attractive sleeve-wrapped seasonings and instructions in tr a pared in the meat an attractive sleeve-wrapped de par tment at the g rocer y tr ay, pre pared in the meat store or brought in as a case de par tment at the g rocer y ready product. A photo of the store or brought in as a case finished dish is on the front of ready product. A photo of the the sleeve; from 1-3 recipes are printed on the back. finished dish is on the front of The items are convenient and provide shoppers options. They the sleeve; from 1-3 recipes are printed on the back. The items are convenient and provide shoppers options. They

address a millennial’s lack of cooking skills a restaurant experience, and meet the needs of families looking for a address a millennial’s lack of cooking skills and desire for tcuts on busy week nights. In addition, they meet restaurant experience, and meet the needs of families looking mature consumer t feed for shor tcuts on busy week nights. In addition, they meet two and provide leftovers. mature consumers’ desire for for easy home-made ffoods oods that feed The test prog ram is being conducted in the Midwest at Price two and provide leftovers. Cutter stores, which have the in-store capabilities to produce The test prog ram is being conducted in the Midwest at Price . the kits and have provided significant suppor Cutter stores, which have the in-store capabilities to produce Additional suppor tation has been provided by the kits and have provided significant suppor t for for testing. individual state beef councils. Additional support for for implementation has been provided by Consumer research, post implementation to document individual state beef councils. interest and sell the prog r ams to other stores, as well as Consumer research, post implementation to document point-of-sale materials, demonstrations and training, and initial interest and sell the prog r ams to other stores, as well as spice inventor y were made possible through national beef point-of-sale materials, demonstrations and training, and initial checkoff funds. spice inventor y were made possible through national beef checkoff funds.

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New “Beef. “Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.” in 2013, bringing the recognizable consumer advertising premiered tagline to both older millennials and in 2013, bringing the recognizable Gen-Xers. It features sizzling beef tagline to both older millennials and recipes, juicy details about essential Gen-Xers. It features sizzling beef nutrients and the voice of one of recipes, juicy details about essential Hollywood’s most promising new nutrients and the voice of one of bove All Else” campaign reaches out to talents. The ne Hollywood’s most promising new those who care a nd nutrition. “Above All Else” campaign reaches out to talents. The new “A While keeping many brand mainstays, such as Aaron Copeland’s those who care about food food and nutrition. “Rodeo” music, the new beef campaign uses Garrett Hedlund’s While keeping many brand mainstays, such as Aaron Copeland’s e in radio spots. Garrett personally represents healthful “Rodeo” music, the new beef campaign uses Garrett Hedlund’s living, and his strong, war e is perfect f a voice in radio spots. Garrett personally represents healthful new understanding a voice is perfect ffor or provoking a living, and his strong, warm voic h has shown that 45 percent of the target demog raphic new understanding about beef. beef. said they would choose beef more often if they knew about Research has shown that 45 percent of the target demog raphic said they would choose beef more often if they knew about DECEMBER 2013


how its nutrients compared to chicken. The new campaign helps set the record straight about beef ’s essential nutrients in tiona wacyhic . ken. The new campaign anweng ing and educa ho itsagnutrients compa redlto print plabeef cements In addition traditiona , the clanutrients mpaign in helps set thetorecord straigl ht about ’s essentia angel of tfor orms, such as 22 cross aanppear engasgaing anda wide educartiona wadigital platf stapla tions (e.g., ,Pthe andor tabalet versions , online raldio a), video In ddition to tr ign aditiona print cements campa ialenetworking sites (e .g, .,such ebsites .g., Hulu), Facebook) ms as 22 awppear s ac(eross a wide soc rang of digital pla .gtions ., AllR llRecipes and popul ar recipe websites om). a), video , online sta (eecipes .g., P.c andor ta blet versions radio (e Sta te Beef(e.g Counc ils asoc re eiaxtending the csites ampa(e ig.g n.,through print, ., Hulu), l networking Facebook) w ebsites adio , digaita l, in-per promotions events, outdoor r recipe ebsites (e.g., A , sporting arnd popul wson .com). advte erBeef tisingCounc and more . extending the campaign through print, Sta ils are radio, digital, in-person promotions, sporting events, outdoor adver nd more. Boosting Bee Beeff

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In Memoriam

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She, and her husband Jim, also enjoyed worshipping at First Presbyterian Church in Ruidoso, while residing at their home in San Patricio. Her greatest joy was trip planning and travel. Her most recent trip was to Medellin, Columbia in August. Sue is survived by her husband, Jim; daughters Susan Benting, Nashville, Tennessee; Karen (husband, Nick) Cortese, Fort Sumner; Alisa Ogden and son Craig (wife, Teresa) Ogden, all of Loving; sisters Ann Langlinais, Carlsbad, and Elizabeth (husband, Harlen) Smith, Socorro. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren in addition to numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Virginia L. “Ginny” Richards, 66, Las Cruces passed away on November 18, 2013 of cancer. She was born on April 25, 1947, in Douglas, Arizona, to Ralph B. Kimble and June A. Kimble. She was raised on a ranch in Apache, Arizona, initially attending school in the same one-room school house in Apache where her father had gone to school. She graduated high school in Douglas, attended Cochise Community College and Arizona State University. She married John Meadows in 1968 from which union her two daughters were born. Ginny worked at the Cochise Community College and then for Phelps Dodge Corporation for a number of years. Her husband’s job with the Southern Pacific Railroad took them to Tucumcari in the mid-1980s. In 1993, she moved to the Las Cruces area where she commenced work for Tom Simpson Farms. Upon Mr. Simpson’s retirement, she continued working for Steven Lyles Farms, Inc. She was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and was a former board member of La Casa. She was a member of the Board of Directors Committee for Cowboys for Cancer Research, Inc. She worked hard helping raise funds for that group and Pink campaigns. Her vehicles were well known in Las Cruces for the Tough Enough to Wear Pink symbols on the back windows. Ginny participated in 20 Komen Walks for the Cure walks in El Paso and Fresno. With an El Paso team, she completed a 60 mile, 3-day Komen fundraising walk in San Diego. She is survived by her husband, Ralph Richards, whom she married in 1994. Ralph and Ginny had known each other since early childhood and had dated for several years while they were in college. She is also survived by her daughters, Debra Sue Meadows, Portales and Stephanie L. Meadows, Fresno, California, two grandchildren, her mother June Kimble; brother Don (wife Lynn) Kimble all of Silver Creek Arizona.

Matt Syler, 86, on November 9, 2013. He was born to Monnie Lou Glimp Syler and Hubert Syler on January 27, 1927, Matt was raised primarily in Buda and Chimney Springs, Texas and the surrounding areas before joining the United States Navy where he became a Corpsman near the end of World War II. He received the American Theatre Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and Sharpshooter Tag. Afterwards Matt pursued his dream of working on a ranch in Wyoming. When he returned home to Texas, he began his studies at Texas A&M University earning his degree in 1951. He was a member of the Texas A&M Rodeo Team and competed at the Cow Palace in San Francisco in 1950. During the summers at A&M, Matt worked at the Lazy H Ranch near Kerrville, Texas. He met Gloria “Ann” Reeves who would become his bride in 1950. After graduating from Texas A&M, Matt and Ann moved to Burton, Texas and joined Herman and LeNan Gardner in the development of Willow Springs Ranch. The ranch started with 645 acres of old row-crop farm land but eventually grew to a world famous ranch of 2400 acres that was home to many of the finest and most sought after Brangus cattle in the nation. It was at Willow Springs that Matt was able to live out his passion of working with cattle and growing coastal Bermuda grass while making a name for himself as an honest, trustworthy, and knowledgeable cattleman. After 21 years at Willow Springs, Matt and Ann left there to start Syler Sales Management in 1971. Matt received multiple honors from his Brangus family but the highest honors were his 2000 Brangus Breeder of the Year and 2009 Pioneer Brangus Breeder Awards. He was the Secretary of the Brangus Breeders Association for eight years and a two time director of the International Brangus Breeders’ Association. He was the first person in Washington County to grow Coastal Bermuda grass – a matter of great pride. Matt volunteered at the Brenham Memorial Hospital, as a volunteer reader for a Brenham Elementary School, Bread Partner volunteer for years distributing bread to the needy of Washington County. He was also proud of his title, “Tale Twister,” for the Lions Club of Burton. In addition he was an original member of both the Beef Cattle Short Course and Washington County Wildlife Society. He was also involved in the Walk to Emmaus Group for many years ministering to countless others. Matt and Ann had four children: Jeb Stuart (wife, Alma),

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Richmond, Virginia; Melanie Ann (husband, Tim), McKinney, Texas, and Darla Ann (husband, Candido), Richmond, Texas, 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. Other family members include Martha Syler, Athens, Silvia Syler, Bolivia and Dilia Syler, Houston. The extended family includes the Cerda Family who have been an important part of the Syler family since 1957. Sam L. Jenkins, 72, Faywood, passed away on September 19, 2013 at Mimbres Memorial Hospital in Deming. He was born February 27, 1941 in Tampa, Florida to Thomas C. and Cleo Whitcomb Jenkins. Sam was a retired auctioneer and a member of the American Angus Association. He is survived by his longtime friend and significant other, Kandy Lopez; sons, Sam Jr. (companion, Andrea), El Paso, Steve (wife, Courtney), Glendale, Arizona; sister, Virginia (husband, Jim) Carter, Phoenix; and five grandchildren. John Dendahl, 75, Littleton, Colorado, passed away Nov. 9, 2013 in Denver following complications from chemotherapy treatment for leukemia. John was born Sept. 28, 1938 in Santa Fe and lived there for most of his life. John graduated from Santa Fe High School in 1957, and went on to graduate from the University of Colorado (CU) in 1961 with degrees in Electrical Engineering and Business Administration. While attending CU, he led two NCAA champion skiing teams, won three individual NCAA titles and was a member of the U.S. ski team at the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley. John had a long and distinguished business and political career. He held senior leadership positions in several companies including CEO of Eberline Instrument Corporation, Vice President of Thermo Electron Corporation, and President of The First National Bank of Santa Fe. In 1987, he was appointed to the New Mexico State Investment Council for , and soon after became the state’s Secretary of Economic Development and Tourism. In 1994, John was elected as the Republican Party Chairman for New Mexico, a position he held until 2003. John also ran for Governor of New Mexico in 1994 and 2006. He is survived by his wife, Jackie Tumbarella; five daughters, Debra (husband, Fred) Hadley, Katherine Dendahl, Lisa (husband, Rusty) West, Ellie Dendahl (husband, Jeff) Thurston, and Karen Dendahl (husband, Cooper Millard); and four


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adult cattle, causing such problems as scours, respiratory illness, decreased milk production, unthrifty calves and lowered calf birth, weaning and market weights. It has been further shown that the virus causes reproductive problems including decreased conception rates, fetal resorption, abortions, stillbirths, congenital abnormalities and weak calves. Because BVDV suppresses an animal’s immune system, infected animals are often more susceptible to other infectious agents and combined infections as well. Less than half of BVDV-infected animals exhibit clinical signs. Overall this virus has the potential to be very costly to producers. The most serious facet of BVDV in cattle is the phenomenon of persistentlyinfected (PI) calves. If a bred cow is infected with BVDV from about 30 to 125 days of gestation, before the fetal immune system is functional, the calf resulting from that pregnancy has an immune system that fails to recognize BVDV as “foreign”, and does not produce antibodies against the virus. Another source of a PI calf is a PI dam, she being a PI animal that has survived to breeding age. Although PI animals are generally not present in large numbers in a herd, all of these PI animals are infected for life, continually shedding extremely large numbers of BVDV particles and serving as a source of infection to cattle in contact with them. Even a single PI animal can have a large negative impact on the health and productivity of a herd. The presence of a PI individual is particularly significant in a concentrated population of animals such as a feed yard or dairy,

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grandchildren. He also had two step-children, Laura Hansen and Tim McKinley, and seven step-grandchildren. M.C. “Kike” Waltmon, 96, died on October 29, 2013 at the Clovis Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. Kike was born on October 6, 1917, in Farwell, Texas. He attended Ranchvale Schools and after high school attended business school in Clovis. He served in WWII and was sent to the Philippines. Shortly after arriving, he was captured by the Japanese and served 3 1/2 years in a Japanese prison camp. He was a survivor of the Bataan Death March. Kike received the Bronze Star and other awards for his service. After returning from the war, he began ranching south of San Jon then retired to Logan. Kike was one of the last survivors of the Bataan Death March from Curry County. He is survived by his son, Audie Waltmon, Dallas; sister, Willie Madera, Clovis; a grandson, three great grandchildren many nieces and nephews, and two sisters-in-law, Naomi Kelm and Pauline Smith. Deslee “Cissy” Miller, 36, Mimbres, went to meet the Lord on November 12, 2013 at her residence surrounded by her family following a valient battle with cancer. She was born May 26, 1977 in Tucumcari. Cissy was active in her church, Copper Ridge Fellowship and with her children in all of their school activities, 4-H, and Gymkhana fairs. Cissy has touched many lives. She grew up in Lake Roberts most of her life. She loved riding horses. She graduated from Silver High School and attended Western New Mexico University. You may have seen her smiling face at the Mimbres Post Office where she worked for ten years. Cissy is survived by husband Joe; son Ryan; her daughter Megan; her parents, Roger and Suzi Lamb; brothers, Billy (wife, Kim) and Jon (wife,Kelly) Lamb; and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by grandparents, JR and Roxie Houghtaling. Jessie Fenton Fitzgerald, 83, Albuquerque, died November 9, 2013 following complications from a severe stroke. She was born in Albuquerque on March 31, 1930, daughter of Elijah MacLean Jr. (Mac) and Alice Brown Fenton. She grew up in the Jemez Mountains on her parents’ homestead north of the one established by her pioneer grandfather E.M. Fenton, which came to be the Fenton Mountain and Valley along the Cebolla River canyon. Today, the area is best known as Fenton Lake, developed from land provided by the Reverend E.M. Fenton, who also established a little Presbyterian Church in the

area at the turn of the 20th Century. Jessie and her siblings were home schooled by their mother. Jessie finished high school at Menaul School in Albuquerque. She married R.W. Fitzgerald in 1950, who cowboyed for Gordon Bond in the Valle Grande, now known as the Valles Caldera, where they lived and worked for eight summers in the San Antone cabin and Baca Location. They later worked their small ranch near Cebolla. She obtained a degree in Agriculture Education from New Mexico State University (NMSU) while attending to her sons. She then became the first female County Extension Agent in the USA when she was hired by the NMSU Cooperative Extension Service and was assigned to Valencia County in Grants for 22 years. She helped establish the then new Cibola County and organized progressive 4-H clubs and programs. Following retirement, she was inducted into the NM 4-H Hall of Fame. While at NMSU, she worked as dude wrangler at Ghost Ranch during summer breaks, and later served as volunteer staff on many week long High Country Wilderness Rides sponsored by Ghost Ranch. Jessie leaves a legacy of a pioneer country girl who achieved a Masters degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, the respect of her col-

leagues and the people she served. Jessie is survived by her two sons, Dan S. Fitzgerald, Farmington and George A. Fitzgerald, Belen; a grandson and great-grand children; sister, Mary Caldwell, Ponderosa; her friend Peggy Keilman, Corrales, and numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews, friends and colleagues. Leonard Alfred “Sonny” Campbell, 91 passed away at the age of 91. He was a legend in “Cattle Trucking World” and “Team Roping World.” He was a World War II Veteran, making the “D” Day landing and being at Bastogne when 101 Airborne was surrounded by Germans. He is survived by: daughters, Jewell Baize, Sarah Robinson, Judy Campbell; son, Joe Wesley Campbell (Junior); daughter-in-law, Glynda Gordon; son-in-law, Pete Robinson; a grandson; three granddaughters; a great-granddaughter; sister Jane Baker; niece, Geraldine Calhoun; nephew, Denny Calhoun; and lots of great nieces and nephews. Arlen Bigrope, 57, Mescalero passed away November 25, 2013, In Albuquerque. He was born February 18, 1956 at Mescalero and lived there all of his life. He continued on page 110

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ranchers on border issues; Sheriff Lanier Hardee County on cartel drug bust in Lake Placid, Florida; McCain statement; Sen. Rubio and Flake (AZ) refusing to answer border rancher questions AND statement from Tex. Ag. Commission on border security not being met. True stories in this book reflect different lives, different places and times, but reveal a common unity of purpose: Survival. Born in Tombstone, AZ, Caren Cowan, Executive Director, New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association (Albuquerque, New Mexico) describes her heritage; Don Reay, Executive Director, Texas Border Sheriff’s Coalition (El Paso, Texas) shares his experiences in Border Patrol/Customs. In Florida, there are the stories of James Prescott (Lake Placid), Joel Tyson (Fellsmere, Florida), and the ancient history of the Belle Glades Indians preserved at the Blueberry Archaeological Site (Lake Placid, Florida). In a world wrought with political strife, man waging war against man, global power struggles, new technology and climate change, the cowboy Spirit and Heritage gives hope for humanity as joy, suf-


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had been a cowboy at Cow Camp, a former carpenter with the Housing Authority, Inn of the Mountain Gods and recently selfemployed. He is survived by his daughter, Starlin Bigrope; a brother, James Bigrope Sr.; sisters, Lenore Bigrope, Florence Bigrope, Joycelyn Bigrope, Patricia Bigrope and Audry Cavazone; and a grandson, Chasen Rope Richards. Editor’s Note: Please send In Memoriam announcements to: Caren Cowan, N.M. Stockman, P.O. Box 7127, Albuquerque, NM 87194, fax: 505/998-6236 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.

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for Chase Lake. “I’m a biologist. I’m not a rancher. I don’t know squat about livestock. But I know prairie. I know what I want this stuff to look like,” he says. Ranchers, in turn, “know what their animals can and can’t do,” he says. Shook is working with about 25 ranchers, known as cooperators, who have cattle grazing on the wetland district. One of the cooperators is Brent Kuss, a Woodworth farmer and rancher with a strong interest in soil health and alternative grazing practices, both on his own farm and at the wetland management district. “He’s very livestock-friendly,” Kuss says of Shook. “He’s willing to work with us to help achieve his goals and to learn more about how we do things.” Kuss says he and Shook meet before the growing season to discuss what parcels of grassland might be available, what Shook hopes to accomplish and how livestock can help achieve those goals. Shook says he and his cooperators “have a true partnership.” Kuss also grazes sheep at Chase Lake, the only cooperator to do so. Shook hopes to find more sheep cooperators. Sheep and cattle eat different plants, so a combination of the two types of livestock would be good, Shook says. Fee schedule

Cooperator grazing fees are based on U.S. Department of Agriculture rates for federal land. The rates involve AUMs, or the amount of forage required by an animal unit in a month. Different types of livestock — a cow and a cow-calf pair, for instance — have different AUMs and are assessed different fees. Typically, private landowners charge a per-acre fee for grazing. Chase Lake cooperators like the AUM approach, Shook says. The Chase Lake Wetland Management District has different financial arrangements with its various cooperators for fencing. Kuss, for instance, provides his own electrical fence, which his animals are used to, and receives a deduction for doing so. There are other scenarios as well, including one in which the wetland man-

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Kuss isn’t adding more sheep and cattle to his operation because he’s grazing at the wetland management district. Drought could change the district’s grazing needs, and Kuss doesn’t want to take for granted that pasture will be available there. “I’m not going to expand my herd knowing that this (grazing at Chase Lake) may not be an option,” he says. “I’m trying not to become dependent on it.” Grazing at Chase Lake, however, gives Kuss more flexibility in managing his own pasture. “We bring cattle down here (to Chase Lake) and we can bank grass at home,” he says. Shook says he tells all his cooperators the same thing. “Do not increase your herd size because you graze here,” he says. Changing attitudes

Wildlife groups and ranchers have a long history of disagreements. But that’s changing, Shook says. He squeezes his hands into fists and pushes them together, knuckle against knuckle. “For a long time, it seems like the wildlife community and the agricultural communities have been like this,” he says. “If you’re 100 percent into crop production, I can understand it. But if you’re 100 percent into livestock or if part of your operation is livestock, well, there’s a lot more that the wildlife community and the agricultural community have in common than not,” he says. Shook’s bottom line is simple: the wetland management district provides better habitat when it’s grazed. “I remember going out one morning and walking on two tracts (of grassland). One had been grazed, the other hadn’t,” he says. “Where the cattle had grazed, it was noisy with insects and birds. Where they hadn’t, it was dead silence. It was that ■ remarkable a difference,” he says.

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A Ag New Mexico FCS ACA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Agrow Credit Corporation . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Ken Ahler Real Estate Co., Inc . . . . . . . . . .81 American Angus Association . . . . . . . . . . . .26 American Galloway Breeders Assn. . . . . . . .87 American Salers Association . . . . . . . . . . . .26 American Water Surveyors . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 American West Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Apache Creek Limousin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Arizona Ranch Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Artesia Trailer Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 B B & H Herefords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Ken Babcock Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Bale Buddy Manufacturing, Inc. . . . . . . . . .62 Bar G Feedyard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Bar J Bar Herefords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15, 89 Bar M Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82 Barzona Breeders Assn of America . . . . . . .25 Beaverhead Outfitters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Beefmaster Breeders United . . . . . . . . . . .39 Best in the West Brangus Sale . . . . . . . . . .38 BJM Sales & Service, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Black Angus “Ready For Work” Bull Sale . .24 Bobcat of Albuquerque . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Bovine Elite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84 Bow K Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88 Raymond Boykin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Bradley 3 Ranch, LTD . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6, 89 Brand/Jeff Cornay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Brennand Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 Jeff Budz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 C C & M Herefords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 C Bar Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25, 87 Campbell Simmentals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Capitan Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78 Casey Beefmasters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Cates Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88 CattleMax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84 Carter Brangus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20, 89 Cattleman’s Livestock Commission . . . . . . .33 Caviness Packing Co., Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Don Chalmers Ford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Thank you Don Chalmers . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Christmas Cowboy Style! . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 Clark Anvil Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Clavel Herefords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Clovis Livestock Auction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Coba Select Sires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88 Coldwell Banker Legacy/Howard Michael . .82 Coleman Herefords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Conniff Cattle Co., LLC . . . . . . . . . . . .30, 98 Cornerstone Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Cox Ranch Herefords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Coyote Ridge Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 CPI Pipe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Craig Limousin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25, 87 Crystalyx . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109 George Curtis, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29, 89

D D & S Polled Herefords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 D Squared Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Davis Hats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 David Dean/Campo Bonito . . . . . . . . . . . .80 Decker Herefords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Stirling Decker Fundraiser . . . . . . . . . . . . .74 Dees Brothers Brangus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Dan Delaney Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80 Denton Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68 Desert Scales & Weighing Equipment . . . .84 Domenici Law Firm PC . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105


K Kaddatz Auctioneering & Farm Equipment . .84 Killian Ranch Australian Shepherds . . . . . .48 Bill King Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 L L & H Manufacturing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Lakins Law Firm PC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Lazy D Ranch Red Angus . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 Lazy Way Bar Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Liphatec / Rozol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .90 Little Shops On The Rio Grande . . . . . . . . .76

F Farm Credit of New Mexico . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Farmway Feed Mill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 F & F Cattle Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 FBFS / Monte Anderson . . . . . . . . . . . . .100 FBFS / Larry Marshall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 Ferguson Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Five States Livestock Auction . . . . . . . . . .63 4 Rivers Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Four States Ag Expo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 Freeman Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Fury Farms, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41

H Hales Angus Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23, 88 Hall and Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Harrison Quarter Horses . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Hartzog Angus Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . .12, 87 Headquarters West Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Headquarters West Ltd/Sam Hubbell . . . . .79 Henard Ranches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Hooper Cattle Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Hubbell Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25, 31 Hudson Livestock Supplements . . . . . . . . .53 Huguley Co. Land Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Hutchison Western . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2

N National Animal Interest Alliance . . . . . . . .52 National Western Stock Show . . . . . . . . . .44 New Mexico Angus & Hereford Assn. . . . . .37 New Mexico Beef Industry Initiative . . . . .112 New Mexico Cattlegrowers’ Assn. . . . . . . . .95 New Mexico Cattle Growers Insurance . . .113 New Mexico 4-H Foundation . . . . . . . . . .110 New Mexico Property Group . . . . . . . . . . .79 New Mexico Purina Dealers . . . . . . . . . . .116 NMSU Animal & Range Sciences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48, 65, 67, 97 New Mexico Wool Growers . . . . . . . . . . .109 Nine Cross Hereford Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . .17

I Isa Cattle Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36

O Jim Olson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70

J J - C Angus Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 JaCin Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 Jarmon Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32, 89 JC Metal Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .98

P P Bar A Angus Cattle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 Phillips Diesel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Porter Angus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Pratt Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72, 88

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T T & S Manufacturing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 T-Heart Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 TechniTrack, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 Texas Hereford Association . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Three Mile Hill Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Titan Machinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Townsend Brangus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Candy Ray Trujillo’s Black Angus . . . . . . . .25 2 Bar Angus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 U U Bar Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 United Country Vista Nueva, Inc . . . . . . . . .81 USA Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 V Virden Perma Bilt Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 W Westall Ranches LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . .13, 86 West Star Herefords . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20, 97 Westway Feed Products LLC . . . . . . . . . . .51 Williams Windmill, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . .65, 84 WW - Paul Scales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Y Yavapai Bottle Gas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68, 85 R. L. York Custom Leather . . . . . . . . . . . . .88

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S Sachse Red Angus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Salazar Ranches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 James Sammons & Associates, Inc . . . . . . .79 Sandia Trailer Sales & Service . . . . . . . . . .85 Santa Rita Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25, 88 Bill Sauble . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 SciAgra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Scott Land . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80 Singleton Ranches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Skaarer Brangus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Southwest Ag, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69, 107 Southwest Beef Symposium . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Southwest Red Angus Assn. . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Stockmen’s Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82 Joe Stubblefield & Associates . . . . . . . . . . .79 Swihart Sales Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85

M Major Ranch Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Manford Cattle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73, 86 Manzano Angus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Mason Cattle Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88 Mathers Realty Inc. / Keith Brown . . . . . . .80 May Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Paul McGilliard / Murney Associates . . . . . .80 McGinley Red Angus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 McKenzie Land & Livestock . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Merrick’s Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Mesa Feed Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Mesa Tractor, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75, 84 Mesilla Valley Commercial Tire . . . . . . . . .58 Michelet Homestead Realty . . . . . . . . . . . .78 Chas S. Middleton & Son . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Miller Angus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Monfette Construction Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Motley Mill & Cube Corporation . . . . . . . . .91 Mountain View Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88

G Genex Candy Trujillo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Giant Rubber Water Tanks . . . . . . . . . . . .100 Gillespie Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Goemmer Land & Livestock . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Grau Charolais . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22, 86 Grau Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11, 89 Greer Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Greer Winston Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Paul Gutierrez . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44

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E Elgin Breeding Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Eslabon Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80 Express UU Bar Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .114

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R Ramro, LLC / R. J. Cattle Co. . . . . . . . . . . .18 The Ranches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94 D.J. Reveal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84, 98 Riley & Knight Appraisal, LLC . . . . . . . . . .78 Rimfire Stock Dogs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Rio Hondo Land & Cattle Co. . . . . . . . . . . .29 Tom Robb & Sons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Robertson Livestock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 ROD Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Roswell Brangus Breeders Co-Op . . . . . .115 Roswell Brangus Bull & Female Sale . . . . . .4 Roswell Livestock Auction Co. . . . . . . . . . .42




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