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Charolais — The Big Meaty Option by Caren Cowan New Mexico Stockman features the Horse Small But Mighty by Clint Power Horse Welfare: Action Needed to Address Unintended Consequences from Cessation of Domestic Slaughter Equine Agrotourism by Argen Duncan Horse Calendar of Events Take Precautions for Health Security of Herd by Stephen B. Blezinger Ph.D., PAS The Invasive Species War by Leon Neyfahk / Boston Globe Greens, Government Target Mainers by Ron Arnold / Washington Examiner Trapping: Today’s Market Hunting by Tom McDowell

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N.M. Cattle Growers’ Association President’s Letter News Update To The Point by Caren Cowan Coming Events N.M. CowBelles Jingle Jangle N.M. Federal Lands Council News by Frank DuBois Cowboy Heroes by Jim Olson N.M. Old Times & Old Timers by Don Bullis Market Place Seedstock Guide Real Estate Guide N.M.B.C. Bullhorn Scatterin’ The Drive by Curtis Fort In Memoriam N.M. Livestock Board Update Estrays Advertisers Index

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ON THE COVER . . . “True Love” one of Curtis Fort’s latest bronzes. The sculpture is from the private collection of Charles and Carolyn Stewart, Rocking M Quarter Horse Ranch, Ramona, Oklahoma. The New Mexico 4-H Foundation is also featuring a copy in their 2011 fund raising efforts. For more on Curtis’ work, visit or contact Curtis at Bronzes of the West, P.O. Box 797, Tatum, NM 88267. Photo By Norman Johnson SEPTEMBER 2011









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Alexander Hamilton started the U.S. Treasury with nothing, and that was the closest our country has ever been to being even. – Will Rogers

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looked up “monsoon” in my outdated Webster’s Dictionary. I was mildly amused by one of the definitions. It reads “the season during which this wind from the southwest, characterized by heavy rains.” If I remember, we had half of the monsoon for a big part of this year — the wind. I pray that we all can hold on until we get the second half of the monsoon. I went to Montana a few weeks ago and saw some of the tallest and greenest grass I’ve seen in a long while. Those folks have had the “monsoon” for a big part of the year. Of course, a big chunk of their moisture was frozen. We’re headed into a fall that doesn’t show much promise for our economy. The federal government has worked hard to keep us in debt. Each party blames the other for what has happened. Do we tax an already burdened public, or do we give breaks to industry to stimulate our stagnate economy? It’s a tall fence, and we may be like ole Humpty Dumpty. I pray that the adults (and I use that word with reservation) can pull this country up and give our children and grandchildren a country that our forefathers fought so hard to give us. I have watched TV and listened to how much the politicians have and are raising for their campaign funds. It makes a man think if they spent as much time raising these same funds for our country, we might get back to how much Alexander Hamilton started with. It is hard for me to comprehend the amount of money that is raised to get elected. We are sending people to Washington to represent us and giving them the power to set their own wages, retirement plans, and health benefits. I wonder what it would be like in the private sector to give yourself a raise and all the benefits without your boss’s approval. There was a gathering in Springerville, Arizona of concerned citizens and Congressmen to discuss the effects of the wildfires that hit the Southwest and try to come up with some resolutions of how to protect our forests from having these fires again. It was a successful gathering and gave many something to think about. The fall Board meeting was early again this year to work on foage insurance. The special session starts on September 6 and we will see how rural New Mexico will be affected through redistricting. Other topics of concern will also be voiced at the meeting. Regional meetings for this fall are also being discussed and maybe some can come to fruition. I know that the growing season is short, but I pray that all can get some grown before frost. May God Bless Us, Good people are guided by their honesty, Treacherous people are destroyed by their dishonesty. – Proverbs 11:3 NLT NEW MEX I CO CATTLE GR OWERS’ ASSOCI ATI ON OFFI CER S Bert Ancell Bell Ranch President


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he Charolais originated in westcentral to southeastern France, in the old French provinces of Charolles and neighboring Nievre. The exact origins of the Charolais are lost, but they had to have been developed from cattle found in the area. Legend has it that white cattle were first noticed in the region as early as 878 A.D., and by the 16th and 17th centuries were well known in

French markets. Selection developed a white breed of cattle which, like other cattle of continental Europe, were used for draft, milk and meat. The cattle were generally confined to the area in which they originated until 1773, when Claude Mathieu, a farmer and cattle producer, moved to the Nievre province, taking his herd of white cattle with him. The breed flourished there, so much so that the improved cattle were known more widely as Nivemais cattle for a time than by their original name of Charolais. One of the early influential herds in the region was started in 1840 by the Count Charles de Bouille. His selective breeding led him to set up a herd book in 1864 for the breed. Breeders in the Charolles vicinity established a herd book in 1882. The two societies merged in 1919. The French have long selected their cattle for size and muscling. They selected for bone and power to a greater extent than was true in the British Isles. The French breeders stressed rapid growth in addition to cattle that would ultimately reach a large size. They wanted cattle that not only grew out well but could be depended upon for draft power. Little attention was paid to refinement, but great

stress was laid on utility. Thus the Charolais in France are white in color, horned, long bodied, and good milkers with a general coarseness to the animal not being uncommon. Introduction to the United States

Soon after the First World War, a young Mexican industrialist of French name and ancestry, Jean Pugibet, brought some of the French cattle to his ranch in Mexico. He had seen the Charolais during the War while serving as a French army volunteer and was impressed by their appearance and productivity. He arranged for a shipment of two bulls and 10 heifers to Mexico in 1930. Two later shipments in 1931 and 1937 increased the total number to 37 — eight bulls and 29 females. Not long after the last shipment, Pugibet died and no further imports were attempted. The first Charolais that came into the United States from Mexico are believed to be two bulls, Neptune and Ortolan, which were purchased from Pugibet by the King Ranch in Texas and imported in June 1936. Later imports of bulls were owned by some of the early “pioneers” in the industry: Harl Thomas, Fred W. Turner, C.M. “Pete” continued on page 15

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Frost, M.G. Michaelis Sr., and I.G. “Cap” Yates, all of Texas, J.A. “Palley” Lawton of Louisiana, and others. In the mid-1940s an outbreak of Hoof and Mouth Disease occurred in Mexico. As a result, a treaty between the United States, Canada and Mexico set up a permanent quarantine against cattle coming into any of these countries from Europe or any country in which Hoof and Mouth Disease was known to exist. This barred any further importation of French Charolais on this continent until 1965 when Canada opened the import doors via rigid quarantine both in France and in Canada. Development in the United States

Until the mid-1960s, all the Charolais in Mexico, the United States and Canada were descendants of this initial Pugibet herd. Due to the limited number of original animals and the import restrictions which were in place, they have been crossed on other cattle in an upgrading process. Because of the use of the upgrading process few of the Charolais cattle currently found in the United State are of pure French breeding. With the lightening of the import restrictions in Canada in the mid-1960s fullblood Charolais were again imported from France. This allowed for the importation of new bloodlines from France. This meant new genetic material for tightly-bred Charolais pedigrees of the time. Several breeding herds were estabilished in Canada, as well as a few other countries. Offspring from these herds were later imported to the United States. It wasn’t long after that 1960 infusion of genetics that Lloyd Grau, Grady, New Mexico sought out the value the Charolais breed could add to his cattle breeding operation. He had purchased what he considered to be the best two bulls of his then current breed from the Champion Carload at the National Western Livestock Show in Denver. The disappointment he felt as he weaned the offspring of those two “champion” bulls led him to the bigger and beefier Charolais and he never looked back. More than 50 years later his sons, Wesley and Lane, maintain the Charolais tradition and the family has built an international reputation and demand for Grau genetics. They have populated not only numerous states in the U.S. with rugged, quality white cattle, but they have shipped well over 1,500 bulls into Mexico to enhance what was started there nearly a century ago.

The Graus acknowledge that buyers are really buying belief in the Grau program and the wisdom of the family as genetic producers. “Great genetics come from line breeding herds or owning herds of seedstock for about five decades. If you can’t look at a bull and remember his great, great, great, great, great-grandsire, you can’t really know what kind of offspring he will throw,” explains Wesley. “The neat thing about our cattle is their linebred coefficiency. When they are crossed with anything else, they have extra hybrid vigor and they are predictable. The Charolais came into widespread use in the United States cattle industry at a time when producers were seeking larger framed, heavier cattle than the traditional British breeds. The increased use on the range indicates that the cows have performed well under a variety of environmental conditions. Their ability to walk, graze aggressively in warm weather, withstand reasonable cold, and raise heavy calves has drawn special praise from many that have them. Bulls have developed a well-earned reputation when used in grading-up for herd improvement. This is especially noted when they are used in herds where size and ruggedness are lacking. New Mexico’s King Family has long been known for their political prowess as well as their tremendous Hereford cattle. While they maintain that Hereford herd, they have added Charolais to their mix. “Charolais seemed to be a good logical outcross for black or white-faced cattle, especially if you are going to the feedlot,” explained Bill King. Charolais are white or creamy white in color, but the skin carries appreciable pigmentation. The hair coat is usually short in summer but thickens and lengthens in cold weather. Charolais is a naturally horned beef animal. But through the breeding-up program, where naturally polled breeds were sometimes used as foundation animals, polled Charolais have emerged as an important part of the breed. Charolais cattle are large with mature bulls weighing from 2,000 to well over 2,500 pounds and cows weigh from 1,250 to over 2,000 pounds. Editor’s Note: Thanks to H.M. & D.M. Briggs and the Modern Breeds of Livestock. Fourth Edition. Macmillan Publishing Co. 1980 as well as Carol Wilson and the American-International Charolais Association for background material for this article.


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Coaches Corner: New Mexico State University Head Coach Jim Brown ew Mexico State University located in Las Cruces, NM has competed in rodeo since 1942, but only became a team and hired an official head coach in 2002. Coach Jim Brown was their first coach and still their head coach today. Coach Brown has a remarkable record and is a proven winner. His women’s team has won the Grand Canyon regional title eight out of nine years he has been there and the men’s team has won six titles as well. Coach Brown is still looking for his first national team title, but has been very close many times. Three times, the men’s team has finished as reserve national champions and the women’s team once. His success in the arena has made him a three-time Grand Canyon region coach of the year and becoming the National coach of the year in 2007. NMSU has produced many individual national champions. In 2011, Johnny Salvo claimed the tie down national championship, repeating his championship from 2008. Johnny isn’t just a great competitor in the arena but also became a leader and great teammate to his NMSU team. He has been one of many success stories that Coach Brown has produced and I’m sure someday we will see him competing at the NFR (National Finals Rodeo). Western All American thanks Coach Brown for this interview and look forward to seeing the continued success of the allaround explosive NMSU rodeo team in their 2011-2012 season. Q: What advice can you give a high school rodeo athlete wanting to college rodeo? Education is #1 priority. In college rodeo, you can’t do one without the other! Q: How often do you make your team practice? We have practice four days a week (MTh) for TR,BK,TD,GT,BA; 2x per week for SB,BB,BR. Practice at NMSU is not mandatory due to size of team. Q: What are your practice facilities like? We have a large facility about a mile and a half from main campus. A main arena and calf lane, a separate bucking arena and 100 stalls, and a “million” acres to ride in. Q: How does your team cope with the weather conditions in your state? There really isn’t a huge weather factor here. Las Cruces enjoys 365 days of sunshine and has an average yearly tempera-




ture of 76 degrees. Q: Does college rodeo have the same guidelines as other athletic programs in the NCAA? Does having sponsors effect the rules? The NIRA is very unique in several ways: 1. Governed by students. (National board is made up of 11 student directors and 11 faculty directors) 2. Student athletes may compete professionally. 3. Our grade requirements are a bit different. 4. Students win money at events. Just a few differences. Student athletes may have sponsors, which have to be approved by the National Office and registered in the Patch program. Q: What is a typical routine for practice sessions? Do you make them workout, lift weights, run, or other exercise? Practice, practice, practice! We run lots of cattle, break runs down, dummy work, etc. I don’t require other exercise, though it is encouraged. Q: How much emphasis do you put towards your teams education. Do you try to have a high graduation rate for your team? Education is the main reason they are here! This is College Rodeo not Rodeo College. We do strive for every student athlete to complete their degrees and have a very high success rate. Q: What is your end goal for a college rodeo athlete on your team? To receive a degree in their chosen field of study. CNFR Qualifiers, Regional Titles, National Titles and other recognition is icing on the cake. Q: What are your feelings about club teams at some colleges and do you believe that some of the larger colleges should have a rodeo team?

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There are pros and cons to being a “club” team and the same goes for non-club team (athletic dept). I feel that some schools large or small should strive for growth/improvement and if a college/university can make it work then join the NIRA. Q: What would be a typical campus life for one of your rodeo athletes, is it different than a typical student or athlete that plays another sport? Not really! A lot of my athletes hang out with other athletes from other sports. Student life here is pretty much typical, just add in responsibilities of their sport (horses, practice, feeding). Q: How does your college, alumni, students, factuality, administrators, etc treat the rodeo team and what kind of support do they get? Here at NMSU the rodeo team is treated just like any typical student. Huge crowds at our home events are a testament to our campus and community support. Q: Is college rodeo a team rivalry or more an individual? Both. Teams definitely get into a rivalry especially around year end. Individuals for obvious reason. Q: What should a high school rodeo athlete do to get noticed or prepare themselves for college rodeo? Should they contact the school they want to go to or hope they get noticed? 1. Contact the school they are interested in. 2. Keep grades up and take necessary steps for admittance into that college/university. 3. Excel in their rodeo events. Q: What is your recruiting process? Students must show interest in NMSU. Student must fill out Scholarship Application. 3. I encourage them to visit. 4. Late spring/early summer I award or deny scholarship applicants. Q: With many very different events in rodeo, what do you do to get your athletes prepared for their individual event? How much one on one time do you give each athlete? Separate each event and break down mechanics of it. Practice! Every athlete is different and each with a unique personality so I try to spread myself accordingly for the team members. . Q: What do you love about your college and coaching rodeo? New Mexico is my home, so getting a career dealing with rodeo close to home is special. I like being the rodeo coach because it’s very rewarding in and out of the arena. Watching student athletes grow up, excel in their events and further their education; and of course staying active in n the sport I love!

There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man [and/or woman]. – Winston Churchill hether it was for carrying warriors to battle, expediting travel, delivering the mail, herding livestock, competition or for just plain pleasure in seeing the country and bonding with another living being, horses have been a part of everyday life for literally centuries. While currently the majority of the population isn’t fortunate enough to have a horse in their lives, those that do know that it is a privilege to be honored and cherished. Today not only is the horse a companion, but horses draw groups together for social and educational purposes to the benefit of all involved. In the coming pages, the Stockman is proud to focus on the value and benefit of the horse from the people who care for, use and enjoy them, and the challenges the creature faces passing from this world in peace and dignity.




Small But Mighty . . . Mesalands Community College by CLINT POWER esalands Community College in Tucumcari, New Mexico is the smallest college in New Mexico. It is probably one of the smallest in the country that has an intercollegiate rodeo program. Located along I-40 in New Mexico’s eastern plains the school has been making a name for itself the past few years, in the rodeo arena. In 1998 Mesalands Community College formed the rodeo team, with the support of the small farming and ranching community in Quay County. The College entered into a partnership with the County for the Rodeo Team to use the county fairgrounds for a practice facility, in return the college found private donors to help build stalls at the facility to host the rodeo team. Over the course of the past thirteen years Mesalands and county have both worked to keep improving the facility. Much like many new sports programs the Mesalands Rodeo Team went through some growing pains. In the first nine years the program had five different coaches and little success. The program continued to receive support from the college and eventually turned the corner to become one of the top rodeo programs in the Southwest. In the past four years the Mesalands Community College Rodeo Team has qualified twenty students to the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) in Casper, Wyoming. To qualify for the CNFR students must finish in the top three in the individual events, or top two in the team standings in the regional year-end standings. The Mesalands Rodeo Team competes in the Grand Canyon Region with schools from New Mexico and Arizona. Unlike many other colleges in the state the Mesalands Rodeo Team does not have to compete with other sports for funding, as the rodeo team is the only sport offered at the college. If you ask anyone associated with the Mesalands Rodeo Team they will tell you that they get to practice more than any other school in the region. Being the only sport on campus the Rodeo Team has scheduled daily practices starting at two every afternoon. The college keeps an


Saddled up & ready to gather on the Bonanza Creek Ranch this spring are Cowboy Up! graduate Sgt. Alroy Billman, NMCGA member & Cowboy Up! Director Rick Iannucci & Instructor (& NM’s First Gentleman) Chuck Franco. Billman is riding a horse donated by NMCGA member Mike Hobbs & the Express UU Bar Ranch, Franco is riding a horse that came off of NMCGA member Singleton’s San Cristobal Ranch, Iannucci is riding the grandson of Hollywood Dun It. These Program partner ranches are an integral part of the horse therapy & ranch skills program for Iraq & Afghanistan combat veterans.

The New Mexico Horse Council he New Mexico Horse Council (NMHC) is a group of men and women dedicated to the improvement of the horse industry in New Mexico that came together in 2002. In response to recent challenges faced by the industry in New Mexico, the NMHC organized an Equine Industry Summit held in Clovis on March 2011. Due to the overwhelming positive response and the request for another opportunity for leaders of the equine industry to meet on important issues, the NMHC will host another Equine Industry Summit on December 3 and 4, 2011 as a guest of the Joint Stockmen’s Convention. The first day of the Summit will include invited speakers discussing issues of concern to the industry, and Sunday will have “break-out discussion sessions” for small groups to brainstorm ideas that will enhance the equine industry in New Mexico. Specific details of the program are still being finalized, and the registration form should be available in late September or early October. More information will be available on the NMHC website ( ) as it becomes available. If the New Mexico equine industry is important to you, please save these dates and make plans to attend the Equine Industry Summit at the n Marriot in Albuquerque.




Ranch Horses n 1998, the Ranch Horse Association of America (RHAA) was formed to promote the qualities and characteristics of the ultimate working ranch horse, while providing a means of competition to show these ranch horses. The RHAA seeks to accomplish these goals while maintaining traditional western influence with historic western sportsmanship and a cowboy ethic. The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) has just recently created a program to recognize ranch horses and the great ranches who produce them. (see n more later)


Art or years, Stockman covers have been adorned with the tremendous art work of the likes of Tim Cox, Curtis Fort, Bill Owen, Janelle Anderson and others. It would be impossible to gather all the information about horses and the many roles they play in our lives in a single publication, but we hope you enjoy the Stockman’s first horse issue. No matter the season, no matter the reason, there are now cowboys without n horses.


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abundance of practice stock, everything from bucking bulls, bucking horses, steers, calves and goats. The Mesalands Rodeo Team has been able to keep some of the top talent in the New Mexico High School Rodeo Association in state. A majority of the school’s CNFR qualifiers are from the state of New Mexico. “There are a lot of talented high

school students from New Mexico. One of my first priorities as the coach was to try to get the New Mexico kids to come here,” said head rodeo coach C.J. Aragon. This year the team added a few of the top New Mexico High School student athletes. Kit Pettigrew and Bailey Bates both have signed their Letter-of-Intent to compete for the Mesalands Community College Rodeo Team. Both Pettigrew and Bates finished as Reserve National Champions at the High School National Finals


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Rodeo in Gillette, Wyoming. Pettigrew, from Ft. Sumner, New Mexico, finished as the Reserve National Champion Tie-Down Roper. Bates, who hails from Mexican Springs, earned the Reserve National Championship in the Breakaway Roping. “We have a really good group of students coming in this fall. Bailey and Kit are some of the best New Mexico has to offer and we are excited to have them on the team,” said Aragon. The Mesalands Rodeo Team also has several New Mexico natives on the team that are returning. Last year the Mesalands team had nine students at the CNFR, five of those students were from New Mexico. The Mesalands Rodeo Team has reason to be excited, as all five of those New Mexico students are returning this year, plus one student from Washington State and another from Hawaii. Mesalands sent KC Peterson, from Animas, was at the CNFR in the bareback riding; Michael Ortega, Belen, and Dominic Silva, Los Lunas, in the team roping; Tyrell Virden, La Luz, in the steer wrestling; and Chase Massingill from Santa Fe. The group will all be returning with hopes of representing Mesalands at the College finals again in 2012. In the past four years the Mesalands Rodeo Team has had students from twenty-one states and three countries. The recent success of the Mesalands Rodeo Team has led to students from across the country and around the world. The Mesalands Rodeo Team has had eleven students from Australia and Canada in the last few years. This year the rodeo team added several students from Mexico. Not only has the team had success in

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the arena but in the classroom as well. The Mesalands Rodeo team has set the team GPA record for eight consecutive semesters under Coach Aragon. Over the last four years the team has had twelve students that have been named to the National Intercollegiate Academic AllAmerican Team. The team has steadily improved over the past few years. In 2010 the Men’s team finished second in the Grand Canyon

Region. The team swept the All-Around race. Sydni Blanchard, of Albuquerque, won the Women’s All-Around title and J2 Bridges won the Men’s All-Around title. In 2010 Mesalands Community College Team member Sydni Blanchard claimed the National intercollegiate Rodeo Association National Championship in Barrel Racing at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming. She also took home the College National Finals Rookieof-the-Year honors. Blanchard, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, became the first Mesalands Rodeo Team member to claim a

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Mr. D. J. Harrison began breeding Quarter Horses in the 1930's on his ranch in Sonora, Texas, and began registering his Quarter Horses with the AQHA in 1941. The horses were raised primarily to work cattle. Mr. Dan J. Harrison, Jr. followed his father, raising Quarter Horses on his ranches in South Texas. His ranch outside Fulshear, Texas, served as the main breeding operation – as it still does today. In 1997, the American Quarter Horse Association honored both men with the Legacy Award, a recognition for their 56 continuous years of registering Quarter Horses. Horses like King Moore by King, Old Sorrel grandson, Little Huero, Les Glo, Skipa Star and Colonel Freckles heavily influenced the Harrison breeding program. If you visit Memorial Hall at the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, you will see the niche which honors and perpetuates the memory of D. J. Harrison and Dan J. Harrison, Jr. In Western Horseman's Legends, Volume 5, which features outstanding stallions and mares that have had a significant impact on the Quarter Horse breed, Skipa Star is featured. Our deceased stallion Skipastarsky, an own son of Skipa Star, was the 1983 AQHA High Point Jr. Heeling Horse, among many other accomplishments and sired 151 foals.

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NIRA National Championship. Sydni Claimed the first National Championship in the history of the program, she also went on to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada. Blanchard finished the year as the ninth ranked barrel racer in the Women’s Pro Rodeo Association year end standings. In 2011 the Mesalands Men’s Team captured the Men’s Team title for the first time in school history, by an astounding margin of 1,200 points. Fran Marchand also claimed the Men’s All-Around title for the Mesalands team. The Mesalands Rodeo Team won the New Mexico High School/ College Challenge in Lovington. The Mesalands Men’s team earned the team title at all six spring rodeos in the Grand Canyon Region. Head Coach C.J. Aragon has been named the Grand Canyon Region Coachof-the-Year for four consecutive years; he has also been named the National Coachof-the-Year in 2010. Aragon credits the programs recent success to the students. “I have been very fortunate to recruit a bunch of really good kids. We have a lot of kids here that come in and work hard in the classroom and in the arena. They make my job easy.” With the returning students at Mesalands and another good recruiting class the team will be looking to continue on their sucn cess.

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Horse Welfare: Action Needed to Address Unintended Consequences from Cessation of Domestic Slaughter GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE (REPORT: GAO-11-228 JUNE 22, 2011) ince fiscal year 2006, Congress has annually prohibited the use of federal funds to inspect horses destined for food, effectively prohibiting domestic slaughter. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is responsible for overseeing the welfare of horses transported for slaughter. Congress directed GAO to examine horse welfare since cessation of domestic slaughter in 2007. GAO examined (1) the effect on the U.S. horse mar-


ket, if any, since cessation; (2) any impact of these market changes on horse welfare and on states, local governments, tribes, and animal welfare organizations; and (3) challenges, if any, to USDA’s oversight of the transport and welfare of U.S. horses exported for slaughter. GAO analyzed horse price and shipping data, and interviewed officials from USDA, state and local governments, tribes, the livestock industry, and animal welfare organizations, and reviewed documents they provided. Since domestic horse slaughter ceased in 2007, the slaughter horse market has shifted to Canada and Mexico. From 2006 through 2010, U.S. horse exports for slaughter increased by 148 and 660 percent to Canada and Mexico, respectively. As a result, nearly the same number of U.S. horses was transported to Canada and

Mexico for slaughter in 2010 — nearly 138,000 — as was slaughtered before domestic slaughter ceased. Available data show that horse prices declined since 2007, mainly for the lower-priced horses that are more likely to be bought for slaughter. GAO analysis of horse sale data estimates that closing domestic horse slaughtering facilities significantly and negatively affected lower-to-medium priced horses by 8 to 21 percent; higher-priced horses appear not to have lost value for that reason. Also, GAO estimates the economic downturn reduced prices for all horses by 4 to 5 percent. Comprehensive, national data are lacking, but state, local government, and animal welfare organizacontinued on page 24

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tions report a rise in investigations for horse neglect and more abandoned horses since 2007. For example, Colorado data showed that investigations for horse neglect and abuse increased more than 60 percent from 975 in 2005 to 1,588 in 2009. Also, California, Texas, and Florida reported more horses abandoned on private or state land since 2007. These changes have strained resources, according to state data and officials that GAO interviewed. State, local, tribal, and horse industry officials generally attributed these increases in neglect and abandonments to cessation of domestic slaughter and the economic downturn. Others, including representatives from some animal welfare organizations, questioned the relevance of cessation of slaughter to these problems. USDA faces three broad challenges in overseeing the welfare of horses during transport to slaughter. First, among other management challenges, the current transport regulation only applies to horses transported directly to slaughtering facilities. A 2007 proposed rule would more broadly include horses moved first to

stockyards, assembly points, and feedlots before being transported to Canada and Mexico, but delays in issuing a final rule have prevented USDA from protecting horses during much of their transit to slaughtering facilities. In addition, GAO found that many

From 2006 through 2010, U.S. horse exports for slaughter increased by 148 and 660 percent to Canada and Mexico, respectively. owner/shipper certificates, which document compliance with the regulation, are being returned to USDA without key information, if they are returned at all. Second, annual legislative prohibitions on USDA’s use of federal funds for inspecting horses impede USDA's ability to improve compliance with, and enforcement of, the transport regulation.

Third, GAO analysis shows that U.S. horses intended for slaughter are now traveling significantly greater distances to reach their final destination, where they are not covered by U.S. humane slaughter protections. With cessation of domestic slaughter, USDA lacks staff and resources at the borders and foreign slaughtering facilities that it once had in domestic facilities to help identify problems with shipping paperwork or the condition of horses before they are slaughtered. GAO suggests that Congress may wish to reconsider restrictions on the use of federal funds to inspect horses for slaughter or, instead, consider a permanent ban on horse slaughter. GAO recommends that USDA issue a final rule to protect horses through more of the transportation chain to slaughter and consider ways to better leverage resources for compliance activities. USDA agreed with GAO’s recommendations and noted specific actions it will take to implement them. Recommendations

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annual restrictions first instituted in fiscal year 2006 on USDA’s use of appropriated funds to inspect horses in transit to, and at, domestic slaughtering facilities. Specifically, to allow USDA to better ensure horse welfare and identify potential violations of the Commercial Transportation of Equines to Slaughter regulation, Congress may wish to consider allowing USDA to again use appropriated funds to inspect U.S. horses being transported to slaughter. 2. Congress may wish to consider allowing USDA to again use appropriated funds to inspect horses at domestic slaughtering facilities, as authorized by the Federal Meat Inspection Act. 3. Congress may wish to consider instituting an explicit ban on the domestic slaughter of horses and export of U.S. horses intended for slaughter in foreign countries.



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1. To better protect the welfare of horses transported to slaughter, the Secretary of Agriculture should direct the Administrator of Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to issue as final a proposed rule to amend the Commercial Transportation of Equines to Slaughter regulation to define "equines for slaughter" so that USDA’s oversight and the regulation's protections extend to more of the transportation chain.

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to assist with compliance activities and for automating certificate data to identify potential problems requiring management attention. 3. To better protect the welfare of horses transported to slaughter, the Secretary of Agriculture should direct the Administrator of APHIS to revisit, as appropriate, the formal cooperative agreement between APHIS and CFIA to better ensure that the agencies have a mutual understanding of the assistance APHIS seeks from CFIA on the inspection of U.S. horses intended for slaughter at Canadian slaughtering facilities, including the completion and return of owner/shipper certificates from these facilities. 4. To better protect the welfare of horses transported to slaughter, the Secretary of Agriculture should direct the Administrator of APHIS to seek a formal cooperative agreement with Secretaria de Agricultura, Ganaderia, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentacion (Mexico) (SAGARPA) that describes the agencies' mutual understanding of the assistance APHIS seeks from SAGARPA on the inspection of U.S.

horses intended for slaughter at Mexican border crossings and slaughtering facilities and the completion and return of owner/shipper certificates from these facilities. In the event that SAGARPA declines to enter into a formal cooperative agreement, seek such an agreement with the Texas Department of Agriculture to ensure that this agency will cooperate with the completion, collection, and return of owner/shipper certificates from Texas border crossings through which most shipments of U.S. horses intended for slaughn ter in Mexico pass.

AQHA Recognizes Value of Ranch Horses With New Program by ARGEN DUNCAN A new program aims to promote ranchbred quarter horses and benefit the operations that produce them. The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Ranching Heritage Breeder program allows member ranches to nominate their quarter horse foals for exclusive competitions and, thus, marketing opportunities. “For us as an association of breeders, one (goal) is to drive the market for ranchbred horses, to recognize the excellence in breeding and the continuing of ranching heritage by our breeders,� said AQHA Senior Director of Marketing and Publication Jim Bret Campbell. By holding large-money events that attract a wide range of horse buyers, the program also aims to make continuing those activities economically feasible, he said. Campbell said organizers are trying to increase demand for younger cow continued on page 27

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horses. Kris Wilson, program council member and general manager of Silver Spur/Bell Ranch Division north of Tucumcari, said the council focuses on the needs of American quarter horse breeders, especially ranches. Foals from member ranches would be eligible for the Ranching Heritage Challenge next spring at the Fort Worth Stock Show, as well as future competitions. In the next two to three years, Wilson said, the program council wants to build from one show to six or seven a year, all with an estimated $100,000 to $150,000 in purses. “So the whole idea about it is the foals are eligible for this event, so it’ll be easier to sell foals and bring more money back to the ranches,� he said. Wilson said the Ranching Heritage Challenge would consist of a professional open ranch horse contest for 4-year-old horses, and a non-professional ranch horse competition as well as trail trials for horses age 5 and older. Also, another program aspect aims to connect qualified young people with young quarter horses to give the youth experience and build their horsemanship skills, said Campbell. Wilson said it would help market the horses as well. In the Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program, breeders can make weanlings eligible for youth to acquire at low or no cost. Campbell said the young people would train the horses and show them as yearlings and 2-year-olds. This year, Jim and Joni Hunt of Rafter Box Ranch in South Dakota are making six weanlings available for youth. To be eligible for the Ranch Heritage Breeders program, ranches must have AQHA membership, quarter horses used primarily for working cattle, at least five quarter horse mares producing foals for the remuda and at least AQHA’s 10-year breeder award. The membership fee is $10 per year, and the nomination fee is $25 for each weanling in the program. Wilson said the council first met this summer, and program membership was growing daily. He would like to host a prospective participants meeting at the Silver Spur/Bell Ranch Division. “In the long term, what I really hope is it will shine a light on the breeders and ranches around the country that are raising horses that people really want to buy,� n Wilson said.








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Equine Agrotourism by ARGEN DUNCAN griculture is meeting tourism, and educating tourists, at guest ranches in New Mexico. Among these operations are the Express UU Bar Ranch in the Cimarron area and the Burnt Well Guest Ranch near Roswell. While each ranch has its own style and philosophy, both expose city dwellers to the ranching way of life. “I think it’s the promotion of a lifestyle; it’s the understanding of how to create a sustainable range environment,� said Sue Fullen, marketing director at Express UU Bar Ranch. On the 180,000-acre ranch with land varying from desert to mountains, she said, people can learn to manage the range and cattle, which helps rejuvenate the


Western ranching lifestyle. Fullen is also working on a ranch vacation package that aims to let people explore that lifestyle in an eco-friendly environment. Patricia Chesser, who owns Burnt Well Guest Ranch with her husband, Kim, said they started taking guests on their small ranch to supplement their income during a drought and to help Kim, who “comes alive� around people, find fulfillment.




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“It’s opened our eyes, and it’s made the world seem much smaller for us,� she said. The Chessers opened their ranch to paying guests in August of 2003, although they’d entertained before. Burnt Well Guest Ranch usually hosts 50 to 60 six-day stays per year, Chesser said. At the beginning of this year, fewer people came, but Chesser said business is picking up now. The Chessers have two private rooms and a 600-square-foot “casita� with a kitchen where visitors can stay. Chesser said she and Kim wanted a

small number of visitors so they wouldn’t have to hire staff. Instead, she said, they interact with guests to show an authentic ranch lifestyle, their family values and, without preaching, their faith. At the Express UU Bar Ranch, Fullen said, people are encouraged to bring their own horses to participate in activities such as horse clinics, trail rides and cattle drives. The guests are a new addition to the operation. “We have actually been quite busy through the summer,� she said. While the operation is a working cattle ranch, Fullen said it also features a lodge that houses more than 20 people. With an already-large staff, not too many more were needed for the guests, although the ranch does provide guides to ensure safety and productivity. Fullen hopes that in 10 years, the ranch is booked with guests from May through September or October, with guests from around the nation and world coming to experience the unique New Mexico environment. “There’s such a bigger picture here n than just the ranch,� she said. • 505/281-9860 • 800/832-0603




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owboys for Cancer Research, located in Las Cruces, N.M.. is gearing up to celebrate their 29th year of fund raising to support cancer research. The event will kick off with a dinner/dance/silent auction, Friday, October 7, 6:30 p.m., at the Las Cruces Convention Center. There will be a prime rib dinner, great silent auction, and dancing to The Delk Band. Tickets are $75 each. Call 575/526-2887 or 575/642-5696 for tickets and information. The 29th Annual Team Roping will be held on Saturday October 8 and Sunday October 9, at the Sproul Arena (formerly Calhoun Arena), north of Las Cruces. Entries will be taken at 7:00 a.m. both days. Please see roping flyer at For more information, call Kevin Davis 575/6444367 or Denny Calhoun 575/642-5693. C4CR is the largest cancer fund raiser in the state of N.M., where all the money raised stays in N.M.. C4CR supports the Alma Cohorn Memorial/Cowboys for Cancer Research Endowment at University of N.M. Cancer Center (UNMCC) and the Cowboys for Cancer Research Endowed Fund at N.M. State University (NMSU). C4CR supports on-going collaborative cancer research at UNMCC and NMSU. C4CR, together with NMSU Aggies ARE Tough Enough To Wear Pink, has been named the #1 Tough Enough To Wear Pink event in the world for three consecutive n years.

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HSUS Sets Sights on Religions FROM THE US SPORTSMEN ALLIANCE t seems that the most dangerous and well-funded group within the animal rights lobby, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), is again trying to reposition itself to seem mainstream. That transformation is a new “Faith Outreach” effort. Yes, HSUS is attempting to align itself with religions. This path closely follows the animal rights group’s programs that have thrust its tentacles into school systems and young student minds around the nation. Churches should definitely beware. The programs championed by HSUS outreach efforts include articles promoting a connection between animal rights and the congregations of the Unitarian Universalists and the United Church of Christ. And the HSUS furthers the connecting efforts by pushing pro-animal-rights statements attributed to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, The Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod, the Seventh Day Adventist Church, the Episcopal Church and other religious affiliations. Seems nearly any sermon can be twisted as promoting animal rights. These twists could have been far from the intent of the speaker or presenter when the materials were spoken or presented. This doesn’t matter to HSUS. Real eyebrows are raised, however, when you discover the HSUS’s St. Francis Day in a Box project. A $15 toolkit promoting the animal rights philosophy includes: the Chronicles of Narnia; Animal Protection Ministries: A Guide for Churches; Eating Mercifully; the CAFO Reader: The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories (a stab at farming); and many others. These animal rights agenda packets are sold to churches, or congregation members, to raise funds for HSUS. While this propaganda intertwines religion and animal rights as connected crusading causes, there is an obvious lack of religious tolerance in the missing mention of St. Hubertus, the patron Saint of Hunters. And of course the “toolkit” includes envelopes and instructions on how to collect funds in the names of pets, animals and wildlife, and then send n those funds directly to HSUS.


Uncertainty Causes Oil Rigs to Flee year ago, three oil rigs fled the Gulf of Mexico for better opportunities abroad. Now, it’s 10. Make no mistake, the toll is rising on a business environment marked by the Obama Administration’s uncertainty, says Investor’s Business Daily (IBD). The massive planning, capital, project management and luck required to produce energy are uncertain enough, but the climate of government caprice makes it even worse. The 2010 BP oil spill proved Obama’s anti-energy production talk was more than rhetoric — it was policy. It started to create uncertainty when the President arbitrarily demanded $20 billion from BP to set up a cleanup fund for its spill in April last year. Then the President issued an arbitrary moratorium on offshore drilling, idling rigs and throwing hundreds of thousands of Americans out of work. When a court ordered him to stop, he played three-card monte with the energy industry with an unannounced but real permit moratorium until another judge stopped him. Meanwhile, lease sales hit their lowest level since 1958.


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Meanwhile, even companies that got permits years ago can have them revoked for minor irregularities. This happened to Exxon Mobil, which spent $300 million to make a billion-barrel discovery of oil, only to have its permit pulled on a technicality. It’s now suing. With such uncertainty, it’s no wonder that oil producers — which create thousands of high-paying jobs — are heading for places like the Congo. The only certainty now is uncertainty. Until that stops, more rigs will flee, says IBD. Source: “Rigged For Failure,” Investor’s Business Daily, August 24, 2011.



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to New Mexico that I learned the principle of “it is better to beg forgiveness than to ask for permission� from Bud Eppers. Nothing much was heard on the subject until late June. A member called to say they had been called by the girlfriend of a contractor hired by the Forestry Division again asking for permission to access private land near the Texas border. The request to survey was rather vague, but not only included forest characteristics but also to sample air quality. The member said that they were not going to grant access, but were told that they need to talk to the contractor directly. It was about that time that there were multiple fires burning across New Mexico and in western Arizona. Air quality in Albuquerque was so bad some days that it was recommended that pets not even be allowed outdoors. Not only is it disturbing that “no� didn't mean no access, but why would an agency

he inability of bureaucrats to function in the real world that the rest of must deal with never ceases to amaze me. Back last fall, several New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association (NMCGA) members received letters from the New Mexico Forestry Division requesting permission to access private land for forest surveying purposes. Some signed and granted, while others sought advice from the Association office. They didn’t want to grant access and wondered if there was any requirement for them to do so. The fact that many of these letters went to the east side where there aren’t many forests that we can find was perplexing in and of itself. The advice from staff (all two of us) was to ignore the letter and go on about their business. In the world of Bobby Cowan, if the answer wasn’t an affirmative “yes� then it was a definite “no.� It was only after I came


be stirring around in the country where there was such fire danger AND why would air quality be on the survey list for forestry at all? We ran those questions up the political flag pole. In fairly short order we got a call from the Forestry Division telling us that because people had not returned the original request letters (which had no place to say “no� on them), they were going to be contacted one more time. If anyone said no, they would not be bothered in the future. The funding for the survey came from federal stimulus funds, I was informed. New Mexico is behind in such surveying and the data acquired would be used to obtain future federal grants. As to the issue of air quality surveying . . . the NMCGA member must have just misunderstood. continued on page 35

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I took the opportunity to remind the Forestry official that since the Division had seen fit to impose regulations requiring PRIVATE PROPERTY owners who wanted to clear more than 25 acres of their OWN land, and receive any compensation for it, to obtain a permit, that to expect cooperation from landowners on the surveying endeavor was perhaps unrealistic. Maybe I didn’t say it in just those words . . . because she pretty much hung up on me. After this pleasant conversation, I distributed the following email: Importance: High Over the past several months many New Mexico landowners have received requests from the New Mexico State Forestry Division requesting access to private land for surveying purposes. Some have returned them granting permission. Others have simply not responded, assuming that was an answer in and of itself. Not so much. Landowners are now receiving calls from a private contractor requesting permission for access. NMCGA talked with the Forestry Division today asking why the phone calls were being made if permission wasn’t granted. We

were told that this was a final attempt to gain access. If landowners do not want this survey done on their property, they need to tell the contractor “no� and asked to be removed from the Forestry Division’s list. The survey is part of a “forest inventory analysis� that states do in order to receive federal funding. Apparently New Mexico is many years behind in its’ analysis. The funding for this current project came from federal stimulus funds. There are 6,000 plots that have been randomly chosen for surveying. It is difficult NOT to remember that it is the New Mexico State Forestry Division who, about five years ago, put in place regulations REQUIRING that private landowners obtain a permit for clearing more than 75 acres (an error on my part – it’s actually 25 acres. Yes, I make mistakes, too.) on their OWN PRIVATE LAND if they going to receive compensation for the cleared materials. No doubt these regulations, including penalties, have impacted landowners’ willingness to participate in any program with the Division. Additionally, the places where requests are being made are not necessarily “forest� . . . like northeast New Mexico.

Finally, with the fires burning across the state, now might not be the best time to be surveying anything. Some of the requests for access may be on State Trust Lands leased for grazing purposes. It is NMCGA’s understanding that unless the access is during scouting and hunting seasons anyone accessing State Trust Lands must have a permit from the State Land Office. The Association has contacted the State Land Office for clarity on this issue, but have not yet received a response. As soon as we do it will be passed on. NMCGA members have also received similar requests from the University of New Mexico regarding surveying “wetlands�. Again, “no� is an acceptable answer. If you have questions, please let us know. One might expect that would be enough said. Not so much. Our NMCGA member talked on the phone two more times with the contractor, telling him no. THEN they received ANOTHER letter requesting permission for access. This one included the number of the contractor, so I called it. I asked why private landowners were being harassed by continued on page 36

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these continued contacts. When I wouldn’t give her the name of our member, she hung up on me. After that encounter NMCGA officers also paid a call on the Governor’s office as well as the Secretary of Energy, Minerals & Natural Resources requesting that the Forestry division accept no for an answer and leave private landowners alone. End of story, right? Wrong. In mid August the NMCGA and the New Mexico Wool Growers, Inc. participated in the New Mexico Department of Game & Fish’s Outdoor Expo at the Albuquerque Shooting range. The free event offered to area residents provided opportunities to experience a wide variety of hunting and fishing activities as well as a trade show. It was the tenth such event but the first time agricultural organizations had participated. For the most part the groups were warmly accepted by participants and exhibitors alike . . . right up until Sunday afternoon. The New Mexico Forestry Division showed up in front of the NMCGA booth and made a remark about this being the organization that sent a letter to its mem-

bers telling them not to cooperate with Forestry. That statement was taken with some exception by the person in charge of such mailings (remember there are only two of us on staff). Michelle reported that no such letter had ever gone out. She would have put it on letterhead and that had not happened. The Division employee swore she was in possession of said letter and agreed to provide it. Lo and behold the following Tuesday, an email appeared from the Forestry Division containing the email as it appeared here. Clearly, reading comprehension is at issue. The email stated (in bold red) that if private landowners don’t want to grant access, they merely have to say no. I suppose that issue might be taken with bringing up the permit regulations, but if you don’t want to live with the consequences of your actions, you better not take the action (another Bobby Cowan/Bud Eppers lesson). But it gets even better. In the diatribe on what a great agency Forestry is, the author actually states that “when several people do send back permission forms granting access from the second or third letter, we cannot “assume” that a no

answer means “no access”. Seems that sensitivity and political correctness are other issues within the Division. (And I hope there aren’t many teenaged boys in their sphere of influence.) But let me be clear, it is the regulations imposed by the Forestry Division that there is an issue with, not personalities. In fact, when the regulations were imposed, a dear friend of mine in the industry was the State Forester. We disagreed on the issue and moved on. Unfortunately the regulations remain in place and there will continue to be a problem as long as they are in place. There is no dispute that the Division does good work and provides a service to the state. One only needed to watch the television news as Dan Ware kept citizens abreast of latest fire conditions. Would this qualify?

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The drought has brought several issues to the forefront for New Mexico range livestock producers. According to New Mexico statute, it is against the law to haul in round bales of hay side by side. This came to the surface during the snow disasters a few years ago, but has been an even more serious issue now. Because the language is embedded in law, there is nothing the Governor’s office

can do to change it. What we can do, however, is change the law and efforts are in place to do that during the Special Session slated to begin on September 6. A bill is in the works that we hope will be on the Governor’s Call so that it can be heard. Another hot topic is the USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) Forage Insurance program. This year was New Mexico’s first in the pilot program and based on the situation at press time, could be the last. Some 100 (plus or minus) ranchers have purchased the insurance that is backed by USDA through insurance agencies. If there has ever been a year that forage insurance might be needed, 2011 is one. However, the New Mexico program is based on a vegetative (greenness) index rather than rainfall. I am not yet sure what the rationale for this was, but I have been told that there are not enough National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather stations to cover the state and adequately record rainfall. Thus far for their premiums, New Mexicans have received about $2,000, while adjoining states have received literally millions. The Range Improvement Task Force, the New Mexico Department of Agricul-

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Grant counties. A fact sheet about the County Community Elections was handed out. Anybody in the community can be nominated, but women farmers and ranchers are encouraged to nominate or be nominated. The group acknowledges county happenings, and shares information about programs that are available for specific needs. They meet once every 2-3 months in Deming. Maki spoke about a program helping farmers and ranchers affected by the drought. Many have already benefited, including some members present. Members are encouraged to inform others to call Maki’s office to get help. The Emergency Conservation program is available to farmers and ranchers affected by a fire. They offer emergency loans with low interest rates (2-3 percent). Maki asked if anyone knows anybody who had to move cattle off of forestry land because of a fire, to please let her know. She can pass this information on to show what kind of devastation is actually happening. It was decided to approve the minutes as published in the May newsletter. Pat bought a bucket with plans to fill it with leftovers from previous buckets. The group will have a table for the state fair and sell tickets. Gail Moore arrived with the June issue of the Glenwood Gazette which has Neline Dominguez’s story in it. Lori Nell Reed, the beef month chair, has been getting information out about beef month. Lori Nell reported that they did a photo shoot at the volunteer center where a check was presented for the kid’s backpack program. Pat also acknowledged Gail Moore for going the extra mile in her advertising efforts for beef month. Gale gave an update on the Wallow fire. Bobbie Neil Little announced that she received an award for her efforts in organizing the Cowboy Days parade. Bobbie thanked all who helped in making the parade a success. Cookbook: Some recipes were received. Again, people are encouraged to personalize their recipes by including the story behind the recipe. The shufly print: Robin Gierhart says that she will donate the print for drawing and it will be framed by B J framing. Honorary Members: Joan Woodward reports that the committee wants to honor past Copper Cowbelles’ presidents from 1976 to 2002; about 10. The idea of having a luncheon for them was discussed as well as a photo opportunity to include what’s happening with Cowbelles. The committee will pick a date for the honorary lunch. An expenditure to pay for lunch to honor the past presidents was

approved. Mark your calendar for the Five State Cowbelle Roundup scheduled for October 5. More details to come. Meeting adjourned at 12:50. Submitted by Wanda MacInnis, Secretary The Powderhorn CowBelles met August 9, 2011 in Ft. Sumner with President Sandra McKenna presiding and 13 members and two guests present. Guests Tyler and Austin Harcrow, grandsons of Mary McClain, were introduced. A sign-in sheet was passed among those present to fill in the volunteer hours they had given to NM Beef. Dorothy Vaughan, treasurer, reported that profits from the Old Fort Days Barbeque will once again fund the scholarships. Carolyn Bedford, Secretary, read correspondence from the New Mexico Boys & Girls Ranches asking for support in their programs, and two thank you notes from Ft. Sumner students for the donation to their “After Prom” party. Dorothy Vaughan read a thank you note from Hannah Cowden thanking the CowBelles for her scholarship. BBQ – Dorie Tucker reported that the BBQ worked smoothly and that everyone pitched in and helped on both the prep day and the BBQ day. ANCW Mid-year – Karen Kelling reported she attended the mid-year ANCW meetings in Orlando, FL. She said new atten-


dees were given a mentor which was a good idea. Karen asked other Region VI members to give positive reports since it is so dry in New Mexico she wanted to give a positive report at ANCW but none responded. Karen reported that the “Best Calves Contest” was a hit at the Mid-year meeting. The National Cattle Growers’ President submitted his “calf” picture with high-top turquoise boots and red long johns. The ANCW made $300 on the contest. New Mexico CowBelles is planning to do this contest again. Karen reported National Beef Ambassador is on U-Tube. Club discussed the Boys & Girls Ranches donation for the year. It was noted that the Ranches had recently spent $40,000 on a new water system and could use donations now instead of at Christmas. The club voted to give the ranches $500 now. President McKenna noted that the group plans to give “beef sticks” to the Santa Rosa 3rd grade Agriculture Days program that County Agent Leigh Ann Marez will do in September. Nominating Committee for the coming year is Carolyn Bedford, Nancy Schade and Sarabel Key. These members will have a slate of officers at the November meeting. It was announced that Katie continued on page 42


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Schade, a Powderhorn CowBelle, is one of the recipients of the Pat Nowlin scholarship. Congratulations Katie. Club discussed donations to the 4-H. It was decided to give both DeBaca and Guadalupe Counties $150. Dorie Tucker reminded everyone of the Michael Martin Murphey concert, the chuck wagon dinner and the auction of western and Native American art and collectibles to be held on Saturday, September 3 to benefit the Bosque Redondo Memorial. Tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for children under 12 and all are encouraged to attend. Dorothy Vaughan reminded us that the next meeting will be at Ellen Vaughan’s home on September 13. Dr. Vick will give a program on Parkinson’s disease. All are encouraged to attend. Meeting recessed for lunch. After lunch Mary Gay McClain gave a fashion show on clothing from Morgan’s Menagerie, a clothing shop in Ft. Sumner. Mary Gay’s grandsons, Tyler and Austin Harcrow, were the models. Carolyn Bedford, Secretary The July 16, 2011 meeting of the Berrendo CowBelles was held at the Cowboy Café #2 at Lake Van. There were nine members and two guests present. Juanita

Whitaker a prospective member and Scholarship winner, Sterling Pierce were introduced. The President Betty Solt called the meeting to order at 12:15 noon. Sterling spoke about his plans for college and thanked us personally for his Scholarship. It was determined to be at the County Fair and Sale to give “add ons” to the 14 youth enrolled in the Beef Project, where $500 will be divided among the 14 which will give each youth $35. The Sale is August 4, 2011. President Betty Solt has received note cards and membership forms from Debi Rupe. They look wonderful and we are all well pleased. Betty reported on the Summer Meeting at Buffalo Thunder. She read the new Vision Statement and reported that the new Secretary of Ag, Jeff Witte spoke. She also reported that the State Fair Booth is no longer in the Manuel Lujan Building. Betty reported that we could have an informational booth in the Education Building at our Eastern New Mexico State Fair for free. We do not have to stay any regulated hours. Genora will contact the Beef Council for more hand out material and Marge Mckeen about “Operation Respect” material. It was decided to have the informational booth at the ENMSF. Meeting adjourned 12:45 p.m. Genora Moore, Secretary


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The Chuckwagon CowBelles met at Mercedes Craven’s Ranch on August 9, 2011 with 15 members and one guest. Carolyn asked the members to be thinking about programs for next year. All ideas are appreciated. It was decided to approve last month’s minutes as mailed. Denise gave the Treasurer’s report and was approved to pay specified bills. It was decided to donate $100 to the Torrance County Fair 2011 for the Grand Champion Steer Buckle. Carolyn volunteered to find a nominating committee for our local officers. Lyn asked for volunteers to help at the Torrance County Fair August 12 -13. Much thanks to Lyn, Marilyn, Patsy, Sue, and Mercedes. Toni asked for volunteers to work the booth at the Sunflower Fiesta in Mountainair on August 27. Call Lyn or Joyce or just show up if you want to help. Ronda started a discussion on what the local chapter can do to educate the public about the wolf problem. We need letters to editors to rebuttal issues in the Albuquerque Journal. Ideas are welcome. Toni announced an Awards Reception needs representatives from CowBelles September 29 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Farm Credit Bldg. in Albuquerque (5651 Balloon Fiesta Parkway NE). If you are interested RSVP by September 22 to Shacey at 505/875-6042. Toni announced that Babbi has put in an application to be a member of the State Fair Board. Ronda will host next month’s meeting on September 13 at her home. She will provide the main dish. Pot Luck for everyone else. Cookie is scheduled to do a program on oral hygiene. Toni adjourned the meeting at 12:30. Guest Speaker Michael Henningsen, director of State Fair Publicity and Media presented information about the NM Expo, he gave us the committee board members’ names, facilities, how it works on the fairgrounds and how they try on less money. Submitted by acting secretary, Nancy Brinkley 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, n or email:


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will survive, but it was exactly this policy rider process that rid us of the infamous Wild Lands Policy concocted by Interior Secretary Salazar. Bingamanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 52-Second Hearing on NM Bill

Yes, the heading is correct. On August 3 a Senate Subcommittee held a hearing on S. 1024, Senator Jeff Bingamanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legislation to create 242,000 acres of Wilderness in southern New Mexico. Bingaman chairs the full Committee and is an ex-officio member of the Subcommittee, but didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even show up for the hearing. BLM Director Bob Abbeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oral testimony on the bill lasted exactly 52 seconds. No other witnesses were invited to testify. I guess Bingaman is just tired of hearing New Mexicanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s views on his bill. Forum For Our Forest

Representative Steve Pearce of New Mexico, chairman of the Congressional Western Caucus, and Representative Paul Gosar of Arizona, member of the House Natural Resources Committee, recently held a joint â&#x20AC;&#x153;Forum For Our Forestâ&#x20AC;? meeting in Arizona. The meeting provided constituents an opportunity to express concerns on forest management and wildfires,


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Southwest.” Ironically, while ranchers and others are trying to get a few thinning projects going here, the Park Service will be felling “thousands of trees” at Yosemite National Park. Seems the trees are so thick visitors can’t see the park’s waterfalls and the faces of El Capitan and Half Dome. That’s about to change. “Chain saws will be fired up in the fall,” says Supt. Don Neubacher. One can only conclude protecting these “iconic views” is more important than the health and safety of folks living in the Southwest. Wilderness Release

Recently the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands held a hearing on H.R. 1581, The Wilderness and Roadless Area Release Act of 2011. This legislation implements the recommendations of the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service to lift the restrictive management practices on 43 million acres of land determined by the agencies to lack Wilderness characteristics. Testifying before the Subcommittee, Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming said,

“This Act ends the cycle of indefinite wilderness review and management of these non-wilderness recommended lands. It allows local Americans and stakeholders to work with agency officials to develop management plans that best balance recreation, multiple-use, and conservation.” New Mexico Rep. Steve Pearce testified, “H.R. 1581 is good for the West and good for America.” Opposing the legislation were Obama appointees from Interior and USDA, and former Secretary of Interior Bruce Babbitt. Babbitt said the bill was “the most radical” proposal on public lands in his lifetime. I guess we’ve now reached the point where actually implementing the law is “radical”. County Manages Federal Land & Feed Them Cows Garlic

Linn County in Oregon is managing campgrounds owned by the Forest Service. This year they signed a five-year contract to manage six rustic campgrounds. The county will pay the Forest Service 5.3 percent of adjusted gross income, or a minimum of $2,628 annually. “So far, everything is going well,” county parks

director Brian Carroll says. Carroll said comments about the Forest Service campgrounds have been positive. “We have a couple campground hosts and we have two staff people working the new campgrounds,” Carroll said. “They’re doing a great job and people are noticing.” As Congress and the President struggle over areas to cut spending, the Linn County model could be applied all across the West. Finally, the latest research shows you can reduce farm animals’ wind and substantially reduce greenhouse gases by adding garlic to their feed. According to Professor Jamie Newbold, cows eating feed enriched with the garlic compound — called Allicin — release 40 percent less gas without interference to their normal digestive fermentation,. My first thought was we should feed the compound to the politicians in D.C. and thereby reduce the most noxious wind of all. Till next time, be a nuisance to the devil and don’t forget to check that cinch. 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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The Invasive Species War Do we protect native plants because they’re better for the earth, or because we hate strangers? A cherished principle of environmentalism comes under attack. by LEON NEYFAKH / BOSTON GLOBE n July a troop of volunteers in Newton, Massachusetts piled into canoes and went to war in the name of the Charles River. They wore gloves to protect themselves from their enemy: a thorny aquatic plant called the European water chestnut, believed to have invaded the Charles a century ago after escaping from the Harvard botanical garden. The plant spread swiftly, growing so thick in some areas that it overwhelmed the waterway entirely. For the past four years, the Charles River Watershed Association has led the effort to get rid of the pest, recruiting concerned citizens to pull the unwanted plants out by their roots and collect them in plastic laundry baskets.



The European water chestnut is considered an invasive species, one of the 1,500 or so plants and animals across the United States that have ended up settling in places where they don’t belong because of human activity. It’s a dubious distinction — one that most of us associate with evil carp overpowering local fish populations in the Mississippi River Basin, stubborn zebra mussels clogging pipes and killing birds in the Great Lakes, and the Asian longhorned beetle wiping out trees here in Massachusetts. Controlling the spread of such creatures has been a priority among ecologists and conservationists since roughly the 1980s. In that time, projects like the one on the Charles have proliferated around the world, forming a movement to patrol the natural environment and protect its fragile native ecosystems from intruders. The reasons to fight invasive species may be economic, or conservationist, or just practical, but underneath all these efforts is a potent and galvanizing idea: that if we work hard enough to keep foreign species from infiltrating habitats where they might do harm, we can help nature heal from the damage we humans have done to it as a civilization. In the past several months, however, that idea has come under blistering attack.

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In a polemical essay that appeared in the leading science journal Nature in June, a biologist from Macalester College in Minnesota named Mark Davis led 18 other academics in charging that the movement to protect ecosystems from non-native species stems from a “biological bias” against arbitrarily defined outsiders that ultimately does more harm than good. According to Davis and his co-authors, the fight against invaders amounts to an impossible quest to restore the world to some imaginary, pristine state. The world changes, they argue, and in some cases, the arrival of a new plant or animal can actually help, rather than hurt, an ecosystem. The whole idea of dividing the world into native and non-native species is flawed, the article says, because what

If we work hard enough to keep foreign species from infiltrating habitats where they might do harm, we can help nature heal from the damage we humans have done to it as a civilization. seems non-native to one generation might be thought of as a local treasure by the next. Instead we should embrace “novel ecosystems” as they form, and assess species based on what they do rather than where they’re from. “Newcomers are viewed as a threat because the world that you remember is being displaced by this new world,” Davis said recently. “I think that’s a perfectly normal and understandable human reaction, but as scientists we need to be careful that those ideas don’t shape and frame our scientific research.” The article in Nature joined similar arguments that had recently appeared in the journal Science as well as the op-ed page of The New York Times, where an anthropologist who had recently become a naturalized US citizen likened the control continued on page 50

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of invasive species to the anti-immigration movement. These critiques of so-called â&#x20AC;&#x153;ecological nativismâ&#x20AC;? inspired equally spirited responses by scientists, including a letter in Nature signed by 141 scientists arguing that Davis and his cohort had downplayed the dangers of non-native species while distorting the work of ecologists and conservationists. This flare-up has reawakened a debate over non-native species that goes back more than a decade. And while it would appear that the two sides are badly mismatched â&#x20AC;&#x201D; those who oppose the targeting of non-native species are still very much a minority â&#x20AC;&#x201D; their disagreement highlights questions about mankindâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relationship to nature that are far from settled. If weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to help restore a more natural environment, how do we decide what in the world is â&#x20AC;&#x153;naturalâ&#x20AC;? and what is the result of artificial forces? Why do some species get to stay, while others get pulled out by the roots? Their clash points up the fact that as humans take upon themselves the job of managing a changing natural world, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no obvious way to know which version of nature we

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American public caught onto to the idea that our natural ecosystems were being overrun by species that were never meant to be there. That was when people in America started hearing about things like snakehead fish, killer algae, and zebra mussels. And the problem was getting worse: as humans moved around more, so did plants and animals, by getting rides out of China to New York in a wooden crate, or in shipsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ballast tanks, or even on the bottom of someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shoe. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can overwhelm a system by having so many new arrivals,â&#x20AC;? said UMass-Amherst entomologist Roy Van Driesche. For environmentalists and anyone worried about a local lake or forest, trying to keep the potential carnage at bay seems like a no-brainer: if non-native species might destroy an ecosystem we cherish, then of course we should do what we can to suppress them. The simplicity of that idea is a big part of why projects like Operation: No More Water Chestnuts can attract 70 volunteers to the banks of the Charles on a Saturday morning. That simplicity is also where Mark Davis and supporters come in and say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;not so fast.â&#x20AC;? As a biologist, Davis studies comcontinued on page 51

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petition between plants, focusing on what makes some ecosystems more vulnerable than others to invasion, and how certain species of trees and grass interact. The author of the 2009 Oxford University Press book Invasion Biology, Davis has been a leader in the small but vocal group of thinkers who argue that nativeness is simply the wrong lens to use when we think about the environment. “We need to learn to accommodate change, and change our attitude rather than try to garden nature and keep things the way they are,” Davis said recently. Species migrate, he said, and some end up thriving while others go extinct. This would happen whether people were involved or not, and Davis emphasizes there’s no reason to believe that the best version of an environment — whether that’s defined as the most diverse, or the most useful for humans — is the one that happened to exist just before we meddled with it. Lots of flowers that are now considered as local as can be, for instance — including the state flower of New Hampshire, purple lilac, and the red clover of Vermont — originated in Europe. One of the first people to publicly make this “anti-nativist” argument was, somewhat surprisingly, the journalist Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and hero to locavores everywhere. He wrote an essay about it in the New York Times Magazine in 1994, focusing on the native gardening movement that was sweeping the United States at the time. Proponents of natural gardening had been calling on their fellow green thumbs to stop planting exotic species in their backyards; Pollan did not mince words in communicating his distaste for the practice, suggesting it came out of an impulse that was “antihumanist” and “xenophobic,” and even tracing its history back to a “mania for natural gardening” in Nazi-era Germany. While Pollan said in an interview that he now regrets resorting to the Hitler button to make his point, he maintains that there is something worrying about the zeal with which some environmentalists seek to keep foreigners out of places where they think they don’t belong. “We should always be alert that even those of us who think they’re practicing pure science or pure environmental policy are sometimes influenced by other ideas, other feelings,” Pollan said. “And we

should interrogate ourselves to see if that’s what’s going on.” This point was echoed this past spring by Hugh Raffles, an anthropologist at the New School who wrote the essay comparing invasive species to immigrants. “We choose to designate some plants and animals as native because they fit with the

There is something worrying about the zeal with which some environmentalists seek to keep foreigners out of places where they think they don’t belong. way that we want the landscape to look,” said Raffles in an interview. If you call something native, he added, “you should realize you’re just making certain claims

about what you want to see and what you think is important to preserve.” The scientists who study non-native species and try to control them are called invasion ecologists, and they’re used to feeling embattled. But their opponents usually come from the political right, and can be counted on to dismiss most any effort at conservation as an expensive nuisance or an impediment to industry. This other contingent, though — the one that includes Davis, Pollan, and Raffles — comes from a less obvious place. Suddenly, these environmentalists who have always identified with progressive ideals are themselves being accused of being conservative, backwards — even intolerant. Their reply is that, as scientists, their job is to save plants and animals from extinction, protect their habitats, and make sure that subsequent generations get to enjoy as much of the earth as possible. To suggest that the work has xenophobic connotations, they say, amounts to little more than academic noodling — a philosophical stance at best, and a harmful distraction at worst. “They’re throwing up a straw man,” said conservation biologist Daniel Simcontinued on page 56

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Bobbi Jeen “Sharlot Hall” OLSON he was the first lady to hold public office in the Arizona Territory. She was way ahead of her time with regards to being an independent woman. She was the first real historian preserving the history of early frontier days from the Territory; something we take now take for granted as always having been there. She was a poet, writer, rancher, friend to many of the day’s leading citizens and humanitarian as well. Her name was Sharlot Hall. Sharlot came to the Arizona Territory as a young girl in a covered wagon during 1882; she was eleven. Arizona remained home until her death in 1943. In between those years is the storied life of an amazing lady. By default, Sharlot was a rancher. Her family raised horses and other livestock, grew vegetables, apples and pears, and her father even tried his hand at gold mining in nearby creeks. Eventually the family settled near what is now Dewey, Arizona on a place they named Orchard Ranch. Sharlot spent close to forty years at Orchard Ranch, burying both parents there in the process. The hardships of pio-


neer ranch life were a common theme in her later writings. In 1906, there was a measure before congress to bring both the Arizona and New Mexico Territories into the union as one state — the state of New Mexico. Sharlot was one of many activists who opposed the measure. She toured the territory, gathering signatures for a petition against it. During this time, Sharlot was inspired to write her epic poem, “Arizona.” The poem was widely accepted as a fine work of art and a copy of it was distributed to every member of congress back in Washington, DC. It has been speculated that the bill was defeated, in part, because of Sharlot’s activities and poem. In 1909, Sharlot became the first lady to hold a paid public office — that of official Arizona historian. It ruffled the feathers of many of the day’s politicians, as it was unheard of for a lady to hold such a post. Women didn’t even have the right to vote in Arizona at the time and many of her male counterparts searched in vain for a loophole that would legally eject Sharlot from her post.

Luckily, then territorial governor, Richard Sloan, was an ally of Sharlot’s and did not give under political pressure from his constituents. It wasn’t until George Hunt became the first governor of the newly formed State of Arizona in February 1912 that Sharlot left her post. Hunt was apparently not a fan of women in office. Sharlot remained active in Arizona politics however, and in 1925, when Calvin Coolidge was elected president of the United States, Sharlot was commissioned to deliver Arizona’s three electoral votes to Washington on behalf of the state. Being an independent woman was a trademark of Sharlot’s. She didn’t receive a lot of schooling as a young lady, only about four years of formal education, but she quickly learned that young ladies of the day were mostly groomed on how to be a good wife. Sharlot dreamed of being a writer instead. According to Margaret Maxwell, Sharlot’s biographer, she sold her first article as a sixteen year-old while attending Prescott high school, for $2. Sharlot had over five hundred published works and ten books published throughout her life. Two of her most famous books are Cactus and Pine and Poems of a Ranch Woman. She was a prolific writer. As a teenage girl, Sharlot told her mother, while strolling the streets of Prescott, “One day I shall live in that fine mansion.” She was referring to the old Governor’s mansion on Gurley Street, home of the first territorial governor, built in 1864. Sharlot either had extra sensory perception or one heck of a positive, goal orientated attitude, because in 1927, she did move into that very mansion. She lived there the rest of her life and from that day on, she dedicated herself to preserving the history of the territory in the form of a museum; a museum, which to this day bears her name. Sharlot was completely enthralled with history. Sharlot had spent most of her life colcontinued on page 53



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lecting artifacts, studying and preserving history. Even during her younger life, she knew there was a need, as the old pioneers and their ways were giving way to modern society. President Abraham Lincoln founded the territory in 1863, but by 1900, as early settlers died off, their possessions were being lost, along with their stories. To save what she could, She began collecting Native American and pioneer material. Today the Sharlot Hall Museum covers 3.5 acres in downtown Prescott, Arizona and is one of the Westâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most complete collections of old west history. One thing impressing to me about Sharlot was her independence. Being raised in a time when women were largely thought of as incomplete without a husband, an era when basically the only â&#x20AC;&#x153;career womenâ&#x20AC;? were cooks, laundresses, and schoolteachers; and then only if they were single; Sharlot was a renegade. Sharlot never married, and once wrote this about the subject. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am a woman a full ten years beyond thirty. I am not married. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect to be married. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to be married. I am happier than any married woman I have ever known. My â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Emotional Lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is fuller in every direction than that of any wife of my acquaintance. Unless an unmarried woman is a hopeless lump of stupidity, she has a hundred times wider opportunity for an emotional life, full to overflowing, than it is possible for an ordinary married woman to have.â&#x20AC;? Needless to say, many of Sharlotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s acquaintances were men. She lived in, thrived in and conducted business in a manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s world. She was acquainted with most of the leading citizens of her day, including many historical figures whose names sprinkle history books. In response to a male friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s telegraph, enquiring about her welfare, being alone, Sharlot sent the following reply telegram: â&#x20AC;&#x153;But I do enjoy everything â&#x20AC;&#x201D; just the sunshine on the sand is beautiful enough to keep one giving thanks for eyes to see with. And all day long Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m glad, so glad, so glad that God let me be an out-door woman and love the big things. I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be a tame house cat woman and spend big sunny, glorious days giving card parties and planning dresses â&#x20AC;&#x201D; though I love pretty clothes and good dinners and friends â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and would love a home where only the true, kind, worth-while things had place. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not unwomanly â&#x20AC;&#x201D; donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you dare

to think so â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but God meant woman to joy in His great, clean, beautiful world â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and I thank Him that He lets me see some of it not through a windowpane. Your telegram came yesterday â&#x20AC;&#x201D; on from Phoenix. Every one of my happiest thoughts, all the days through, ends in a prayer for you â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and gratitude beyond words that I have you to call friend â&#x20AC;&#x201D; dear, dear, dear Great Comrade. Goodnight, Amigo, God keep you everywhere.â&#x20AC;? [signed] S. M. H. That does not mean, however, Sharlot did not keep the company of ladies. It has been reported that her best friend and closest confidant was Alice Hewins, who wrote a brief biography on Sharlot. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sharlot was particularly gifted to tell the

womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side of pioneer life. Her warm sympathies, her gift of expression and having lived most of her life under pioneer conditions particularly qualified her.â&#x20AC;? Aliceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s description seems to fit nicely. I believe, that in a way, Sharlot Hall paved the way for every lady who has come along since and been successful in a socalled â&#x20AC;&#x153;manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s world.â&#x20AC;? She was certainly one of the first to prove it could be done. n



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Later in the day Dodds got drunk and shot up the town and got into an altercation with a constable named Carter. He was arrested and plead guilty to disturbing the peace. He paid a fine and started for home with his load of corn. Lee and Carter overtook Dodds a mile from town and attempted to arrest him for assault on Carter. He drove them off with gunfire, but decided to return to Springer on his own. The first thing he did was send a wire to Dick Rogers in Raton. Jesse Lee then arrested him. Dick Rogers hurried to Springer, rounding up John Curry (George’s younger brother), Red River Tom Whealington and Bob Lee (no relation to Jesse) at the Cow Creek ranch, along the way. Jesse Lee received word that Rogers meant to “deliver” Dodds from custody, and he and other deputies forted up in the courthouse. A deputy U. S. Marshal named Jack Williams thought he might help avoid violence by negotiating with Jesse Lee. Williams and Dick Rogers approached the courthouse. Lee and deputies Kimberly and Hixenbaugh immediately opened fire, killing Rogers instantly. Red River Tom rode up on his horse in an effort to get to Rogers, and Jesse Lee killed him, too. John Curry rushed forward, rifle in hand, and Lee shot him down. He died the next morning. Gunfire aimed at the courthouse became general, but no one inside was injured. The army had to be called into Springer before order could be restored, and this incident marked the highpoint of violence in the Maxwell Grant troubles. Dick Rogers was 28 years old at the time of his death. He probably was a native of Texas. One source claims that he participated in the Lincoln County War five or six years earlier, but highly regarded sources on that event make no mention of him. Neither do many other sources, but then, he wasn’t around long. Gunfighting was a dangerous business. ENDNOTES: ¹ The Maxwell Land Grant in northeastern New Mexico, at its peak, covered 1,714,764 acres, or 2,679 square miles. The State of Rhode Island, by comparison, covers 1,545 square miles. ² Jim was the younger brother of Bat and Ed Masterson. One source says he was Colfax County Undersheriff at the time of these events. Many sources skip this entire incident, preferring to show Jim in the goodguy mode. He died at age 40 of “quick consumption.” ³ Curry served as territorial governor (1907-1910) and became New Mexico’s first congressman after statehood in 1912.


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published the results of another study in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggesting an inverse correlation between sodium consumption and heartdisease deaths. One of the main driving forces behind the anti-salt crusade is a 1970s study that showed a high salt diet caused high blood pressure in rats. This study, however, made the common fallacy of mistaking correlation for causation and failed to control or account for myriad additional variables. In reality, each personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s individual risk of heart disease is based on many factors, including lifestyle, genetics and access to health care. Diet, including sodium consumption, is only one of many factors. It is foolhardy for politicians to lump all individual cases together and make prescriptions for society at large that will limit individual choice and raise our cost of living. The European Project on Genes agrees, noting their conclusions â&#x20AC;&#x153;do not support the current recommendations of a generalized and indiscriminate reduction of salt intake at the population level.â&#x20AC;? Source: Luke Pelican and Jacqueline Otto, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Put a Stop to the War on Salt,â&#x20AC;? Fox News, Aug. 15, 2011 SEPTEMBER 2011




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Greens, Government Target Mainers by RON ARNOLD | WASHINGTON EXAMINER ast year, more than 600,000 nature lovers held memberships in the National Parks Conservation Association (2010 revenue, $43.2 million), with its noble slogan, “protecting our national parks for future generations.” The group is lobbying for 130 more parks immediately, and its website extols magnificent parks and historic sites that “embody the American spirit” and deplores “the many dangers that threaten to destroy them forever.” But the National Park Service, which actually administers the places NPCA touts, is a ruthless, insatiable land-grabbing bureaucracy that has brutally dispossessed thousands of homeowners nationwide, ruining lives to expand its empire with cold-blooded efficiency. Everybody loves “America’s best idea,” as PBS filmmaker Ken Burns calls our national parks — from Acacia to Yosemite, and from Yellowstone to the Everglades. But even PBS couldn’t stomach the National Park Service’s atrocity in Ohio’s rural Cuyahoga Valley. In the 1970s, they came with sweet promises that the government would take only a modest recreation area. At first, that meant the loss of 30 homes. Then 200, then 600, and finally an undisclosed master plan to depopulate a 51-square-mile swath of the valley’s farms and towns and homes. In 1983, PBS Frontline with Jessica Savitch ran an expose titled, “For the Good of All,” tracing the Cuyahogans’ hopeless struggle to keep their homes and heritage. Many viewers never forgave the parks service, but the National Parks Conservation Association cheered it on. Today, the association glorifies Cuyahoga Valley National Park — trails for the hike and bike bunch and sanitized artisan farmers who pretend to be like those who once actually lived there. Recently, the National Park Service took its Cuyahoga-like show to Millinocket, Maine’s high school auditorium, where


park service Director Jon Jarvis and his boss, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, tried to sweet-talk 300 locals into a proposed 70,000-acre North Woods National Park that NPCA wants to create. Roxanne Quimby, multimillionaire founder of Burt’s Bees products, proposed giving part of her local landholdings to the United States for a national park. The state legislature, the governor and both of Maine’s U.S. senators had already rejected the idea because it would certainly expand and consume the heart of Maine’s timberlands. Mainers also recalled that Destry Jarvis, Jon’s brother, had been a high-ranking NPCA official who created a monstrous eight-volume, Rockefeller-funded, national park expansion plan in 1988. Destry’s wish list included five huge national parks in Maine. Salazar denied accusations that it would expand, promising that Mainers would control the park’s size. Maine’s federal del-

The group is lobbying for 130 more parks immediately. egation and legislators would not allow it to be otherwise, he said. “We,” he reminded the audience, “are a nation of laws.” State Sen. Doug Thomas, who represents the area, suspected that the NPCA and Quimby were actually behind this visit, and asked Salazar who invited him to Maine. “I invited myself,” Salazar said. “Nobody invited me.” If all this makes the National Parks Conservation Association sound like a private lobbyist for the National Park Service, that’s because it is. And that’s what it was meant to be. It was created in 1919 as the National Parks Association by Stephen Mather, borax millionaire and first director of the National Park Service. Mather the bureaucrat was impatient with rules. And so Mather the industrialist circumvented them by founding NPCA’s predecessor organization, for the explicit purpose of promoting the National Park Service in ways the agency could

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not do legally. With Salazar appearing “uninvited” in places that interest the National Parks Conservation Association, it’s a good bet that somebody is dusting off Destry’s list and checking it for easy targets.

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AQHA Halter Rules Modifications Effective August 2011 Changes address class procedure, lip chains and horse manners

THE AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE JOURNAL merican Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) exhibitors are reminded that several halter class rule modifications passed by the Show Committee at the 2011 AQHA Convention and approved by the AQHA Executive Committee were effective August 1. “These modifications were made after long discussions and several years’ review by the Show Committee,” says Charlie Hemphill, AQHA senior director of shows and new events. “The changes were made effective as of that date to allow them to be in place for the 2011 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show.” The pertinent halter class modifications include: n Lip Chains Modifications to Rule 448(d) include the definition of “allowed” lip chains in size, dimension, length and type, along with an explanation of the correct placement of the lip chain in a horse’s mouth. The rule also stipulates that stallions one year of age and older may be shown with an allowed lip chain in open and amateur divisions; mares and geldings that are one year of age and older may be shown with an allowed lip chain in amateur and youth divisions.


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Thompson Ranch: 12 Miles East of Santa Rosa, NM 3685+/- deeded acres, four wells, pipeline with drinker tubs throughout the ranch, two sets of pens, one with scale house, there are metal boxcars at each set of pens. The turf on this place is good â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not over grazed. 1998 Palm Harbor manufactured home, three bedrooms, two baths. New 10,000 gallon water storage tank. The antelope hunting on this place looks to be good. Nice Ranch. Price: $1,250,000 Mesita del Gato Ranch: 7587+/- acres $2,086,500 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; SOLD Canon Bonita Ranch : 5302+/- acres $1,458,050 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; SOLD RICHARD RANDALS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; QUALIFYING BROKER â&#x20AC;˘ TOM SIDWELL â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ASSOCIATE BROKER O: 575/461-4426 â&#x20AC;˘ C: 575/403-7138 â&#x20AC;˘ F: 575/461-8422 â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ 615 West Rt. 66, Tucumcari, NM 88401


Kern Land, Inc. ROY, NEW MEXICO â&#x20AC;&#x201C; THE SOLANO RANCH is 3,726.45 deeded acres located in strong grama grass country, on State Highway 39 approximately 10 miles south of Roy. The ranch has been home for around 80 cows for many years but would work well for 200 to 250 yearlings most summers. Livestock water is supplied from 4 shallow windmills well placed throughout the ranch. The Solano Ranch has 293 acres under CRP contract, paying $5,134 annually through September 30, 2012. The ranch is very well priced on the market at $295 per acre. The ranch will be available for your cows or yearlings upon closing. 1304 Pile St., Clovis, NM



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The rule states that the following horses may not be shown with an allowed lip chain: weanlings, any horse shown in a performance halter class, and any horse shown in a versatility ranch horse conformation class. n Conduct and Manners Rule 448(d) also includes this phrase: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Applying excessive pressure on or excessive jerking of a halter lead shank or an allowed lip chain is prohibited.â&#x20AC;? In addition, the following phrase was added to the list of prohibited conduct in Rule 441(c): â&#x20AC;&#x153;excessive pressure on or excessive jerking of a halter lead shank or an allowed lip chain (see Rule 448(d)).â&#x20AC;? Modifications to Rule 448(e) include a description of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;well-mannered horse,â&#x20AC;? as being under the exhibitorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s control while tracking and standing, and that stands still and flat-footed. The new modifications also include a description of â&#x20AC;&#x153;disruptive behaviorâ&#x20AC;? in a horse that should be cause for disqualification by the judge. â&#x20AC;&#x153;AQHA rules are designed to encourage owners to enjoy their horses in a variety of arenas, while also ensuring that horses are treated humanely and with respect,â&#x20AC;? says Tom Persechino, AQHA executive director of competition and breed integrity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Any rule change the Show Committee ultimately recommends goes through a stringent review process with those goals in mind.â&#x20AC;? To find the complete language for the above rule modifications, exhibitors can go to That Web n address is case sensitive.


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Trapping; Today’s Market Hunting by TOM MCDOWELL LEGISLATIVE LIAISON, NEW MEXICO TRAPPERS ASSOCIATION Recently, I was asked to provide arguments to counter the claims “contending that trapping and selling fur is like the market hunting of old”. As I finished drafting my response it dawned on me that others might find my overview of interest and value. With this in mind, I offer my thoughts on market hunting, trapping today and the animal rights movement. To your question, market hunting and trapping have one thing in common; wildlife is / was harvested for financial gain. This is where any similarity ends. Market hunting was unregulated, unrestricted and unsustainable. The outcome of market hunting birthed the departments of game and fish across the nation and the Fish and Wildlife Service in Washington. Wildlife Management, as a profession, too, can find its roots in the aftermath of the market hunter. Trapping, hunting and fishing are all now highly regulated and are practiced in a very sustainable way. Conservation, despite the global misuse of the word by the press and preservation groups, deals with the wise use of our natural resources not their nonuse. Outdoorsman have supported wildlife management / conservation with their dollars and time for over a century. They have embraced license fees, habitat stamps and excise taxes for the purposes of maintaining the overall health of our wildlife and ecosystems for all people. The message from the other side is one of complete sophistry, plain and simple. It is based purely on a belief (thou shall not kill) not science and not reality. Because of this our arguments will never alter the zealots’ opinions any more than the Pope could change the mindset of a devout atheist. Short, simple scientific / constitutional arguments will win the day with the nontrapping non-animal rightist public, because these reasons can be supported with facts and data, ergo these arguments are righteous. Trappers and agency managers / overseers should make no excuses for killing animals for the sale of the pelts, glands, skulls, other “parts” and in some areas, as meat for human consumption. Our wildlife is an annually renewable resource. As such, non-harvest of nature’s built in surpluses would be simply wasteful and

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counterproductive to the overall management of the ecosystem and to the general health of the people. People are inherently repulsed with the concept of wanton waste. Likewise they greatly dislike killing animals to throw them into pits or bar ditches. Yet this would be and in some cases has been, the only alternative to managed harvest. Today the majority of European countries consider furbearers as pests. In Holland, for example, muskrats are killed by any manner or method and left to rot; unutilized, they are wasted. Proudly, this is not the way of America’s trappers and wildlife managers. Globally, society has rejected the notion of barbarism and cruelty relative to trapping; in spite of forty years of one sided reporting and continuous spiteful attacks, fur sales are at all time highs. The utopia of prey staying in “their place” and predators only killing the old, weak and excess numbers is as untruthful as the manicure of bone crushing traps. Man is here and in ever increasing numbers. We have altered the earth and these

Globally society has rejected the notion of barbarism and cruelty relative to trapping. changes will continue; it is our role in the greater scheme of things. In order to sustain our ecosystems we must use our knowledge and tools to balance the effects of our existence with our surroundings and wildlife. In North America, this task was laid at the feet of the outdoorsman. We have willingly shouldered the responsibility for generations. Look where we are today. Wildlife and wild places abound. Species have been restored to their historic range. The river otter and wolves were all caught with foothold traps for relocation. Hunters, trappers and fisherman started this movement and nurtured it to is current level; I’m proud to say I had a hand in building our heritage, as I am certain are you. On the other side, “come lately” groups use their lies to raise money and sympathy from the unsuspecting public and spend these dollars on high salaries continued on page 73




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Trapping continued from page 70

for themselves, not on the wildlife or the ecosystem for all. Reasonable folks care that others are being ethical and are transparent. Trappers, by nature, hide things and their actions; they are secretive. They are so out of the necessity to accomplish the goal of catching the animals they seek and to keep captured animals hidden and calm. Secondarily, we hide our equipment and catches to avoid theft and vandalism. It is precisely because of these learned behaviors that trappers have done a poor job of educating the public and in some cases other trappers. In recent years, however, trappers have taken on the task of showing that we are ethical; we do concern ourselves with the welfare of our catches. State and national trapping associations in concert with various governmental agencies and the fur industry have undertaken trap testing and numerous public relation projects. The Best Management Practice (BMPs) and the “Destroying the Myth” productions are good examples of this commitment. Locally, trappers are manning booths at public events in ever increasing numbers to pass on and promote our trapping heritage. We are ethical and we are working on becoming completely transparent. Through our efforts we have shown, following strict scientific protocols, that our equipment and methods simply do not physically harm the animals we capture and in so doing have shown the animal rightists to be the liars that they clearly are. Unfortunately, as with all human endeavors, there are some who for whatever reason, are flawed in thought and practice. These few proverbial “rotten apples” get all the media focus and therefore must be dealt with effectively; we remain vigilant in this regard. The church of the Animal Rightist has been selling the public their message of cruel and barbaric trapping and more generally their “thou shall not kill anything” theme for nearly fifty years. These labels are arbitrary and not supported by fact. Their message is religious in nature, in that it is a belief. It is not based in any way, shape or form on science, knowledge or reality. Rather, inherent in their message is man’s superiority over nature and obviously he can lift himself above the bonds of biology and reality. All life on earth is sustained from the energy of the sun which drives the life processes of all plants. This captured / transformed solar energy

(whether it be food stuffs, fiber or fossil fuel) is consumed in cyclical fashion by all the animals and other non-photosynthetic life forms on the planet, including man. Man being capable of cognitive thought and reason can and should conduct himself in a manner which mitigates the detriments of his existence. But he cannot and should not think that he is all powerful and therefore able to separate himself from the web of life; that thought process is unquestionably and terminally flawed. Consumptive use is the basis of life on earth and wise use is the meaning of con-

The church of the Animal Rightist has been selling the public their message of cruel and barbaric trapping servation. Outdoorsman, and those that work the land are the true conservationist. We fully understand that to ensure life as we know it, we must use our resources in a sustainable renewable way. We put our money, time, effort, energy and lives where our mouths are; talk is cheap, we know this and that is why we act. Trapping is an integral portion of the overall management plan for our wildlife. Trapping and for that matter hunting are

not sports. Trapping is a way of life. Today few make their entire livelihood from trapping, many make a portion of their annual income harvesting furbearers for pelts or depredation control while most trappers are best classified as hobbyist. Regardless, trapping is an important activity for the participants, landowners, wildlife agencies, wildlife and, in fact, the public in general. Outdoorsman, farmers and ranchers are people that chose to embrace life for what it is and participate in it fully. We understand the cycles of nature and we accept their consequences. We are not cruel or barbaric because we kill, we simply are fully engaged with life. Should we always seek to better our actions and relationships with other life? Of course we should and we have and we do. In the end, however, death is inevitable. Death is the beginning of all new life. We cannot n change this and we should not try.”


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ended Part I in 1971 at the Armendaris ranch, which was originally a Spanish Land Grant given to Pedro Armendaris in 1819. We had gathered the south half of the Cedar Lake pasture and had dinner at 2:00 p.m. At 5:00 p.m., we hung morals on all the saddle horses. Feeding with morals was interesting to me as it was the first outfit I had been where they fed ‘em like that. It takes a lot of troughs to grain fifty or more horses, and the way they fight, it made sense to me to use a moral. Each horse got the grain he needed then we gathered all the morals and hung them in the feed barn. We turned them in the horse trap and a couple of men had already roped out their wrangling horses to gather the remuda the next morning. Something else I learned from feeding with a moral was that none of those horses were silly about their ears and they were easy to bridle. Over the years when I have had a young horse to break that did not like being touched around the ears I would grain him with a moral and pretty soon he was not a problem. The next day we jigged out before daylight and gathered the north half of Cedar Lake and threw the roundup together at Deep Well Camp. There the bosses cut the drys and we threw the roundup in a holding pasture, where they would gather and wean the calves in a couple days after they worked the herd gathered the day before at headquarters. When we got there the next Friday the crew was staying at the Casa Grande Camp, which was twenty miles north of headquarters at Engle. Ten miles north of headquarters was Deep Well Camp, where Dennis and Alice Cleaver lived. Dennis was raised at Alamogordo, and Alice up the hill at High Rolls. They worked for the T4, a big outfit west of Tucumcari, and other outfits before hiring on at the Armendaris. Alice’s folks, Les and Mary Fleming were cooking at the cookhouse , and also cooked at the camps when the crew was working other ranges. Den-




nis and Alice have been my close friends ever since. They now live at Ft. Sumner, where Dennis traded his hackamore and saddle for a Pistol and is the sheriff of De Baca County. We saddled our mounts at Casa Grande and struck a high trot single file through that lava country. The pasture they had been gathering was called the Malpais Pasture and was sixty-four sections. They had already made three drives, throwing everything into a holding pasture at Casa Grande. There were 1,200 yearling heifers when they started gathering that pasture. That morning we were still short two hundred or so. I’ll never forget that morning we left camp single file at a high trot. Spurs ajinglin’, the glow from a puncher’s smoke, a horse blowin’, and the sounds of ten ponies at a high trot with sparks from their shoes striking rock, were the sounds of going to the back side. What a blessing to be able to work a big range with a good crew! As we trotted along, those Arizona boys had jingle-bobs on their espuelas and it sure sounded good. I thought then, that there is no place I’d rather be on God’s range than right here with these punchers on a crisp fall morning on the Armendaris! The drive came together around eleven at the holding pasture between Casa Grande and Lava Station on the railroad. The cattle were trotty and we felt good when we held ‘em as Arizona Ed eased down the fence and opened the gate without stirring them up. With some easy handling, one of the leaders went through the gate and the rest followed. Bobby was in the right place as a boss should be and got a good count on ‘em. The cooks, Mr. and Mrs. Fleming, had a great dinner ready when we unsaddled at camp. I know most of you can relate as to how good beef-steak, taters, biscuits, gravy and coffee are after a ten or fifteen mile high-trot through a big range . . . especially when breakfast was eight hours ago. As we all rolled a smoke after that meal, and had another cup of java, Bobby was

thumbing through his day-book and said we were short fifteen. Allowing for a lightening strike and natural losses, there should be a few more. From his pow-wow with the crew about the last few days working that pasture, they figured the last of the wild bunch were around Hackberry or Middle Well. It was a hard drive that morning, so Bobby roped out fresh mounts for us to make another circle for those outlaw heifers. By then I had got acquainted well with all the Armendaris punchers on that fall works and was glad when he told Joe and I to go with Dennis to cut for sign in a corner of that wild Malpais Pasture. Dennis knew this range really well as he had put out lots of horse tracks gatherin’ and prowlin’. Dennis hit a buggy-trot for a couple of miles and no-one talked as those heifers would have pulled out if they smelled or heard us. Dennis eased up a ridge and just before we got to the top, we stepped off and crawled to the top. He rolled a smoke and pulled a pair of binoculars from a pouch on his saddle made from a boot-top. Dennis saw two . . . no five of those heifers close to Hackberry Well! So we re-set our saddles and followed him on a trail through the lava so we would come out close to them. We came in on ‘em just right and started them the right way. Dennis took the lead and we had them going down a fence. They had gotten away before and were plenty snaky. Soon we were out of the rock and crossing some flats, so it would be a good place to rope ‘em if needs be. We were getting close to the gate to the holding pasture when one threw a figurenine in her tail and came out between me and Joe. Dennis hollered “Catch her,” and Joe rolled a loop on her. They all broke out and in short order we had all five sidelined. We stepped off, loosened up the cinches and let our mounts rest. As Dennis rolled a smoke he had a grin on his face and said, “I continued on page 75

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hate we had to rope ‘em, but I sure enjoyed it.” We led each one, or I should say “drug” them through the gate. As we turned the last one loose they weren’t near as full of “snort” as they were before. I bet they all made good mother cows and had plenty of respect for a fella a-horseback. As the crew worked north they gathered that range around Fort Craig, which was on the ranch. The adobe walls of this old fort were witness to the battle between Henry H. Sibley’s Confederates and the Union troops stationed there under Edward R.S. Canby. As I rode past those ruins one November morning, I tried to picture the scenes of the battle. As most of you folks know the Confederates whipped them all the way up the Rio Grande. At Glorieta Pass they did not guard their supply train as they should have. The Feds burned the supply train at Pigeon’s Ranch and left a lot of Confederate soldiers without supplies. The Confederates were turned back at Glorieta Pass. We also camped at Cienaga Camp up on the north end. It is located in a pretty spot at the foot of the Magdalena Mountains. One fall morning as we high-trotted out of

that camp, it was just getting daylight. I remember we had kept that pace for a good ways. Bobby was in the lead, pulled up and stepped off to re-set his saddle before he scattered the drive. He pointed up the canyon towards a house and corrals, just becoming visible in that first light. He said that’s the Ball Ranch, the folks that got wealthy making those canning jars. My Mom, Ruby Faye, used hundreds of them canning great green beans and other vegetables from my folk’s garden. It was a great fall working for the Jornado and Armendaris outfits. I even man-

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He was an artist and brilliant storyteller, and had a passion for history. William “Bill” Kimble, 90, Douglas, Arizona, passed away on August 3, 2011. He was born on January 6, 1921 in Bixby, Oklahoma, the son of Floyd C. Kimble and Retha Vide Stiltz Kimble. The Kimble family moved to Douglas, AZ in 1926. Bill’s grandfather Charles Chester “C.C.” Kimble invested in the ranching business. Bill graduated from Douglas High and attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell then transferred to Stanford University. In 1941, he enlisted in the US Army for ‘the duration of the War’ after Pearl Harbor. He was assigned to the Port of Spain. He married Genevieve Louise Ford in 1945. In 1946, they returned to Douglas, where Bill and his father formed the Kimble Cattle Company and ran several ranches, including the original property near Chiricahua, over the next 30 years. Bill was member of St. Luke’s Catholic Church, B.P.O.E., Sheriff’s association, Apache School Board, Whitewater Draw NRCD, American Legion, and NRA. He worked to bring electricity to the San Simon Valley. He was a strong advocate of Cochise College. He is survived by his widow Louise and seven children: Melinda Kimble (husband, James Phippard), Washington, DC; Bill Kimble Jr. (wife, Michele), Apache; Sue Krentz (widow of Rob) Apache: Melissa Strahl (husband, Stuart), Clarendon Hills, Il; Marguerite (Lily) Percell (husband, Mark), Phoenix; Jon Kimble (wife, Laura Cullen), Fresno; and Steve Kimble (wife, Josie), San Diego; In addition there are 13 grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Colten Dan Gunn, Fort Sumner, died Friday, August 12, 2011, in an accident. Colten was born August 21, 1996 to Clifford and Beverly Ann (Bell) Gunn. He was a sophomore at Fort Sumner High School where he participated in football, basketball and track. He participated in FFA and 4-H where he Judged Livestock and showed pigs. He had just shown the Grand Champion Pig at the DeBaca County Fair. Colten worked with his family on the farm in the Fort Sumner Valley. Colten is survived by his parents; two sisters Katelyn and McKayla; paternal grandparents G.A. and Naomi Gunn, Fort Sumner; his maternal grandparents Mack and Betty Ann Bell, Corona; his paternal greatgrandmother Zelma Gammill, Fort Sum-

ner. Aunts, uncles, cousins and numerous other relatives, friends and schoolmates. Tommie Charlene Long Bruhn, 75, Logan, passed away in Amarillo on August 18, 2011, following an extended illness. She was born August 24, 1935, in Tucumcari. She was a member of the Logan United Methodist Church. She worked along side her husband, August Bruhn, in all of their endeavors and was very active in the operation of the Bruhn Hardware. Surviving her is her husband, August; two daughters, Ellen Yvonne Bone (husband, Dale), San Jon and Gayle Rivale (husband, Raymond) Des Moines; two sons, August W. (Bill) Bruhn III (wife, Rachel) and Thomas (Tommy) Bruhn (wife, Johnna) all of Logan; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; her mother, Lillian Ida Long, Albuquerque; sister, Dorothy Scribner, Tucumcari and brother, Dale Long, Albuquerque. W.G. (Bill) Patton, 81, Roswell, passed away on June 16, 2011. A long-time rancher and farmer in the Ranchvale Community, Bill was born on April 6, 2011 and was the youngest of three siblings born to Burch R. and Annie L. Gordon Patton. After attending the Ranchvale school system, he joined the Army and was stationed

in England during World War II. Upon returning he attended Eastern New Mexico University where he met his bride of 55 years, Mrs. Bill. He was active in the Soil Conservation Service, serving as Curry County chairman many times. Bill is survived by two sons, Gordon (wife, Betty), Roswell; Steve, Melrose, and four grandn children. 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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n The introduction of diseased cattle or healthy cattle incubating or carrying a disease; n Introduction of healthy cattle who have recovered from disease but are now carriers; n Vehicles, equipment, clothing and shoes of visitors or employees who move between herds; n Contact with inanimate objects that are contaminated with disease organisms; n Carcasses of dead cattle that have not been disposed of properly; n Feedstuffs, especially high risk feedstuff which could be contaminated with feces, n Impure or contaminated water (surface drainage water, etc.); n Manure handling and manure and dust in the air n Other animals (horses, dogs, cats, wildlife, rodents, birds and insects).

Develop a Biosecurity Resource Group

It’s very useful for a producer to develop a “management team” that he routinely accesses to manage the operation. In the same way, development of a good biosecurity program can be implemented by first

General Good Management Practice (GMP) Checklist

Rank importance of each GMPs in biosecurity and note if being addressed ____ Meet all of the Beef Quality Assurance Good Management Practices and Guidelines. ____ Understand it is more profitable to prevent problems than to correct problems. ____ Agree that doing things right the first time is a critical part of biosecurity. ____ Biosecurity requires some method of cattle identification. An identification system in place. ____ Can readily track and validate management practices used on my cattle.

developing a Biosecurity Resource Group or Team. This group would include many of the same people you utilize on your management team and could include operation managers and supervisors, veterinarian, nutritionist, extension specialist, suppliers and others who may have special knowledge in control of biologic organisms. In most cases beef operations have typically been open to vehicle traffic and visitors. Of all the possible breakdowns in biosecurity, the introduction of new cattle and traffic pose the greatest risks to cattle health. Properly managing these two factors should be a top priority in your operation. Biosecurity plans should be developed to meet the specific needs of each operation. Biosecurity has three major components which include isolation, traffic control, and sanitation. When effectively managed these components meet the primary biosecurity objective of preventing or minimizing cross-contamination of body fluids (feces, urine, saliva, respiratory secretions, etc.) between animals, animals to feed and animals to equipment. Isolation prevents contact between animals within a controlled environment. The most important step in disease control is to minimize commingling and movement of cattle. This includes all new purchases as well as co-mingling between established groups of cattle. Even in operations that have high cattle turnover, such as feedlots, keeping feeding groups from mixing is an important biosecurity measure. Isolate feedlot hospital cattle and return them to their home pen as soon as possible. Long-acting treatments have

Biosecurity has three major components which include isolation, traffic control & sanitation. improved our ability to minimize movement of infectious organisms between groups. An important biosecurity action on ranches is to separate cattle by age and/or production groups. Facilities should be cleaned and disinfected appropriately between groups. Your veterinarian can provide guidance on specific isolation management procedures and how they can be applied to control specific diseases. Traffic control includes traffic onto continued on page 83



Few Options for Owners of Unwanted Horses MYLES CULBERTSON, DIRECTOR, NEW MEXICO LIVESTOCK BOARD nwanted, abandoned, and neglected horses are a growing problem in New Mexico and across the country, putting a burden on agencies like the New Mexico Livestock Board (NMLB) and others responsible for animal welfare. Horse owners under financial duress are faced with few if any good options when — with the pressure of a bad economy, high costs of feed and maintenance, value lower than marketing costs, high cost of euthanasia & disposal — they must find a way out from under the responsibilities of ownership. The problem began in 2007, when United States Department of Agriculture withdrew inspection from all horse slaughter plants in the country, ultimately forcing their closure. This action was the result of active and relentless pressure from a number of animal rights organizations, including the Humane Society of the United States, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and others. It is estimated that, each year, well over 100,000 horses in the United States become unwanted, no longer useful. If no means of disposal is available, this becomes a compounding number. Since 2007, by this estimate, the number of horses rendered unwanted and in need of disposal throughout the United States will soon exceed half a million. At least partially absorbing this surplus, processing facilities in Mexico and Canada have increased their capacity; nevertheless, over the same period of time occurrences of abandoned, neglected, and starving horses, as well as excessive populations of horses placing extreme ecological stress on public and tribal lands have steadily increased. In the same period of time, the value at auction for surplus horses has


fallen from several hundred dollars to virtually nothing. The economic downturn adds to the dilemma. If resources are dwindling for an individual or family that owns one or two horses, it isn’t long before difficult choices must be made about their horses. Auction costs exceed the proceeds; euthanasia and disposal costs several hundred dollars; and horse shelters are at capacity. In many cases, it comes down to under-nourishing the horse while hoping for the best and risking being charged with animal cruelty; or, slipping out in the night and abandoning the horse on public land. Besides the quandary facing many small horse owners, numbers of abandoned and feral horses continue to grow on various tracts of public land, their ultimate demise possibly accelerated by the degradation of forage and an ongoing drought. Cessation of horse slaughter in the United States has brought significant suffering to thousands of unwanted horses, and significant problems to be addressed by agencies of government and legitimate animal welfare organizations, including strains on resources and budget. In addition, surplus horses are now subjected to more handling, longer hauling distances, limited regulatory oversight in transit, and no regulatory oversight in the processing facilities. The foregoing might actually be considered the best-case scenario if the full HSUS agenda, which includes preventing the slaughter of U.S. horses in Canada and Mexico, is achieved. This would flush well

in excess of 100,000 horses each year, but not into the marketplace, because there will be no market. Huge numbers of unwanted horses would be starved, abandoned, or otherwise thrust upon society for disposition, with no viable or practical options. The financial and operational burden on animal welfare organizations and state government agencies would be extreme. New Mexico has a very long, rich, and proud agricultural and livestock history. Stewardship is not new or unfamiliar in our culture and the NMLB, an organization created in 1887 for protection of livestock in New Mexico, helps assure that stewardship. In our business — the livestock business — love of animals is ingrained, and is a moral imperative as well as an economic necessity. Those who do not treat their livestock with that necessary regard and care are the rare exception, and usually fail in their enterprise. The opposite of love is not hatred; it is indifference. Animal rights organizations saw political and financial opportunity in their campaign to end horse slaughter in the United States. They used imagery and emotion to divert facts and truth, manipulating the compassion of many good, generous Americans. Once they achieved their objective, they turned their collective back with indifference to the tragic outcome of their agenda, sentencing thousands of horses to fates worse than what would have awaited them in a humane, regulated processing facility and leaving the NMLB, among other agencies, the burden of dealn ing with the consequences.

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your operation and traffic patterns within your operation. It is important to understand traffic includes more than vehicles. All animals and people must be considered. Animals other than cattle include dogs, cats, horses, wildlife, rodents and birds. The degree of control will be dictated by the biology and ecology of the infectious organism being addressed, and the control must be equally applied. Stopping a truck hauling cattle from driving onto your operation as a biosecurity measure for controlling BVD may not be particularly useful since the virus is spread from animal to animal. Buying cattle from herds that have a verifiable quality vaccination program would be more important in maximizing biosecurity. However, it would be important for the truck to have been adequately cleaned before hauling the cattle. Traffic control can be built into the facilities design. An example would be placing cattle loading facilities on the perimeter of the operation. Traffic control within the operation should be designed to stop or minimize contamination of cattle, feed, feed handling equipment and equipment used on cattle. Pit silos should not be accessible from non-feed handling equipment such as loaders used outside the feeding area or vehicles that travel outside the feed mixing and handling facility. No one (manager, nutritionist, veterinarian, banker, etc.) should be allowed to drive onto the surface of a trench silo. The only equipment allowed should be the loader used for handling the feedstuff. In large pits, it may be acceptable to allow feed trucks to enter, provided they are loaded at least 100 feet away from the working face of the stored feed. If possible, separate equipment should be used for handling feedstuffs and manure. Sanitation addresses the disinfection of materials, people and equipment entering the operation and the cleanliness of the people and equipment on the operation. The main objective of sanitation is to prevent fecal contaminates from entering the oral cavity of cattle. Equipment used which may contact cattle's oral cavity or cattle feed should be a special target. The first step in sanitation is to remove organic matter, especially feces. Blood, saliva, and urine from sick or dead cattle should also be targeted. All equipment that handles feed or is introduced into the mouth of cattle should be cleaned, including disinfection as appropriate, before use. Loaders used for manure or dead cattle handling

must be cleaned thoroughly before using for feedstuff. It would be best to use different equipment. Minimize the use of oral equipment and instruments such as balling guns, drench equipment and tubes. If used at processing and treatment, thoroughly clean and disinfect between animals. Store cleaned equipment in clean, dry areas. Avoid storage in tanks or containers containing disinfectants

Traffic control within the operation should be designed to stop or minimize contamination of cattle, feed, feed handling equipment and equipment used on cattle. because most disinfectants are neutralized by organic material. Disease transmission is commonly traced to the use of those storage tanks.

Good Management Practices for Controlling Infectious Diseases

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he United Nations predicts that there will be 1 billion to 3 billion more people to feed by midcentury. Yet even as the Obama Administration says it wants to stimulate innovation by eliminating unnecessary regulations, the Environmental Protection Agency wants to require even more data on genetically modified crops, says Nina V. Fedoroff, a professor of biology at Pennsylvania State University The process for approving these crops has become so costly and burdensome that it is choking off innovation. Civilization depends on our expanding ability to produce food efficiently, which has markedly accelerated thanks to science and technology. The use of chemicals for fertilization and for pest and disease control, the induction of beneficial mutations in plants with chemicals or radiation to improve yields, and the mechanization of agriculture have all increased the amount of food that can be grown on each acre of land by as much as 10 times in the last 100 years. These extraordinary increases must be doubled by 2050 if we are to continue to feed an expanding population. As people around the world become more affluent, they are demanding diets richer in animal protein, which will require ever more robust feed crop yields to sustain. New molecular methods that add or modify genes can protect plants from diseases and pests and improve crops in ways that are both more environmentally benign and beyond the capability of older methods. This is because the gene modifications are crafted based on knowledge of what genes do, in contrast to the shotgun approach of traditional breeding or using chemicals or radiation to induce mutations. Myths about the dire effects of genetically modified foods on health and the environment abound, but they have not held up to scientific scrutiny. These crop modification methods are not dangerous. It is time to relieve the regulatory burden slowing down the development of genetically modified crops, says Fedoroff.


Source: Nina V. Fedoroff, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Engineering Food for All,â&#x20AC;? New York Times, August 18, 2011

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