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FEATURES by Callie Gnatkowski-Gibson


The Charolais Edge


Environmental Sustainability of Beef Production Has Improved

John Maday, Drovers Journal


What Women Want


Billy McGibbon


Extreme Caution Urged in Hiring Practices


NMSU Spring / Summer Graduates

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by Christina Pheley


Nature or Nurture?


No Female Rule


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Cowboys For Cancer Research

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N.M. Cattle Growers’ Association President’s Letter


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My Cowboy Heroes




In Memoriam


To The Point


N.M. CowBelles Jingle Jangle


N.M. Federal Lands Council News


N.M. Beef Council Bullhorn



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S W E R S' A S

b y Bert Ancell


Change is a Challenge to the Courageous, An opportunity to the Alert, And a threat to the Insecure.

Howdy Folks,


few years ago, Rusty Tinnin came back from a National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) meeting with some literature that included the above phrase. It did not have the person’s name who coined the phrase, so I guess ole Anonymous did it again. We were going into the second or third year of little to no rain, running out of grass and water, watching the calf market tank, and just overall having a tough time. This phrase offered a rallying call for everyone on the ranch to put our heads together and try to come up with ways to survive the hardships we were facing. All of us in this business have the same or similar stories, and we are still out there taking care of God’s creations. We are watching a world in crisis today. We are being bombarded with rules and regulations. Anti agricultural groups, uninformed citizens, and politicians who have forgotten who they represent are destroying the fabric of this country as we know it. Our borders are a war zone, our economy is as fragile as an egg from a caged hen, but we can still wake to a sunrise with hope and expectation. We just have to be courageous and alert. We have to believe the best days are ahead. We have to become more involved to cause change that is productive to the health of our state and country. We have now met with most of the candidates that are running for state offices. All are speaking of change, because change is needed. So many politicians have jumped on the green bandwagon that they may be hurting us more than helping. If too many restrictions are placed on agriculture, oil, and gas the vast majority of New Mexicans outside of the Albuquerque-Santa Fe corridor will be affected in a negative way. I am not against environmental protection, clean air, or endangered species, but I believe in common sense. I believe this state and nation can, without too much governmental interference, come up with new technology to use the natural resources so readily available without harm to our world, and also protect the economy of rural New Mexico. This phrase is also affecting me personally. By the time you read this letter, the Bell Ranch will have new owners. After 40 years, the Lane family has handed the reins of this grand old lady of a ranch to the Silver Spur Land and Cattle Company, headquartered in Encampment, Wyoming. I was just a teenager when William Lane bought the Bell’s. Change wasn’t much of a challenge back then. Being young and full of vinegar, we didn’t worry about it at all. Sitting on leather and letting our feet hang down was about all we cared about (roping might of crossed our minds also). Through the years, change came subtly. Herd health, feeding, breeding, beef quality, marketing, and cattle handling have impacted ranching tremendously in the last 40 years. Through all this change, the Bells has carried on the history and tradition of ranching in New Mexico. I truly think, with this new ownership, we will see change, but the tradition and history will continue. I am looking forward to the challenge of this change and will be alert for the opportunities it will bring. The State Fair is upon us. Let’s be sure to support the kids and the parents that take the time to be involved with their children. This is the time of year that agriculture is in the forefront of the state. Be sure and go by the CowBelle booth and help them tell the story of ranching today. I hope and pray that everyone has received enough moisture and grown enough grass to have a good fall and winter, your calves bring a premium at market, and the future is as bright as a three hundred watt bulb.

To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life — this is indeed a gift from God. – Ecclesiastes 5:19

May God Bless us, Bert Ancell, President



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Beef exports grow amid herd contraction from DROVERS NEWS SOURCE ow slaughter continues at a high rate, keeping U.S. beef production from expanding, while 2010 beef exports are up 13 percent over last year, according to the USDA’s August Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook report. The July 1, 2010 Cattle report indicates that feeder cattle prices and the current series of profitable months of feeding cattle have not been enough to motivate beef cow herd expansion. As a result, cow slaughter continues at a high rate, setting the stage for further declines in cow inventories. While cattle cycles can be defined as total inventories of cattle and calves from trough to trough — as used here — or from peak to peak, the cattle cycle behavior that persists is largely due to dynamics in the beef cattle sector, since dairy cows have not exhibited cyclical behavior since about 1947. Other ways to look at cattle cycles are by cow inventories or by beef cow inventories. Each cycle consists of an expansion phase, a consolidation phase, and a liquidation phase. Historically, and prior to the current cycle, the shortest expansion phase, of three years, occurred from 1980 to 1982 when inventories increased by four percent from their low point. This expansion was followed by a liquidation that lasted eight years from 1983 to 1990, during which, inventories declined by 17 percent. The next cattle cycle peaked in 1996, increasing eight percent from its 1990 low — a 6-year expansion. This was followed by an 8-year, drought-extended liquidation that saw inventories decline by eight percent and left a 2004 cattle inventory about a million head lower than the January 1, 1990 trough. The shortest liquidation phase in historical terms occurred during the cattle cycle that began in 1959, peaked in 1965, and bottomed in 1967 — a 2-year liquidation. The expansion phase of the current cattle cycle began in 2005 and peaked in 2007, due in part to a short-lived upturn in dairy cow inventories. With the July 1, 2010 inventory report, U.S. inventories of cattle and calves are four years into liquidation. If one looks solely at January 1 beef cow inventories, the decline that began in 1996 has been continuous except during 2005 and 2006. Declines in both July 1, 2010 beef cow inventories (down 1 percent) and beef heifer inventories (down 2 percent) suggest that a further decline is likely in store for January 1, 2011 beef cow inventories. A number of factors drive inventory dynamics. Weather patterns, especially drought, can shift inventories into or extend liquidation of the cow herd. Profit margins can also affect retention or liquidation decisions. Current cow prices appear to be sending significant numbers of cows to slaughter, reducing the total cow inventory from its already low levels.


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Increased demand for corn and other grains in international markets will also continue to play a role in feed grain price dynamics. Prices for energy and other inputs will likely increase, raising breakeven costs at all levels of the cattle and beef industries. These factors, combined with the much longer production cycle for beef cattle compared with other livestock species, enables producers of other species to more quickly respond to changes in demand for final meat and poultry products. With current Cattle report estimates of the calf crop in 2010 below 2009 by more than 400,000 head, or one percent, competition for feeder cattle in 2011 is expected to be severe. This competition could intensify if heifers are retained for replacements, further reducing feeder cattle supplies. Under such a scenario, feeder cattle prices would be well-positioned for significant support at higher levels. July 1, 2010 dairy replacement heifer inventories were up by three percent. Given that the number of heifers for dairy replacement as a share of the cow herd was record high for July, can be anticipated continued dairy cow slaughter at relatively n high levels.

Green investment failure uilding “green” is all the rage in Portland, Oregon. Eco-roofs and solar panels have become routine, and now the goal is for “net-zero” buildings that consume less energy or water than they produce. However, while the idea is green, expect red. The City of Portland’s


Enormous government subsidies were required for most grantees. last attempt to promote net-zero construction ended in a subsidized spending spree, says the Cascade Policy Institute. In 2005, the Green Investment Fund was established as a competitive grant program, awarding money for five years to spur green building. Enormous government subsidies were required for most grantees, says Cascade: DaVinci Arts Middle School, the only project to actually achieve net-zero energy,

was realized because of $500,000 in community-donated services. The June Key Delta House, a proposed net-zero community center, received over $400,000 in Portland Development Commission (PDC) grants and loans. The Blanchet House of Hospitality, also hoping for net-zero energy, is enabled by a $2 million PDC grant and land swap. Other subsidized Green Fund projects failed miserably, says Cascade. Construction never began on the million-dollar Shizen condominiums or the Kenton Living Building, both net-zero energy contenders. Now the city wants to build the Oregon Sustainability Center, a $90 million highrise near Portland State University. The proposed net-zero building would require $80 million in university bond revenue, $6 million from the city, and various other subsidies. Yet even then, the rents would be the most expensive of any office building in the state, says Cascade. Source: Rebecca Steele, “Green Investment Failure,” Cascade Policy Institute, July 17, 2010.

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It highlights that 12.3 percent of the state’s workers are unemployed and that small businesses are suffocating under excessive regulations, high taxes and lawsuit abuse. To address this, the Chamber’s plan outlines steps to make the Golden State’s economy more competitive and fiscally sound, including: n Controlling soaring taxes and fees, since California already has the highest state sales tax in the nation, the fourthhighest personal income tax rate and the ninth-highest corporate rate. n Weeding out excessive regulations, including not-in-my-backyard (NIMBY) roadblocks that even stand in the way of “green” energy projects.

n Reforming the legal system so that it punishes actual wrongdoing, without punishing businesses playing by the rules. n Make Sacramento live within its means by controlling runaway spending, which has led to a projected $19.1 billion deficit this year alone; mandatory spending programs, mandatory budget allocations, public employee pension systems, and a steeply progressive tax system must all be reexamined and reformed. To spur job creation, the state needs a new direction. Federal and state policies must be dramatically changed in order to revitalize California’s economy before other states and other nations steal away more businesses, investors and jobs, says Chamber president Tom Donohue. Source: J.P. Fielder, ‘A Golden State Action Plan,” U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Aug. 24, 2010.

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The Charolais Edge asily recognized by their light coloring, Charolais cattle are known for their frame size, muscling and growth. The breed was originally developed in central France, and today is growing in popularity in the Southwest with both purebred and commercial cattle producers. Scott Milligan and his wife Britta, along with children Madison and Kreese, raise registered Charolais cattle at Milligan Cattle Company, near Vega, Texas. Scott came from a background in the Charolais business, the family started their own operation over ten years ago. Carcass quality is an important strength of the breed. “When people think about Charolais, carcass traits are one of the first things that come to mind, what the breed can bring to the table at slaughter,” Scott said. He also credits them for their natural size and growth. “They have muscular, high-yielding calves. A lot of people like the Charolais for their growth and the added pounds they will give you at weaning.” The breed’s distinctive color is another thing Scott really likes. Whether cattle are purebred Charolais or a Charolais cross, the light color is dominant in the calves. “I like the fact that when you see a white or smoky or rusty calf out in the pasture, you know it’s a Charolais.” The Milligans’ focus is on raising bulls




for sale to commercial producers. “We want to produce easy fleshing, easy calving cattle. We’re working to keep growth in the middle of the road and not get too extreme in either direction,” Scott said. The cattle spend spring through fall on native pasture, and winter on maize stalks. To build their operation, the family keeps the majority of their heifer calves as replacements. “We try to keep everything that meets our standards and will make a cow to grow our herd. We started out small, and are building our numbers.” Artificial insemination is one tool used in the operation. “We do some artificial insemination work to try to bring some high accuracy genetics to our operation,”

Carcass quality is an important strength of the breed. Scott explained. “We also participate in the Tucumcari Bull Test, and this past year had the first and second high indexing cattle over all breeds at the test.” Some people have been around Charolais cattle that are a little wild, but for the benefit of both his own family and his customers, Scott focuses on raising cattle with a good disposition. “We try to keep


our cattle gentle, and if they’re not, we get rid of them. It’s just not worth it from a safety standpoint,” he noted. “Plus, studies have shown that gentle cattle perform better all the way to slaughter.” Birthweight is another important consideration, he pointed out, and something he watches closely in his operation. “You can’t be too extreme in either direction or it’s going to cost you somewhere else. We want our customers to be successful and happy with the calves they get using our bulls — we want them to come back.” It’s a family operation, Scott said. “We don’t do much without the kids. Everyone helps quite a bit, we pretty well do all of the cattle work ourselves.” In addition to the Charolais cow/calf operation, the Milligans also manage yearlings for other producers, running them on wheat pasture in the winter and grass in the summer. San Jon Charolais breeder John Eads got his start with the breed from Grau Charolais near Grady four years ago. “I had heard about the Graus and their cattle and seen their ranch sign and cattle when driving through Grady,” Eads said. “Then, one day I talked to Wesley Grau about getting started in the Charolais business.” Eads grew up around Angus, Hereford and Shorthorn cattle in 4-H and FFA, but did not have much experience with the Charolais breed. He tried different breeds continued on page 18

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of cattle over the years, but as he learned more about Charolais — including photos and show placings of the Graus’ cattle in magazines and their association with the Tucumcari Bull Test — he liked what he saw. “Charolais is really an attractive breed, and the cattle have good, clean lines,” he said. “I also saw the advantage of being able to affiliate with an established breeder and build on the strength of what he had already done to grow my operation.” Eads runs purebred Charolais cattle, and keeps the majority of his heifer calves to gradually increase the size of his herd. He markets some bull calves back to Wesley Grau. “I haven’t brought in any outside cattle, so he’s essentially getting his own genetics back again with my bull calves.” Ensuring that the bull calves that he raises are gentle is important, he said. “I feed the cattle out of my truck, and when I am out in the pasture I walk among the cattle and let the calves get used to being around me. As a smaller producer, it’s not hard for me to pay a little extra attention to them.” Eads likes the breed for its maternal

Eads likes the breed for its maternal traits and gentle disposition. traits and gentle disposition. “The cattle are easy for one person to work, which is good since I take care of them by myself and don’t have a lot of help. They are easy for me to be around,” he explained. “I have found that the Charolais are good mothers. All of the bulls that I have been around have had good dispositions, and have not been aggressive.” Last year, Eads weaned 40 calves out of a group of 42 first-calf heifers. “Until then, I had only used older, more proven cows. The results I got just underlines what good mamas they are, they did most of the work. The heifers were bred to low birthweight bulls, I kept them in good condition, and they raised really nice calves. Plus, there was definitely some luck involved.” He also cites the breed’s self-sufficiency. “I travel quite a bit with work, and always 18


make sure that I have someone looking in on the cattle when I am gone and find them to be easy keepers. They forage for themselves, and do well.” The cattle are rotated between eight or nine different pastures to enable him to take advantage of precipitation, which can be spotty in eastern New Mexico. “I have done a lot of cross fencing to maximize the forage that I have and the varying conditions from one pasture to another,” Eads said. Eads has continued to work closely with the Grau family, and appreciates their help and support. “Wesley has counseled me well, and has been good source of information on my cattle. Granted, he has a vested interest since I provide him with some bull calves, but he takes pride in sharing his years of experience with other people. He doesn’t just sell you something and walk away,” Eads noted. “He and Lane really compliment each other, and I enjoy spending time with both of them. They are good people to associate with, and never too busy to take a few minutes to talk to


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you about your cattle.” Agriculture was a big part of Eads’ life as a young man growing up in Colorado. Work took him to many different places over the years, and whenever possible, he has owned livestock. “When you are raised like that, it becomes a part of you and something that you miss, especially as you get older. One of the things that I like about New Mexico is that it reminds me of Colorado when I was growing up. There is a lot of agriculture and the people are open and friendly.” “I think as long as we have kids dressing western, wearing their cowboy hats, we’ll be okay. You learn a lot of things growing up in a small town that are good lessons in life,” he continued. “I travel frequently to Dallas and Houston, and always look forward to getting back home to spend some time in a quieter setting. Spending time here, with the cattle, rejuvenates me after the work week.” Commercial cattleman Quentin Isaacs, of the Quentin Isaacs Ranch near Canadian, Texas, has used Charolais cattle in his operation for many years. “Charolais are awful good bulls for my purposes, and I think they would be for anyone else who runs cattle.” Originally, the family ran Hereford cattle on their ranch, which has been in the family since 1881. It remains a family operation, Isaacs’ two sons are both involved and also have their own cattle on the ranch. Isaacs said he initially tried a Shorthorn cross, and that crossbreeding improved the calves so much, he decided to try other breeds. “With a Charolais continued on page 20

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cross, you get bigger, better, healthier calves. A Charolais crossed on a black is the best you can get,” he said. “They are good, big cows, and wean good calves.” Maternal qualities are one important strength of the breed, with females living long, productive lives, Isaacs noted. “The cows are gentle and easy to handle. I had some cows that I had to sell this year that were fourteen years old and had raised good calves, but just didn’t have any teeth left.” The hot Texas summers are not a problem for the cattle, he said. “As long as they have some cover, they do just fine.” Isaacs breeds his cows in the fall and tops the market with his calves where he


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Harrison’s cattle come from European Balmoral Champion bloodlines. To be considered part of that line, cattle must be listed in either the British or Irish herdbooks. “Over the years, we have developed some exceptional bloodlines, and we are still working on it,” she explained. “There are not many full French breeders in Texas.” In addition to the purebred Charolais cattle, Harrison runs F1 Braford cross tiger-stripe cows on her commercial operation, RJ Cattle Company. She breeds the older bulls from the Charolais operation to her commercial cows, and that cross produces exceptional calves, she said. In addition, she has a herd of purebred Brangus cattle. The Harrisons are also well-known for their horses. Harrison Quarter Horses in Fulshear has been in business since the 1940s and is a legacy award winner in Texas. The family was in the horse business first, Harrison said, then got into cattle — partially because they needed cattle to work the horses. Growth and gain are two of the Charolais breed’s biggest strengths, she noted, as well as versatility and calving ease. “They are big boned, heavy carcassed, heavy muscled cattle. The gain on calves, provided you have adequate rainfall, is just unbelievable. If you put a three-month-old Charolais calf next to a three-month-old

To be considered part of that line, cattle must be listed in either the British or Irish herdbooks Brangus calf, there’s just no comparison.” She also credits the cattle for their hardiness. “When you take cattle developed in a mountainous region in France, then bring them to south Texas, you’re really putting them to the test,” Harrison said. “I’ve run the cattle here through two back to back droughts, and they’ve done well.” “The Europeans knew what they were doing all those years ago when they developed the breed,” she continued. “Those bloodlines are what we are trying to breed and promote in Texas, and we are getting n there.”

Environmental Sustainability of Beef Production Has Improved dvances in productivity over the past 30 years have reduced the carbon footprint and overall environmental impact of U.S. beef production, according to a new study presented in July 2010 by a Washington State University (WSU) researcher. In “Comparing the environmental impact of the US beef industry in 1977 to 2007,” assistant professor of animal science Jude L. Capper revealed that improvements in nutrition, management, growth rate and slaughter weights, have significantly reduced the environmental impact of modern beef production and improved its sustainability.


Challenging misconceptions

“These findings challenge the common misconception that historical methods of livestock production are more environmentally sustainable than modern beef production,” said Capper in her presentation today at the American Society of Animal Science meeting in Denver. “It’s important to note that all food pro-

duction has an environmental impact, but significant improvements in efficiency have clearly reduced the greenhouse gas emissions and overall environmental impact of beef production,” said Capper. “Contrary to the negative image often associated with modern farming, fulfilling the U.S. population’s requirement for high-quality, nutrient-rich protein while improving environmental stewardship can only be achieved by using contemporary agricultural technologies and practices.” Fewer animals slaughtered

In 2007, there were 13 percent fewer animals slaughtered than in 1977 (33.8 million vs. 38.7 million), but those animals produced 13 percent more beef (26.3 billion lbs. of beef versus 23.3 billion lbs. in 1977). By producing more beef with fewer resources, Capper found that the total carbon footprint for beef production was reduced by 18 percent from 1977 to 2007. “As the global and national population increases, consumer demand for beef is going to continue to increase,” Capper

says. “The vital role of improved productivity and efficiency in reducing environmental impact must be conveyed to government, food retailers and consumers.” When compared to beef production in 1977, each pound of beef produced in modern systems used: n 10 percent less feed energy n 20 percent less feedstuffs n 30 percent less land n 14 percent less water n 9 percent less fossil fuel energy n 18 percent decrease in total carbon emissions (methane, nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide) The study used a whole-system environmental model that integrated all resource inputs and waste outputs within the beef production system, from crop production to beef arriving at the slaughterhouse. This project was supported by the Beef Checkoff Program through a research grant from state beef councils in Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Washington. Advances in productivity over the past 30 years have reduced the carbon footprint and overall environmental impact of U.S. beef production. A summary of the study can be found at:

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Conventional Beef Is Sustainable Beef by GENI WREN, Editor, Bovine Veterinarian Magazine


or the last 10 to 15 years it seems the world has jumped on the “sustainable” bandwagon, but you seldom hear how different people define sustainable. For the beef industry, some consumers would say sustainable means a small family farm raising grass-fed cattle with no inputs. They might say a large feedlot using technologies such as implants is not sustainable. But does sustainable mean small, organic or grass-fed? Not necessarily. A new website,, explores what the word “sustainable” can mean in all types of cattle operations, large or small. It also discusses the eco-friendliness of beef production using technology vs. using none. These technologies include products such as implants to promote efficient growth. For example, the site says a recently completed economic analysis of the impact of these technologies on U.S. beef

production using 2007 cattle prices and input costs showed that if the use of growth-enhancing technologies were discontinued, there would be: n 18 percent less beef produced n 11 percent increase in retail beef prices n 8.5 percent decrease in per-capita consumption of beef An Iowa State University study shows

The most important facts are that U.S. beef, no matter the type, is safe and wholesome. that beef animals finished in a conventional feedyard using grain-based rations and growth-enhancing technologies are three times more land efficient than organic or grass-fed beef animals. Conventional feedyard-production technologies make the most efficient use of total farmland resources. This is particularly impor-

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The Food And Drug Administration Needs Egging On ast year, after more than 20 years of deliberation, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine chose to require that every genetically engineered (GE) animal be subject to the same pre-market approval procedures and regulations as drugs, such as pain relievers and anti-flea


... this explanation conveniently ignores the science, the FDA’s own precedents and the availability of other, better regulatory options. medicines, which are used to treat animal diseases. The rationale is that a genetically engineered construct “that is in a GE animal and is intended to affect the animal’s structure or function meets the definition

of an animal drug.” But this explanation conveniently ignores the science, the FDA’s own precedents and the availability of other, better regulatory options, says Henry Miller, a fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. An example is the Atlantic salmon, which has been awaiting an FDA policy for a decade, says Miller: n The Atlantic salmon contains a Chinook salmon growth hormone gene that remains turned on all year (instead of during only the warmer months, as in nature). n This cuts the salmon’s time to reach a marketable adult weight from 30 months to 18. n The extra gene confers no detectable differences in the salmon’s appearance, taste or nutritional value; it just grows faster — a tremendous economic advantage to those farming the fish. There are numerous other applications in various stages of research and development, says Miller: n This includes livestock with leaner

muscle mass and improved use of dietary phosphorus to lessen the environmental impacts of animal manure. n The technology could also be used both to inhibit micro-organism’ ability to grow within chickens and their eggs, and to block the synthesis and action of the bacterial toxins. n This same technology can be employed to produce antibodies that can be administered to infected patients to neutralize the toxins. The lengthy, expensive pre-marketing approval requirement only applies if the animal is crafted with state-of-the-art recombinant DNA (“gene-splicing”) techniques. In other words, the FDA’s regulatory trigger is not the risk-related traits of an animal, but the use of a certain technology — and the most precise and predictable one, at that, says Miller. The result of the FDA’s risk-averse approach to genetically engineered animals is that yet another entire innovative business sector is burdened with an excessively regulatory policy that inflates research and development costs and inhibits innovation, says Miller. Source: Henry Miller, “The FDA needs egging on,” The Guardian (UK), August 24, 2010.



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What Women Want by JOHN MADAY, Managing Editor, Drovers Journal omen still account for about 93 percent of food purchases in the United States, Mary Lou Quinlan says. And the good news is they feel a strong emotional connection to beef that just needs to be reinforced with some positive messages. Quinlan is CEO of a New York City market-research firm called “Just Ask a Woman,” that specializes in measuring women’s attitudes. Intervet/ScheringPlough Animal Health recently contracted with the firm to conduct a study into the perceptions and attitudes of women toward beef and the beef-production system, and to develop positive communications messages. Toward those goals, Just Ask a Woman conducted in-depth interviews with over 100 women from the East Coast and Midwest and uncovered some interesting trends. Quinlan and Tracy Chapman, co-director of brand insights for the firm, presented some of their findings at Intervet/Schering-Plough’s Cattle Feeders Summit in July. Quinlan says women feel confused and


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Gunplay in Corrales Village Leaves Two Dead, 1898 ver the years I’ve had a couple of occasions to look into a shooting that was notable in the Sandoval County (Bernalillo County at the time) village of Corrales, north of Albuquerque. The affray had to do with a community landmark called the Territorial House which has now been out of business for some time. It resulted in the deaths of Luis and Louisa Emberto, who lived there in late April 1898. The initial information I used came from an interview with Florencio Garcia, 88 years old at the time, conducted by Bob Gilliland, then owner of the Territorial House. The date of the interview is not noted. Corrales native Rosie Armijo updated the account of the affair as she had heard from her mother, Roberta Targhetta. In general she agreed with Mr. Garcia’s recollections. Mrs. Armijo, however, delved further into the matter and found a news


account of the killings that appeared in the Albuquerque Morning Democrat on May 3, 1898. It is quite a departure from the oral history provided by Mr. Garcia. Most basic is that the names of the victims was wrong; “Emberto” according to Garcia, “Imbert” according to the news story. Since the murderer left a letter behind, signed “Louis Imbert,” that version of the name would seem to be correct. In fairness it should be noted that the interviewer could have made the mistake, and not Mr. Garcia. It is also possible that correct spelling was lost in the translation from French to Spanish to English. The original story is that the Imberts, successful orchard farmers and popular in the town, had developed marital problems. Accounts agree that both of them had a weakness for brandy, and that was certainly a part of the problem. The Garcia account alludes to one John Mitchell who

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resided with the Imberts. The implication was that there was some kind of illicit romantic relationship between Louisa Imbert and Mitchell. The news account reports that John Michel, 22 years old at the time, was in fact Louisa’s son, the product of an earlier marriage. Both agree that he was not present at the time of the shooting. The news account is more detailed concerning the relationship between the Imberts. They were in the process of divorce and had separated. For a time they lived apart only in as much as they lived in opposite ends of the same house. During this period, Louis is alleged to have taken a shot at Louisa, missing her head by inches. She had him arrested and prosecuted which resulted in conviction and an 18month jail sentence. Louis swore he was innocent of the charges and in the letter he left behind he used that affair as an

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excuse for the murder of Louisa. (Some argued that it was not murder since both Imberts were armed when the shooting took place and may have even fired at each other.) Throughout the night following the fatal shooting, Louis avoided any attempt to capture him, but he remained in Corrales, and holed up in a nearby residence. He apparently imbibed heavily as the hours wore on. Bernalillo County Sheriff Thomas Hubbell was summoned to the scene and arrived, according to the news account, with deputy C. E. Newcomer. The sheriff found another of his deputies, Melquades Martin, already there, along with a number of local residents. Both accounts agree that Hubbell tried to talk to Imbert, and that the Frenchman opened fire. Garcia said the shots missed completely. The news account said one of Imbert’s bullets took a button off of Hubbell’s coat sleeve, but caused no harm. According to Garcia, a Navajo Indian marksman named Jose de la Cruz was present and when the opportunity presented itself, he shot Imbert in the head,

killing him. The news account says that Imbert poked his rifle out the window to take aim at the sheriff and in doing so partly exposed his head, at which time

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or Sandia Pueblo name. A third source avers that the sniper was from Isleta Pueblo.) In any event, the matter was closed. Garcia said that the Catholic Church would not allow the Imberts bodies to be interred in the church cemetery and that they were both buried in unmarked graves on the property, which would mean somewhere behind the present location of the Territorial House. The news account makes no mention of the disposition of the bodies. The several accounts of this tragic affair illustrate the difficulty in getting things right when doing historical research. There is little doubt that Mr. Garica was sincere in telling his story, but he was a child when the events occurred and elderly when he recalled them. Perceptions can change considerably over the years. It should also not be supposed that the news account was one hundred percent objective. At the time, newspapers were openly partisan and often slanted reports in favor of their pet politicos. The reporter in this case was obviously a fan of Sheriff Hubbell. He wrote this: “Sheriff Hubbell and his deputies cannot be too highly commended n for their fearlessness . . .”

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Bill McGibbon by CALLIE GNATKOWSKI-GIBSON outheastern Arizona rancher and 2009 Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association (ACGA) Cattleman of the Year Bill McGibbon has an eye on the future. Like most ranchers, he is focused on keeping his ranch profitable and passing it down to his children and grandchildren. Over the years, Bill has been very involved in industry organizations on local, state and national levels, working on behalf of his operation and the industry as a whole. He is a past president of his local, tri-county cattlemen’s association, the Southern Arizona Cattlemen’s Protective Association (SACPA). In addition, he is a past president of the Arizona Cattlemen’s Association and the Arizona Cattle Industry Research and Education Foundation, and a former member


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for years, are a challenge. “It’s hard to understand how a young person today that doesn’t come from a ranch could get into the business,” he said. “Every year, our costs continue to go up but we’re still basically receiving the same price for our calves that we did 20 years ago.” Bill and his wife Nancy have managed the ranch since 1969, with Nancy handling the bookkeeping aspects of the business. Today, they are in the process of handing ranch management off to their son Drew and his wife Micaela. “We’re trying, while our minds and bodies still work, to turn it over to them,” Bill said. “It is gratifying to see some of the younger generation trying to get into the ranching business and make it work and we are doing everything we can to help them succeed.” In addition to traditional markets, the McGibbons have found a niche for their product. Drew and Micaela have started

The situation has changed the McGibbons’ lifestyle, as well. “We have all kinds of illegal activity out here, from transporting illegal people to illegal drugs. We’re thirty miles from the border, and I can’t imagine what the people right on the border are going through,” he explained. “My daughter and daughter-in-law both live here on the ranch, and neither feels safe venturing out alone for fear of what she might run in to. We have five grandchildren with one more on the way, and I wonder what their future is here on the ranch.” Last fall, Bill said, a bull customer came out to the ranch and brought along a

friend who had been a rancher in Mexico just south of the border. That man said the drug cartels offered to buy out all of the ranchers along the border. After several neighbors who refused to sell were found dead, this man sold his ranch and moved to Arizona to protect himself and his family. Recently, a ranch foreman on a ranch northwest of Nogales disappeared for four days, then was found dead. “The border situation is scary here, but if you look at the thousands of Mexicans killed in Mexico recently, it’s overwhelming,” Bill said. “I think the problem is bigger even than the n Mexican government realized.”

Instability and violence along the Mexican border are big concerns for Bill and his family. marketing grassfed beef at a cooperative in Phoenix. “Consumers today have their own idea of what they want, and we are trying to give it to them,” Bill noted. “One advantage of ranching in the Southwest is that our land is suitable for the longerterm grazing needed to produce grassfed beef, it just takes longer to get the calves up to a finish weight.” Instability and violence along the Mexican border are big concerns for Bill and his family, and the murder of friend and neighbor Rob Krentz hit close to home. To solicit information on the crime, Bill established a reward fund, which he said did quite well. The death was quite a financial shock to the Krentz family, and Drew set up a family relief fund to help. Donations came in from all over the country, Bill said, and they even received some from as far away as Europe. “It was really nice to see such a broad group of people touched by the story and wanting to help.”



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Bobbi Jeen C.P. H oneycutt O LSO N he community thought enough of him to name a road after him in his hometown. He was the first Arizonan to be inducted into the National Cutting Horse (NCHA) Hall of Fame and the twelfth person overall. In a part of the world filled with big name, successful farmers, he stood as a giant among them. Family man, horseman, farmer, cattleman, civic man, friend and neighbor — that was C.P. Honeycutt of Maricopa, Arizona. When people conjure up images of cutting horses and cutting horse competitions they think mostly in terms of Texas. Nearly all of the people in the NCHA hall of fame are from Texas. C.P. Honeycutt was born near Athens, Texas, in 1909, but rose to fame as a cutter — from Arizona. What’s even more amazing about the accomplish-


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pulled into a station there almost out of gas and one dollar left between them. They were trying to decide whether to put another dollar of gas into the car and keep going west or buy a loaf of bread and bologna so they could eat. A local farmer happened by the store right about then and on a whim, C.P. approached the man and asked if he needed any hands. The man said the only job around right then was picking cotton; and could they pick any cotton? Now keep in mind, back in those days cotton picking was done by hand and was hot, sweaty, back breaking work. Well ole C.P. proudly says he can pick more cotton than anybody around, and he’d be willing to prove it! Tom Carlton, impressed with C.P.’s spunk and determination, hired them on the spot. He told the man at the store to

He never quite got over the feeling of being hungry and it drove him to great heights. give Honeycutt all they needed and if they didn’t come back and pay, he’d stand good for it. C.P. and his family did not disappoint. After cotton harvest, Mr. Carlton decided he could not let a hard worker like C.P. go on down the road so he hired him full time. A couple years later, the two men were talking one day and his employer asked Honeycutt if he’d like to get started farming on his own. “Of course I would,” was the reply, but there wasn’t enough money. Tom Carlton knew a man like C.P. deserved a place of his own, so he suggested that C.P go talk to a finance man he knew; said he just might give him a start. At the meeting with the finance man, C.P. laid out a plan of things he would need to get going. He was very conservative and tried to just ask for the bare minimum. When finished, the man asked if he was sure if that was all he’d need. C.P. assured him he could make it, if he only had the chance. To the astonishment of C.P. Honeycutt, the finance man agreed to every bit of it. As it turns out, Tom Carlton had arranged it before hand and agreed to make the note good if C.P. failed. C.P. didn’t find that part out till later. From that humble beginning grew the

Honeycutt farming enterprise which at one point topped out at over 5,000 acres of cotton. Along with that, cattle, grains and other crops were raised. Eventually the original farm ground near Eloy and Casa Grande was sold and the Honeycutt operation relocated to Maricopa in the early 50s. C.P. was a standout farmer in a county full of great success stories.

Once he had a little money put together, he branched out into cattle as any true Texan should. Once he had a little money put together, he branched out into cattle as any true Texan should. Of course, when you own cattle, you ought to own horses. C.P. always had wanted to own great horseflesh since his childhood days back in Texas. So when he decided to start buying horses, C.P. went for the best. He purchased three studs from the famous King Ranch and had them shipped by rail to Maricopa. That was the mid 1950s. The rest, as they say, is glorious history; he discovered cutting horse competitions. Over the next 35 years C.P. rode cutting horses every chance he had. He competed predominantly in Arizona but also hit shows in California, Nevada and Colorado. Once in a great while he was able to get away from farming duties long enough to make the long trip to Texas, but it didn’t matter where he competed, C.P. was a continual winner. Year after year would find him in the top 10 in the nation even though he never went at it full time. C.P won so much in AZ, CA, CO and NV part time, it was good enough to keep him high in the national standings! Locally C.P. was tough to beat. He won the Arizona cutting horse circuit more times than is easy to count and at one point was the champion three years running. C.P. was very involved in the Arizona Cutting Horse Association serving as its President on a couple of different occasions. He reportedly ran the Maricopa Stagecoach Days for 21 years and is credited with bringing cutting competitions to feedlots during the 70s and 80s. Fresh cattle during an event are always a must, and he came up with the idea that it’s much

easier to bring the competition to the cattle rather than truck cattle to competitions. It worked well for all involved. C.P. was such an accomplished horseman that Hollywood contacted him to appear in a few different movies for cutting horse scenes. This led to lifelong friendships with men like Lee Marvin, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, James Arness and other celebrities. Local newspapers often reported on the famous men coming to hunt birds at the Honeycutt farm. C.P was still riding his beloved cutting horses until about four months prior to his death at the age of 80. They gave him a life of enjoyment and of great accomplishment. C.P. Honeycutt raised a wonderful crop of kids and grandkids as well that were his pride and joy. Two daughters and a son for starters; the only sad part being his son was killed in a plane crash in 1976. Only in his late 30s, son Charles Honeycutt’s death was a tragedy to the family. C.P then became closer than ever to his remaining relatives. It has been said he was a great family man. The Honeycutt farm located just south of Maricopa, AZ happened to be just down the road from Red River farm and feedlot owned by the famous partnership of Louis Johnson and John Wayne. C.P. and Louie

were good friends besides being neighbors and this, along with his other “actor” connections, led to him becoming friends with Duke also. Later in life, the Honeycutt’s, Johnson’s and Wayne’s often vacationed and hung out together, taking trips to see the sights. The story of C.P. Honeycutt is an inspiring one which shows us anyone can succeed through hard work, perseverance and living right. Not too bad for a poor cowboy who once lived on the side of the road in n West Texas during the depression!


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Branded beef company urges GIPSA caution by STEVE SUTHER, Director, Industry Information Certified Angus Beef LLC Editor’s Note: Of all the press that has come out on this issue, pro and con, this is perhaps the best overview of the situation. Livestock producers have until November 22, 2010 to review the regulations and submit comments. The regulations can be found at takeholders in the U.S. livestock industry gathered in late August in Fort Collins, Colorado, to debate market access at a U.S. Department of


Agriculture (USDA)-Justice Department workshop on competition. Afterward, as many questions as answers remained. Was anything settled? Do all problems boil down to people leaving rural America because of corporate concentration? Does the Obama Administration have a mandate to “fix that problem” through government intervention? A crowd of more than 1,500 seemed divided about whether new rules from the USDA Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) should be put in place — rules which aim to

“enhance fairness” and may affect valuebased marketing of cattle. Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) President John Stika testified because the nonprofit subsidiary of the American Angus Association® has in interest in seeing that markets reward producers for quality as defined by consumers. Contracts paid on carcass merit are called “alternative marketing agreements” (AMAs) because they are outside of the cash market for commodity cattle. Such contracts were criticized by some as unfair, but they simply pay premiums and discounts for actual beef value rather than estimates from live appearances. The market has been moving in that direction since the Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand was born in 1978, and an estimated half of all finished cattle now sell

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on AMAs. In support of that evolution, Stika suggested the Administration continue oversight to “see that any persons who have been excluded from value-based marketing opportunities may soon take advantage of that ability to be paid for cattle according to consumer desires.” However, he warned that the good intentions in seeking greater fairness can backfire. “We urge that great care be given to ensure that no one who has worked to add value to their herd in an effort to meet consumer demands find fewer marketing opportunities — even if that development is unintended,” Stika said. Pull-through demand from consumers has functioned successfully because of increasingly available value-based marketing opportunities, he said, noting CattleFax research that quantifies current consumer support of premium brands at $500 million per year. Angus producers “planned ahead for the value-based future we have today, by investing in genetic evaluation and establishing this brand more than 30 years ago,” Stika said. Since then, value-based opportunities have only expanded, and CAB licensees will sell more than three-quarter of a billion pounds of branded product this year worldwide, returning at least $25 million to cattlemen through AMAs such as grids. “We recognize a stated intent in the proposed [GIPSA] rules to level the playing field,” Stika said. “We urge that any low spots be raised to enhance access to consumer-focused marketing, rather than knock down the high spots of opportunity currently available to any enterprising beef producer.” Granting that the new rules would not dictate a reduction in value-based marketing, Stika said that still could be the end result. “Unintended consequences of rule changes could actually harm the interest of fairness in the beef market,” he said. “If a proliferation of newly required paperwork makes it less profitable for packers to offer AMAs, then producers will not be paid premiums based on true value. Anything that diminishes today’s value edge for quality could diminish what Angus and other quality-focused producers have accomplished, and reduce the value-added edge their cattle have earned in the marketplace.” Cautioning that “it does little good to enhance fairness on one hand while potentially restricting it on the other,” Stika called for “greater consensus on both the direct effects and potential side-effects resulting from efforts to comply with any n change.”



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ew Jersey officials recently celebrated the selection of the new stadium in the Meadowlands sports complex as the site of the 2014 Super Bowl. Absent from the festivities was any sense of the burden the complex has become for taxpayers, says Steven Malanga, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. Nearly 40 years ago the Garden State borrowed $302 million to begin constructing the Meadowlands. The goal was to pay off the bonds in 25 years. Although the project initially went according to plan, politicians couldn’t resist continually refinancing the bonds, siphoning revenues from the complex into the state budget, and using the good credit rating of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition authority to borrow for other, unsuccessful building schemes, says Malanga: Today, the authority that runs the Meadowlands is in hock for $830 million, which it can’t pay back. The state, facing its own cavernous budget deficits, has had to assume interest payments – about $100 million this year on bonds that still stretch for decades. This tale of woe has become familiar in the world of municipal finance. Governments have loaded up on debt, stretched out repayment times, and used slick maneuvers to avoid constitutional borrowing limits. While the country’s economic troubles have helped expose some of these practices, a sharp decline in tax revenues has prompted more abuse as politicians use long-term debt to kick short-term fiscal problems down the road, says Malanga. Taxpayers are only slowly realizing that their states and municipalities face longterm obligations that will be increasingly hard to meet. Rick Bookstaber, a senior policy adviser to the Securities and Exchange Commission, recently warned that the muni market has all the characteristics of a crisis that might unfold with “a widespread cascade in defaults.” If that painful scenario materializes, it will be because we have too long ignored how some politicians have become addicted to debt, says Malanga. Source: Steven Malanga, “The authority that runs the new Meadowlands stadium in New Jersey is $830 million in hock,” Wall Street Journal, June 14, 2010.

Extreme Caution Urged in Hiring Practices he Animal Agriculture Alliance urges farm managers to be watchful for a number of individuals who have been found responsible for some of the latest undercover activist videos released to the media and public in the past year. The Alliance recommends that all producers ensure high standards of animal welfare by following approved industry guidelines. Operators should also review their hiring practices, train employees on proper animal handling according to company policy, and hold all workers accountable for their actions. The activist tactic of obtaining illicit employment at a farm or processing plant in order to acquire video intended to malign the reputation of farmers and ranchers is becoming increasingly common. While animal abuse in any shape or form is never condoned by the agriculture industry, activists use highly-edited images of violence and neglect to prey on the emotions of the public. It is hard to determine the authenticity of the images. Too often, the activists wait for weeks or even months before turning the video over to the proper authorities. By waiting for the most politically opportune time to ‘go public,’ they allow any alleged abuse to continue. The following individuals have been connected to a number of recent undercover video campaigns. “Jason Smith”: It appears one individual is responsible for undercover videos taken at Quality Egg of New England, Bushway Packing Inc, Maine Contract Farms, Wiles Hog Farm, Hodgins Kennels, C.C. Baird, and at least one other dog breeding facility. It is probable the same individual is responsible for undercover videos taken at Gemperle Farms, Norco Ranch, DeCoster Egg Farms, and HyLine’s Spencer Iowa hatchery. According to credible sources, the person who worked undercover at these facilities was born in Houston, Texas, as Christopher Parrett. Some of the other names given to employers include Jason Smith, John Knoldt, and Chris Paxton. When employed by Maine Contract Farms, the person claimed to be Jason Smith but used a social security card belonging to John Knoldt, originally Christopher Parrett. The social security card of the individual who worked as Jason Smith identifies


his social security number as ending in these last four digits: - 0852. His driver’s license is from North Carolina. Smith also was found to have led an undercover investigation of a Minnesota dog breeder in 2009. “Pete Romoland”: The Alliance suspects that this same individual is also known as “Pete Romoland,” whose picture appeared in a TIME magazine article accompanying an interview with him on March 6, 2009. In the TIME magazine article, “Pete” indicated that he had legally changed his name twice. “Pete” also indicated that he is a vegan and specifically stated, “. . . I do not believe that under any circumstances we should raise animals for food.” In the same interview, “Pete” stated that he operated as an unlicensed investigator and had contracted with the antimodern farming group Humane Farming Association and the vegan animal rights group Mercy for Animals. He proudly boasted that video footage he was respon-

sible for procuring had been featured in at least two HBO documentaries, including Death on a Factory Farm. In July 2007, video obtained by Smith (who went by Knoldt) was used in a trial against an Ohio hog farm. He said that he had used his real name and a false address when he was hired. Video was obtained using a buttonhole camera. “James/Jimmy Carlson”: Possibly the same, but without confirmation, another individual was hired by Country View Family Farms. The name provided was Jimmy Carlson, supposedly from Sag Harbor, N.Y. The individual was in his twenties and had his hair cropped short in a buzz cut. Sources confirmed that Carlson was also responsible for the January 2010 video taken at Willet Dairy in New York for Mercy for Animals. In a National Public Radio interview that has since been taken offline, an individual took credit for conducting the Hy-Line undercover operation. He stated that he worked for Mercy for Animals. In the radio interview, this individual asked the reporter to call him “James.” He said that since he often had to use his real social security card

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with his picture ID, he couldn’t reveal his real name when giving interviews. In all cases, the undercover videos were provided weeks or months after the individuals had left employment, and the videos were initially provided to either the media or the USDA — not directly to the businesses involved. In most cases, employers realized — after the fact — who the former undercover employee had been. They also recognized — after the fact — many behaviors or actions demonstrated by the undercover employee that allowed them to have access to the animals and to produce videos — whether of real or staged animal mistreatment. Some of the behaviors included: n Befriending or mingling with upper management — asking questions about operations including security matters or time schedules. n Volunteering for jobs before or after normal business hours. n Volunteering for jobs that are less desirable, but would provide them access to the animals, often before or after normal business hours. n Seeking employment in jobs below

their skill or education level; demonstrating previous jobs or experiences out of character for the job they were seeking. n Seeking employment with no pay — so they can “learn more about the business before committing to that field” either with regard to their education or possibly before starting their own business. n Using an out-of-state driver’s license. The Alliance urges producers to use caution when hiring new employees. Operators should follow the recommendations in the Alliance’s Farm & Facility Security Recommendations Report, which is available on the members section of the Alliance's website. Operators must make certain that they hire people who are there for the right reasons — to help produce a safe and nutritious food supply. The agriculture industry must be wary — activists have shown that they will work every angle in their quest to put all farmers, ranchers, and meat processors out of business. The first step for every farm operator is to ensure that top quality animal care is provided at all times. It is also critical that those in the industry take extra security precautions to prevent getting targeted by animal rights groups looking for video to aid in their fundraisn ing efforts and political campaigns.

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State 4-H Officers Elected At State Conference he 2010-11 State 4-H Council Officer Team was elected during the 87th Annual State 4-H Conference in Las Cruces at New Mexico State University in July. The seven officers campaigned throughout the week-long event with posters, business cards and speeches. Delegates representing counties from across the state voted for the candidates during the conference. The 2010-11 president is Augusta Ahlm, 17. A senior from Raton, Ahlm was the 2009-10 state secretary. Her 4-H projects have included horse, rifle and swine. “4-H is one of the best youth leadership organizations I know and it’s an honor to serve them as they have served me,” Ahlm said. Jaylah Dow, 16, of Truth or Consequences, was elected state vice president. Dow is an active member of her 4-H club and enjoys singing, photography and horses. Talon Choate, 17, also of Truth or Consequences, was elected secretary. Choate competes in wildlife habitat evaluation and is a member of FFA. He also plays football and basketball and runs track. Wil Hodnett, 17, of Texico, was elected treasurer. Hodnett competes in livestock judging, along with showing sheep, beef and dairy heifers. He also runs track and participates in FFA and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Fort Sumner, native Sara Ballard, 17, was elected reporter. Ballard competes in horse shows and 4-H rodeos. She also is a member of FFA and the National Honor Society. “Out of all my extracurricular activities, 4-H has been the most rewarding and has helped me gain the most leadership experience,” Ballard said. The parliamentarian is Jenna Cleckler, 18, of Capitan. Cleckler shows goats and sheep and competes in public speaking. Kylie Gaines, 17, of Carrizozo, was elected song and recreation leader. Gaines is active in her county’s 4-H council and competes in meats and crops judging. The NMSU 4-H program is dedicated to enabling youth to become productive, well-informed, self-reliant and responsible n adults.


Department of Animal and Range Sciences NMSU Spring/Summer 2010 graduates Jim Armendariz, animal science major from Santa Rosa, N.M., plans to work for the BLM and hopes to buy and make improvements on a cattle ranch in Mexico. Jim was a member of the NMSU Range Club and participated in the department’s Academic Quadrathlon for two years. He also participated in the undergraduate research program through the AMP program. Animal science major, Leslie Barmann is from Cimarron, N.M. and will return to the family ranch to be part of the next generation that will continue to improve and maintain the cattle ranching legacy. She was a participant on the departmental Academic Quadrathlon team and recipient of the department’s “Distinguished Graduating Senior” medallion. Attending Washington State University School of Veterinary Medicine this fall will be Christina Bean from Clovis, N.M. Christina was a member of the Pre-Vet Club and served as historian in 2008-2009. She was a recipient of the American Society of Animal Science Scholastic Achievement Award for two years, was named to the Dean’s List, and was an Honors Graduate. Christabel Castro of Fabens, Texas, was an animal science major who plans to attend graduate school to earn a Master’s degree and work with USDA in the food industry. As a member of the Pre-Vet Club, Christabel served as vice-president and ACES representative. Range science major, Curtis Chee will work for the U.S. Forest Service. Curtis is from Ganado, Arizona. He was invited to make a presentation on “My Future Role in Indian Agriculture” at the Southwest Indian Agricultural Association annual conference in Laughlin, Nevada. Los Lunas native and animal science major, Melissa Christiansen will be attending Washington State University School of Veterinary Medicine. She was recipient of the American Society of Animal Science Scholastic Achievement Award for three years and was named to the Dean’s List. Melissa also graduated with Honors. Mallory Cohn, animal science major from Albuquerque, plans to attend veterinary school. While at NMSU, Mallory was a member of the Horsemen’s Association and the Therapeutic Riding Association. Also planning to attend veterinary

school is Kacie Deines, animal science major from Maxwell, N.M. Kacie was a Crimson Scholar for four years, a member of the National Society for Collegiate Scholars and Big Brothers, Big Sisters. Becoming a range conservationist is the career goal of Warren Edaakie. Warren was a range science major from Isleta Pueblo, N.M. Brothers Michael and Bobby Ernst of Corrales, N.M. were both members of the NMSU Polo team. The animal science majors plan to work in the horse industry and hope to own and operate a successful equine enterprise. Brock Graham was an animal science major who will continue his education at Kansas State University in cow/calf nutrition. Brock, of Melrose, N.M., was a member of the NMSU Wool and Livestock Judging Teams and the Academic Quadrathlon Team. He served as president of both the NMSU Block and Bridle Club and the Judging Teams Club. Brock worked as a research assistant in the Nutrition Lab and received the Dean’s Award of Excellence.

He was also awarded the department’s Distinguished Graduating Senior medallion. Kelley Hendricks, Carrizozo, N.M., was a range science major and plans to utilize knowledge learned at NMSU to improve the family’s ranch and possibly pursue a career with the NRCS. Deming, N.M. native, Russell Johnson was an animal science major and plans to return to the family ranch in southwestern New Mexico. Russell was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho, Gamma Beta Phi, NMSU ROTC, and was named to the Dean’s List. Receiving her degree in animal science was Naomi Martin of Albuquerque, N.M. Naomi received a Kentucky Equine Management Internship Award and was active in the Lutheran campus ministries. Lauren Martinson, animal science major from Albuquerque will be attending veterinary school at Colorado State University. She was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority and recipient of the American Society of Animal Science continued on page 40

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Society of Animal Science Scholastic Achievement Award. He was a member of the NMSU Horse Judging Team and the Academic Quadrathlon and assisted with extension horse activities. Logan earned 2nd place finish in the Equine Science Society’s undergraduate student research competition and was received the NMSU Alumni Association’s “Outstanding Senior Award” for the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. He also received the department’s Distinguished Graduating Senior medallion and graduated with Honors. Animal science major, Lori Richardson, is from Texico, N.M. and will be attending Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine. An Honors Graduate, Lori was a member of Block and Bridle, received the American Society of Animal Science Scholastic Achievement Award and was named to the Dean’s List. Matilda Rodriguez, animal science

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major from Clint, Texas, will continue her education at San Juan College in Farmington to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. Sam Rowan was a range science major from Los Alamos, N.M. and hopes to secure a job in the range science field and ultimately would like to own a ranch. Sam was a member of the NMSU Range Club. Doña Ana, N.M. native, Tanya Sanchez, plans to receive a certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography and eventually work on an equine breeding farm preferably in Kentucky. Tanya was a member of the PreVet Club, Lutheran Campus Ministries, National Society of Collegiate Scholars and completed the Kentucky Equine Management Internship. Andrea Stapp, of Roswell, N.M., was an animal science major with a minor in agricultural business management. She will continue her education at either Oklahoma State University or North Dakota State University, majoring in reproductive physiology. Andrea was a member of Block and Bridle, the NMSU Wool and Livestock Judging Teams, Academic Quadrathlon, ACES Student Council, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scholar. She received the department’s Distinguished Graduating Senior medallion and was named “Outstanding Student” in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences by the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES). Juan Carlos Vazquez-Talamantes, animal science major, is from Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico and will return to work and expand the family’s feedyards in Mexico. He is also interested in slaughter houses in Mexico. While at NMSU, Juan participated in an internship at a Caballo dairy and participated in soccer intramurals, cycling and gym. Currently working for NRCS, Sara Walker of Carlsbad, N.M. hopes to one day become a district conservationist. The animal science major was a Crimson Scholar and a member of the Wildlife Society. Other students completing their bachecontinued on page 40



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lor’s degrees this spring were Thomas Blanchette (animal science, Clovis, N.M.); Christina Cooper (animal science, Las Cruces, N.M.); Thomas Mendez (range science, Mescalero, N.M.); Zach Ozborn (animal science, Lovington, N.M.); Vicki St. Clair (animal science, Albuquerque, N.M.); and Rachel Suazo (range science; Cuba, N.M.). Advanced Degree Graduates

Leah Lankford of Salado, Texas, completed her Master’s degree in animal science with emphasis on physiology. Dr. Tim Ross served as her advisor and her thesis was titled “Effects of human chorionic gonadotropin on serum progesterone concentrations, embryonic survival, and lambing rates in ewes.” Her career goals are to work in a hospital, specifically with reproduction and fertility, and perhaps become a Physician’s Assistant. Leah was an active member of the Animal and Range Sciences Graduate Student Association (ARSGSA) and was inducted into Gamma Sigma Delta, the Honor Society of Agriculture. “Effect of supplemental corn dry distillers grains on performance and characteristics of digestion of steers grazing native range during forage growing season” was the title of Maria MartinezPerez’s Master’s thesis. Her research was conducted under the guidance of Dr. Sergio Soto-Navarro. She will pursue a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University and work as a large animal veterinary in the United States. Maria, who is from Chihuahua, Mexico, was an active member of the Animal and Range Sciences Graduate Student Association (ARSGSA). Dr. Jason Turner served as advisor for Master’s student, Shannon Malesky of La Vernia, Texas. Her research dealt with nitrogen retention and plasma amino acid response in mature Quarter Horse geldings fed three levels of dietary lysine. Shannon served as president of the Animal and Range Sciences Graduate Student Association (ARSGSA) and plans to work as an extension agent or in feed sales. Emily Eastman-Smith, of Rochester Hills, Michigan, earned her Master’s degree in animal science working with Dr. Sergio Soto-Navarro. She studied the dynamics of nutrition and insulin resistance in disease states of equids. Emily served as an assistant coach of the NMSU Equestrian Team and plans to work as an n equine nutritionist and consultant.

store where my mom bought flour and groceries when I was six or seven years old. “Bronc to Breakfastttt” was of the paintings that influenced this piece, also there was “Roping a Grizzly”, “When Horses Talk War” and others. Then my folks gave me the C.M. Russell book by M.C. McCracken, when I was twelve or so. Under “Good Medicine and over the past forty years I’ve been fortunate to acquire about all the books on Russell. So this piece is a salute to ole Charlie Russell the “all time” cowboy artist. Wish I could have set on a bed roll with coffee in hand and visited with him. I got to make a few wagon works, never saw a horse pitch through the pot rack, but I am sure that it happened as thousands of cold backed horses were mounted between the rope corral and the chuck wagon. I have had great beef and taters from those dutch ovens and I salute the cook that feeds 10 to 15 cow punchers two or three times a day, in all weather with a wood fire. So this is also a salute to those wagon cooks — who can blame them for being a little cranky?

This puncher is “forked” and it ain’t the first time he’s saddled and mounted a snake without aid of a snubbin’ post. He’s sit up straight and spurin’ old dunny till some fun lovin’ cow puncher hazes this pony toward the wagon. The drive probably came in early and they cut the dry’s, worked the herd, and the wagon boss said let’s catch fresh horses before noon. So this puncher knows this is a bad horse and decided to top him off before he has all them biscuits and beef. I hope you enjoy this piece and it brings back great memories of your wagon days then and now. Hopefully you can smell that cedar or mesquite smoke, still taste that range beef and fried potatoes and gravy that keeps you going through hard work. I thank God for getting to portray the cowboy life and culture. Thanks to Caren and the New Mexico Stockman for using this on the cover. For more information Curtis Fort and this month’s cover bronze, and his other works, contact Curtis or Carol Fort, P.O. Box 797, Tatum, NM 88277, 575/398-6423,



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Nature Or Nurture? Desert-born Brangus cattle choose better diet, grazing patterns, NMSU study shows by CHRISTINA PHELEY ecent research conducted n “naive” — cows born and at New Mexico State Uniraised in Leona, Texas, with no versity’s (NMSU) Chidesert experience before comhuahuan Desert Rangeland ing to the CDRRC. Research Center (CDRRC) is “In the extensive rangeland helping scientists tease apart pastures of New Mexico and the the nature versus nurture puzWest, there are many areas far zle by showing that a cow’s geofrom water, up steep slopes or graphic experience affects its at higher elevations that are grazing behavior and diet grazed lightly or not at all, choices in the harsh desert while other areas near water or rangeland pastures of southern on gentle slopes are often overNew Mexico. grazed,” said Bailey, who is also The study will also help livedirector of the CDRRC, which stock producers make manageis operated by NMSU’s Agriculment decisions that are both Derek Bailey, professor of range science, College of Agricultural, Con- tural Experiment Station. sumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University, profitable and sustainable in with some of the Brahman cattle herd at NMSU’s Chihuahuan Desert “If we can find animals that are desert rangelands. more willing to walk farther Rangeland Research Center. (Photo by Christina Pheley) Using GPS technology to from water and use pastures on track and monitor the animals, steeper slopes and at higher groups of Brangus cows at the CDRRC: Derek Bailey and Milt Thomas, professors elevations, we can make grazing in those n “native” — those living their entire in the College of Agricultural, Consumer lives in the Chihuahuan Desert; areas more sustainable, and ranchers will & Environmental Sciences’ (ACES) Anibe able to graze more livestock in them. n “tourist” — cows born and raised in the mal and Range Sciences department, com- desert, moved to the subtropical environ- This approach is cheaper than adding pared the grazing distribution patterns ment of Leona, Texas, for the previous three water or building fences to extend grazing and quality of forage selected by three years and then returned to the CDRRC; and areas,” Bailey said. “CDRRC pastures are very large, some over 9,000 acres. The GPS collars allow us to watch where the cattle go and see how September 8, 2010 well they forage, how far they can walk for NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the following water and how well they can cover the described estray animals have been taken under the provisions of Chapter 77, Article 13 of New Mexico Statutes Annotated 1978, and sold for the benefit landscape. We can determine their adaptof the owners of said estrays as provided by law. The proceeds will be subject ability and how sustainable the grazing to claims and proof of ownership as provided by law. New Mexico Livestock Board · Myles Culbertson, Director · Albuquerque, N.M. from these particular animals is,” he said. “We know from the CDRRC’s multigenerational Brangus breeding program that, in general, Brangus cattle, which are three-eighths Brahman and five-eighths Angus, are well adapted to harsh desert rangelands,” Bailey said. “But this study documented that native Brangus cows, those living their entire lives in the desert, had advantages over the other two groups. “Native cows spent more time away from water, periods ranging from 24 to 48 hours, while naive and tourist cows spent 24 hours or less away from water. Also, native cows grazed and used areas farther away from water than either naive cows or tourist cows. “On the other hand, naive cows, with no prior desert experience, used less area



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and stayed closer to water than tourist and native cows,” Bailey said. The researchers found that cows with extensive desert experience — both native and tourist — chose a more nutritious diet during drought conditions than naive cows, which had no previous desert experience. These results show that a cow’s experience does affect its ability to adapt to and thrive in the extensive rangeland pastures of the desert Southwest and that spending time away from the desert can affect an animal's behavior and adaptability when it is returned to the desert rangeland. And that information can be important for livestock producers making herdstocking choices and decisions about sustainable rangeland management. “We can recommend that ranchers using desert rangelands stock at levels allowing them to keep a core herd of cows adapted to this environment in drought conditions so those cows can produce their own replacements. If ranchers purchase new animals, we suggest they choose animals developed with forages and environments similar to a rancher’s location,” Bailey said. Thomas, who is professor of animal science and the ACES’ 2010-2011 Gerald R. Thomas chair, focuses on molecular genetics and breeding. Since 1997, he has headed the CDRRC’s multigenerational Brangus breeding program, which began in the 1960s. “Today, because we can analyze DNA, we can tell if an allele (one part of a gene pair) comes from the Brahman parent or from the Angus parent; therefore we can know that the phenotype (a trait or characteristic) of an individual brangus is a certain way because of what it inherited from either the Angus or the Brahman,” Thomas said. “Teasing apart the nature versus nurture puzzle is a challenging part of science and one of the areas that Derek and I work at almost every day,” Thomas said. “When we look at traits like grazing distribution and diet selection, we really want to know how much of each trait is due to genetics and how much is due to learning. When we know the difference between the two, we can make better recommendations to producers.” “It’s very important in rangeland management to understand how the animals can adapt or produce in certain environments,” Thomas said. “The cattle’s ability to understand the range itself is a part of

the long-term selection process. Since we’ve been selecting the multigenerational Brangus cattle for many years over

Cows with extensive desert experience, both native and tourist, chose a more nutritious diet during drought conditions. many generations now, the cows have figured out what’s good to eat in the desert in different seasons. “It’s really amazing. In some seasons

when the grass is dead, you would think there’s nothing good to eat, but the Brangus cows just seem to know how to go out and find what’s good to eat, and they eat a lot of stuff other than grass: forbs, like clover, sunflowers and milkweed; leaves off of shrubs; beans off of mesquite plants. They really have honed their foraging skills way beyond just eating grass,” he said. “Our studies moving cattle from one environment to another are documenting that animals from an environment, that have been there for a long time, are going to have a knowledge advantage over animals that aren’t from there. It’s kind of like home-court advantage,” Thomas said. “And that’s key information for livestock producers in the Chihuahuan Desert who are raising cattle here: Now we know there is great value in animals that are n from this environment.”

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Memoriam Juan J. Vigil, 91, Springer passed away on December 3, 2009 in Raton. He was born October 5, 1918 in Wagon Mound, the son of Jose and Placida Vigil. Mr. Vigil was a retired correctional officer and had driven the school bus for 25 years. He was a member of the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association, New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau and the American Quarter Horse Association. Mr. Vigil is survived by his wife Feloniz; four daughters, Mary Lou Peterson (husband, Jeff) Ft. Collins; Janet Murdoch, Canyon, Texas, Susan Vigil, Bedford, Texas and Peggy Walton of Santa Fe; five sons, Alford Vigil, Springer; Steve Vigil, Wagon Mound, and Kenny Vigil of Albuquerque, Mike Vigil (wife Mindy) Cimarron, and Karl Vigil (wife, Kelly) White Deer, Texas; three sisters, Aurora Duran, Pueblo, Colo., Ida Chavez, Denver, Colo., and Ruby Romero, Tucumcari; one brother Raymond Vigil (wife Georgia) Cheyenne, Wyo.; 18 grandchildren, eight greatgrandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Longtime Angus artist Frank Champion Murphy, 89, Wheaton, Ill., passed away June 28, 2010 after suffering a broken hip earlier this year. Murphy is best known for his nearly 60-year career creating artwork for the American Angus Association® and its entities. He was born in Vinton, Iowa, in 1920 and grew up near Chicago. Like his artistic mother, Murphy developed a love for art and spent summers on his mother’s family ranch near Brownsville, Texas. While pursuing an industrial economics degree and a double-minor in journalism from Iowa State University, Murphy met and married Evelyn Brown, his beloved wife of 67 years. During World War II, Murphy served in the Navy for more than a year on an amphibious ship in the Pacific. Following the war, Murphy began to pursue his dream by enrolling in the Chicago Academy of Art and beginning a career as a freelance artist working on assignments for Quaker Oats and other clients. More than 130 works — including oil paintings, acrylics, pastels, watercolors, wash drawings, charcoal sketches and sculptures — record the evolution of the

Angus breed in the United States. Murphy is survived by his wife, Evelyn; son Tom; daughter Julie (Rich) Heller; a granddaughter and several nieces and nephews. Lenora Leigh Levinson, 52, Tucson, Arizona, passed away on July 20, 2010. She is survived by her father, Arnold Levinson; mother, Mary Lou Fischer; stepfather, Herman Fischer; brother, Louie Levinson (wife, Myra); sister, Diane Kurlander (husband, Harley); a niece and nephew; cousins, aunts and uncles, many friends and her beloved cats. Leigh was born June 22, 1958 in Tombstone, Ariz. and graduated from Tombstone High School in 1975. She was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for 26 years from 1983 until 2009 when she was diagnosed with lung cancer. Generous to a fault and a great friend to all, Leigh inherited her big heart and zest for life from her late grandmother, Virginia Ascher. Amy R. Ford, 40, Lexington, Illinois, passed away on July 23, 2010 at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal. Amy was born July 10, 1970, in El Reno, Oklahoma., the daughter of James J. and Mary E. Batson Brueggen. She married Steven K. Ford on Sept. 1, 1996, in Geneseo. He survives along with their children, Ian Ford and Samantha Ford, both at home; her parents, James and Mary Brueggen, Las Cruces, N.M.; maternal grandparents, Birt and Aileen Batson, Tulsa.; and two sisters, Tracy (husband, Thomas) Keeter, Broken Arrow, Okla., and Stephanie (husband, Tommy) Diaz, Rockledge, Fla. Amy was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Lexington. Prior to moving to Illinois, Amy graduated from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and was a public affairs specialist for the USDA in Washington, D.C. She left behind a long trail of smiles and great stories. Edgar Joe Sims, 84, passed away August 8, 2010, in Roswell. Joe was born July 6, 1926, in Lometa, Texas, to George Edgar Sims and Wahlecia Dell Blackwell Sims. Joe married Emily Estes in 1947. They were married for 58 years. Joe is survived by two sons, Alan Sims, Roswell, and Mike Sims, Montrose, Colorado; two brothers, Robert Richard Sims, of Queen, and Dr. James R. Sims, Bozeman, Mont.; continued on page 45

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one sister, Betty Sims Solt, Roswell; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Joe grew up on a sheep and cattle ranch near Santa Rosa. He was a lifetime rancher, ranch manager, and livestock inspector for the New Mexico Livestock Board and several banks. He also was in the ranch and farm real estate business for 30 years. He was a lifetime member of the Methodist church. He was also a 4-H leader and advisor. In 1943, he joined the Navy and was sent to the Special Naval Signal School in Bainbridge, Md. He was one of 25 invited to the White House for Thanksgiving dinner with President and Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt. In July 1945, he was sent on temporary duty to Tinian Island on a secret assignment, and two weeks later the Enola Gay took off from Tinian Island with the atomic bomb headed for Hiroshima. In September 1946, he enrolled in New Mexico A&M. He helped start the Aggie Rodeo Club and was a member of the college team. He won many ropings on his favorite horse Susie Q that he had trained. He entered college NIRA rodeos, professional RCA rodeos,

amateur rodeos and matched ropings. Chance Milton Poling, 15, died July 26, 2010 near Clayton, New Mexico. He was born on May 24, 1995, in Amarillo, to Wendy Lou Poling. She preceded him in death. Since his mother’s death, Chance had been raised by his grandparents J.M. and Lynda Poling. Chance graduated from Clayton Jr. High school in May where he played football, basketball and ran track. Suvivors include his grandparents, two uncles and their wives and numerous great-aunts, great-uncles and cousins. James Michael Benton, 61, Artesia, died on June 26, 2010. He moved with his famiy to a ranch near Las Vegas, New Mexico in 1957. The family then moved to Tucumcari where Mike was active in 4-H and rodeo, winning several trophies in calf roping and bull dogging. He served in the National Guard, worked for the Production Credit Association and for the past 14 was with H & R Block in Artesia. Mike is survived by his wife, Melody; parents Gladys and Charles; sons Michael (wife, Crystal) Justen, Texas; Chad (wife, Melissa) Tucumcari; and Todd (wife, Katrina) Melrose; brother Larry (wife, Connie) Roswell as well as numerous grandchildren. Elias Hurtado, 77, Holman, passed

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2010 Sets Record For Cost Of Government he average American worker had to toil through the first 231 days of 2010 — more than 63 percent of the year — to pay off the costs of their state, local and federal governments. This leaves just under four and half months for Americans to provide for themselves and their families before the growing tab of the cost of government comes due again, says Mattie Corrao, government affairs manager for Americans for Tax Reform. Every year, the Americans for Tax Reform Foundation and its Center for Fiscal Accountability calculate the day on which average Americans have paid off their share of the costs of federal, state and local spending and regulations. This year the day fell on August 19, a full eight days later than last year’s date. It is the latest Cost of Government Day ever recorded, says Corrao.


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after about a week my new husband informed me he had been told that cowboys’ wives were not allowed in the corrals and absolutely not horseback. We were, however, permitted to fix dinner and bring it to the windmill closest to the day’s work. So I was summarily demoted from top hand to “bored out of my skull little wifey” with no homemaking skills and no desire to learn any. “I didn’t like it,” is a huge understatement. I don’t know if the bosses were afraid of women, intimidated by those of us they knew to be good hands, or just plain contrary. I later read a story in Western Horseman saying this “no female” rule was common on big ranches in those days. You’ve heard the saying, “If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy,” I’m sure. That applied to our situation in capital, underlined letters even though I wasn’t even about to be a Mama yet. We stuck it out about four months. The no female rule aside, we figured out if we continued on ranches with him in cowboy jobs we would eventually find ourselves 65 years old with no future — just no more work — when we could no longer hack it. So we checked out and went to my father-in-law’s ranch. Eventually, we decided to go to college and join the excowboys of the world. A check of the classified ads in livestock papers nowadays reveals rancher’s hopes that some actual cowboys are out there — the kind willing to work for the pleasure and not much money. I saw one advertisement made to order for such a hand. Work included doctoring sick Okies, calving out heifers, repairing windmills, welding, horse breaking. They’re still asking for married couples, wanting the wife to cook and clean. Another ad said “team ropers, windshield cowboys, horse whisperers need not inquire.” I bet some of us cowgirls could be running those big outfits by now if the owners weren’t so scared of us. Some cowgirls I know even have big-time college degrees in such subjects as wildlife management and beef cattle genetics. Contact Glenda Price, contributing editor to N.M. Stockman since 1982, at



EPA rejects effort to ban lead in bullets he U.S. EPA in late August rejected a petition from several environmental groups to bar use of lead in ammunition, a decision that comes amid GOP claims that a ban would be an “assault on rural America.” The American Bird Conservancy, the Center for Biological Diversity and other groups in early August sought the ban on lead shot, bullets and fishing gear under the Toxic Substances Control Act, citing harmful effects on wildlife and people. “EPA today denied a petition submitted by several outside groups for the agency to implement a ban on the production and distribution of lead hunting ammunition. EPA reached this decision because the agency does not have the legal authority to regulate this type of product under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) — nor is the agency seeking such authority,” said Steve Owens, assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, in a statement. “EPA is taking action on many fronts to address major sources of lead in our society, such as eliminating childhood exposures to lead; however, EPA was not and is not considering taking action on whether the lead content in hunting ammunition poses an undue threat to wildlife,” he added. But he said the agency would continue reviewing the portion of the petition seeking to ban lead fishing sinkers. The idea that EPA would mull a ban


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Richardson via Executive Order, must be put in place via regulatory changes by the Commission. The ban is supposed to allow time for the Department to study the impacts of trapping on Mexican wolves. That theory begs a couple of questions. First if there is no trapping, what is the NMDGF supposed to be studying — literature from other environments that don’t compare with New Mexico? Second, who thinks that trapping has hindered expansion of the wolf population? The animals clearly are not biologically sound and cannot reproduce in the wild — and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist or a biologist to see that after 12 years of failure. The third issue under consideration by the Department and the Commission is not quite so clear cut. So-called sportsmen groups are crying foul that it is too difficult for them to draw antelope and elk tags, thus in their myopic view, the problem must be the landowner tags that are provided to the people who provide the habitat and care for these animals on a daily basis. At the same time the NMDFG believes that although antelope management has been working under the current structure and the herds are thriving in most of their

habitat — too much for some landowners’ liking — the Department does not have the biology to support the program. The NMDGF attempted to address the matter in 2008 and failed. When that became apparent, the Commission directed them to go back to the drawing board and come up with a new plan. That effort resulted in some initially unproductive meetings between landowners, guides and out fitters, sportsmen and so-called hunters . The New Mexico Wildlife Federation and the Doña Ana County Consolidated Sportsmen (or something like that) spent the first two meetings demanding that they get a minimum of 50 percent of all antelope tags issued. They really believe that because “all of the wildlife in New Mexico belongs to the public” (them), they should have 80 to 90 percent of the tags — and should be able to hunt it where ever it is. In that environment it was nearly impossible to come up with a plan. Tags are already being issued based on landownership, with those landowners who chose to participate in the program accepting a certain number of public hunters in addition to the private landowner authorizations. In theory there is some biology behind harvest, so those are items that there can be agreement on.

One new way the Department thought they might be able to increase hunter opportunity was to put federal or state trust lands into the program, even if the associate landowner / allotment owner / lessee didn’t chose to sign up in the program. The parameters set for that new addition were that there had to be blocks of at least three thousand acres with legal access. Although federal lands are multiple use and we all recognize that, and State Trust Lands are open during legal hunting seasons, this plan provides some issues because of the weakness of New Mexico’s trespass laws and the inability of the state to enforce them. However, after a real study of the federal and state trust lands that met that criteria, this plan would add only 100 to 150 tags. Another issue that was covered was the fact that there is land in the state that appears to be antelope habitat, but there are no animals. That is an issue that will continue to be studied and antelope may be transferred into these areas at some point in the future. If I may be so bold, I believe this issue may tie back into the bear and cougar harvest matter. New Mexico is overrun with predators and that is impacting continued on page 52

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not only livestock production but the state’s wildlife and hunting opportunity. At any rate, despite the unreasonable and unattainable demands of some, the Department was able develop two options for the public to consider relative to antelope tag allocation. Option #1 would allocate tags based on the landownership percentages as well as the biological status of the herd. A fly in the ointment is that the NMDGF is currently just starting to develop that biology so there is a certain amount of uncertainty about allocation numbers. Many landowners rely on the value of their private allocations to make up for the lost revenue created by feeding and watering the antelope. Option #2 would provide no change to the current system, which many ranchers and landowners believe is the best option. Then pretty much out of the blue came Option #3, which would put all tags on an over-the-count basis, leaving those who are successful in obtaining an antelope tag to negotiate individually with landowners for access to their private property or to identify hunting opportunity on federal or state trust lands. The week before the Commission Meeting, Option #3 was



expanded to include four different scenarios which I cannot even begin to explain. As you can imagine, given the diverse nature of the NMCGA Board of Directors with representation from across the state and all landownership status’, there were many opinions on which of these options should be supported by the Association. For those who have strictly private land and can control access, some version of Option #3 might be best. For those who have mixed deeded, federal and/or state lands with controlled access Options #1 or #2 were the most attractive. After some lively debate, the gentleman most in support of Option #3 made the motion for the Board to oppose that option, which passed unanimously. As to Options #1 and #2, the Board decided not to take a position, but encouraged NMCGA members to participate in the debate to achieve the best possible outcome. Public Trust Doctrine for Wildlife

One of the points of contention in this whole debate about who gets what hunting allocations is the Public Trust Doctrine for Wildlife, which provides that wildlife is held in trust by the state and is managed for the benefit of the public. To jump to the conclusion that this means all wildlife

belongs to the public and therefore the public should have the right to hunt of all it wherever it resides is just flat wrong. If that were the case, why would we have a NMDGF and Commission? Why would we have to buy hunting licenses and follow game laws? The legal words on this issue read something like wildlife is managed by the state for the public and is not owned in the sense of property until killed and reduced to possession (so says our attorney) . State Trust Lands are held by the state for the benefit of education and school children — the money generated from State Trust Lands from grazing lessees, oil and gas exploration and hunting goes to support the state’s education system. The NMDGF must pay the State Land Office a fee annually for hunting access to State Lands. And, while that is a whole other issue, that fee is literally a few cents an acre . . . if you want to talk about subsidizing; maybe someone should look into that subsidy. But back to the point, you don’t see schools setting up shop or kids wandering around on State Trust Lands just because the land is held in trust for them. continued on page 53

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Outfitters, Trappers, Houndsmen, two chapters of the Safari Club, the Wild Sheep Foundation, Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife and others are joining forces with the NMCGA, Wool Growers, Farm Bureau and others to have a voice for the real people on the ground who hunt, trap, fish and care for the land. The antelope issue is just the tip of the iceberg for those who would trample private property rights and end livestock grazing. Their next targets are elk landowner authorizations and the nonresident allocations. You can look for another eventful year at the Legislature as these issues are taken there. Many in New Mexico may fail to realize that about half of the NMDGF budget is funded by the fees paid by non-resident hunters. Are hunters willing to pay what it really costs to run the Department through with their resident fees? Currently an antelope license costs $63. Without non-resident funds, that cost will have to jump up to somewhere between $250 and $300.

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Perhaps the even bigger question is when did landownership or stewardship eliminate an individual from being a member of “the public?” Should ranchers and landowners have at least as much right to wildlife as any other member of the public? The idea that ranchers are not part of the hunting community is equally absurd. I know few ranchers who are not avid hunters as well. Finally, it is a well-known fact that most wildlife resides much of the time on private land. If landowners just close access to their private lands, how much hunting opportunity will be lost as opposed to the increase that some are seeking? For more information on the Public Trust Doctrine, read the 1842 U.S. Supreme Court cases Martin v. Waddell, Geer v, Connecticut or Kleppe v. New Mexico. Another Good Thing.

One of the benefits of this whole debate is that most of the hunting community has become weary of the New Mexico Wildlife Federation and their ilk portraying themselves as THE spokesmen for New Mexico hunters. As a result of that, several groups including the Council of Guides &

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The Game Commission will not make a final decision on the antelope, bear or trapping issue until their next meeting, which will be sometime in October.

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Additional Interior Documents Released n my July column I discussed the Department of Interior (DOI) documents marked “Internal Draft-NOT FOR RELEASE” which included recommendations for 14 National Monuments including two in New Mexico: Lesser Prairie Chicken Preserve (58,000 acres) and Otero Mesa (1.2 million acres). Recently fourteen more pages of this document have been released. These heretofore secret documents provide a glimpse into the mindset of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) leadership, and it’s a scary thing to behold. Many of us have suspected such leftward enviro-political leanings within the BLM, but now that suspicion is staring us in the face. Here are what I believe to be the significant points laid out in the document: n BLM now manages 264 million acres and 140 million of those acres should be considered “treasured landscapes” and are


made up of “large-scale ecosystems, watersheds, air sheds and migratory pathways.” (I’m sure you’ve noticed these as you’ve driven around New Mexico and the West). n BLM’s vision of “integrated landscape-level management” began with the creation of the National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS) by Secretary Babbitt over a decade ago. (Babbitt did it administratively, Bush supported it legislatively, and Obama and Bingaman finally enacted it into law). n BLM supports the legislative expansion of the NLCS by Congressional designation of “new National Monuments, National Conservation Areas, Wilderness Areas, Wild and Scenic Rivers, and Historic Trails.” n BLM says “should the legislative process not prove fruitful”, then BLM “would recommend that the Administration consider using the Antiquities Act” to

designate these areas by Presidential Proclamation. (This sets up a nice situation where Interior can tell Congress to pass it or the President will designate it). n To reach its vision the BLM recommends “emphasizing conservation values in its land-use planning process” and paying special attention to “the ecosystem service values” of BLM lands. (In other words they are experiencing problems in finding any economic value in what they want to do, and they need to find a way to do that). n BLM wants to acquire millions of acres of private and state land, but only to “preserve ecosystem integrity” you understand. They identify 412,657 acres of inholdings to initially go after. If you add up their proposed acquisitions in the attachments, BLM wants to acquire approximately 2.6 million acres. (The property-grabbing virus is running ramcontinued on page 59

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stunning paleontological resources; breathtaking vistas; nationally significant landscapes; ecosystem-service values; wild deserts; untamed landscapes; world-class ecological and cultural resources; conservation values; heightened conservation designation; undisturbed ecosystems; preserve ecosystem integrity; eco-regional assessments; global climate change; crossjurisdictional landscape connectivity; extensive wildlife-habitat corridors; and so on ad nauseam. And that is only from the first half of the document! Livestock grazing does not appear in the document, and timber and mineral leasing are only mentioned as sources of funding or something to be prevented. Representative Rob Bishop (R-Utah), who has spearheaded the discovery of these documents, says, “These 14 pages are further evidence of this Administration’s efforts, under the guidance of Secretary Salazar, to control western lands by unilaterally locking them up without input from local residents and stakeholders nor the approval of Congress.” Bishop also states, “Thousands of westerners whose livelihoods depend upon access to our public lands stand to be affected by these decisions and yet this document blatantly goes out of its way to exclude their

input or participation. “ So far, BLM’s paper is the only one discovered; we have yet to hear from the Park Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service. I wouldn’t be surprised to find the Forest Service has prepared a similar document. The Shady Bunch currently running things campaigned on “change”, and anyone trying to make productive use of federal lands is about to get “change” rammed down their gullet. More Federal Land Acquisition

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Manny & Hayley Encinias 575/374-3393 or 505/927-7935

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The Breeding Season is Right Around the Corner – PLAN EARLY! Let us help you design a successful synchronized, AI program for your heifers and mature cows. Custom AI breeding services Semen available from the industry’s top AI sires Complete inventory of all synchronization and AI supplies AI breeding boxes for sale AI training available Reproductive ultrasound for early-pregnancy diagnosis Complete program discounts available (i.e. semen, supplies, preg-check, and labor) Age and source verification

We Focus on the Details Because it’s the Little Things that Make the Difference! Hayley and Manny Encinias 575/374-3393 • 505/927-7935 NMBVM Licensed AI & PD Technician



KAIL RANCHES Quality Registered Romagnola and Angus Bulls & Replacement Females Disposition and Birth Weight a given. STOP BY – SEEING IS BELIEVING! R.M. Kail, Owner 307/367-3058

Raul Munoz, Manager 575/461-1120

P.O. Box 981 • Conchas, NM 88416 State Hwy. 104-3 miles north, mile marker 66


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House, New Mexico 160 acres, 126.5 acres under center pivot with 48 acres in 1st year alfalfa. T and L sprinkler. Water source is from a rechargeable stream. $1,185 / acre. House, New Mexico 2200 sq ft home on 10 acres. Needs work. Located south of House, NM. $65,000 Clovis, N.M. 620 S Reid, Need a Home for your horse? Don’t miss this one. 1+ acre with super nice barn featuring tack room, indoor wash rack w/ hot water and bathroom. All city utilities, lots of pipe fencing, 5 covered runs and large shed row. Business opportunity for horse boarding. Call Brett 575-760-3654 575-763-5055 Portales, NM 1007 acres on HWY 467 and Oasis State Park Road. 640 acres state lease. 327 acres deeded. 5 pastures, 2 traps, 2 wells, 2 sets of pens. Call Brett Johnson 575760-3654 or 575-763-5055 $295,000

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NEVADA RANCHES & FARMS Waddy Creek Ranch: Located in a remote Nevada Ranching Valley called Charleston which sits at the foot of the Jarbidge Wilderness which is part of the Humboldt National Forest. The ranch is bounded on two sides by forest. There is no power in the Valley but there is land-line phone. Two creeks provide irrigation water for approx. 138 acres of historic meadow. This property has Quaking Aspen groves and is quite beautiful. Access is on a county road. There is a BLM grazing permit attached to the ranch for 71 head. Price reduced: $400,000. Home Ranch in O'Neil Basin: Beautiful ranch with two creeks and adjoining BLM permits in Northeastern Elko County. This ranch consists of approx. 887 deeded acres with around 500 acres irrigated. Good improvements with larger two story ranch house, a cookhouse with two bedrooms, and a bunkhouse with three bedrooms. Nice horse barn, a calving barn, corrals and scales. Price: $1,675,000. Mason Mountain Ranch: Great summer ranch with 3700 deeded acres plus small BLM permit. Located approx. 75 miles North of Elko. Runs approx. 300 pair for the summer. Approx. 89 acres of meadows irrigated with water stored in reservoir/fishing hole which also acts as Red Band Trout Hatchery. Home and outbuildings for a good cow camp. Phone but no power. Price: $1,575,000.


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Pecan Creek Ranch 34,363 acres Tom Green County, TX Once part of the Historic Door Key Ranch, this 34,363 acre cattle ranch is still one of the finest ranches in TX. Numerous improvements along w/a new 5,000 sq ft lodge & a new firstrate cattle handling & working facility. Lush cover of native vegetation w/most cedar & mesquite eradicated. Abundance of water w/25 water wells equipped w/solar pumps, submersible pumps or windmills. Well equipped to handle any top-notch cattle operation & is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a highly recognized & sought after TX cattle ranch. Exceptional opportunity for the right buyer. Call Leon Nance, 325/656-8978 for details. Red Bluff Ranch 59,420 acres Chaves County, NM The Red Bluff Ranch is a sprawling cattle operation located just 15 minutes north of Roswell. The ranch consists of 35,100 deeded acres, 23,040 BLM & 1,280 NM State Land. Tremendous improvements w/a large set of corrals & sorting alley, working alleys, covered squeeze chute, scales, metal barns, & overhead bins along w/a unique 6,000 sq ft

pueblo-style house. The one-ofa-kind, rammed earth constructed home was built on the highest bluff overlooking the ranch & w/scenic views of the Capitan Mountains. Excellent water w/222.75 feet of water rights from the Pecos River, 9 windmills & 8 submersible pumps w/over 35 miles of pipeline, several storage tanks & numerous surface tanks. The Red Bluff is permitted for 889 animal units. This is an excellent opportunity to own one of the largest deeded, best improved cattle ranches in NM of this magnitude. Call Leon Nance, 325/658-8978, for your private showing.

Talpa Ranch 5,946 acres Runnels County, TX Improved cattle ranch w/an abundance of water. Several miles of Mustang Creek, 4 lakes & numerous surface tanks, 4 taps off of the Abilene pipeline. Recreational opportunities endless w/excellent bob white quail hunting, trophy white tail deer, black buck antelope, & turkey hunting or fishing in the stocked surface tanks or nearby Lake Ivie. Good cabin, barns & pens at headquarters. Adjoining 1,750 acres for sale. Call Leon Nance for more information.

Red Oak Ranch 4,513 acres – LeFlore & Latimer Counties, OK Outstanding cattle ranch w/tremendous hunting & fishing recreational potential. Excellent cover of native grasses & 300 acres of hay meadow throughout the 11 pastures & 9 traps. Abundance of water w/over 40 ponds, Brazil Creek & Cedar Creek w/45 inches of precipitation annually. Numerous improvements w/4 homes, a new cement commodity barn, 11 hay barns, 5 shops, & an excellent cattle handling & working facility. Call Mike Bauman, 405/4281880, for more information.

Turkey Track 6141 acres Cimarron County, OK Outstanding cattle ranch near Felt, Oklahoma. Excellent cover of native vegetation on 3 pastures ideal for cattle. Abundance of water w/seven water wells. Ten miles of underground pipe connecting ten troughs. Beaver River. Two sets of large pipe & cable livestock handling & shipping pens. Exceptional opportunity conveniently located just 2 hours North of Amarillo, TX. Call Leon Nance, 325/6588978 for more information.

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Santa Rosa Ranch 17,900 Acres With Live Water 154 Acres, Barn, Arena, In Portales — $550,000 Owner/Agent Miller Ranch In Hagerman 63 Acres Grass, 2500 Sq. Ft. House, 10 Stall Horse Barn, Arena, Close To Town Don’t be satisfied with only local advertising exposure. Get nationwide advertising coverage with UNITED COUNTRY/VISTA NUEVA, INC.

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10,000 acres deeded, including 4,000 ac. irrigated grass meadow, alfalfa production. Numerous water rights to surface and underground water, USFS permit in excellent mountain country for 976 head in summer months, 7298 AUM’s BLM for spring and fall. Can run 1,000 head during drought conditions and an additional 2,000 on wet years. Priced to sell at 3.5 million.

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Cimarron River Property, reduced to $359,000 – 10.91 +/- deeded acres, 2,700 +/- sq. ft. home. West edge of town w/water frontage on the Cimarron River, some water rights and a private lake. This is the end of the road w/awesome views of the mountains in a quiet peaceful village. Cimarron, Colfax County, NM. Foreman Property, reduced to $415,000 – 559.10 +/- deeded acres, Private 2,000 +/- sq. ft. home. Custom rock work. Horse barn, two-car garage, two hay barns, 5 pastures. Excellent spring gravitational feed-to-trough, house on city water system less than 5 years old, septic system brought up to code. 0.8 mile driveway, mature cottonwood trees, very private, 4 miles east of Springer, Colfax County, NM. Canadian River Ranch, reduced to $299,000 – 39.088 +/- deeded acres, w/0.3 miles of the Canadian River going through the property. Excellent partially remodeled home, workshop on concrete slab, roping arena. Exceptional improvements at this price, located 6 miles east of Springer, Colfax County, NM. Great horse property, easy access off pavement. Miami Lookout, $395,000 – 80.00 +/- deeded acres in Miami, NM Approximately 60ft X 60ft metal building, utilities buried, water and septic in place. All back off highway up the mesa on private driveway, affording majestic views. Currently owner parks 5th wheel during summer months. Utilities could accommodate a 3 bedroom home. Has trees and irrigation shares. Colfax County, Miami, NM. Spear Road Ranch, $700,000 – 160 +/- deeded acres, w/exceptional three bedroom 3 bath home, approx 2,200 sq ft. Adjacent office, 3 car garage and workshop, one round pen, 150 ft X 300 ft arena. Convenient to I25, fantastic views of mountains and the plains. Second manufactured home on site. Water shares and three water meters. Approximately 5 miles NE of Springer, NM. Western View Ranch, $259,235 – 373 +/- deeded acres, located 1 mile east of Taylor Springs. Windmill, stock pond, highway frontage, electricity and amazing views of NM and Southern CO mountains. Traditionally used for yearlings, in great shape. Would make nice escape. Approximately 8 miles E of Springer, NM.

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Escondida Land & Cattle Co. A great ranch located in the foothills of the Capitan Mountain of Lincoln County, NM, near Arabela, just eight miles above the Hondo Valley from Tinnie. 45 miles west of Roswell, and 25 miles east of Ruidoso, Escondida Ranch consists of 9931 deeded acres plus 6551 US Forest Service Lease w/an additional 490 NM State Lease acres, 27 being sections of rolling foothills and open valleys of grama grass pastures at an altitude of 5000 ft. A four-season cattle ranch w/an established grazing capacity of 500 animal units or 750 yearlings on a six-month grazing rotation system. This grazing program is also tied in w/130 acres of water rights applied to sprinkler irrigated grass pastures, w/irrigation wells capable of pumping up to a 900 gallon-per-minute at less than a 100 foot depth. Escondida Ranch is improved w/a full service modern headquarters complex w/new barns, corrals and shipping pens w/scales. This area of Lincoln County is noted for its big game habitat and the ranch is annually issued eleven elk permits along w/topline muledeer, black bear, mountain lion and barbary sheep hunting, and lots of turkey. A turn-key offering – everything goes.

Bailey Family Ranch, LLC. A year long cow/calf grazing unit located six miles north of Cuero in Guadalupe County, NM, just off I-40, and 20 miles east of Santa Rosa – a trade center for this area and east 45 miles to Tucumcari, the Hub City for this quadrant in NM. The Bailey Ranch consists of 7587 deeded acres along w/1160 NM State Lease for a total of 8747 grazing acres. This 14-section cow/calf or yearling ranch is located in some of the better grazing country in eastern NM. Under normal range conditions this area receives 14-16 inches of moisture a year and can support up to a 200-day growing season, at an elevation of around 4300 ft. This ranch has an ideal habitat for deer, antelope and game birds. The design of the ranch is divided into six pastures and one trap 160+ acres of free grazing on vacant land, supported by six windmills and five surface tanks. In a fenced design seven miles long and two wide, north to south, Walker Road is an all weather county road running north along the west boundary. A basic headquarter complex w/full services, a good tenant house, two-car garage and livestock working and shipping pens. The Ranch Finder – Ronald H. Mayer P. O. Box 2391, Roswell, NM 88202 575/623-5658 •

Nancy A. Belt, Broker Cell 520-221-0807 Tom Hardesty 520-909-0233 Rye Hart 928-965-9547 Tobe Haught 505-264-3368 Office 520-455-0633 COMMITTED TO ALWAYS WORKING HARD FOR YOU! Fax 520-455-0733 RANCHES / FARMS Young, AZ 72 Acre Farm – Under the Mogollon Rim, a must see, w/small town charm, mountain views. 1,000 gpm well, home, 1800s museum, 2 BR cabin, shop, & barn. Excellent for horse farm, bed & breakfast, land or water development. +/- 62 acres & well for $1,700,000; home & other improvements. $424,500, Seller Financing. 250–400+ Head Cattle Ranch Sheldon, AZ – 1,450 deeded acres, +/-30 sections BLM, 150+ acres irrigated farm land. Nice HQ incltwo rock homes, good set of steel shipping & horse corrals, 30' x 20' barn, 9 livestock & domestic wells & 4 irrigation wells. There is deeded access to the ranch off of a paved highway & power to the headquarters. $1,500,000, Terms. 320 Ac Farm, Kansas Settlement, AZ – This working farm has 2–120 acre Zimmatic Pivots, a nice site built home, large workshop & hay barn. 5 irrigation wells, 2 domestic wells. The property is fenced & cross fenced. Great set-up for pasturing cattle. $1,250,000, Terms Desired. *REDUCED* Safford, AZ– 235 Head Ranch, State, BLM & USFS leases. 40 deeded acres w/a nice 3 BR, 2 BA home built in 2007, corrals, electric power & a well at HQ. Paved access. Elevation ranges from 3,500 to 7,265 feet. $950,000. Wickenburg, AZ – 216 Head Cattle Ranch. Scenic, lush high desert vegetation. 103 deeded acres, State, BLM & 3,100 acres private lease. Well watered w/tanks, springs & wells. Abundant feed, numerous corrals & great steel shipping pens. $850,000. *NE W* +/ - 85 Head Cattle Ranch Bisbee/McNeal, AZ – Arizona & private grazing leases HQ on 966 acres of private land

including log home, bunk house, corrals, hay barn, well, arena, tack house & storage sheds. $600,000. Purchase HQ on 244 acres & leases for $500,000. Rainbow Valley, AZ, 300 Head Cattle Ranch – Excellent desert ranch owned & operated by the same family for 40 years. Well improved w/BLM & State grazing leases. HQ on State land, well watered. $650,000. *REDUCED* Greenlee County, AZ, 139 Head Ranch – Year long USFS permit w/two room line camp, barn & corrals at HQ. Remote horseback ranch w/limited vehicular access. 10 acres of deeded in Sheldon, AZ. $275,000. Santa Teresa Mtns, Fort Thomas AZ – 200 acre Plus 17 head BLM allotment, private retreat, two wells. Very remote & extremely scenic w/sycamores, cottonwoods & beautiful rock formations. $300,000 – Terms

NEW MEXICO PROPERTIES Listed Cooperatively with Action Realty, Cliff, NM, Dale Spurgeon, Broker 575/535-2286 310 H ead Cattle Ranch, Virden, N M – 4500+/- deeded acres, BLM, NM & AZ State Lease. HQ – 3 BR, 2 BA, MH, w/power & corrals. Well watered, 12 wells, 10 dirt tanks, 10 springs. 7 sets of working corrals. $1,700,000. Terms *NEW* 112 Head Mountain Ranch, Collins Park, NM – This gorgeous ranch is now the total package w/a new log cabin completed in 2009 w/a new well & storage, septic, & solar package; finished tack/bunk house; & excellent set of working corrals, USFS YL permit & 115 deeded acres w/tall pines & meadows. Includes equipment $725,000. Terms *REDUCED* 33 Head Ranch, Grant County, NM – 640+/- Acres, w/1800 acres BLM & 320 acres State of NM lease, 2 wells, 4 dirt

tanks, 2 springs + 5 storage tanks. Beautiful rolling hills. This is a great little ranch for someone who would like to have a small purebred operation or for anyone who wants to live off the grid in a beautiful setting w/a small herd of cattle. $250,000 Terms *REDUCED* Deming, NM – Charming country home on 80 acres w/barn & well. Development potential. $350,000. Terms. 157 Acres Deming, NM. Fenced w/a nice pipe entry, close to town, paved access, mountain views, power. Owner will split & will carry! $204,000.

HORSE PROPERTIES San Pedro River north of Benson, AZ – 250 acre Professional Horse Breeding Facility –55 acres of irrigated pasture, 900 gpm well. 2 homes; barn w/office, apt., tack room, feed room, & storage area; 12 stall barn; 7 stall mare motel; lab/vet room; lighted riding arena; insulated workshop; & hay storage area. $2.4M. Terms Available. In the foothills of the Chiricahua Mtns. – Beautiful Sunglow Estates 14 acres, extremely private, beautiful custom home, spacious outdoor living w/exceptional views, creek, horse barn, workshop. Vineyard Prospect. Must see! $1,995,000. Willcox, AZ, +/-9 Acres w/Roping Arena – 3BR/2BA Shultz mfg. home w/many upgrades, roping arena, nice 4-stall horse barn w/tack room & hay storage, second barn, new well, a very private & nice location $210,000. Benson, AZ 10 AC Mini farm – Home, barn, chicken pens, organic growing beds $175,000. Willcox, AZ 5 Ac – 2BR/1BA mfg home, roping arena, 5 covered stalls, hay storage, tack room, workshop/garage, RV. Great Value at $85,000.




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TOM GREEN CO., TX DAIRY – Capable of milking 1500 in a parallel double 16 rapid-exit parlor, nice home, 171 acres, additional adjacent land available, pavement & all weather road, near San Angelo. QUAY CO., NM – 880 acres, 3 pivots, alfalfa, homes, barns, pens, & pavement.

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FARM & RANCH SOUTH CENTRAL KANSAS RANCH – 7,256.98 (+/-) Deeded acres – some of Kansas’ finest grassland located approximately 16 miles south of Meade, Kansas. 3½ miles of live water from Crooked Creek, sandhill and flat terrain, CRP, 2 sets of improvements, great 4 and 5 wire fencing. Can be operated as a cow/calf or yearling operation. WILDLIFE – Bob-White Quail, Blue-Tail Quail, Turkey, and Deer. LARGE EASTERN COLORADO RANCH – 22,430 (+/-) Acres, Good Sod Cover, Well Developed Improvements, Multiple Developed Watering Systems, Excellent Fencing, Good Condition, Minerals, Good Access, 3 State Lease Sections. Located in Crowley and Lincoln Counties. DRY FARMLAND, KIOWA COUNTY, COLORADO – 480 Acres located 9 miles southeast of Haswell, Colorado. DRYLAND FARM, PROWERS COUNTY, COLORADO – 640 Acres located northeast of Lamar, Colorado. FARMLAND, BACA COUNTY, COLORADO – 1,280 Acres located 8 miles east of Two Butte’s, Colorado. For more information please contact

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TEXAS & OKLA. FARMS & RANCHES • 503 Ac. So. Navarro Co., Texas. It’s got it all. $1,950/ac. • 532-acre CATTLE & HUNTING, NE TX ranch, elaborate home, one-mile highway frontage. OWNER FINANCE at $2,150/ac. • 274 acres in the shadow of Dallas. Secluded lakes, trees, excellent grass. Hunting & fishing, dream home sites. $3,850/ac. • 1,700-acre classic NE TX cattle & hunting ranch. $2,750/ac. Some mineral production. • Texas Jewel, 7,000 ac. – 1,000 per ac., run cow to 10 ac. • 256 Acre Texas Jewel – Deep sandy soil, high-rolling hills, scattered good quality trees, & excellent improved grasses. Water line on 2 sides rd., frontage on 2 sides, fenced into 5 pastures, 5 spring fed tanks and lakes, deer, hogs & ducks. Near Tyler, & Athens. Price $1,920,000. • 146 horse, hunting cattle ranch N. of Clarksville, TX. Red River Co. nice brick home, 2 barns, pipe fences, good deer, hogs, ducks, hunting priced at $395,000. • 535 ac. Limestone, Fallas, & Robertson counties, fronts on Hwy. 14 and has rail frontage water line, to ranch, fenced into 5 pastures, 2 sets, cattle pens, loamy soil, good quality trees, hogs, & deer hunting. Priced at $2,300 per ac.

Joe Priest Real Estate 1205 N. Hwy 175, Seagoville, TX 75159

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WEST CENTRAL NEW MEXICO RANCH Located 27 miles west of Magdalena, NM, or 127 miles SW of Albuquerque. 3771.29 Total Acres. 847.52 Deeded/2923.77 acres State Lease Land. House, shop, pipe corrals, good water wells, and trophy antelope. Low operating expenses with big calves! Borders Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. Priced at $ 650,000. Owner/broker.



31 acres of land with a 1000 sq. ft. home and a 3000 sq. ft. garage. This property has a lot of potential. Not in a subdivision.

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JORNADO RANCH Located 11 miles west of Tor C. 1788 deeded acres, 9 sections state lease 32 sec. of BLM lease. Well watered for 300 head year-long. Attractive headquarters near Elephant Butte Lake. Located west of the railroad and at the entrance to Spaceport America, one of New Mexico’s largest construction projects. Price $1,200,000.

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+/-37 ACRE FARM - WEST OF ANTHONY, NM. Located 20 minutes from Sunland Park Race Track on Haasville Road (paved) just north of Gadsden High School and west of Highway 28. EBID, irrigation well and cement ditches. Beautiful farm with many possibilities. Call for aerial and location maps. Sign on property. Priced at $13,900/acre ($514,300).

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HARQUAHALA RANCH: A nice little desert ranch located in west Maricopa County. Owner/Agent Asking $159,000 — CONTRACT PENDING! ANTELOPE CREEK RANCH: A nice ranch in Yavapai County close to Phoenix & Prescott. Good feed conditions, strong stocking rate, & small size of the ranch make it an enjoyable ranch to own & operate. Call Scott Thacker at 520/444-7069 or Katie Leibold at 602/319-0370. Price Reduced! $160,000. A-1 RANCH: Working cattle ranch in Coconino County. Summer grazing permit. 175 head June 1 – October 31. 10 Deeded acres. Forest & state leases. Call Troy Cooke at 928/532-0055 Price reduced! $275,000.

IMMIGRANT SPRINGS RANCH: Beautiful Ranch in Apache County. 2 houses, huge barn, springs, well. 1320 deeded acres. 660 State Lease 54 HD year-round. Owner may carry! Call Troy Cooke at 928/532-0055. Asking $989,000.

PETERSON RANCH: A very nice home with over 4100 Deeded acres & AZ State Grazing Lease in Cochise County. 625 head yearlong, well watered, & highly improved. Call Scott Thacker at 520/444-7069. Asking $3,500,000.

ANTELOPE RANCH: A beautiful working cattle ranch in Cochise County. Over 8 sections of deeded land, headquarters & managers house, 2 adobe barns, & a shop. Working corrals with large pens, heavy squeeze chute, tub, scale, semi & truck-trailer loading alleys. Owner may carry! Owner/Agent. Call Scott Thacker at 520/4447069. PRICE REDUCED! $2,975,000.

LONG H RANCH – SOLD! 350 Head yearround. 53 Sec. State/BLM/Private Leases. SILVER CREEK RANCH – SOLD! (Ranch Only – No Home) Show Low, AZ. FRANCO RANCH — SOLD! 13 +/- Sec. of AZ State Grazing Lease, 80 head year-long. BOMBING RANGE RANCH — SOLD! AZ State Grazing Permit. 72 head year-long.




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FARM/FEEDLOT: Vale, OR – 500 deeded acres w/280 irrigated – CAFO @ 850 – 1000 hd. – good improvements – great for stockers and/or dairy hfrs. – $1,580,000.

11,725 acres, all deeded. 970 acres irrigated, flood & 4 pivots. Alfalfa, grain. grass. BLM permits, 500 cows, organic hay. Lots of potential for more farm ground. Priced at $5,375,000.

LANDRETH: Malheur County, OR – 780 deeded w/ 180 irrigated – great improvements – Malheur River – waterfowl, pheasant, chukar, bass ponds – $1,500,000.

Tehama County 1,850 acres, winter range. Large barn, 1 bedroom apt., horse stalls, tie stalls, tack room, shop. Deluxe 400x200 ft. roping arena. All new fences & steel corrals. Hunting & fishing. Priced at $2,200,000.

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REATA RIDGE: Malheur County, OR – 560 deeded acres accessing several thousand acres federal lands –3,000’ executive home with lots of extra’s – horse barn, office, shop, gym, machine shed, covered horse runs, riding/roping arena – trophy mule deer. $1,200,000 – owner agent P BAR: Malheur County, OR – 11,750 deeded acres w/300 irrigated plus BLM & State lease – rates at 1,300 – 1,400 hd. year long or a combination stocker cows – WINTER RANGE – good improvements. $6,000,000. BULLY CREEK: Vale OR – 66 deeded w/60 irrigated – modest 2 BR brick home – currently summer pasture for 100 stocker cattle for the season – quail, pheasant. $285,000 terms – owner agent. SNAKE RIVER: Ontario, OR – 39 acres w/36 irrigated row crop – ½ mile river frontage – fishing, quail, pheasant – secluded building site – access to 4 additional rivers via the Snake. $345,000 – owner agent.

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A Dozen Marketing Tips Management and information can add value to your 2010 calf crop. Here’s a checklist to consider. by KINDRA GORDON, Hereford World, August 2010


he key to successful marketing is often remembering the basics — and capitalizing on the details to earn extra value for calves. That said, for beef producers to earn a higher price for calves in 2010, Jason Ahola, an animal science professor with Colorado State University, offers the following list of management options to consider. For starters Ahola says the simple ways to improve the marketability of calves should not be overlooked. Calves should be: 1) dehorned or polled; 2) castrated at a young age; 3) uniform in age, color and type; and 4) healthy. “Each of these options have been separately documented to return a premium from $1-5-plus per hundredweight (cwt.),” he says. Additionally, Ahola says the feedlot industry wants a few key traits that can be easily accomplished and may result in a higher selling price. He says, “Certain pieces of information related to probable calf performance (growth, health and/or carcass) are of great value to feedlots since the odds that calves will perform better than average are recognized at the time of purchase. Ultimately, this information can help increase the chances that a feeder will make a profit on your calves and ideally getting them to pay more for them up-front.” Consider these 12 options to add to your marketing efforts:


PROVIDE HISTORICAL PERFORMANCE DATA Information about feedlot gain, feed efficiency, sickness rate and carcass performance of previous years’ calves can yield substantial premiums.


USE BVD PI TESTING Calf crops tested for the absence of any calves persistently infected (PI) with Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD) can help reduce losses due to sickness or death, and feeders are starting to show interest in paying premiums for such calves.


WEAN & BACKGROUND CALVES Calves weaned for 30 to 45 days and trained to feed bunks and waterers are desirable to feedlots, because health problems will likely be decreased and feed intake will be strong at arrival. Premiums of $2-5-plus/cwt. are often available.


SELL HEAVIER CALVES Because of increased cost-of-gain in the feedlot, the market wants calves ready for the feedlot to be heavier than in the past, Ahola says. Cow-calf producers might consider modifying their operations so that they can wean and grow their calves on highforage diets prior to selling them to a feedlot.


OFFER TRUCKLOAD LOTS Nearly everyone involved in the U.S. beef industry (feedlots, buyers, truckers, etc.) would rather deal with truckload lots (50,000-60,000 lb. of cattle) instead of small groups. Premiums of $210/cwt. can be acquired if several small calf crops from similar genetic and management backgrounds can be combined and sold together, possibly even via video or private treaty, says Ahola.


PARTICIPATE IN PRECONDITIONING PROGRAMS Several private- and statesponsored programs enable the documentation of vaccinations given, and possible premiums of $1-6-plus/cwt. are available.


AGE AND SOURCE VERIFICATION Recording birth dates of the first and last calves born during a calving season and verifying the dates via a third party make the calves eligible for export to Japan if harvested at 20 months or younger. Premiums of $1-3/ cwt. are available ($5-15/head), suggests Ahola.


NATURAL VERIFICATION Thirdparty documentation stating no antibiotics or growth promotants were administered can result in a $1.50-2plus/cwt. premium ($8-11/head), he adds.


ORGANIC VERIFICATION Third-party documentation that organic rules have been followed (“natural” plus use of organic feeds, no pesticides/ herbicides, etc.) can also garner premiums in specific markets.


NON-HORMONE TREATED CATTLE (NHTC) PROGRAM Documentation that cattle have not been implanted can make them eligible for export to the European Union (EU) and, again, can qualify for premiums with the right program.


BREED-BASED BRANDED PROGRAMS Cattle that fit live animal specifications (either hide color or documentation of genetic background) can be eligible to supply numerous product lines. Hide color premiums of $1-3- plus/cwt. have been documented in calves, as well, says Ahola.


CONTRACT CALVES In the future Ahola also suggests looking at contracting your calves. He says during almost every summer for the past five years, prices for calves to be delivered in the fall have beenmuch higher if they were offered for sale during the summer (e.g. August) versus fall (e.g. October/ November). Because of severe volatility in several commodity markets (grains, fuel, beef, etc.), feedlots want to “lock in” calf prices in advance of receiving the cattle. “This is a great opportunity to get upwards of $10/cwt. more for your calves ($50/head) by selling them during the summer on a video sale,” Ahola suggests. Be creative with your marketing “Few of the programs or options listed above will generate a premium unless your calves are offered for sale to buyers willing to pay premiums for having these beneficial traits,” Ahola emphasizes. He says the bottom line during 2010 is taking time to plan ahead, implement valueadded management choices and then find the market outlets willing to pay a premium. SEPTEMBER 2010


New Mexico Livestock Inspector Helps Solve Arizona Livestock Theft iligence and determination led Quemado-area livestock inspector Tommy Padilla to recently help find the man accused of stealing 202 cattle from an Arizona ranch in 2009. The accused man, a former Datil resident, allegedly stole the cattle in Arizona, moved them across New Mexico, then sold them in Texas. Cooperative efforts between neighboring states on theft and animal health issues are not uncommon, said Myles Culbertson, Director of the New Mexico Livestock Board (NMLB). “New Mexico did not have the case, but was able to provide information that Arizona needed to find the cattle and make the arrest. In this case, the inspector was able to move forward with the knowledge he had, and do what he needed to do to track down this individual.” Theft of this kind is not as common in New Mexico because of the system that is in place to protect the industry. “It is not easy for someone to steal cattle in New Mexico and transport them without the proper inspection papers. It is somewhat easier in other states where the system is not as well organized or statutorily supported” he said. Livestock theft does happen infrequently in New Mexico, and Culbertson believes that knowledge of the NMLB’s diligence is a deterrent. “The likelihood of getting stopped and checked for papers, or someone in the industry noticing the activity and notifying authorities is high. We work the roads, and the number of cattle trucks that get pulled over is higher in New Mexico than just about anywhere.” From a livestock health perspective, the agency’s visible presence has also helped preserve the modified accredited advanced (MAA) bovine tuberculosis zone in the eastern part of the state. Road stops have been heightened, and one inspector assigned to that zone spends the majority of his time monitoring the movement of livestock on the area’s roads and highways. “We have been able to assure the U.S. Department of Agriculture of our ability to



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provide the diligence to keep the zone in place, which saves producers in the rest of the state a lot of time and money and protects the health of their cattle.” The NMLB employs both livestock inspectors — trained, certified peace officers who have been through the State Police Academy, and brand inspectors, with no law enforcement authority. They try to maintain a balance statewide between certified and non-certified inspectors, and make sure that brand inspectors have access to someone with law enforcement authority. “Some people may ask why we would want that level of certification for people who are just looking at brands and issuing inspection papers, but when it comes to enforcing the laws that protect our industry, it’s critical,” he explained. The level of theft prevention provided by the NMLB, though hard to quantify, has a high value to the industry. Results of a

recent New Mexico State University research study showed that the livestock industry in New Mexico has a $6 billion annual economic effect on the state. Every one percent of protection by the NMLB — livestock not stolen or rendered valueless for health reasons — has a $60 million impact on the state. The state’s livestock industry gets its money’s worth from dollars invested in the NMLB. “As big and sparsely populated as the state is, if we had to rely on local sheriff of other law enforcement agencies to catch cattle thieves, it would be easy pickings,” Culbertson said. “Other law enforcement organizations have less of an understanding of the industry, and lack the skill, natural talent, or fire in the belly for protecting the industry, preventing theft, and running down the thieves when it does happen. It’s up to the livestock producers to protect themselves, which they did when they reached into the powers of the territory in 1887 to n form this agency.”


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ADM / Joe Delk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82 Aero Tech Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Ag New Mexico FCS, ACA . . . . . . . . . . .89 Ag Services, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Agrilands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Albuquerque Christian Children’s Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North . . . .2 American Galloway Breeders Assn . . . . .67 Animal Health Express . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Arizona Ranch Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . .76 ASH Angus, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Ash Marketing Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84 B

Ken Babcock Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Bar G Feedyard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Bar M Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Bard Cattle Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Tommy Barnes Auctioneer . . . . . . . . . . .84 BJM Sales & Service, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . .84 Border Tank Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Bottari Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70 Don Bowman Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . .72 Bradley 3 Ranch Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68 Brand / Sidwell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Brand / Richard Van de Valde . . . . . . . .85 Brand / Wood Family . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 R.A. Brown Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 C

C Bar Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18, 65 Cargill Cattle Feeders, LLC . . . . . . .51, 82 Carter’s Livestock Equipment . . . . . . . .84 Casey Beefmasters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 Cates Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Cattleman’s Livestock Commission . . . .33 Caviness Packing Co., Inc. . . . . . . . . . . .23 Centerfire/Randell Major . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Centerfire Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Century 21 / Jake Marback . . . . . . . . . .69 Choices Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Clayton Cattle Feeders . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Clovis Livestock Markets . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Coba Select Sires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Chip Cole Ranch Broker . . . . . . . . . . . .69 Conniff Cattle Co, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 Copeland/Griffiths Club Calf Sale . . . . . .78 Cox Ranch Herefords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 R.L. Cox Fur & Hide Co . . . . . . . . . . . .82 CPI Pipe & Steel, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Cruikshank Realty, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . .74 George Curtis, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 D

D Squared Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 D.J. Reveal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84




David Dean / Campo Bonito LLC . . . . .75 Dan Delaney Real Estate, Inc . . . . . . . .76 Denish/Colon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Desert Scales & Weighing Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84 Domenici Law Firm, PC . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Dianna Duran . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 E

Eagle Creek Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 Eastern New Mexico State Fair . . . . . . .61 Eastern Plains Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Elgin Breeding Service . . . . . . . . . . . . .68

King Charolais . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 King Ranch Institute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Klein Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 L

L & H Manufacturing . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 La Gloria Cattle Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Largent & Sons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 Lee, Lee & Puckitt / Kevin Reed . . . . . .69 LG Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Liphatech . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inserts Berry Lucas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70 Ben Ray Lujan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .90



Family Ranch Wanted . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Farm Credit of New Mexico . . . . . . . . . . .8 Farmway Feed Mill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 FBFS / Larry Marshall . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Fink Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Five State Livestock Auction . . . . . . . . .43 Flake Livestock Auction . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Flying W Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Frenzel Beefmasters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Fritz Charolais . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Fury Farms, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30

Manford Cattle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30, 65 McGinley Red Angus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 Merrick’s Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Mesa Feed Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Mesa Tractor, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38, 85 Michelet Homestead Realty . . . . . . . . . .77 Chas S. Middleton & Son . . . . . . . . . . .69 Milligan Cattle Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21, 65 Monfette Construction Co. . . . . . . . . . . .82 Montaña del Oso Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . .66 Mullins For Congress . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Munks Manufacturing . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Mur-Tex Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26, 85 Murney Assoc / Paul McGilliard . . . . . . .69


Giant Rubber Water Tanks . . . . . . . . . .61 Gila Monster Tuff Tanks . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Gilmore, Gannaway, Andrews, Smi . . . .51 Grau Charolais . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17, 66 Tom Growney Equip. Inc. . . . . . . . . .4, 84 H

Harrison Quarter Horses . . . . . . . . . . . .84 Hartzog Angus Ranch . . . . . . . . . . .66, 95 Henard Ranches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Mary Herrera . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Hi-Pro Feeds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94 Home Ranch Property & Equities . . . . . .77 Hubbell Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65, 90 Hudson Livestock Supplements . . . . . . .29 Huston Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68 Hutchinson Western . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88 I

Inn of the Mountain Gods . . . . . . . . . . .11 Insurance Services of New Mexico . . . . .62 J

JaCin Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Steve Jensen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 K

Kaddatz Auctioneering & Farm Equip. . .82 Kail Ranches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68 Kern Land Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69


New Mexico 4-H . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 New Mexico Beef Council . . . . . . . .63, 64 New Mexico Cattle Growers: Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Membership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 President’s Letter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 NMCGA/NMWGI Sponsor Thank You . . .60 New Mexico Property Group . . . . . . . . .69 NM Purina Dealers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .96 NMSU Animal & Ranges Sciences . . . . .57 No-Bull Enterprises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 O

O’Neil Land, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 Oregon Opportunities . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74 Outfront Cattle Service . . . . . . . . . .20, 85 P

Pacific Livestock Auction . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Paco Feed Yard, LTD . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Painted Foals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Dan Paxton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 Steve Pearce for Congress . . . . . . . . . . .28 Phase-A-Matic, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Phillips Diesel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84 PolyDome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91

Pratt Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 Joe Priest Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74 Prudential Master Properties . . . . . . . . .72 Purina Land O Lakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 R

Ramro, LLC / R. J. Cattle Co . . . . . . . .22 Ranch Land Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Riley & Knight Appraisal, LLC . . . . . . . .71 Robertson Livestock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82 Roswell Livestock Auction Co. . . . . . . . .12 Running Creek Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 Matt Rush . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 S

Sandia Trailer Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Santa Gertrudis Breeders Intern . . . . . . .66 Santa Rita Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68 Scott Land Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74 Singleton Ranches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Southern NM State Fair . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Southwest Ag, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 Spindle Show Steers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Stockmen’s Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Joe Stubblefield & Associates . . . . . . . . .71 Summerour Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . .31, 65 Superior Livestock Auction . . . . . . . . . . .80 Swihart Sales Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82 T

T&S Manufacturing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .92 T & T Trailers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84 The Ranch Finder/Ronald H. Mayer . . . .73 The Ranches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 Tire Water Troughs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80 Tri-State Angus Ranches . . . . . . . . . . . .66 Tri-State Angus Ranches / Puppy . . . . .84 Tri-State Livestock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Tucumcari Feedyard, LLC . . . . . . . . . . .59 U

United Country Vista Nueva, Inc . . . . . .72 USA Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 V

Virden Perma-Bilt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 W

Weichert Realtors / 505 Group . . . . . . .70 Westly Wellborn CPA, LLC . . . . . . . . . . .52 Western Legacy Alliance . . . . . . . . . . . .46 Westlake Cattle Growers, LLC . . . . . . . .39 Williams Windmill, Inc. . . . . . . .40, 82, 85 WW-Paul Scales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Z

Zesch & Pickett Insurance . . . . . . . . . . .46

Cowboys for Cancer Research Annual Roping & Dance n search of another record-breaking year, the Cowboys for Cancer Research (C4CR) will host their 28th Annual Team Roping and Dinner/Dance, October 8-11, 2010 in Las Cruces. The festivities will kick off with the Dinner/Dance and Silent Auction at 6:30 p.m. at the Dickerson’s Event Center, 3921 W. Picacho Ave. with the music by the Delk Band. The dance will last until the band quits. Tickets are $75 each and are available by calling 575/526-2887 or 575/526-6028. The team roping will follow on October 9 and 10 at the Sproul Arena (formerly Calhoun Arena). For entries and details contact Scott Eschenbrenner at 575/6421884 or Denny Calhoun at 575/642-5693. There is limited bleacher seating at the arena. Contestants and spectators are invited to bring their lawn chairs and enjoy the fall days under the huge shade trees. In conjunction with the C4CR events, New Mexico State University (NMSU) “Aggies ARE Tough Enough To Wear Pink” (TETWP) fundraising events will be held


October 1-31 with the Pink football game on October 9 in Las Cruces. The game will pit the NMSU Aggies against the University of New Mexico (UNM) Lobos and feature a special half-time presentation including title sponsors, NMSU, Memorial Medical Center, MountainView Regional Medical Center and C4CR. The 2009 C4CR and Aggie events exceeded all expectations, according to Denny and Gerladine Calhoun, C4CR coexecutive directors, with a combined total, including in-kind contributions, reaching $800,000. The C4RC cash contribution to the C4CR/Alma Cohorn Memorial Endowment at the UNM Cancer Center was $401,000. The total amount contributed to this endowment is over $1.5 million. The C4CR and NMSU Aggie TETWP have been the number fund raiser for TETWP for the past two (2) years. C4CR is the largest single, consistent contributor to the UNM Cancer Center and 100 percent of the proceeds contributed goes toward cancer research and treatment. C4CR is also the largest fundraiser

in New Mexico where all of the money stays within the state. Cowboys for Cancer Research is a 501(c)3 corporation based in Las Cruces, New Mexico and an all-volunteer group originally organized by the Sunshine Club of QWEST (formerly US West) Pioneers (retired telephone workers.) This volunteer group evolved into a diverse team of dedicated members representing our community. The three-day event is staged just north of Las Cruces on the old highway to the Calhoun Arena at Harvey Farms. Funds raised by the Cowboy for Cancer Research Roping Event help seed new research studies and equipment that will benefit patients directly by providing promising new treatments. In 1981, Alma Cohorn, wife of roper Kenneth Cohorn, died of cancer. To honor

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her memory, members of the Las Cruces community pulled together for the first team roping competition to raise money to fight the very disease that took the life of a good friend. Now, one of the largest roping events in New Mexico, the Cowboys for Cancer Research Team Roping event draws nearly 1,500 teams from New Mexico and West Texas for cash and donated prizes. While people come from a tri-state area to enjoy a dinner dance and two full days of roping and festivities, the bulk of the participants reside and work within El Paso County (El Paso, Texas), Doña Ana, Luna, Hidalgo, Grant, Sierra, Otero, Chavez, Eddy, Socorro and Bernalillo counties. For further information on C4CR or to make a donation, visit www.cowboysforn .


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NMS September 2010  

The Magazine of Southwest Agriculture

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