NMDA ready to help New Mexico ranchers export livestock

Ranchers invited to stop by NMDA booth
at Cattle Growers meeting
to learn more, sign up for trade opportunities

(LAS CRUCES, N.M.) – New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) is working to help New Mexico ranchers develop and expand the markets they sell their cattle and other livestock into – especially Mexico and other Latin American countries.

Ranchers can learn more by stopping by NMDA’s booth at the 2015 New Mexico Joint Stockmen’s Mid-Year Meeting, happening June 14-16 in Ruidoso.  There, they’ll be able to meet and talk with Juan Sanchez, NMDA’s marketing specialist who is leading trade missions to help export New Mexico livestock (and other high-value agricultural commodities) into Mexico and other Latin American countries.  The programs Sanchez works with can benefit ranchers of all backgrounds, no matter their exporting experience.

Sanchez – who is fluent in both English and Spanish – soon will be hosting a group of qualified Mexican cattle buyers on an inbound trade mission.  Other trade and marketing activities are also filling up the calendar.  Sanchez is asking ranchers interested in these activities to let him know of their interest.

Ranchers who cannot attend the Cattle Growers meeting can get in touch with Sanchez by calling 575-646-4929 or emailing jsanchez@nmda.nmsu.edu.

Sanchez is working with U.S. Livestock Genetics Export, Inc. (USLGE) to conduct trade activities on behalf of New Mexico livestock producers.  USLGE is a trade association that helps export U.S. dairy, beef, sheep, pigs, and horses, as well as their genetics.  It awards funds to state departments of agriculture to support their trade missions and other efforts aimed at increasing export markets.

In addition to his livestock activities, Sanchez also works to promote the state’s chile, onions, and other crops; local food and agriculture at the state fair; and more.

For more information about NMDA and its activities to promote New Mexico food and agricultural products, please visit www.nmda.nmsu.edu/marketing.