• Over 50 people attended Binational Livestock Meeting hosted by NMDA

    For immediate release

    April 20, 2018
    Media Contact:
    Kristie Garcia, Public Information Officer, New Mexico Department of Agriculture
    575-646-2804, krgarcia@nmda.nmsu.edu

    Over 50 people attended Binational Livestock Meeting
    hosted by New Mexico Department of Agriculture last week

    LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO) – The New Mexico Department of Agriculture hosted the Second Annual Binational Livestock Meeting in Las Cruces April 13-14.

    The purpose of the meeting is to improve and benefit the livestock industry by sharing experiences and strengthening relationships with New Mexico’s counterparts in Arizona and Sonora, Mexico. Last year’s inaugural meeting was held in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.

    “The binational meeting provided a great opportunity to showcase New Mexico livestock and dairy quality, and it allowed us to continue to build on an already strong partnership with our neighbors from Mexico,” said New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte. “Our producers share many of the same challenges and opportunities and enjoy working together to benefit producers from New Mexico, Arizona and Sonora. As a region, we are stronger together.”

    The meeting began Friday morning at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum with speakers and a roundtable discussion. Witte spoke at the meeting, along with New Mexico Cattle Growers Association President Tom Sidwell, Sonora Department of Agriculture Secretary M.S. Julio Cesar Corona Valenzuela, Secretary of Unión Ganadera Regional de Sonora Lic. Rubén Molina Molina and Dr. Peter Mundschenk of Arizona Department of Agriculture.

    Meeting attendees were then taken to the New Mexico State University Chihuahuan Desert Rangeland Research Center north of Las Cruces, where they learned about cattle nutrition, reproduction and the latest technology in rangeland management. The following NMSU faculty, staff and students spoke to attendees:
    • Shanna Ivey, NMSU Animal and Range Sciences and Extension Animal Science and Natural Resources Interim Department Head
    • Natalie Goldberg, NMSU Agricultural Experiment Station Interim Director and Associate Dean
    • Andrew Cox, NMSU CDRRC Manager
    • Shelemia Nyamuryekung’e, NMSU Range Science Graduate Student
    • Matthew McIntosh, NMSU Range Science Graduate Student
    • Derek Bailey, NMSU Animal and Range Sciences Professor and Rangeland Scientist
    • Eric Scholljegerdes, NMSU Ruminant Nutritionist
    • Craig Gifford, NMSU Beef Cattle Extension Specialist
    • Dr. John Wenzel, NMSU Extension Veterinarian

    The meeting concluded Saturday, April 14, when attendees learned about the dairy industry in New Mexico. Robert Hagevoort with NMSU Dairy Extension gave a presentation, the attendees toured F&A Dairy, and they visited a Big Sky Dairy Farm.
    For more information about the Binational Livestock Meeting, please contact Juan Sanchez, NMDA Marketing Specialist, 575-646-7090, jsanchez@nmda.nmsu.edu

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    Over 50 individuals attended the Second Annual Binational Livestock Meeting hosted by New Mexico Department of Agriculture April 13-14. The event began with a meeting at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. (NMDA photo by Pamela Sanchez)

  • NMDA encourages New Mexico seed stock producers to submit bull sale materials for promotion

    NMDA encourages New Mexico seed stock producers to submit bull sale materials for promotion
    Cattle buyers from Mexico met with producers from New Mexico at Joint Stockman Convention last month

    (Las Cruces, N.M.) – The New Mexico Department of Agriculture is encouraging New Mexico ranchers to submit their spring bull sale flyers and catalogs so the agency may assist with marketing and promotion among cattle producers from Mexico. NMDA recommends ranchers submit materials electronically to marketing specialist Juan Sanchez at jsanchez@nmda.nmsu.edu.

    This effort is a continuance of an inbound mission that took place during the annual Joint Stockmen’s Convention last month. Cattle buyers from Mexico were invited to meet with New Mexican ranchers in Albuquerque in December. NMDA has facilitated this meeting for three consecutive years during the convention hosted by the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association.

    Eight cattle buyers from Mexico traveled to the meeting, and they were interested in Angus, Brangus, Charolais, Santa Gertrudis and Beefmaster breeds. The group visited several ranches throughout the state, and over 25 bulls were purchased.

    “Part of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s mission is to promote global marketing and economic development, and we look forward to assisting New Mexico ranchers with potential sales,” said New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte.

    Ranchers interested in submitting materials should contact Sanchez at 575-646-4929 or jsanchez@nmda.nmsu.edu.

    To learn more about the NMDA, visit www.nmda.nmsu.edu. Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/NMDeptAg and follow us on Twitter @NMDeptAg.

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