Category Archives: Livestock in New Mexico

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

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


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. This is done 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. It allowed us to continue to build on our strong partnership with our neighbors from Mexico,” said Jeff Witte. “Our producers share many of the same challenges and opportunities. They enjoy working together to benefit producers from New Mexico, Arizona and Sonora. As a region, we are stronger together.” Jeff is New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture.

The meeting began Friday morning at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum with speakers and a round-table discussion. Witte spoke at the meeting, along with others. Other speakers were Tom Sidwell, Julio Cesar Corona Valenzuela, Rubén Molina Molina and Dr. Peter Mundschenk.

Meeting attendees were then taken to the NMSU Chihuahuan Desert Rangeland Research Center north of Las Cruces. There 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,

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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.) – NMDA is encouraging New Mexico ranchers to submit their spring bull sale flyers and catalogs. This is 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

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. 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…”. said New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte.

Ranchers interested in submitting materials should contact Sanchez at 575-646-4929 or

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AG Day event combines farm animals, local food, fun before Homecoming game Oct. 28

For Immediate Release:
Contact: Shelby Herrera


The Agriculture Day event is bringing family-friendly fun to Las Cruces Saturday, Oct. 28. You’ll find farm animals, games, prizes and samples of local food together at a completely free event.

NMSU ACES and NMDA are working with NMSU Athletics and other university partners to coordinate AG Day. It is presented by New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau.

The fifth annual AG Day street fair happens on the NMSU campus from 2 to 6 p.m.. It’s before the Aggies play their 2017 homecoming game against the Arkansas Red Wolves. In the parking lot near Aggie Memorial Stadium and the Pan American Center, you’ll find dozens of groups. They represent nearly every facet of New Mexico’s diverse agricultural community.

“I invite everyone to join us… learn about and enjoy New Mexican agriculture,” said Jeff Witte. “Tailgate with fellow Aggies, and cheer the NMSU football team to victory.” Jeff is the New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture.

In addition to the many booths ready to welcome you, kids can get a pony ride. The ride is provided by New Mexico State University’s Horseman’s Association. There will also be other farm animals to see and pet. Trick or Treat with Pete will kick-off at 2:15, for kids to trick-or-treat at each AG Day booth alongside Pistol Pete.

Musician Tell Runyan will play from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Runyan is a College of ACES alumnus.

During the all-ages event, those attending will have plenty to do. They may pick up recipes, watch the water cycle in action, sample New Mexican foods and much more.

“AG Day provides a wonderful opportunity to enjoy what makes New Mexico great. We can also celebrate our own hard work,” Witte added.

AG Day is presented by New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau. They will work along with a group of agricultural organizations and companies across the state who sponsor the game.

“New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau is proud to partner with NMDA to sponsor Ag Day,” said Chad Smith.  “This is a fun way to connect food lovers with food producers as we celebrate the agricultural traditions of NMSU.”  Chad Smith is the NMF&LB CEO

Tickets to the football game may be purchased for $10 prior to game day when you mention “Ag Day”. Tickets can be purchased in advance online. You can also get them in person at the Pan American Center ticket office, on game day. There number is 575-646-1420.  More information about NMSU Aggie football is available here.


Deadline for Livestock Owners Affected by Snowstorm Goliath to Apply to USDA for Potential Loss Coverage

Posted December 30, 2015 / Updated February 5, 2016

Livestock owners with animals impacted by recent snowstorms in New Mexico, be aware.  Those affected should contact their county office of USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA). Contact as soon as possible to make their losses known. FSA may be able to help such producers cover some of their financial losses.

Additional details from FSA’s New Mexico Office:

If the livestock died in 2015, that is a 2015 loss.  The deadline to file an application for payment for this year was initially February 1, 2016. However, the Washington, DC, office of FSA has since extended the date. March 31, 2016, is the new deadline, according to the New Mexico office of FSA.

If the livestock died in 2016, this is a 2016 loss, giving the producer until January 30, 2017, to file an application for payment.

Affected producers must still call the county office within 30 days of realizing livestock death.

New Mexico joins coalition of states for agriculture security

Being prepared for disasters is a challenge faced by response agencies every day.  Fortunately, major agricultural disasters are rare but, if one happens, the economic impacts could be serious.

Governor Susana Martinez has signed a charter joining New Mexico with other states working on food and agriculture security.

This partnership allows us to maintain that and even improve upon food safety. It is important for consumers and also for the farmers, ranchers, and others in our food system.

Many of these states share similar systems for livestock, dairy production and marketing.  Working together across state borders improves readiness and capabilities. That is what this coalition is all about.

The Partnership has commissioned over 30 projects. This includes crisis communications workshops, and animal movement agreements between states. It also commissions training and exercises for disaster preparedness, and incident management teams. Such teams assist in command and control of agriculture incidents.

The Partnership coalition extends from Michigan to New Mexico, and the Dakotas to Kentucky.  Activities are supported by U.S. Department of Homeland Security grants through member states.