Our people: Enjoying the cowboy life

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LILIANA CASTILLO: Freedom New Mmexico Wesley Grau was born and raised in Grady on the Grau Ranch about a mile south of Grady that has been there since 1907. Wesley Grau of Grady was named the 2009 Cattleman of the Year by the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association. Grau said the members of NMCGA vote […]

Matt Rush wins Republican land commissioner nomination

Roosevelt County farmer and cattle rancher Matthew Rush on Tuesday won the nomination in the Republican primary for land commissioner — a position among the most powerful in New Mexico state government. Rush defeated former Bernalillo County GOP executive director Bob Cornelius. Unofficial returns showed Rush with nearly 66 percent of the votes with 65 […]

Business digest: Grady cattleman receives annual award

Grady cattleman receives annual award Wesley Grau of Grady was named 2009 Cattleman of the Year by the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association at its most recent joint stockmen’s convention. The award is given annually by the NMCGA to a member in recognition of that person’s contributions to the industry. The Grau family ranches and […]

Cattle growers celebrate Earth Day

Cattle growers celebrate Earth Day On Thursday, New Mexico Cattle Growers Association is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with events that will be held all over the state and the world. There are people from 190 countries and one billion people taking this day to recognize the importance of all the magnificent wonders […]

Preparation not enough for auction

By Glenda Price: State columnist Livestock auctions are an integral part of ranch life. Usually, the sale barns have a cattle auction each week, and now and then they sell horses or sheep. Ranchers whose cattle calve in the spring often consign their weanling calves to the sale barn in the fall. Another type auction […]

New Mexico cattle industry praises USDA decision

Cattle producers in New Mexico are extremely pleased with the decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to grant New Mexico split-state state status under the bovine (TB) tuberculosis regulations. “We are all breathing a huge sigh of relief,” said Alisa Ogden, New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association […]

TB tests now law for Curry, Roosevelt cattle

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico

Truck crash forces cattle roundup

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Truck driver Cody White of Amarillo helps unload cattle from his overturned rig at 7th and Grand Friday morning. Freedom New Mexico

Winter supplementation program used as grazing management tool

By Manny Encinias: Ag columnist Beef producers in the Southwest are commonly challenged to balance forage supply and demand on their grazing operations. While typically not documented, a tenured manager is always aware of the grazing use patterns within and across pastures on a ranch. Regardless of the year, most managers would like to get […]

Wall Street bailout akin to water gap unfairness

by Glenda Price Ranch people in the Southwest who happen to be in arroyo country must deal with water gaps. To keep the cattle in the correct pastures (bulls in the bull pasture after breeding season, neighbor’s bulls not visiting our cows, etc.), fences often must go across arroyos. Therein lies a problem. Mostly the […]