Cattle Growers to meet in Belen

Central New Mexico farmers and ranchers are invited to join members of the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association (NMCGA) for the Central New Mexico Ranch Day Saturday 8:30 a.m. (Oct. 21) at the Cattlemen’s Livestock Auction, 19543 Highway 314 in Belen.

Saturday’s meeting is open to anyone interested in the cattle industry, whether or not they are Association members, said NMCGA President Pat Boone, Elida. “I am looking forward to seeing and learning more about agriculture in the Rio Grande Valley, and appreciate these men and women who are willing to have us come visit their operations,” Boone said. “This will be a great opportunity to meet and visit with producers, hear their concerns and issues, and let them know more about the Association”

Host Charlie Myers, Cattlemen’s Livestock Auction, and Boone will welcome the group at 9 a.m., followed by a discussion of the impact of the auction market on New Mexico ranchers. Later in the morning, as part of presentation on Bio Security, the group will participate in a Bio Security Training Exercise, which will continue to update throughout the day. John Wenzel, D.V.M., with New Mexico State University, will also train the group on Beef Quality Assurance.

The group will move to 4 Daughters Land and Cattle for lunch and an update on issues impacting the livestock industry from the NMCGA. The day will conclude with a tour of area agricultural facilities.

“Coming together to talk about current issues, problems and ideas can benefit us all,” Boone said. “We hope local ranchers will come spend some time with us, learn more about the work of the NMCGA, and give us an idea of what they need and want from the Association.”

Lunch will be served. For more information, or to reserve a seat, please contact the NMCGA office at nmcga@nmagriculture.org or 505-247­-0584.