New Mexico Cattle Growers meet in Socorro

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The Southwest Region of the New Mexico Cattle Growers held its regional meeting at the Bodega Bar and Grill on May 28.

The general business meeting covered everything from a legislative report, to endangered species list update and concerns, to animal welfare and water rights issues.

“This is a very informative meeting,” state Rep. Don Tripp said during the meeting. “There are a lot of agricultural issues to be addressed, and it is nice to have the input of the ranchers who are working on the ground to address our food needs.”

Tripp represents Socorro, Catron and Valencia Counties.

“Of course, rain would solve a great deal of the issues we are facing right now,” he said.

The NMCGA continues its work with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish on issues related to endangered species acts. Often, the designation of endangered species impacts farmers and ranchers, costing them money to add or improve infrastructure such as fencing and water storage. In some cases, ranchers feel there is little evidence that the species being listed are actually present, or have been present in decades, in the area.

The Mexican Gray Wolf reintroduction in the Southwest continues to be a topic of discussion for cattle growers, whose livestock can be dramatically impacted by the program. NMCGA represents its member producers in these matters at the state legislature, as well as with state and federal agencies.

The NMCGA and New Mexico CowBelles will hold their midyear meeting at the Embassy Suites in Albuquerque on June 16-18.

The New Mexico Wool Growers, Inc., will hold its annual meeting simultaneously at the same location. For more information, please visit the NMCGA website at www.nmagriculture.org.