Cattle growers holding meeting Nov. 11

By QCS Staff

The New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association will be holding its Northeast Regional Meeting in Tucumcari on Nov. 11.

The meeting is an opportunity to learn about issues facing the livestock industry and all of agriculture, said Caren Cowan, executive director of the association.

The concerns of cattle growers have been elicited at similar meetings and the policy on many items will be developed at the 2007 Joint Stockmen’s Convention Dec. 6-7.

Some of the issues that the association plans to update its members and ranchers on include possible expansion of the reintroduction of the Mexican Wolf program and national or regional legislation that could eventually affect pickup vehicles, Cowan said.

“There is scoping on the Mexican wolf program,” Cowan said.

And adoption of regulations on vehicle options, such as those in California, could affect the ability to buy pickups and limit ranchers and farmers to smaller and lighter vehicles and the ability to do business, Cowan said.

Another concern is regulations by the state’s Forestry Division regarding how much wood, such as juniper and pinon, can be harvested from certain sized acreages, Cowan said.

Cattle growers and ranchers will also have interests specific to their regions and “We want to hear those concerns,” Cowan said.
The meeting will be at 5 p.m. on Nov. 11 at Dean’s Restaurant in Tucumcari. Dinner will be Dutch-treat buffet.

If you plan to attend, you are asked to confirm your attendance by RSVP to (505) 247-0584 or nmcga@nmagriculture.org by Wednesday.