September Report

The Grant County Copper CowBelles met on September 18, 2018.  President Deborah van Tellingen opened the meeting with the Pledge, prayer and creed.  New member Cherry Fe was introduced and guest speakers Joe Bryce and Bart Roselli of the Silver City Museum gave a presentation about next year’s ranching exhibit.  They are requesting individual family histories of Grant County ranchers and any other information we can give them for the planned exhibit.

A letter from former Bar Wilson was passed around.  It was noted that several members have new addresses and it was requested that our lists be updated.  Deborah encouraged everyone to come out and help with our fair booth and the marketing committee displayed the new banners developed for display at the fair.

A motion was passed to approve a donation to the Grant County Cattlegrowers to help with the processing costs for the steer they will buy at the fair.  A motion was also made and the 2019 slate of officers:  Deborah van Tellingen, President; Linda Pecotte, Vice President; Annette George, Secretary and Mary Hudson, Treasurer was approved.  They will be installed at the December meeting.

Deborah announced that the Grant County Commissioners signed a proclamation this week making October 1-5 “New Mexico Grown Week” in honor of the partnership between New Mexico Farmers, Ranchers and Public Schools.  This proclamation for Grant County is “to honor New Mexico’s vibrant food, farming and ranching culture that is significant to the rural economy and provides employment opportunities on farms”.  The Copper CowBelles were invited to be at the Commission meeting for the presentation.

Submitted by Pat Hunt


Annual Scholarship

Copper CowBelles Award Annual Scholarship

The Copper CowBelles award $1000 to Miss Lindsey Ashinhurst, a Silver High graduate, former student at University of Arizona and enrolled at Oklahoma State University now to pursue her degree in Agricultural Business.

“My primary goal in my career is to stand up for the values of cattle ranchers, and use my education to expand the market for cattle”, states Ashinhurst in her application.

“In the two years of undergraduate studies I have remaining, I am eager to continue to develop career-ready skills and knowledge that will allow me to contribute to the agriculture industry in New Mexico.”

Copper CowBelles award a scholarship annually to local youths pursuing Agriculture Careers. These funds are a primary mission of the CowBelles who actively promote the beef industry and educate consumers. Be sure to visit the Copper CowBelles booth at the Grant County Fair.

This years award was given in memory of Lori Nell Glenn, Brenda Bays and Jo Bounds.


August Report

The Grant County Copper CowBelles met August 21st. President Deborah van Tellingen led the Pledge of Allegiance and the Creed and Prayer were read.  Guests Cyndi Donovan and FSA CED Mackey Irwin were introduced. Mackey gave a short presentation on upcoming FSA County Committee Elections and current programs.  The minutes of the June meeting were approved. Deborah provided information about the Wild Apricot Software that the State has rolled out and explained that Copper will also be using it to send out emails and newsletters.  Deborah will chair the County Fair booth in September and is looking for volunteers. She will do the decorating and Pat will get the items needed for the beef and candy drawings.

The Nominating Committee presented the proposed slate of officers for 2019.  This will be published in the next newsletter and voted on at the September meeting.  The Scholarship Committee presented an application from Lindsey Ashinhurst who is majoring in Ag Business at Oklahoma State and an award was approved.  It was also decided to continue our buckle donation to the local 4-H for the Livestock Contest at the County Fair.

Bobbie Neal Little announced that the ranching exhibit at the Silver City Museum is back on the docket and is scheduled to open early in 2019.  She needs more local ranch family histories.

Submitted by Pat Hunt


June Report

The Grant County Copper CowBelles met on June 19, 2018. After the pledge, creed and prayer the May minutes were approved. Correspondence included a thank you from Lorraina Robertson for the money given to her to help cover her Beef Ambassador expenses. Treasurer Mary Hudson gave her report and stated that the bank is willing to issue a debit card on our account. Having a card will eliminate the issues we have been having writing checks to purchase food and supplies for events.

President Deborah van Telligen gave a report on the Mid-year meeting and announced that she has been appointed as interim secretary for the NM CowBelles. Kathy Davis, chair of the Marketing committee gave a progress report on the banners being developed for the fair and Pat Hunt, chair of the Scholarship committee asked members to be thinking about changing the scholarship eligibility requirements from agricultural only degrees to include trade schools such as linemen and welders in an effort to support other rural careers. Everyone seemed open to the idea and the committee will meet to develop guidelines for consideration.

Deborah asked for someone willing to chair the upcoming County Fair. As no one agreed, she will send out emails. Our by-laws require money be spent to promote “June is Beef Month”. The usual event to surprise shoppers buying beef at the grocery stores was not scheduled therefore it was proposed to take out an advertisement in the local newspapers promoting beef, ranching and Copper CowBelles. Bobbie Neal-Little agreed to work with the papers to get it prepared before the end of June.

It was voted to approve a $100 donation to the Grant County 4-H pig, goat and steer jackpot to be held on June 30th.

Deborah appointed several members to a committee to develop the 2019 budget. An audit of the 2017 checking account is still pending.

The next meeting is scheduled for August as July is always an open month. Submitted by Pat Hunt


NMCB Mid-year wrap up

NMCB President Nancy Phelps appointed Deborah van Tellingen as NMCB Secretary

The Beef Fit Fun Run was a success

The 2019 Budget was approved

Nancy Phelps had been preparing to be President for 2019 but was thrown in the position early and some things have fallen thru the cracks, including not notifying the NMCB Man of the Year that he won the award. Madalynn Lee announced that our 2018 NM Cowbelle Man of the Year is 2018 Blair Clavel from Roy, New Mexico. We will re-invite him to Annual to recognize his achievements. President Phelps thanked Casey and Charity for their help in getting up to speed on things and promised to do better going forward.  Nancy wanted everyone to know that she has an open line of communication and is here for us in any way we need her.

NOTE: Debi Rupe, editor of the Wrangler, asked that we tell our locals about the Wild Apricot system and that the email address comes from NM COWBELLES WILD APRICOT EMAIL ADDRESS, not from Debi Rupe. Also, that only 44% of the emails were opened and only 12% clicked on the link to look at the Wrangler. There are also email fails and if the emails go to SPAM. Please check your SPAM boxes. Suggested that we take a computer to our meetings and show the members how it works and how to open an attachment. Also, there is an idea to use the blank space on the paper copy for promotion and ads. All ads must be for beef or ag promotion or industry.

Caren Cowan updated us on current Legislative action. Things look grim at the legislative level unless we get involved.

Dina Chacon Reitzel from the New Mexico Beef Council came to talk to us about NMBC upcoming projects and how appreciative they are of the NMCB efforts for beef promotion.  NMBC will pursue the State Beef Checkoff again thru the legislature

Jennie Hodgen/Associate Director Meat Science Merck Animal Health

Jennie showed us how to cut up a whole strip loin, what consumers think about meat and how we can promote beef.

Consumers are not educated on the cuts of beef

****Leah Tookey/Curator of History-NM Farm and Ranch Museum. Spoke of collaboration that the Museum has with the Cowbelles to document and preserve our history. The goal is to keep the history of farming and ranching alive. Ashley Ivens contacted Leah to archive the Cowbelles items that Ashley was receiving. The museum has 6 boxes of our items and there is a list of items that will be given to current President Nancy Phelps. Any NM Cowbelle can see the collection, but Leah asks for us to make an appointment with her first.****

Amanda Ball-Director/NM Agriculture leadership Program, an 18-month course “The Need for Ag Leadership”. Amanda spoke about the state of Ag today and presented several bullet points about consumer information, genetic information in our food, SNAP program and loss of farmland equivalent to the size of the State of New York from the years 1992-2012. Amanda also spoke on the upcoming opportunities for Ag leadership. Getting involved in policy, telling stories or claiming our seat at the table.

Date to note: December 5-8, 2018 NMCB AND NMCA Annual Meeting Albuquerque, NM


May Report

The Grant County Copper CowBelles met on May 15, 2018.  After the pledge, creed and prayer the April minutes were approved and the March minutes were amended to allow the President access to the e-banking accounts.  Correspondence included a donation request for the cake walk at the Silver City Museum July 4th event.  Kim and JoAnn reported on the auction at the Cowboy Fiesta Party.  For a first time event the auction and the dinner/dance did very well.  Plans are already in the works for next year’s event. Money earned was transferred from the regular checking account to the scholarship fund.  It was decided not to have a float in the July 4th parade but consideration is still being given to participating in the Wine Festival to be held in July that would possibly involve wine pairing with beef samples.  President van Tellingen regretfully announced the resignation of Ashley Ivins as NMCB President.  She encouraged everyone to attend the upcoming mid-year meeting in Ruidoso.  The Town wants new contracts signed for the “Adopt a Median” program Copper participates in.  The Executive Board will review the contract before signing.  Copper recently lost past members, Jo Bounds and Brenda Bays.  Memorial donations have been received.  A donation to the Pat Nowlin fund in their memories will be voted on at the next meeting.

Submitted by Pat Hunt


Family Owned

Did you know… 97 percent of beef ranches today are family owned and operated? Typically, there are multiple generations involved in the family business!  #BeefMonth

The report shows that family-owned farms continue to form the core of American agriculture, with 97 percent of 2.1 million farms classified as family farms. Those farms vary widely of course, with some being large businesses employing many non-family members and some being very small in acreage and revenue.

For farms raising cattle or calves, the report lists a total of 740,978 operations. Of those, 202,047 are listed as retirement farms, where the operators report they are retired, although they continue to farm on a small scale. On 266,250 cattle operations, NASS reports the operator has an off-farm occupation. Of the cattle farms where the operator’s primary occupation is farming, 130,774 are listed as having annual sales less than $150,000, 47,648 have sales of $150,000 to $349,999, 51,301 have sales from $350,000 to $999,999, 20,142 have sales from $1 million to $4,999,999 and 2,609 have sales of more than $5 million. Non-family farms account for the remaining 20,207 cattle operations.




April Report

April 17, 2018

The Grant County Copper CowBelles met on April 17, 2018 in Silver City. After the Pledge, Prayer and Creed, the March minutes were approved. A registration from a new member who is moving to Grant County was received in the mail.  President Deborah Van Tellingen announced that the District III meeting was a success and thank you’s were made to the members for their hard work.  A report was made on Henry Torres’s funeral reception which Copper hosted. Kim Clark reported on the status of the auction for the Cowboy Fiesta Party to be held April 28th.  This will be the major fundraiser for Copper’s scholarship this year.  Several members will be helping with the McKeen Ranch Days in Alma, April 24-25.  There was discussion about a 4th of July parade float and/or participating in the Silver City Wine Festival.  An email will be sent out for discussion of these two events. Everyone was encouraged to attend the Mid-Year meeting in Ruidoso, June 10-11.

Submitted by Pat Hunt