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


NMCB District III Meeting Wrap Up

We had a wonderful District meeting and I am thankful that all went relatively smoothly….some hiccups during the day, but overall, I think it was a successful event.

 I will write more later but I wanted to thank EVERYONE who helped out. I appreciate every single one of you!! We couldn’t have done it without you.

 I will take the leftover food up to the PA Fire station today for our hose testing/training. The firefighters will appreciate the food! Thank you.

 Have a great weekend,



Support Grant County Ag

The Grant County Fair Association, Grant County Cattlegrowers and Grant Count Copper CowBelles are joining to bring you the Fiesta Cowboy Party on April 28, 2018.

Proceeds from the cash party will go to the Fair Association and the Cattlegrowers.

The Live/Silent Auction will be sponsored by the Copper CowBelles with proceeds going to support beef education, scholarships and other yearly programs.

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NMCB District Meeting in Silver City

Reminder to register for the New Mexico CowBelles District III meeting to be held in Silver City on Friday March 23.

Continental Breakfast, lunch, the workshop and entertainment are all included in the price. Register by March 16, to get the discounted price of $25.

 There will be two local speakers:

  • Connie Rooks from the Grant County Farm and Livestock Bureau: Topic TBD
  • Jeanette Hamilton, from Bar J Horse Boarding, will talk about the latest updates on the proposed livestock hauling regulations and CDL permits

The Country Gospel Band, Jericho, will entertain attendees during the lunch break!

Registration form here: DistrictIIImeeting


February News

The Grant County Copper CowBelles met on February 20, 2018.  New member Jeannette Hamilton was introduced.  President Deborah van Tellingen gave a report on the NM CowBelles Legislative Action Day in Santa Fe which she participated in with the State Officers.  This is a new annual event and she is excited about the positive interaction with other Grant County officials and the State Legislators, including the Governor.  More details were announced about the upcoming District III meeting which Copper will host on March 23rd. Two additional speakers will be added to the State Officers’ program including Connie Rooks of the Grant County Farm Bureau Women in Ag group and Jeannette Hamilton, who will discuss the new CDL laws which affect livestock transportation.

Copper will participate in a fundraising cash party event put on by the Grant County Fair Buyers Pool.  Copper will arrange a silent and live auction as a fundraiser for the scholarship fund.  This event will replace The Shindig this year.  Past President Pat Hunt made a presentation to her 2017 CowBelle of the Year, Linda Pecotte and thanked her for always volunteering to help with last minute details for various agenda items.  A motion was passed to pay for part of Deborah’s travel expenses to Santa Fe and to donate $300 to the El Grito Head Start program in Grant County and also to the CYFD Strengthening Families Program.  Both of these groups need assistance in feeding program participants.

Submitted by Pat Hunt


2017 Copper CowBelle of the Year

Here’s past Copper Cowbelles President Patricia Elliott Hunt presenting current Secretary Linda Pecotte a handmade cutting board for being awarded the 2017 Copper Cowbelle of the year. Presentation was held yesterday at our general meeting. Pat thanked Linda for all of her support during her tenure as Cowbelles President. Linda was, and still is, first to volunteer and do whatever it takes to make the Cowbelles a success . Congrats Linda, and thank you Pat for honoring her!