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.
A friendly reminder that the NMCB mid-year meeting in Ruidoso is coming up next month, June 10-11, 2018 ! Register by May 20! Lots of fun events are planned including a BEEFit Fun Run/Walk and a Cow-A-Bunga Luau (that sounds like fun!!)
Registration information – Deadline May 20: https://www.newmexicocowbelles.org/nmcb-annual-meeting
Hope to see you there,
Deborah van Tellingen, 2018 President, Copper CowBelles
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
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,
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.
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!
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
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!
The Copper CowBelles held our annual Christmas potluck today.
2017 President Pat Hunt conducted the installation of our 2018 Officers: Vice President Annette George, Treasurer Mary Hudson, President Deborah van Tellingen, and not pictured Secretary Linda Pecotte.
The Grant County Copper CowBelles started the year with Patricia E. Hunt as President, Judy O’Loughlin, Vice President, Rosella Escobedo, Secretary and Beverly Medford as Treasurer.
Downtown Silver City has a February event known as Chocolate Fantasia and this year the theme was “Wild Wild West”. Copper was invited to set up a display inside the Market Café. We distributed beef educational information and sold some of our new cookbooks. During our February meeting we began planning for our annual fundraiser Shindig dinner dance.
In March we had a work day at our storeroom to inventory supplies and decorations for the Shindig. Five members attended the District III meeting held in Deming. The Shindig was held April 22nd with a silent auction and the Yarbrough Band playing great country music. Attendance was good and the Shoofly print created a bidding war between local business people and finally brought $1000 for our scholarship fund! Several of us helped with McKeen Ranch Days in Alma for two days the last of the month.
In May we helped Farm Bureau celebrate 100 years in New Mexico by helping with a BBQ held at Tractor Supply Company and in June with a pancake breakfast held by the rodeo group. This was two opportunities to sell cookbooks.
June is Beef month and we gave money to grocery shoppers who were purchasing beef at the local store. President Pat attended the Mid-Year Meeting in Ruidoso.
September brought the Grant County Fair and we had our usual booth and beef giveaway. We sold “NM Beef is Great” license plates and sold enough cookbooks to pay the printing charges and start making a profit. The Grant County Cattlegrowers purchased a steer at the Junior Livestock Sale. This was processed with money provided by Copper. The meat is distributed to home economic teachers in our local schools. Copper also donated to the San Lorenzo School Backpack program. Children from certain families are sent home with food for the weekend. Our donation was for the purchase of beef jerky.
In October we elected our 2018 officers:
- President: Deborah van Tellingen
- VP: Annette George
- Secretary: Linda Pecotte
- Treasurer: Mary Hudson
Submitted: by Pat Hunt, President