by Madalynn Lee and Members
Hello Fellow Beef Consumers,
Recently having visited some of the school health fairs to educate the significant role “beef” plays was so encouraging and so fun to do. While you will periodically hear doctors encouraging you to downplay red meat in the diet you will hear other professionals of the medical industry tell you that red meat (or rather protein and we all know the best form available) is essential to time and quality of healing. Incidentally, I understand soy will feed/exacerbate some types of cancer so be careful to choose the right forms of protein. What we cannot dispute is “WOW” WHAT A COW is to the medical industry.
To imagine that 99.9 percent of that cow is utilized in everyday things and 30 percent plus contributes to the medical industry alone is just staggering. From band aids to insulin for diabetics to plastic surgery, wow and then again what about the tires that took it there.
I have always advocated the beauty industry whenever the little 7th and 8th grade girls stood at the fairs as though they were bored I told them what about that important role beef plays in makeup they were awed and speechless.
Bridging the gap has never been as important as it is right now. I believe we have this window of opportunity to really push our industry to its fullest in understanding from everything and everyone’s aspect. I believe to fully do so we have to go over and under bridges we would not have otherwise dared to go and sometimes just building a bridge is all we need to do. Thanks again and have a great month.
May 12 - 14, AgriFuture Educational Institute, Albuquerque
May 14 - 16, Indian Livestock Days, Rt. 66 Casino
June 8 - 10, Mid-Year, Las Cruces
Dec 4 - 7, Joint Stockmen’s Convention, Albuquerque
The February 15, 2014 meeting of the Berrendo CowBelles was held at the Cowboy Cafe. There were six members present. President Genora Canon called the meeting to order at 11:00. The minutes were read and approved as read. The treasurer’s report was read, approved and was filed. Unfinished Business: Two cards were read from Justin Armstrong and Ruth Ann Stephens thanking the Berrendo CowBelles for the “Add-On” to their beef project at the local fair. The President handed out copies of the new State CowBelle Directory and Wrangler. New Business: The President brought cases of the new napkins. The cases are smaller and there are 8 sleeves in each case. There are 200 napkins in each sleeve. The cases will sell for $140 per case and the sleeves $17 per sleeve. The local purchased a sleeve to give to the Cowboy Cafe in hopes they will buy some. There was discussion on the idea of changing some meeting dates to a weekday in hopes of including some of the younger members. It was decided to have next meeting in March on a Thursday at the new K-Bobs Restaurant. Meeting adjourned 11:35 p.m. Submitted by Genora Moore
The Copper CowBelles of Grant County are having their annual “Shindig” – this year, the theme is “Spring Round-Up” – on Saturday, April 12 in Silver City at the Flame. See the website for more details, and join the CowBelles for a great night of dinner and dancin’! www.coppercowbelles.com
The March meeting of the Chamiza CowBelles was called to order at 11 a.m. by President Gloria Petersen in the home of Jodell Downs with nine members and two guests present. After reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, the ladies were treated to a make-up demonstration given by Michelle, from Michelle’s Beauty Salon. She answered questions, gave great tips, and presented all with gifts of lip conditioner, lipstick, and a coupon for a free foundation color match. A short meeting followed the demonstration. Dolores presented the Treasurer’s report which was approved as read. Because of time restraint, the group decided to forego the reading of the previous meeting’s minutes. Because of the high price of beef at this time, group may need to sell more beef tickets for the raffle in October in order to make the same amount of money for scholarship fund. Ticket sales will begin in July. Cathy presented a request from the Sierra County Farm and Livestock Bureau for door prizes for their upcoming Ag Symposiums. There will be five more symposiums this year. Dolores suggested the possibility of printing note cards similar to one she received showing a cute cow on the front. Gloria reported that the new CowBelle napkins are now available. Meeting adjourned at 1 p.m. Submitted by Cathy Pierce
With 11 members present, Lariat CowBelles met on Wednesday, March 5 at the Rabbit Ears Cafe. Dell Owen was hostess. KLMX radio will produce 30 second spots twice a day promoting agriculture during Ag Week. Jeremy Cook from KLMX visited with Lariats and explained the options available for sponsoring and producing a spot promoting the beef industry. Relay for Life will be on July 11-12. Under Legislature, Gov. Martinez signed five bills into law. The senate passed 53 memorials which were and are for 2014. New Mexico Food and Farm Day was on January 29, 2014. Memorials are recognition only. Under Advocacy, the topic of importing Brazilian Beef into the United States was discussed. The USDA is still accepting comments on their website for public input on this pending bill. One of the concerns surrounding this bill is the prevalence of Foot and Mouth Disease in some Brazilian cattle. The bill would potentially allow live, fresh, cold and/or frozen beef into this country. Brazil inspection standards are not the same as USDA inspection standards and the USDA will only be spot checking the beef that is imported. This has raised some concerns regarding the potential introduction of Foot and Mouth Disease into U.S. cattle herds and possible introduction of disease to the consumer. The New Mexico CowBelles District 2 Workshop will be held in Clayton on March 10 at the United Methodist Church. There were 20 CowBelles from three Locals registered to attend along with five New Mexico CowBelles officers. The Extension office made the name tags. Farmers and Stockman’s Bank has donated the cost of the continental breakfast. Favors for each attendee were made. Lunch was provided by Kathryn Malcolm-Callis. Extension will be holding a series of programs throughout New Mexico. One presentation will be on March 11 at 4:30 pm at the National Guard Armory in Clayton. Ben Creighton and the Union County 4-H will provide a meal. Bradley Supply is sponsoring the event. The topic is vaccination programs for cattle. Stephanie Whitney, owner and founder of Apache Valley Soaps was the guest speaker. She gave an interesting presentation on the history of soaps and how soaps were and are made. Every member of Lariats who was in attendance received samples of her products. Joyce Sowers won a door prize. Ms. Whitney has a Facebook page and a website. The next regular meeting of the Lariat CowBelles is Wednesday, April 9, at the Rabbit Ears Cafe. Respectfully submitted, Marianne E. Rose, Reporter, Lariat CowBelles
The Mesilla Valley CowBelles met in March with nine members present and discussion of the 2014/2015 Las Cruces Public School Menu Calendar Artwork Contest with the theme of Tastes of the Mesilla Valley. The artwork needs to depict images related to agriculture in the fertile Mesilla Valley. It is encouraged to celebrate all the wonderful things that are grown and raised locally and are healthy, wholesome, and nutritious! The contest is jointly sponsored by the Mesilla Valley CowBelles and the NMFLB Ag in the Classroom with cash prizes awarded to artwork chosen for use in the calendar. Artwork is displayed at various locations including the Southern NM State Fair. The Deadline for submissions is April 17 with judging to be scheduled shortly after so students can be awarded the cash prizes before finishing the school year. Discussion of the Dona Ana Cash Party regarding tickets, website ads and silent auction items needed. Information regarding beef ambassador contest will go out to FFA and 4h clubs. Submitted by Janet Witte/Gretchen Lindsay