by Beverly Butler and Members
Spring has sprung and hoping all have received at least a little moisture. We have been very active this past month, Region 6 meeting in St. George, Utah, and Region 4 meeting in Amarillo, Texas and WALK held in Las Cruces. We were represented at each of these meetings and received valuable information.
The next thing coming up is Father’s Day. Remember Fathers are very important people, we need to recognize them. This year ANCW has put together Tool Kits for Father’s Day. The information is all there for you and what a great opportunity to use it.
The Beef Ambassador Contest is coming up soon, DEADLINE for entries is June; get a contestant. For more information contact Shelly Hathorn. These ambassadors are great beef promoters. Thank you Courtney Hurt and Sage Mijares for everything you have done. Thank you Shelly for the great job in coordinating the Beef Ambassador Contest.
Midyear meeting will be held at the Embassy Suites in Albuquerque this year, June 16-18. Make your reservations and attend the CowBelles meeting June 17. Bring all of your ideas and suggestions.
I recently talked to some people who have worked for the medical field; they did not realize that beef by-products played a part in pharmaceuticals. I think it is time we start back to educate the people on what beef by-products really contribute to the world.
Cattle provide products that make the quality of human life better. Did you know that you needed blood factor for treating hemophilia, killing a viruses and making anti-rejection drugs? Tell that to someone who is not familiar with beef and take a good look at their expression. If you know of someone who has burns and wounds they may use chymotrypsin to comfort them. Non-stick bandages and plastic surgery use collagen. Heparin is used for an anticoagulant to treat blood clots. Many people have been diagnosed with hypoglycemia and need glucagon to make their lives more desirable. Pancreatin helps in the digestion of food. Thrombin Vitamin B-12 is a preventative for B-Complex deficiencies. Just things we need to remember helps blood clot. .
If you can tell people who believe that cattle are not important just hand them the pamphlet ‘WOW THAT COW’. It is important that we can tell what is in that pamphlet without looking at it, but then when you pull a pamphlet out of your purse or pocket, or hand them out at your health fair or any other beef promotion, it makes a lot of difference. So let’s know our cattle inside and out, remember a ‘Steer is Not All Steak’, we know that cattle are good inside and out and now more than ever we need to convince the public how important cattle are to them no matter if they eat, need medical help, travel or wear clothing.
– Sharon King, NMCB President
DATES TO REMEMBER
Frisco CowBelles, January 21, 2013 – The Treasurer gave a financial report noting that last year’s auction did well and income and expenses were all okay. The District meeting that Frisco hosts in March was the main topic for discussion. Date was decided for annual barbecue fundraiser, Saturday, July 6, 2013. February 18, 2013. Received a thank you from Owaissa Heimann for ANCW associate membership dues. Budget was presented and accepted. More details were discussed for the District meeting. Ranch Days: Tuesday, April 23 and Wednesday, April 24, 2013. March 18, 2013 – More activities regarding District Meeting. Ranch Days: April 23-24. Help is requested to haul tables and chairs to the McKeen ranch on Monday the 22nd. Teacher/student bags will be filled the week before, date to be set. All members for group leaders or food should arrive by 8:30 a.m. both days. It was decided to donate a basket for the 4-H bingo. Preparations for the annual barbecue will accelerate next month. There seems to be something going on around here frequently; when Frisco CowBelles are involved it is a good team effort! Submitted by Marge McKeen
Chamiza CowBelles met on April 4, 2013 – The meeting was called to order by President Gloria Petersen with 13 members present. Gloria reported that four members attended district meeting in Carrizozo and all enjoyed the meeting which was both informative and well presented. Gloria also reminded of the Women in Agriculture Leadership Conference scheduled for May 1, 2, and 3 in Las Cruces. Ag Day will be held on April 26 and workers are needed to serve lunches. Gloria will be presenting Kids and Kows at Ag Day. It will be held on the Muncy ranch off Highway 52 west of Cuchillo. Volunteers should arrive around 9 a.m. Jodell thanked all for donating to the “pantry money”. She said she buys mostly meat and fruit. The May meeting has been postponed until the second Thursday (May 9) and will be held at the home of Nancy Phelps, north of Winston. Scholarship applications need to be submitted by the end of this month and will be available for selection at next meeting. Beef tickets have been printed and Gloria distributed them to meeting attendees. Submitted by Cathy Pierce
The Powderhorn CowBelles met in April with twelve members present and four guests, CJ Law, of the Bosque Redondo, Grace Roybal, Barbara Boyd and Marqua Ratliff. Six members attended District II meeting in Ranchvale where they gathered with other District II locals and enjoyed reports from the state officers, good food and visiting. Changes in the monthly programs were reported as follows: the meeting at the Car Museum will be in September at 10:30 a.m.; the husbands are invited and there will be a $3 entrance fee; the meeting will be held while the men enjoy the cars and go to the Comet Café for a no-host luncheon; Aspen Achen and Kari Kyle will give a program on Holiday Crafts in November. It was decided that Powderhorn will furnish the meat for the Grade School Honor Students and their families on May 14. Powderhorn will host at Mid-Year on June 16 in Albuquerque. Karen Kelling, Joan Key and Sandy McKenna take care of the process and let members know how they can help. CJ Law introduced himself as the person in charge at the Bosque Redondo and Grace Roybal who will also be working there. He said that Old Fort Days is going to change, he enumerated several ways and gave a tentative schedule of events. They plan to have a small group of native sheep and asked if the group would like to help create a three letter brand. He offered to help the group in any way he could. Scholarship committee presented their recommendation which was accepted by the group. It was decided that next year reminders of scholarships available be sent to former applicants. Everything for the barbecue is on schedule. It was decided to charge $10 for adults and $5 for children under ten. Discussion occurred regarding county fairs and plans to increase involvement with the fairs in De Baca and Guadalupe counties and to channel information and other help to the young men and women interested. Dorothy Vaughan, Secretary
Mesilla Valley CowBelles met April 15, 2013 at La Posta in Mesilla with 8 members, one junior and one husband present. Since this was the group’s postponed Christmas Party, only a short business meeting transpired. Las Cruces Public School lunch calendar was discussed, only 10 months will be printed in the calendar (therefore $ prize amounts will be adjusted), and judging for cover and monthly drawings will occur on May 6, 2013. This lunch calendar has been an ongoing, annual, shared project between Ag in the Classroom and Mesilla Valley CowBelles. Columbia Ag Day went great . . . thank you Vicky! Ag Day at Fairacres will be April 25, 2013 and Dona Ana KKM will be April 30-May 2. Kyra Grant has graciously volunteered to do the Beef Presentation for these and does an awesome job! Thank you Kyra! Beef Ambassador forms were discussed and they will be forwarded onto additional interested parties. Submitted by Janet Witte