Rebuilding Regional Beef Herds-Part II
Dr. Ted McCollum is the Extension beef cattle specialist at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Amarillo. From this location, McCollum serves the North Region (Panhandle, South Plains, Rolling Plains districts). In the north region, Dr. McCollum assists Texas AgriLife Extension Service county staff with educational programming, directs beef cattle programs for producers, provides assistance to cattle producers and industry groups, and conducts field research. At the state level, he assists with statewide programs and serves as a resource person for beef cattle nutrition and stocker cattle programs. Interests include production management of all phases of commercial cattle and beef production from rangeland and forage-based production systems to cattle feeding systems. Dr. McCollum is a member of the animal nutrition section in the Department of Animal Science and the graduate faculty of Texas A&M University, as well as adjunct faculty at West Texas A&M University. He received his B.S. in Biology from Baylor University, his M.S. degree in Animal Science from New Mexico State University and his doctorate in Ruminant Nutrition from New Mexico State University. He is a Professional Animal Scientist and Diplomate of the American College of Animal Nutrition in the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists.
Dr. Marcy Ward became the NMSU Extension Livestock Specialist in June of this year. Marcy received her B.S. degree in Animal Science from Colorado State University in 1991, and her M.S. from New Mexico State University in Animal Science in 1993. She then went to work for Purina Mills, Inc. as a Dairy Specialist in Stephenville, TX. After three years she was transferred to South Central Kansas, where she worked with all livestock species. In 2002, she decided to return to graduate school. She received her Ph.D. in Ruminant Nutrition from North Dakota State University in 2005. She comes back to NMSU from Colby Community College, where she was the Beef Program Director for seven years.
Dr. Kris Wilson is currently the General Manager of the Silver Spur New Mexico Division (made up of the Bell and TO ranches in northeastern NM). He joined the Silver Spur team in 2010 as the General Manager of the Bell Ranch Division. Prior to joining Silver Spur he was the headquarters manager and nutritionist for the Matador Ranch in Texas and was also on the Faculty at Texas Tech University as a Lecturer and Coach for the Horse Judging and Ranch Horse Teams. Kris is a ruminant nutritionist by training from Texas Tech and also earned a Master's degree in Equine Nutrition from Texas A&M University. Dr. Wilson is a director and vice-chair for New Mexico Cattle Growers Association, serves on the Clayton Research Center Advisory Board, is a council member for the AQHA Ranching Heritage Council and member of the Texas Tech Equine Program Advisory Committee.
Dennis Braden is the General Manager of Swenson Land and Cattle Co. in Stamford, Texas. His current duties are providing oversight of cow-calf operations, horse production, wheat production and wheat cattle grazing, summer stocker grazing, hunting program, oil and gas production, wind energy, pasture remediation program, land expansion, and the marketing of the SMS brand. Dennis has over 22 years experience in managing ranches and is a member of TSCRA, Texas Cattle Growers, Kansas Cattlemen's, and was the founding member of NMCG Foundation. Dennis was the NM Beef Council chairman, Colorado Cattlemen's Wild Life Committee Head, NCBA's Ag-Policy Committee member, NMCGA Board Member, part of the Advisory Council for CSU and NMSU Extension Service, a US Meat Export Federation Board Member, and member of the BLM Resource Advisory Council.