January 30, 2015
Cooperative Extension Service
Valencia County's Cooperative Extension Service office participated in the 2015 Valencia County Hispano Chamber of Commerce Matanza. During the one day competition, 19 teams butchered pigs and prepared dishes that were judged by a panel and sampled by over 11,000 attendees. The teams competed in five different timed categories - liver, carne adovada, specialty pork item, chicharrones, and the Iron Pig Competition, where the teams were given the same random ingredients which they had to use to create a dish. Team NMSU-CES, participating in its first Matanza competition, took third place in the Overall Grand Champion. Their specialty item - ribs - took first place, while their carne adovada was second and their liver/chorizo sliders took third place in the liver category. The annual Matanza event has raised more than $140,000 during the previous 14 years, providing more than 200 Valencia County youth college scholarships.
The Lincoln County 4-H Horse Judging Team won the title of Reserve National Horse Judging Champions at the 95th annual Western National Roundup held Jan. 8-11 in Denver, CO. Team members are Shayna Gallacher, Kristie Gallacher, Bryanna Parker, and Gracie Hooten.
New Mexico State University Media Productions has released a new version of an app for 4-H, Eat&Move-O-Matic, an exploration of energy balance between the foods we eat and energy expenditures from various activities. With helpful tips about foods and activities popular with youth and how small changes can make a big difference, the app empowers users to make wise decisions. At the iOS Apple Store this January, the Eat&Move-o-Matic reached the rank of 79th among kids' apps for ages 9-11 and 153rd among education apps overall. More than 12,200 users have installed the update since it was released on Dec. 31st. A Spanish version will be released soon.
Lobster Diver, a math game produced by NMSU Media Productions/Learning Games Lab in conjunction with the NMSU College of Education and the University of Maine, was downloaded nearly 33,000 times this month, mostly by schools. The game helps learners in grades 3-8 understand relations between numbers, including negative numbers, fractions, and decimals, while diving for lobster among lighthouses and rocky shorelines. It can be downloaded free for iPhone or iPad at the Apple Store: Lobster Diver.