March 14, 2014

Animal and Range Sciences

  • Dr. Dennis Hallford, Regents Professor, was recognized March 12th for 24 years of service to the New Mexico State University Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.

  • Mr. Neil Burcham received the American Brahman Breeder's Association (ABBA) "Friend of the Year" award during the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The Brahman Friend of the Year Award was initiated to recognize individuals such as Burcham who devote their time and efforts to the improvement and promotion of the Brahman cattle breed. Neil has judged or participated in education seminars in Mexico, Sierra Leone, Colombia, Guatemala, Thailand, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Paraguay and Ecuador. He has judged cattle and hogs in California, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Florida, and Alaska. ABBA Executive Vice President Chris Shivers stated, "Neil Burcham is truly a Brahman friend in every sense of the word and most deserving of this award. He is passionate about the breed, knows its role, has helped improve the breed and has promoted it. Mr. Burcham has been on the faculty at New Mexico State University for over 40 years and since this time has overseen the university Brahman herd and conducted practical research.

  • Animal and Range Sciences judging team members (all members are students) and Dr. John Campbell provided officials, livestock and wool for the regional FFA Career Development Events in Carrizozo, NM on Saturday, March 8. The judging team members have assisted with contests in Tor C and Carrizozo, and will help with the Las Cruces contests this Saturday. The Animal Sciences department sees these events and the state contests as a way to promote animal agriculture in the state and provide an excellent recruiting tool for NMSU and ACES.

Media Productions/Ag Communications

  • Media Productions/Ag Communications has received an invitation from USDA to join a multi-state team competing for a $5 million grant. NMSU's Media Productions' faculty, Drs. Jeanne Gleason and Barbara Chamberlin, are Co-PIs on the grant, providing innovative media, which could include web, mobile apps, video and interactive tools. The USDA team for first round of reviews said the proposal, Enhancing Food Safety through Improved Processing Technologies, would meet a big need in the food production industry. The multi-state research team will be headed by Dr. G Kaletun of the Ohio State University. Dr. Kaletun's team is proposing to develop a microbiological sensor to detect the presence of bacteria, which could significantly improve scientists' ability to track the growth of microbes and the efficacy of sanitization techniques