Marketing Day Presenters
Stan Bevers is a Professor and Extension Economist for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Rolling Plains District headquartered in Vernon, Texas. He received his B.S. in Agricultural Education (1982) from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma and his M.S. in Agricultural Economics (1989) from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. In 1997, he earned the Accredited Farm Manager (AFM) designation from the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.
Upon arriving in the Texas Rolling Plains in 1989, Bevers became part of a national effort to evaluate and standardize how cow-calf operations were evaluated from both a production and financial standpoint. This effort resulted in what's known today as Beef Cow-calf SPA. Bevers has personally conducted or been involved in the SPA analysis of over 300 herds located from Texas to Montana to Georgia. He is considered the leading expert on beef cow-calf ranch analyses in the United States. Within Texas, he analyzes and advises ranchers though his Extension position. Outside of Texas, he works with ranchers as a professional consultant.
Stan's proficiency in agricultural analysis, risk management, and marketing is widely recognized among clientele and peers across the country.
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, pature remediation program, land expansion, and the marketing of the SMS brand. Dennis has over 25 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.
Jack Blandford was born and raised in a farming and ranching operation in Deming, New Mexico. In 1999, he graduated from World Wide College of Auctioneering in Mason City, Iowa. Jack is a graduate of Deming High School and earned his BS in Agriculture and MA in Agriculture and Extension Education, from NM State University. Through high school and college Jack worked full time as an auctioneer, selling everything from livestock to automobiles and anything in between. He worked at three weekly cattle auctions and on weekends sold other types of sales. He has worked at livestock sale barns in Prescott and Willcox, Arizona and in Deming, New Mexico. Jack taught Agriculture Science in Clint, Texas for three years, and then took a job with NMSU Cooperative Extension Service in Luna County in 2008, as the Agriculture / 4-H Extension Agent. Jack enjoys working with Ag and the youth of New Mexico.
Donald Martinez was born and raised in El Rito, NM on a farm and ranch, along with two younger brothers. They currently own and operate a 150 cow calf operation. For a span of 18 years he and his family produced award winning Blonde d' Aquitaine cattle, winning many major cattle shows around the US. His career with NMSU began as a 4-H Agricultural Agent in Santa Fe County and now he is the Agricultural Agent for Rio Arriba County.
His career in the meat industry has been another passion of his. After being a member of the OPSU collegiate meat judging team, he also learned the process of cutting meat from his father. Currently, he and his family market their own beef along with lamb and mutton on their family operated USDA meat processing facility. In today's economy Donald and his family strive to sustain their deep agriculture roots and their passion for agriculture.
Blair Clavel is currently the Extension Agent in Harding County responsible for agriculture and 4-H programming. Prior to starting his extension work in 2002, Blair was employed by the American Gelbvieh Association as its commercial marketing director handling all Gelbvieh influenced feeder cattle procurement and marketing for the Gelbvieh Alliance and feeder calf programs. Blair received his bachelor's degree in Animal Science and Masters Degree in Meat Science from West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. While at WTAMU, he coached the meats team for two years and was heavily involved in the Beef Carcass Research Center assisting in the collection of carcass data and research for numerous studies, trials, and beef seminars. Blair is also involved with a family ranching operation northeast of Roy where he lives with his wife and four children.