Ranch Management Plan Competition

Camp participants were challenged with a rigorous program for five full days and never seemed to weaken. They were like sponges absorbing knowledge from sun up until late at night while working on their team's ranch management plan.

To put all of the passion, logical thinking and brainpower to good use, youth were divided into five teams that developed ranch management plans for the preserve. The plans were presented to a panel of judges including Jerry Hawkes, Department Head, Extension Animal Sciences & Natural Resources, NM State University; Jose Varela Lopez, President, NM Cattle Growers' Association; Mark McCollum, Board Member, NM Beef Council; and before an audience including dignitary and parents.

Winning team members were Zakery Speir of Deming, Anissa Castro of Blanco, Logan Klump of Animas, Jose Luis Archuleta of Ojo Caliente, and Alivia Lewis of Los Lunas.

Everyone grew from this phenomenal experience, adults included. These young people met every challenge thrown at them, head-on. They demonstrated their unique leadership abilities, team skills and definitely got out of their comfort zones. Most amazing, they expressed their genuine appreciation and respect for humanity, livestock and the land. If these young people are a demonstration of what is in store for our industry, the future looks bright.

Ranch Management Plan Presentations