We thought this video may be of interest to New Mexico cattle producers. It is about, among other things, cattle rustling and the importance of branding. Here is the description given on their website:
Reporter Sarah Gardner rounds up some Texas Longhorn cattle. These cows, however, aren’t in the Lone Star State.
A Kansas Ranching family changes the color of their cattle to improve the brand.
Law Enforcement officials in California work to stop modern day cattle rustlers.
Rob Stewart travels to Idaho to meet a cattle ranching family that’s added Elk ranching to their rangeland.
In the Ninth Judicial Court in Portales, two cattle thieves recently pled guilty and accepted a plea deal offered by Assistant District Attorney Andrasko and Inspector Barry Allen.
The arrests were made by Livestock Inspector Barry Allen in the spring of 2011, in Roosevelt County, for Larceny of Livestock, Tampering with Evidence, and Conspiracy. On November 12, 2013 a plea agreement was reached resulting in jail time for both offenders. Jose Bailon of Portales, NM received 18 months in prison and will be extradited by ICE agents upon his release. Jeanette Bass, also from Portales, received 6 months in jail, starting on December 1st, a $5,000 fine, and is to pay restitution to the victim in the amount of $5,500.
Inspector Barry Allen and his team did an exceptional job in the investigating of the case.
ADA Matt Andrasko stated, “Cases are easy when good investigations and documentation is done”.
MISSING CATTLE ALERT
Missing from a Deming New Mexico Ranch:
30 Cows, black and black baldy mixed. The cows are branded with a Slash 77 on the left hip or a 96 Slash on the left rib. The cows also have a “swallow fork” ear mark in the left ear.
If you have any information regarding the possible whereabouts or disposition of these cows, please contact Inspector Janice Blandford, 575-544-7062.
CRIMINAL CONSEQUENCES OF EQUINE NEGLECT AND ABUSE IN NEW MEXICO
New Mexico Livestock Board closer to resolving animal cruelty case involving emaciated cattle Another rancher will buy cattle; proceeds will reimburse state for feed, transportation costs
The New Mexico Livestock Board is closer to resolving an animal cruelty case involving approximately 1,500 head of cattle in very poor condition on a ranch near Fort Sumner.
Judge Albert Mitchell Jr. of the 10th Judicial District Court issued a court order yesterday that will allow the owner of the Double V Ranch, Richard Evans, to sell his entire herd to a buyer in Pampa, Texas.
The Livestock Board will maintain oversight of the cattle until they can be transported. The process of hauling them will begin tomorrow, assuming the cattle pass inspection. A licensed veterinarian along with NMLB staff will determine which animals, if any, are too weak or sick to make the four-hour trip to Pampa.
The draft of our new rules is now posted on our website. Click here to review the rules that are up for potential changes at our June 18, 2013 Livestock Board meeting. If adopted, the rules will take effect on July 15, 2013. Also included on this page is a new draft rule establishing a horse shelter rescue fund, though this rule will not be decided in June, and will remain open for comment.
The recent media coverage of livestock starving at Double-V ranch has resulted in many inquiries to our office on the status of that situation. This weekend, we took possession of those cattle and began feeding them. See the links below for a few pictures.
When wildfires in New Mexico threaten horses, cattle, and other large animals, the fire plans each county has in place direct them to do one thing: call the New Mexico Livestock Board. As the state’s oldest law enforcement agency, its mission is to protect the integrity of New Mexico's livestock industry by helping to keep animals free from disease and safe from theft and other threats, including fire.
Before the Livestock Board gets the call that a fire is headed toward livestock, its staff have already begun asking several questions in preparation: “Where are animals located within possible burn areas? Where would the fire have to go to force an evacuation? If the animals need to be evacuated, what’s the best route? And what pickups and trailers will we use to evacuate them? And where to?”
The Livestock Board stays prepared thanks to lots of planning, performing drill exercises, and having the right equipment – and, of course, having a statewide network of qualified officers who are well connected within their communities. The agency deploys its mobile command posts, complete with high-speed communications equipment. Livestock Board staff carry mobile panels that can quickly and easily be fitted together to form a corral. And having three veterinarians on staff makes for quick and appropriate treatment of animals suffering from smoke inhalation and other problems that arise when wildfires burn.
But the Livestock Board isn’t alone when horses, cattle, and other large animals need to relocated away from fire. Some counties are lucky to have active horse groups that can help move horses from affected areas by offering the use of their horse trailers and time. Several ranchers will often step up to offer the use of their pastures and corrals, even feed and water, to fellow ranchers whose livestock are in harm’s way. The relationships that Livestock Board staff build with local livestock owners are crucial when wildfires threaten.
The Livestock Board also partners with the New Mexico National Guard when wildfires burn. Together, the agencies will conduct surveillance from the air to locate people and animals in harm’s way and plan for their evacuation. They also work together in the delivery of feed and water to livestock.
Given that the Livestock Board is a law-enforcement agency, its staff also assist in evacuating people from the wildfires path, as well as manning roadblocks to keep people from entering dangerous areas.
When all is said and done and the fire is finally put out, the Livestock Board and its partners make sure that any livestock that had to be evacuated are claimed by their owners. Everyone’s goal, at that point, is to return the animals to the corrals and pastures that they’re used to, just as swiftly and as safely as they were evacuated from them in the first place.
This is an update to the notice we sent out last week: Effective immediately, the Livestock Board is using our website to post estray notices. We will continue to post them in the Stockman as well. . Whereas we used to post notices for 5-days when we took up an animal before estraying it, we will now do those postings on our website as well, but will not post them in newspapers. Photos or other pertinent documents may also be posted on the website to assist the owner in identifying the animals and making a claim. In addition, we have added listings for animals reported lost or missing.
To get to the page containing these postings, go to our main website, http://www.nmlbonline.com, and click the "Lost / Found / Estray" menu choice on the left.
NEW MEXICO DECLARED FREE FROM VESICULAR STOMATITIS
December 27, 2012
Summary of New Information:
This will serve as the final situation report for the 2012 Vesicular Stomatitis outbreak.
No new VSV-infected premises have been identified since the last situation report (12/18/12).
The last affected New Mexico premises was released from quarantine on December 24. Premises are eligible for quarantine release 21 days after lesions have healed in all affected animals.
A total of 34 premises in New Mexico and 2 premises in Colorado have been released from quarantine since the start of the outbreak. All affected premises in both Colorado and New Mexico have been released from quarantine.
A total of 2 equine premises in 2 Colorado counties and 34 equine premises in 10 New Mexico counties were VSV-positive in 2012. All 2012 VSV cases were New Jersey serotype.
Current: Counties with positive premises – None; There are no positive premises
Our facebook page has quickly become a popular way for the public to receive the kinds of notices that appear here. When we post them there, everyone who has "liked" the page receives them in their facebook feed. But not everyone chooses to have a Facebook page. And some who do are not active enough for that to be a timely way to receive notices.
To address these situations, we have implemented an e-mail notification feature on our website as well. There is now a button on the right which says "Sign up to receive e-mail notices from the NMLB." When you click that button, you are prompted for your e-mail address. If you do that, then any time we post an update of importance to the livestock industry here and on our facebook page, we can also e-mail it out to that list. Every e-mail we send has an "unsubscribe" feature so that you can remove yourself from or add yourself to this list at any time. Click the button on the right if you wish to receive critical updates from us via e-mail.
NM ENTRY PERMITS NOW ONLINE
April 14, 2009
Did you know that private veterinarians can now create valid New Mexico entry permits on line without calling our office? The first step is to sign up to be a user of this service. Then going forward, you can simply log in to our system and create entry permits which go directly to the laptops of our inspectors in the field. As long as you fax us the appropriate paperwork for all test-elligible animals and remain in commpliance with that requirement as you go, there should be no problems. As with any new system, we are very interested in your comments or feature requests as you begin to use the system. E-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Livestock Board now has a facebook page. The purpose of this page is to provide the interested public with a way to get immediate access to updates such as those that appear here. Simply visit our page and "Like" it, and when we post any updates affecting the livestock industry in New Mexico, you will receive these on your facebook feed. Click this link to visit us on facebook: