NM Beef

NMSU Ranch to Rail Contest (NMRR)

Dates: Aug. 24 - Sep. 15, 2023
Time: 8 - 5 PM
Extension Animal Sciences and Natural Resources
2980 South Espina Street
Las Cruces, NM 88005

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The New Mexico Ranch To Rails Program Returns!

Producers often find it challenging to get information back on how their cattle perform in the feedlot and in carcass quality. It typically requires a sizeable number of calves be committed through the feeding process in order to get the data back. Several years ago, NMSU hosted an annual ranch to rails program for New Mexico cattle producers. This program was designed to give producers valuable information about how their cattle perform in the feedlot and in carcass quality, without having to commit a large number of calves. This program has been rejuvenated with an added twist! Ranch’s will be competing against each other, with the best performing set of calves earning top billing!

The New Mexico Ranch To Rails (NMRR) contest requires ranches commit to feeding out 3 steer calves. Participants agree to feed them until they reach 800 pounds. Calves will then be delivered to the Tucumcari Bull Test Station, where individual gain and feed efficiency performance will be measured through the finishing phase. Once the calves reach 1250 to 1350 pounds, they will be harvested at a USDA certified facility, where they will be evaluated on both yield and quality grades. Producers will then be offered the option to market their beef themselves or with the help of NMSU.

An optional addition to the program is the partnership with youth through the New Mexico Youth Feeder Beef Contest. This part of the program is designed to partner a ranch with youth who may not have access or facilities to house cattle. This is a great opportunity to mentor a young person that is interested in the beef industry. If you would like to participate in the Ranch Partnership program, please indicate in the email when you enroll.

Registration & Fees: Online registration available! Please choose an option to pay with a credit card or mailing your check.

  • Fee: $50 per person
  • Deadline: Sep. 15 at 5 PM
  • Checks: Please make checks payable to NMSU and mail to the address below. Checks must be received by Sep. 15.

ATTN: Marcy Ward
NMSU-ACES | Extension Animal Sciences and Natural Resources
MSC 3AE, PO Box 30003
Las Cruces, NM 88003
Phone: 575-646-5947
Email: maward@nmsu.edu

Refunds: Requests must be received in writing to Marcy Ward at maward@nmsu.edu by Sep. 15.

Please see the NMRR Flyer.
Download the Contest Rules (PDF).
If unable to register online, please download the Enrollment Form (PDF) and submit with your payment.

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service, please contact Marcy Ward at maward@nmsu.edu or call at 575-646-5947 by Aug. 31, 2023.

New Mexico State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and educator. NMSU and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Cooperating.

Contact Information

Craig Gifford
Extension Beef Cattle Specialist
Phone: 575-646-6482
Email: cgifford@nmsu.edu

Marcy Ward
Extension Livestock Specialist
Cell: 575-644-3379
Email: maward@nmsu.edu