Riggs honored by cattle growers

Dec 23, 2011
by WLJ

April Riggs, Raton, NM, was named the 2011 Livestock Inspector of the Year by the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association (NM- CGA) during the recent convention held Dec. 1-4 in Albuquerque.

“We are pleased to have this opportunity to recognize April’s hard work and dedication, and thank her for a job well done,” said NMCGA President Rex Wilson, Carrizozo. “According to the ranchers she serves, April goes above and beyond the call of duty every day.”

This summer’s Track Fire literally put Riggs in a hot spot, and nominations recounted stories of her efforts not only to save livestock from the fire, but to keep animals fed and make sure owners were able to locate their livestock, Wilson said. “Not only was April on the ground with livestock owners, but she went to bat to make sure that the livestock was not forgotten in the race to save homes and other property.”

“Then came the Colfax County Fair where there was a potentially dangerous disease situation with a 4-H animal,” Wilson continued. “She recognized the problem and put her emergency training to work, triggering all the proper actions to ensure human and animal health and safety.” For that work she received a special commendation from the New Mexico Health Department before the Colfax County Commission.

In recognition of New Mexico’s strong brand and livestock protection system, each year, NMCGA honors an Inspector of the Year with the generous sponsorship from USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Services Wildlife Services.

NMCGA accepts nominations from livestock owners across the state. “Among the unsung heroes in our industry are the livestock inspectors like April who make it safe to raise and trade our cattle on every level,” Wilson explained.

In addition to the Inspector of the Year award, NM- CGA recognized Linda Davis, Cimarron, for the 2011 Bruce and Alice King Memorial Award during the recent convention.

“Linda’s record of service to her family, her community, the livestock industry and New Mexico is nothing short of amazing,” said Wilson. “We are lucky to have her on our team, and proud to have this opportunity to recognize her and thank her for her hard work.”

Davis is the third recipient of the Bruce and Alice King Memorial Service Award, established by NM- CGA in 2009 to recognize those both within and outside of the agricultural industry who exhibit the qualities, like leadership, generosity and community service, that the Kings were known for. “For decades, the Kings had a tremendous impact on our state. We honor their memory with this annual award,” Wilson said.

Davis and her six children operate the historic CS Ranch, one of New Mexico’s oldest ranches. She is an EMT and serves on no less than 19 boards, commissions and organizations from coast to coast. There are another 22 boards, commissions and organizations that she has participated in over the years.

“Linda gives unselfishly of her time and any other resource at her disposal and she has a genuine passion and love of all people in the cattle business. We truly appreciate all she has done, and continues to do, on our behalf,” Wilson said. — WLJ