Buzzard honored by industry

Feb 10, 2012
by WLJ

Andrea Buzzard, Santa Fe, received the 2011 Ayudando Siempre Alli Award from the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association (NMCGA) at the recent Joint Stockmen’s Convention held in Albuquerque.

“We, as cowboys, cattlemen and cattlewomen, like to think that we are rough and tough enough to take care of ourselves on every front. At least once a year we admit that this isn’t true,” said Rex Wilson, NM- CGA President, Carrizozo. “Andrea is a force to be reckoned with, and we are thankful to have her on our side.”

Buzzard is a member of the New Mexico Attorney General staff and is assigned to represent the New Mexico Livestock Board. When bovine tuberculosis (TB) was identified in New Mexico, it was largely through Buzzard’s efforts that the TB zone was established in eastern New Mexico, allowing the remainder of the state to operate under TB Free Status.

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture finally asked the Livestock Board to back her off,” Wilson explained. “When she testified during New Mexico’s legislative session, senators and representatives wanted to know how to get her to help with their bills.”

The Ayudando Siempre Alli Award (Always There Helping) is given by the association each year to an individual who has given of their time and talents on behalf of the industry, but is not necessarily actively involved in cattle production. Some years, the winner is an NMCGA member, but often they are not. Past winners include bankers, elected officials, an attorney, an artist and a publisher. The award is sponsored by Farmway Feed Mills, Las Vegas, NM.

“Andrea does not have an agricultural background, but has exerted a great deal of time and effort not only to help us but to learn very quickly all of the ins and outs that affect our ability to trade livestock across the country,” Wilson said. “We truly appreciate all she has done on our behalf.”

NMCGA has represented the beef industry in New Mexico and the West since 1914 and has members in all 33 of the state’s counties as well as some 14 other states. The association participates in venues necessary to protect beef producers and private property rights including litigation, state and federal legislation and regulatory affairs. — WLJ