Educating tomorrow's leaders in ranch management, today.
Helps youth appreciate the 'why' behind ranching.
Going to camp was a life-changing experience for 27 New Mexico youth. They didn't participate in recreational activities and crafts, but received college-level instruction in managing a ranch.
During New Mexico Youth Ranch Management Camp, the high school-age students were introduced to the many aspects of running a ranch, from financial statements and marketing strategies to producing quality beef and managing natural resources and wildlife. College-level hands-on curriculum provided participants with information to develop a ranch management plan for a scenario similar to the host ranch.
The collaboration between Extension specialists, county Extension agents and members of the ranching industry provides an opportunity for youth to learn about the many aspects of ranching.
For the first time in five years, the camp was held on the CS Cattle Company's 130,000-acre ranch at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range near Cimarron, New Mexico. Members of the Les and Linda Davis family shared information regarding running the ranch, with its award-winning horse breeding program.
More than 100 youth who have participated in past ranch camps gain a greater appreciation of the science and opportunities in agriculture. It is also a win-win for our aging agricultural industry with more young people having interest in going into this type of work.
Online applications for next year's camp will open in March, 2017. Join the NMYRMC Mailing List to receive application and sponsorship information.