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NMSU Animal and Range Sciences Department receives cattle donation

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WRITER: vbalde
CONTACT: Shanna L. Ivey, 575-646-4650, sivey

New Mexico State University’s College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences now has 45 new purebred Brangus cattle bred by Brinks Brangus that will be used to help further research in genetics.

Westall Ranches donated the cattle to the Department of Animal and Range Sciences and is located in Arabela, New Mexico. The ranch, which has around 50,000 plus acres, has sold cattle in other places around the world like Mexico. The cattle originally began at Camp Cooley Ranch.

“It goes back 65 years to Glenn Brinkman who started this bloodline of cattle in the late 1960s, so it’s a very tight genetic involvement of cattle” said Tate Pruett, general manager of Westall Ranches.

Pruett said he hopes the university continues with the artificial insemination or the embryo transfer program to continue the bloodline that has lived on for so long.

“All the animals we have support our research in the teaching portion of the department and so these animals will allow us to make some improvements in genetics” said Shanna Ivey, Animal and Range Sciences department head and the interim Extension department head of Animal Sciences and Natural Resources.

Ivey also explained the cattle will be going to the Chihuahuan Desert Rangeland Research Center or the Santa Fe Ranch later this fall semester.

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