Indian Livestock Days began in the 1970's and was initially called All Indian Livestock School. It was discontinued in 1978 and reestablished in 1985, at the request of tribal livestock producers. Originally the event was held in April and hosted on the main NMSU campus in Las Cruces. In 1996, the location was moved around the four-corners area to make it easier for clientele to attend the event. This event has grown from approximately 65 attendees in 1996, to 230 attendees in 2012. New Mexico Indian Livestock Days is now an annual event held in May, conducted by NMSU Cooperative Extension Service.
What makes New Mexico Indian Livestock Days unique? The people in general. Tribal members raising livestock face many challenges-- not enough land, not enough feed on the land they have, and not enough water, just to name a few. One of their main challenges is to remain true to their ancestors and their religious beliefs. With that being said, it does not hold them back, it just makes more of a challenging experience, and it means much more to them than the average cattleman.
The program is a grassroots program driven by clientele needs and interest. The planning committee is made up of Extension Agents which service the Native American population, tribal members of the various tribes in New Mexico, and NMSU CES State Specialists.
County Program Director
McKinley County Extension Service
Phone: (505) 863-3432