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NM's Cash Cows

Overview

Dairy and dairy products bring the highest food-related cash receipts into New Mexico (40% of all receipts). After dairy, the New Mexico beef industry brings in the highest cash receipts. Beef and dairy depend on New Mexico’s third largest agrarian pursuit — all types of hay, especially alfalfa, corn silage, sorghum, green chop and grain corn.

Cattle and dairy raisers participate in three starkly different value chains: local, domestic and export. Creamland Dairies (owned by Dean Foods) produces yogurt, cheese, ice cream, fluid milk, condensed milk, sour cream, whipping cream and other products, selling locally (about $50 million, mostly in New Mexico) and outside the state. Otherwise, the local New Mexico dairy industry barely exists, with only one grass-fed or organic dairy and fewer than ten small organic product manufacturers.

Over the next ten years, the dreams of each track of the livestock industry cannot harmonize to “one size fits all.” Europe has recognized this reality for some time and has a two-path value chain — one for the domestic market and one for export. The value chains differ, for instance, in how inspectors track beef cattle from production through slaughter, packing and distribution. They have different rules (performance standards) because international trade has a greater risk of spreading diseases like Mad cow or foot-and-mouth. Export demands require different shipping conditions. When tri-track rules for local, domestic and export are well designed, they can spur    within-chain innovation, investment and efficiencies that cannot be achieved with a single set of health, ID tracking, slaughtering and processing rules.

The barrier to local scale up has allegedly been cost, though some Midwest studies indicate that given equal access to government payments, small dairies can compete with CAFOs. The commodity milk industry benefits from federal Milk Marketing orders (a price support program), direct payments to producers, and the Dairy Export incentive program (essentially a subsidy for nonfat dry milk, butterfat and certain cheeses).

The most accessible market niche is “New Mexico 100% grass-finished beef.” The cattle are “matured on grass” which means the minimum number of grazing days must be at least 120 days with each agro-ecoregion’s “personality” making the grazing season’s dates variable. (Over-wintering can be a difficulty for grass-fed cow-calf operations.) Though not strictly organic and with occasional problems of tenderness and taste, grass-finished beef is drug-free, grown from local cattle and has higher nutrient values.

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Feedlots By City & County

Albuquerque (6)

Bernalillo

Arid Lowlands

Aztec (2)

San Juan

Colorado Plateau

Bard (1)

San Juan

Colorado Plateau

Bloomfield (1)

San Juan

Colorado Plateau

Cannon Afb (3)

Curry

High Plains

Capitan (1)

Lincoln

Cental Plains

Carlsbad (1)

Eddy

Arid Lowlands

Causey (1)

Roosevelt

High Plains

Clayton (4)

Union

High Plains

Clovis (5)

Curry

High Plains

Deming (1)

Luna

Arid Lowlands

Dexter (3)

Chavez

Arid Lowlands

El Rito (2)

Rio Arriba

Southern Rockies

Elida (4)

Roosevelt

High Plains

Encino (2)

Torrance

Cental Plains

Faywood (1)

Grant

Transitional Mountains and Plateaus

Folsom (1)

Union

High Plains

Fort Sumner (3)

De Baca

Cental Plains

Gallina (1)

Rio Arriba

Southern Rockies

Glenwood (1)

Catron

Transitional Mountains and Plateaus

Grenville (1)

Union

High Plains

Hagerman (1)

Chavez

Arid Lowlands

Hanover (1)

Grant

Transitional Mountains and Plateaus

Hillsboro (1)

Sierra

Arid Lowlands

Hobbs (2)

Lea

High Plains

Jarales (1)

Valencia

Arid Lowlands

La Luz (1)

Otero

Arid Lowlands

La Plata (1)

San Juan

Colorado Plateau

Lamy (1)

Santa Fe

Southern Rockies

Lordsburg (1)

Hidalgo

Arid Lowlands

Lovington (1)

Lea

High Plains

Magdalena (1)

Socorro

Arid Lowlands

Maxwell (1)

Colfax

Southern Rockies

Mayhill (1)

Otero

Arid Lowlands

Mc Alister (1)

Quay

High Plains

Milnesand (1)

Roosevelt

High Plains

Nara Visa (1)

Quay

High Plains

Picacho (1)

Lincoln

Cental Plains

Portales (4)

Roosevelt

High Plains

Raton (1)

Colfax

Southern Rockies

Regina (1)

Sandoval

Southern Rockies

Roswell (2)

Chavez

Arid Lowlands

Silver City (1)

Grant

Transitional Mountains and Plateaus

Springer (2)

Colfax

Southern Rockies

Tatum (1)

Lea

High Plains

Texico (4)

Curry

High Plains

Tierra Amarilla (1)

Rio Arriba

Southern Rockies

Vaughn (1)

Guadalupe

Cental Plains

Velarde (1)

Rio Arriba

Southern Rockies

Watrous

Mora County

Central Plains

Willard

Torrance County

Central Plains

Winston

Sierra County

Arid Lowlands

Wagon Mound

Mora County

Central Plains

Youngsville

Rio Arriba

Southern Rockies

Meat Firms

Company Name

Address

County

Blanca Casa

39 Eliza Rd, Santa Fe 87508

Santa Fe

Boca Foods Co

817 N Grimes St, Hobbs 88240

Lea

Cal-Maine Foods Inc

PO Box 2166, Albuquerque 87103

Bernalillo

Chorizo Comercio De Chalita

3296 Coors Blvd Nw Ste B, Albuquerque 87120

Bernalillo

Chubby Chicken

910 NE Aztec Blvd, Aztec 87410

San Juan

Cordova's Processing Plant

128 Tafoya Rd, Belen 87002

Valencia

Dairyland Packing Inc

3845 Cedarvale Rd, Roswell 88203

Chaves

Frontier Custom Processing

42707 US 70, Portales 88130

Roosevelt

Garrett's Brown Bag Jerky

6961 Taylor Ranch Rd NW D, Albuquerque 87120

Bernalillo

J & D Foods Inc

120 Trumbull Ave SE, Albuquerque 87102

Bernalillo

Joseph Quintana

39 Aliza Rd, Santa Fe 87505

Santa Fe

Kenneth Nosker

HC 66 Box 32, San Patricio 99348

Lincoln

M G M Game & Custom Processing

4728 4th St NW, Albuquerque 87107

Bernalillo

Mathews Custom Meat Processing

19484 Highway 314, Belen 87002

Valencia

Meat Plant Holding LLC

3845 Cedarvale Rd, Roswell 88203

Chaves

Mild To Wild Jerky

8135 Oakdale Pl NW, Albuquerque 87120

Bernalillo

New Mexico By Products

4124 Broadway Blvd SE A, Albuquerque 87105

Bernalillo

Ol Meat Shop

1089 NM Hwy 516, Aztec 87410

San Juan

Old Santa Fe Trail Enterprises

7500 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque 87108

Bernalillo

Red Rock Beef Jerky

602 W Highway 66, Gallup 87301

McKinley

Ridgerun Enterprises LLC

Hc 66 Box 40, Wagon Mound 87752

Mora

Shelleys Smoke Shop

210 N White Sands Blvd, Alamogordo 88310

Otero

Shop-N-Go

2212 W Lea St, Carlsbad 88220

Eddy

Sunset Foods Inc

3072 State Highway 47, Los Lunas 87031

Valencia

Tom's Turkey Legs

1015 Glade Ln Trlr 1, Farmington 87401

San Juan

Town & Country Custom Meat

6368 S Hgwy 55, Mountainair 87036

Torrance

Tyson Foods Inc

5901 McNutt Rd, Santa Teresa 88008

Dona Ana

Tyson Foods Inc

PO Box 12910, El Paso 79913

El Paso

Valley Proteins Inc

PO Box 358, Bernalillo 87004

Sandoval

Zenitram Industries Inc

PO Box 52, El Rito 87530

Rio Arriba

Processing Establishments

PHONE

NO.

PLANT NAME

 

LOCATION

REP.

873-1901

102

RIO GRANDE BEEF JERKY

2720 Isleta Blvd SW, Albuquerque 87105

ANTHONY LUERAS

884-2160

104

BLAKE'S COMMISSARY

3205 Richmond NE, Albuquerque 87106

RON CHANSLOR

632-3537

105

L & G BURRITO

20 CR 5478, NMB 3055, Farmington 87401

GILBERT GOMEZ

863-5155

106

RED ROCK JERKY

602 W. 66TH Hwy, Gallup 87301

CURTIS COX

454-0037

110

EL RIAL TO CATERING

141 Bridge St, Las Vegas 87701

RALPH GARCIA

323-1183

112

EAGLE ROCK FOOD CO.

8228 Menaul NE, Albuquerque 87107

MIKE PEREA

524-2751

113

MAC'S MEATS, INC.

1761 W. Hadley, Las Cruces 88005

AL GUERRERO

866-0177

117

SUNSET FOODS

3072 Hwy 47, Los Lunas 87301

FRANK ARELLANO

842-5579

121

SABROSO FOODS, INC.

1019 Sunset SW, Albuquerque 87105

ROSEMARY SANCHEZ

836-0611

122

AL'S QUALITY MEATS

5601 Bluewater NW, Albuquerque 87105

AL BACA

262-0240

123

JERKY BY ART

1701 San Pedro NE, Albuquerque 87110

ART SANDOVAL

863- 3690

125

ERLINDA'S TAMALE SHOP

624 N. 3rd, Gallup 87301

ALICE SALAZ

873-0623

127

VILLALOBOS MEXICAN FOOD DIST

429 Isleta SW, Albuquerque 87105

RAMON VILLALOBOS

869-2400

129

SOUTHWEST GRILL INC.

275 Bosque Farms Bl., Bosque Farms 87068

ROBERT LOVATO

887-3646

130

LAKESIDE MEATS

206 S. Main, Carlsbad 88220

BOB DUGAS

863- 3380

133

PRONTO FINA MEATS

2424 E. Hwy 66, Gallup 87301

JAMES SEAY

438-9655

134

CASA BLANCA CARNE SECA

39 Eliza Rd, Santa Fe 87505

JOSEPH QUINTANA

836-0112

138

NM BEEF JERKY

10403 Central NW, Albuquerque 87105

FRANK CHAVEZ

243-5584

139

MUJERES EN ACCION

1701 Broadway SE, Albuquerque 87102

ALICIA GRANADOS

455-3100

140

PABLO'S JERKY

RT 11, Box 21O-V, Santa Fe 87501

PABLO GONZALES

376-2214

142

CIMARRON REAL MOUNTAIN JERKY

136 Euclid St, Cimarron 87714

DUANE SHELL

255-5370

143

TULLY'S MEAT MARKET

1425 San Mateo NE, Albuquerque 87110

JOHN CAMUGLIA