To insure that the calves arrive disease free to the US, they are examined by USDA officials just on the Mexican side of the Unión facility.
Calves must be TB and Brucellosis free to come to the US.
Once they have passed inspection the calves are dipped in a chemical bath to rid them of ticks or any other insects that should not come into the US.
Once inspected and bathed the calves are crossed to the US and loaded on to multi-level trailers to be hauled to their final destination.
Calves from Mexico can always be identified by a letter “M” branded on their right hip.
The Unión is owned by the Chihuahua Cattlemen’s Association and is funded by a fee that is paid for each calf that comes through the facility. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~ http://www.aceweb.org/ace_cd2003/ 19/SSW14.
Pdf Sam Steel Way, Alumni Newsletter, Summer 2002, Issue 14 Excerpt from PDF file article called ‘Livestock traders beef up the border’ Created to provide a better venue for Mexican ranchers to sell and buy livestock, the 43-acre border crossing facility can hold 10,000 head in Santa Teresa and 13,000 just across the border in San Geronimo.
Here, they’re inspected on one side, and we walk them across for the other inspection.
It lowers animal stress and keeps them healthier.
The Chihuahua cattlemen’s organization, Union Ganadera Regional de Chihuahua, owns and operates the crossing. ““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““` http://cowboyjourna l.okstate.
Edu/cjfall07/ cowboys.html Connecting cattlemen of excellence By Chancey Redgate, Waynoka, Okla.
Finding friends in Oklahoma was no challenge for 10 Mexican cattle ranchers.
These cattlemen found more than just friends; they discovered fellow ranchers with the same passion to produce high-quality beef.
In addition to a shared passion for beef production, the states of Chihuahua and Oklahoma have distinct commonalities: diverse geography, genuine hospitality, rich agricultural heritage and economic dependence on the beef industry.
Understanding the significance of the beef industry on both sides of the border, Enrique Sanchez, Oklahoma State University alumnus, serves as the director of the Chihuahua Cattlemen’s Association.
Gerald Horn, OSU animal science professor, said Sanchez completed his doctorate at OSU and is familiar with the beef cattle industry in Oklahoma.
Chihuahua is the largest cattle producing state in Mexico; however, the number of young people returning to farming and ranching operations is declining. “We were looking for a prestigious institution of higher education that could match and complement our dominant beef cattle production systems,” Sanchez said.
With a passion to keep young Chihuahuan cattlemen on the ranch in Mexico, Sanchez used his contacts at OSU to expose Mexican ranchers to Oklahoma agriculture, said David Henneberry, OSU director of international agricultural programs. Sanchez, the Secretariat for Rural Development, the Chihuahuan Producers Foundation and the University of Chihauhua conceived a program to reverse the trend of rural youth leaving the country for work.
The relationship between the two universities started four years ago with the cooperative animal science doctoral program.
Horn taught classes in Chihuahua during the summer of 2005.
After returning to Stillwater, Horn received a written request from the Chihuahua Secretary of Rural Development and the University of Chihuahua asking OSU to develop an internship program to expose Mexican cattlemen to the Oklahoma beef industry and to offer hands-on training for them. “It would take an additional faculty member to grant the magnitude of their request; however, we wanted to do something,” Horn said. “In place of the request, the Chihuahua Cattlemen of Excellence program was born.” Horn is one of 33 OSU CASNR faculty members who represented OSU by teaching classes, presenting seminars or attending conferences in Chihuahua within the past three years.
With a healthy relationship and history of collaboration, the University of Chihuahua and OSU developed the Chihuahuan Cattlemen of Excellence Program to provide training and inspiration to young Chihuahuan cattlemen. “This program goes way beyond OSU and the University of Chihuahua,” said Terry Bidwell, OSU natural resource ecology and management professor and extension specialist. “It is a program that fosters good relationships between two countries.” Funded entirely by Chihuahua, the Cattleman of Excellence program is meant to encourage young ranchers and create new jobs through rural economic development stimulated by operation expansion, Horn said.
The program goal is to improve their operations to the extent they can stay on their ranches and prosper in Mexico, Henneberry said. “We showed them some of the best Oklahoma cattle operations with the hope that some of the underlying philosophies and production practices would be useful to them back home,” Horn said.
The program consisted of four separate training segments in Oklahoma; however, these training segments were not classroom lectures but hands-on, guided experiences.
OSU faculty members representing animal science, agricultural economics, and natural resource ecology and management departments joined forces to create hands-on curriculum for the Mexican cattlemen.
The 10 Chihuahuan cattlemen ranging from ages 17 to 45 were selected by the Chihuahua Cattlemen’’s Association through an application process.
The ranchers were selected based on operation goals, willingness to learn and amount of passion shown toward the beef industry. “The program has given these cattlemen opportunities to not only hear about ranch management and technology advances but also it offers hands-on experiences, ” said Lorenzo Duran, agricultural lecturer at the University of Chihuahua.
Each training segment was 10 days in length.
According to the Chihuahua young cattlemen, every day of each visit was busy and full of exciting, educational experiences.
The first segment was in September 2006, and the last of four segments took place in April 2007. “We wanted the Mexicans to experience all aspects of the beef industry, starting with production and conservation practices to public policy and decision making,” said Michael Dicks, OSU agricultural economics professor.
The emphasis areas of the visits included production, management and financing for cattle operations; conservation and use of natural resources in the cattle industry; organizational infrastructure for cattle producers; and value-added businesses and market development within the beef industry.
Focusing on application rather than theory, OSU faculty exposed the cattlemen to ranches, stocker operations, feed yards and packing plants.
To emphasize the importance of long-term research, the ranchers visited the USDA Agriculture Research Service research stations and Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Stations.
The group’’s tours included Reproduction Enterprises Inc., the Oklahoma Capitol, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Oklahoma Farmer’’s Union, Oklahoma Farm Bureau and the Kansas City Board of Trade. “Oklahomans have been so warm and receptive,” Duran said. “Our group is eager to learn, and Oklahoma State and Oklahomans are eager to share ideas.” Henneberry said everything is done by translation.
A competent translator from the University of Chihuahua, knowledgable in agriculture, accompanied the cattlemen on each Oklahoma visit.
Translation was a small challenge for Oklahomans; however, Shida Henneberry, professor of international agricultural trade policy, said translation did not seem to be a learning barrier for the Mexicans. “These Chihuahuan cattlemen are very developed,” Shida Henneberry said. “They know their business and are good at marketing and production.
Turning what Mexicans view as impediments into teaching points and learning moments, we really learn from each other.” Learning from each other involves a willingness to learn about and appreciate different cultures, Bidwell said. “The Cattlemen of Excellence program has not only impacted the beef industry but also the cultural development of people living in rural communities, ” Sanchez said. Connecting Mexican cattlemen and American cattlemen provides opportunities to exchange opinions, ideas and perspectives. “The more times you connect people, the more barriers you break down,” Dicks said.
This training provides key knowledge and skills pertaining to international markets, Sanchez said. “In my opinion, the most important thing is establishing new potential partnerships and making new friends that will be significant in the future,” Sanchez said.
Shida Henneberry said the relationships formed could bring business to Oklahomans, encourage trade and improve the beef industry. “The expected results are already beginning to show,” Sanchez said. “After the trainees returned to their respective cattle operations, they immediately started to implement new learned technologies. ” Relationships were formed because of a shared passion among Chihuahua and Oklahoma cattle ranchers.
The young cattlemen returned to Mexico with more than friends; they returned with new ideas, techniques and philosophies to use and prosper on their ranches for years to come. State Rep.
Don Arms (left); Kelcey Walters, agricultural economics senior; the group of Mexican cattlemen; Rep.
Ryan McMullen; Rep.
Wade Rousselot; and Scott Dewald, executive director of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association visited the Oklahoma Capitol. (Photo by Chancey Redgate) Mexican cattlemen and Rod Schemm, manager of Henry C.
Hitch Feedyard, Guymon, Okla., view a pit of high-moisture, ground-insiled corn. (Photo by Gerald Horn) Mexican cattleman Adalberto Vazquez Herrera (left) obtains an ultra-sound of a steer’s ribeye with guidance from ultrasounding technician Don Vick of Reproduction Enterprises Inc., Stillwater, Okla. (Photo by Chancey Redgate) ~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~ ~~ http://internationa lagprograms.
Htm From Oklahoma State University: Dr.
Enrique Sanchez Granillo Heads Chihuahua Cattlemen’s Association (December 2004) Dr.
Enrique Sanchez Granillo, an alumni of OSU, was elected to another term as Director of the Chihuahua Cattlemen’s Association.
Sanchez received his Ph.D.
In range science from OSU and later spent a two year sabbatical at OSU as the INIFAP ambassador to MIAC.
As the Director of the Cattlemen’s Association, Dr.
Sanchez is in the process of building a new headquarters facility on the outskirts of Chihuahua.
Over the years, Dr.
Sanchez has sent some very gifted Mexican students to pursue graduate degrees at Oklahoma State University.
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