Roosevelt County ranching family honored

Courtesy photo: New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau From left, New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau President Mike White presents Chad, Rebecca, Skyler and Cooper Davis with the bureau’s Farm Family of the Year Award on Nov. 19 in Albuquerque. The Davis family ranches around Roosevelt County.

Argen Duncan

A Roosevelt County ranching family has won the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau Farm Family of the Year award.

Davis Blackwater Ranch owners Chad and Rebecca Davis and their sons, 12-year-old Cooper and 9-year-old Skyler, received the award at the annual Farm Bureau convention Nov. 19 in Albuquerque.

“Chad, Rebecca and their sons epitomize the typical Farm Bureau family,” said state Farm and Livestock Bureau President Mike White in a news release. “They not only work hard to make their family ranch a success, they are also involved in every level of New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau to make sure it too succeeds.”

White said the family was chosen because they promote the farm bureau at the local and state levels, tell the story of agriculture wherever they go and advocate for the industry’s success to policy makers.

Farm bureau Director of Communication and Media Relations Dalene Hodnett said a small group of farm bureau representatives choose a family they believe is deserving of the award.

Chad Davis said his family learned they won the award the night it was presented.

“I’ve seen lots of families win that award, and I’m just honored to be among the families that have won it,” he said.

The Davis family raises Angus-cross commercial cattle.

Davis is the fourth generation to ranch on the land his great-grandfather claimed when he moved to Roosevelt County from Arkansas in 1915. His wife grew up in Kenna as part of a family who also ran cattle.

Davis said he stays in ranching because he enjoys the lifestyle.

“It’s a good way to raise your kids out in the country, and it’s just the business my family’s always been in,” he said.

Chad and Rebecca Davis have been a part of the farm bureau for more than 15 years. Chad Davis said it’s the largest farm organization in New Mexico, and members stay on top of issues affecting agriculture and have the strongest voice to help shape those issues to benefit the industry.

As part of the state farm bureau board of directors for about 16 years, Davis helps watch action in the Legislature.

Agriculture is the largest industry in the state, he said, but the vast majority of legislators don’t work in the profession full time. Davis said the Farm Bureau board of directors works to help them understand agriculture so they don’t pass laws that harm the industry.

“That’s one of the things we take very seriously,” he said.