New Mexico

A great weekend was had by all at the fourth Stockmen Care About Kids party, the annual event hosted by New Mexico's Agriculture Industry for patients at New Mexico Children's Hospital, in Albuquerque, according to New Mexico Cattle Growers Association (NMCGA) President Jimmy R. Bason, Hillsboro.

"We believe it is really important to do something special for these kids, who have had a harder time than anyone should have at such a young age. Hopefully, we give them new experiences and memories of a great day," Bason said.

Young patients, former and current, and their families were invited to the event, at the University of New Mexico Continuing Education Center, in conjunction with the hospital's annual telethon. There, kids got the chance to pet lambs, calves and goats, ride a horse, see a cow get milked, learn to do leathercraft and learn about agricultural products in the state.

"The looks on the kids' faces makes it all worthwhile," Bason said. "Many of them have never been around animals, and here they get to touch them and ride a pony. It is a great experience for everyone involved."

The NMCGA, New Mexico Beef Council, New Mexico Wool Growers, New Mexico Department of Agriculture, NM Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, NM Farm and Livestock Bureau, NM Public Lands Council, NM Association of Conservation Districts, New Mexico CowBelles and the Mobile Dairy Classroom worked together to put on this year's event.

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