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NM Youth Ranch Management Camp

Educating tomorrow's leaders in ranch management, today.

NM Youth Ranch Management Camp

June 13-18, 2021

CS Ranch | Cimarron, New Mexico Youth Age 15-19 | $300 Now Open to Out-of-State Youth

"Helps youth appreciate the 'why' behind ranching."

A total of 30 participants will be invited to this year's camp with three of those openings reserved for out-of-state youth, age 15-19. Application site will be closed April 16, 2021. Completed applications will be reviewed by the NMYRMC Committee and applicants notified of acceptance by April 23, 2021. The registration fee of $300, or payment arrangement, is due on or before May 17, 2021. Apply at

Scholarship opportunities are available to those invited to NMYRMC. Upon acceptance, contact a NMYRMC Committee Member for additional information.

Going to camp was a life-changing experience for 27 New Mexico youth. They didn't participate in recreational activities and crafts, but received college-level instruction in managing a ranch. During New Mexico Youth Ranch Management Camp, high school-age students will be introduced to the many aspects of running a ranch, from financial statements and marketing strategies to producing quality beef and managing natural resources and wildlife. College-level hands-on curriculum provided participants with information to develop a ranch management plan for a scenario similar to the host ranch.

The collaboration between Extension specialists, County Extension agents and members of the ranching industry provides an opportunity for youth to learn about the many aspects of ranching. Since the inaugural camp in 2011, this is the fourth time the camp will be held on the CS Cattle Company's 130,000-acre ranch at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range near Cimarron, New Mexico. More than 200 youth who have participated in past ranch camps gain a greater appreciation of the science and opportunities in agriculture. It is also a win-win for our aging agricultural industry with more young people having interest in going into this type of work.

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