County rancher, wife win achievement award

Mike Linn

Some may know Chad Davis as the chairman of the Roosevelt County Commission, where he likes to call meetings to order with his fist rather than a gavel.
But the young politician is much more than a commissioner. He is also a Roosevelt County rancher, a board member of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau and a father of two.
Davis, 34, and his wife Rebecca Davis, 31, recently earned the New Mexico Young Farmer and Rancher Achievement Award for 2003.
“Chad and Rebecca have built an impressive ranching and farming operation and have incorporated numerous innovative livestock and agribusiness practices as they continually improve their diverse family business,” said Michael White, president of the state’s Farm and Livestock Bureau. “That’s in addition to the many hours they dedicate to their family, their community, and the agricultural industry statewide.”
By winning the New Mexico competition, the duo earned an expense-paid trip to Honolulu to compete for the national award at the 85th annual meeting of the American Farm Bureau Federation in 2004.
“It’s a very nice accomplishment for both Chad and I in the field of agriculture,” said Rebecca, a former teacher at Lindsey Middle School. “We are proud to promote ranching and farming and it’s a wonderful lifestyle for us.”
Both grew up around ranching, and Rebecca said they just naturally gravitated toward a career on the land. The couple are active on more than a few Roosevelt County ranch operations that were passed down through Chad’s family.
Rebecca is active in operations which include payroll, accounting, scheduling, livestock purchasing and equine management. She also operates a home-based business, according to a press release from the state’s Farm and Livestock Bureau.
Chad and Rebecca, who is from Kenna, grew up in Roosevelt County and met while attending Portales High School, Rebecca said. The two were married in 1992 and are the parents of Cooper, 5, and Skyler, 2.
Besides Chad’s interest in the future of Roosevelt County, Farm and Labor Bureau officials say Chad and Rebecca often travel to various livestock and agriculture gatherings throughout New Mexico.
State Farm and Labor Bureau officials laud the couple for their community involvement and passion for agriculture.
“Chad is very intelligent, and Rebecca is very intelligent,” said Erik Ness, director of communications for the state’s Farm and Labor Bureau. “They’re the epitome of everything that is good about agriculture.”