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Harding County Cooperative Extension Office Adds New Agent

LAS CRUCES - Blair Clavel joined New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service Jan. 1 as Harding County's new program director/Extension agent. He plans to coach and promote livestock judging teams, as well as develop a feeder cattle marketing program for area producers.

"I'm excited about being back in Harding County," said Clavel, whose family has had a ranching operation in the region for more than 65 years. "My roots are right here."

Prior to joining Extension, he served as director of commercial marketing for the American Gelbvieh Association near Denver, Colo. The Gelbvieh breed is among the fastest-growing major beef breeds in the United States.

Clavel received his bachelor's degree in animal science and master's degree in meat science, both from West Texas A&M University. While at West Texas A&M, he helped direct the school's meat judging team, in addition to working with the carcass data collection service.

He and his wife, Darcie, live on a ranch 25 miles northeast of Roy. They are expecting their first child.