In order to serve as a resource for both producers and consumers of grassfed livestock products, The Southwest Grassfed Livestock Alliance (SWGLA – pronounced “swigla”) was formed in April 2003 at the Quivira Coalition’s 3rd Annual Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

SWGLA represents over 1000 family farms and ranches in the four-corner states (NM, AZ, CO,TX and beyond). Our producers raise livestock in open pastures where the animals forage freely, without the addition of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, growth hormones, antibiotics or animal byproducts. The livestock are raised using humane methods and are not crowded into small feedlots or cages. Product labels and designations vary and may include “AGA (American Grassfed Association) Certified” “Certified Organic”, “Animal Welfare Approved”, “USDA Grass-fed” and other designations. Most of our producers raise cattle, but some raise sheep, chickens, goats and other livestock.

Mission Statement:  SWGLA is an alliance of producers, consumers, land managers, conservationists, and researchers. Our organization seeks to improve human, ecological and animal health, and strengthen local agricultural communities by educating producers and the public about grass-fed livestock products.

Support:  Funding for SWGLA’s Whole Ranch Planning educational outreach program is  provided by the Washington State University Western Center for Risk Management Education, the USDA Cooperative State Research Education and Extension Service (CSREES), and Risk Management Agency.

Membership:  SWGLA members receive quarterly updates on grass-fed livestock issues and events. To become a member of SWGLA or to donate to the organization, please contact Laurie Bower, Director at 505-231-3467 or send us an email.

SWGLA Board Members

David Trew, Bob Richardson (Member), Darrell Wood, Mimi Sidwell (Vice President), Nancy Ranney (President), Laurie Bower (Director)

Position Name Email Address
President Nancy Ranney
Vice President Mimi Sidwell
Secretary Reba Epler
Treasurer Michael Bain
Member Ed Fredrickson
Member Cheryl Goodloe
Member Rick Kingsbury
Member Dennis Moroney
Member David Trew
Member Darrell Wood