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:  SWGLA is funded, in large part, through the donations and membership fees of its supporters.

Membership:  SWGLA members receive quarterly updates on grassfed livestock issues and events. To become a member of SWGLA or to donate to the organization, please contact Nancy Ranney, Board President, at

SWGLA Board Members

Position Name
President Nancy Ranney
Vice President Sam Ryerson
Secretary Vanessa Prileson
Treasurer Michael Bain
Member Nathan Burk
Member Joan Bybee
Member Ed Fredrickson
Member Deborah Madison
Member Virginie Pointeau
Member Darrell Wood
Advisory Member Cheryl Goodloe
Advisory Member Mimi Sidwell