Perez family receives Ranch Family of the Year award

The Perez Family. (Photo courtesy of New Mexico Cattle Growers Association.)

Join us in congratulating the 2023 Ranch Family of the Year. The Perez family was recently honored at the 2023 New Mexico State Fair.

Pérez Cattle Company of Nara Visa, New Mexico, and Encino, New Mexico, is owned and operated by Michael and Connie Pérez and their son and daughter-in-law Kyle and Tonya Pérez and their twins Peyton and Libby.

The Pérez name has deep roots in New Mexico Agriculture with Michael’s grandfather homesteading the ranch at Encino.  His late father and mother Ernest and Jewel Pérez grew up on that ranch and they came to be world-class sheepman winning the title of Fleece of the world not once, but twice. The Encino ranch is currently the commercial cow-calf division of Pérez Cattle Company and managed by Michael’s brother and sister-in-law Chris and Leslie Pérez.

In the early 1950s Connie’s parents, Don and Mary Helen Kuper, sold the farm in Dalhart, Texas, and purchased a ranch right over the state line in Nara Visa, where they managed a progressive commercial Hereford cow-calf operation. Today, Nara Visa is home to Pérez Cattle Companies’ Registered Hereford and Angus division.

The Pérez family has been working diligently on breeding functional registered seedstock for over 45 years. Over the years their philosophy has never changed; line up as many good cows as you can in one pedigree.

“NMCGA is proud to award the well deserving Perez family as Ranch Family of the Year. Their steadfast commitment to New Mexico agriculture and raising cattle is second to none,” says NMCGA President, Loren Patterson.