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NM farm, ranch museum adjusts to urban sprawl

February 6, 2012 • State News


A longhorn stands behind a corral fencing on Jan. 26, 2012 at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces, N.M. Centennial High School is seen in the background. When the museum was opened in 1998, it was surrounded by open space. “Now we are being surrounded by development,” said said Mark Santiago, the director of the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum (AP Photo/The Las Cruces Sun-News, Robin Zielinski)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — There are a couple of simple rules to follow on New Mexico ranches: Don’t go back on your word, don’t shirk your turn at bailing hay, and don’t ever — ever — feed Skittles to a man’s cattle.

“Sure, they taste good and they’ll eat them, but they aren’t good for them,” said Mark Santiago, the director of the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum on Dripping Springs Road on the outskirts of Las Cruces.

With neighborhood developments catching up to outlying museum properties, farm life is having to adapt to curious city folk poking about ranch property. So Skittles — Login to read more

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