2011-04-20, Dean Anderson, USDA Jornada Experimental Range

Club president, Richelle Ponder rang the bell to open the meeting. Jim Parks, just returning from an RV trip, gave the invocation. Richelle then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Ross Ramsey led the club in singing “Good Old Summertime.” Afterwards, Ross explained what “totsie-wotsie” refers to. If you weren’t here last week, talk to Ross. You’ll get a kick out of it (pun intended).

Next, we greeted one another and learned later that Russell Allen was the mystery greeter. We had one guest of a Rotarian. There was one visiting Rotarian (some guy nominated for District Governor). One of our high school student guests was recognized by the President.

Richelle read a letter from Maurice Hollingsworth which indicated that the family of Billy Bullock would prefer to have memorial donations sent to his church, designated for youth mission trips.

John Strebler classification talkHappy bucks were collected from Bill Wheeler, John Pickett, Gary Aschbacher, Barbara Rose Farther (sic) and Jim Maxon.

Pres. Ponder reported that the upcoming Board Meeting Schedule is May 4th & June 8th.

John Strebler gave a classification talk explaining what he does for a living. It was quite “enlightening.”

The Program-Dean Anderson, USDA Jornada Experimental Range.

Jornada logoJohn Pickett introduced Dean as “another member” of his church (he was fined for advertising). Dean is a USDA research scientist who has been in New Mexico since 1977. His current project deals with fencing range animals. His technology is called Directional Virtual Fencing (DVF). It is an electronic approach to containing and moving range animals without using physical fences.

Speaker Dean AndersonDean explained that conventional fences serve many important needs on the range, but they can be inadequate for particular applications. Moving animals is an example. Conventional fences contain animals, they do not move them. With DVF, a range manager can use radio-like beams which transmit sounds and shocks to restrict animal movement in one direction while encouraging movement in another. This is helpful when it is observed that the animals overgraze one section of land and under graze another section. Moving them to an under grazed section of land with electronic fences utilizes the land better.

Moving range animals can be done electronically by sounds (human voice sounds), by mild shocks, or by stronger shocks. One can also “bring in herd” electronically for feeding to a specific destination. Dean also showed us a short film wherein animals were steered away and moved in a desired direction, all electronically.

Alex Keatts & Dave LemenDean concluded his talk indicating there is a company who builds his electronic equipment for DVF. If it is not too expensive, the editor wonders if electronic fencing can be used to move and corral Rotarians. Just a thought…

After the Program

The can collected $25. Bill Harty won the drawing. The 4-Way Test was recited as we closed the meeting. (Picture left:  No Fooling, Really!)

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Guests of Rotarians

Guest  Host
Bill Mattiace Wanda Mattiace

Visiting Rotarians

Rotarian Home Club
Mark Glenn Mesilla Valley

Student Guests

Student School
Tyler Gilliland Oñate


Rotarian Date Club
Rick Jackson 4/20 Rio Grande
Jim Maxon 3/30 Guatemala City NE
Jim Maxon 4/6 Guatemala City NE
Jim Maxon 4/13 Ruidoso

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