Cow-calf and seedstock producer Wesley Grau from Grady, NM, was re-elected by fellow Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) members to serve as chairman in 2012, after fulfilling a partial term at the helm in 2011. The vote came during the 2012 Cattle Industry Annual Convention in Nashville, TN.
Grau was born in New Mexico and traces his cattle-business beginnings to 1960 when, at the age of nine, his father let him start raising show steers. Grau passed up the opportunity to play basketball in college and decided to earn his bachelor of science degree in agriculture economics instead. He earned enough money from his show steers to start at New Mexico State University in the fall of 1969.
In 1906, Grau's grandfather homesteaded on the place where Grau currently resides. Through the years, his family has accumulated land and grown it to the size it is now. (Grau laughs that they have too many cattle when it’s dry and not enough when it’s wet.)
Historically, the ranch has raised wheat for pasture for weaning calves in winter; his family raised Herefords for half a century and, in 1965, switched to Charolais and have produced registered Charolais cattle ever since.