Barbara Gonzales has been in the cattle business since 1972. Today, with the help of her daughter, Lisa Manwell, and son-in-law, Aaron, the family’s operation raises high-quality cattle on 4,200 acres of northern New Mexico pastures in Dulce, New Mexico. Producing premium beef is a way of life for Barbara and her family. In fact, her 11 grandsons and five granddaughters have grown up and have been very hands-on in the family’s cattle operation. The entire family views working the cattle as a good opportunity to spend quality time together.
Barbara and her family are very excited to be part of the Native American Beef program. “We’re so happy to be part of a program where our cattle and hard work are recognized,” says Lisa. “Another thing we love about the NAB program,” says Barbara “is that we know what we’re going to get paid for the cattle we raise. Before at the sale barn, we never knew what we would get and sometimes the prices would be so low. We don’t have to worry about that now. We’re very happy the program is here for us!”