Roger Kuchan of Kuchan Ranch explains how the drought in New Mexico is affecting his way of life.
His family has been in northeastern New Mexico for six generations. His grandparents came from Yugoslavia to work in the coal mines near Dawson, NM. Many immigrants came to call northeastern, NM their home….Yugoslavians, Russians, Polish, Italians and when coal mining ended, those who didn’t leave turned to other ways of living in the area.
Roger parents were farmers and ranchers who lived and worked some of the land that is now occupied by the Maxwell Wildlife Refuge. They relocated just on the outskirts of Maxwell, NM which they still call home today and built their ranch to 8,000 acres. Roger continues to have cattle, but a much diminished herd and he hasn’t farmed his 400 acres of hay for 4 years as a result of the drought. The best he can do is disc the land in hopes of keeping it from blowing.