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NMSU Hidalgo County Extension hosts cattleman's survival course

New Mexico

Cattlemen can get the latest update on bovine TB in New Mexico during the third annual Southwestern New Mexico Cattleman's Survival Course presented by New Mexico State University's Hidalgo County Cooperative Extension Service.

The course will begin at 9 a.m., March 26, at the Animas Community Center in Animas. Cost is $10 per person, which includes lunch sponsored by the Hidalgo County Cattlegrowers Association.

"With these hard economic times, it is important for all businesses to find ways to lower costs; this is what business survival is all about. This is what we try to do with this annual program," said Christy Rubio, Hidalgo County Extension agricultural agent. "The content is based on what the producers in the area want, and the tools they feel they need to survive these tough times."

The program will include:

--How to read expected progeny difference reports: what's old and what's new by Clay Mathis, NMSU Extension animal resources specialist.

--Ranch cattle marketing options for southwestern New Mexico producers by Rubio, Hidalgo County program directory.

--Bovine TB in New Mexico update by John Wenzel, NMSU Extension veterinarian.

--Forward contracting and rancher co-ops: what are they and how do they help your business by Jerry Hawkes, range livestock economist and NMSU associate professor in the department of ag economics and ag business.

--Steps to make your calves eligible for foreign markets by Rubio.

--Noxious weed control program in Hidalgo and Grant counties by John O'Laughlin, Southwestern New Mexico Cooperative Weed Management Area.

To register, call Hidalgo County Extension office at 575-542-9291.

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