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NMSU's Corona research center to host range beef meetings

New Mexico

Ranchers face many daily challenges with their range and herds and New Mexico State University's Corona Range and Livestock Research Center wants producers to know they are not alone.

Starting in January 2012, free monthly seminars will be held at the facility's Southwest Center for Rangeland Sustainability to provide information pertinent to all aspects of today's range beef operations.

"Our goal with these seminars is to give producers the information they need to make critical decisions during the current tough times," said Shad Cox, ranch manager. "We want to make experts from NMSU and the agricultural industry available to answer any question that is on producers' minds."

Each month a new roundtable discussion will be held to address upcoming management decisions and challenges. Multiple experts will be on hand to introduce the month's topic and provide a brief overview, then head into a longer question and answer/discussion period.

This format lends itself to a casual learning experience with attendees guiding the direction and level of information provided, Cox said. Each person in attendance will have the opportunity to get the information pertinent to making timely decisions.

Topics to be addressed throughout the year will include, but are not limited to: herd health, reproduction, heifer development, nutrition, poisonous plants, wildlife, computer applications, marketing, range management, ranch economics, taxes and brush control.

Registration is not required to attend the workshops.

The first workshop is scheduled for Jan. 11, and the topic will be on herd health strategies. The January seminar is sponsored by Paul's Vet Supply in Roswell and Albuquerque, and Pfizer Animal Health.

For more information on the seminars, contact Cox at 575-849-1015 or visit http://coronasc.nmsu.edu.



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