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NMSU Extension Service specialists plan dinner, discussion about beef cattle production

ROSWELL - For those in the beef cattle industry, the start of a new year is also a critical time for making and adjusting business plans. Information from experts at New Mexico State University on topics like drought, range health, herd health, rebuilding the herd and the economic outlook can help producers make the best decisions.

To help those in the beef cattle industry in Eastern New Mexico, the Chaves County Cooperative Extension Service Office is hosting a Beef Cattle Roundtable discussion and dinner Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the Chaves County Extension Auditorium, 200 E. Chisum, in Roswell.

"We don't know if we are out of the drought and many livestock producers are asking, 'Where do we go from here?'" said Sandra Key Barraza, Chaves County Extension agriculture agent and program director. "This panel of specialists will be able to address issues that have affected livestock producers over the past months."

The program will begin at 5 p.m. with a free meal sponsored by Paul's Veterinary Supply. An informal discussion will be held after the meal.

Discussion topics will include: "Response to the Drought," "Range Health and Recovery," "Herd Health Management," "Rebuilding Your Herd" and "Economic Outlook."

NMSU Extension specialists will be on hand to serve on the discussion panel, answer questions and provide other pertinent information to attendees. They include:
- Marcy Ward, NMSU Extension livestock specialist
- Nick Ashcroft, NMSU Extension range management specialist
- Jerry Hawkes, NMSU agricultural economist
- John Wenzel, NMSU Extension veterinarian

Please RSVP for meal count by Monday, Jan. 27, to the Chaves County office at 575-622-3210.