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NMSU Luna County Extension to offer livestock producer, beef quality assurance training

New Mexico State University?s Luna County Cooperative Extension Service office will host a free livestock producer workshop and Beef Quality Assurance Training/Certification program at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at La Fonda Restaurant in Deming.

The New Mexico Beef Quality Assurance Program provides beef and dairy producers with the necessary training materials to meet the requirements for becoming either New Mexico BQA Trained Producers or New Mexico BQA Certified Producers.

The New Mexico BQA Program asks producers, veterinarians and all others involved in the production of beef to use common sense, reasonable management skills and accepted scientific knowledge to avoid defects in the product delivered to the consumer.

Areas of discussion will include trichmoniasis management, BVD vaccination program, herds management during drought, infectious bovine rhinotracheitis, leptospirosis, campylobacteriosis and calf vaccination programs.

John Wenzel, NMSU Extension veterinarian, will conduct the ?Beef Quality Assurance Training and Certification? and ?Livestock Diseases? portion of the training.

Marcy Ward, NMSU Extension livestock specialist, will cover ?General Livestock Herd Health? and will field livestock questions.

Jason Turner, NMSU Extension horse specialist, will discuss ?Feeding of Ranch and Recreational Horses? and ?Economics and Management.? Turner also will take horse-related questions.

If already BQA certified, recertification will be offered.

For more information, contact Jack Blandford at 575-546-8806.