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NMSU Extension to host windmill repair workshop in Bernalillo

BERNALILLO, N.M. ? Windmills are an economical way for ranchers to pump water to their livestock, but a broken or non-working windmill is nothing but a landmark.

To help ranchers return their windmills to efficient operation, New Mexico State University?s Cooperative Extension Service is offering a windmill technology workshop May 21-22 at the Sandoval County Cooperative Extension Service office, 711 Camino Del Pueblo, in Bernalillo.

?As Extension agricultural agents drive around their counties, they see a lot of windmills that have been damaged by the high winds these past few years,? said Steve Lucero, NMSU Sandoval County Extension agricultural agent. ?We see blades broken or bent and know that these windmills are not being maintained.?

In response, the Small Farm and Ranch Task Force, a group of northern New Mexico county Extension agents, is hosting this regional program.

?NMSU has held windmill classes on campus in Las Cruces, but to our knowledge, this is the first workshop off campus,? Lucero said. ?We are going to use an actual, operating windmill in Bernalillo for the producers to receive hands-on instruction on the installation of windmill components.?

Leading the workshop will be Carlos Rosencrans, NMSU associate professor with expertise in windmills and agricultural mechanics, and Craig Runyan, retired NMSU Extension water quality specialist and coordinator of the NMSU Windpower Technology Center.

In addition to the assembly, maintenance and repair of the windmills, other topics that will be discussed include comparing water yields and costs of windmill- and solar-powered wells, and planning and sizing windmill water systems.

The two-day workshop will be from 1-5 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 22. Registration fee is $100, due with registration. The fee does not include meals. Deadline for registration is Monday, May 12.

?Space is limited, so producers need to contact us at 505-867-2582 to register,? Lucero said. ?They may also mail their payment made to NMSU with their name, address, phone number and email address to Sandoval Cooperative Extension Service, P.O. Box 400, Bernalillo, NM, 87004.?