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NMSU to host workshop at Valles Caldera on cow reproduction management

VALLES CALDERA NATIONAL PRESERVE ? The fourth session of New Mexico State University?s educational series at Valles Caldera National Preserve will be Wednesday, July 30.

The free workshops, cohosted by NMSU Cooperative Extension Service and the Valles Caldera National Preserve, will focus on livestock, wildlife and range monitoring.

On July 30, Marcy Ward, NMSU Extension livestock specialist, will discuss the value of reproductive management.

?The information provided during the workshop will show the economic and health benefits of reproductive management,? Ward said of the program.

Participants will get a demonstration of how to use ultrasound to determine pregnancy.

?Also, preliminary research findings from an estrous synchronization protocol being conducted at the Valles Caldera will be shared,? Ward said.

The workshop will be 1 to 3 p.m. at the national preserve. Participants are asked to meet at the preserve?s staging area, located two miles off the State Highway 4 main entrance.

Future workshops will be held in August and September. The free workshops will be:

? Aug. 13 ? Glassing and Field Judging Big Game Animals: Samuel Smallidge, NMSU Extension wildlife specialist, will inform novice to intermediate big game viewers about equipment, strategies and techniques for locating and assessing big game animals in the field. The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to noon at the Valles Caldera National Preserve staging area.

? Sept. 9 ? Range Monitoring and Assessment: Nick Ashcroft, NMSU Extension range specialist, will discuss how to conduct rangeland monitoring methods to use for different levels of experience and time investment. The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to noon at the Valles Caldera National Preserve staging area.