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NMSU?s Clayton Livestock Research Center to host field day

CLAYTON ? Information from four years of feedlot studies conducted at the New Mexico State University?s Clayton Livestock Research Center will be presented during a field day at the facility, Monday, Sept. 28, beginning at 9 a.m.


Truck delivering feed to cattle in a pen.
Cattle line up for a meal at the New Mexico State University Clayton Livestock Research Center. The center will host a field day on Sept. 28 to share findings on studies that include healthy handling of cattle at feedlots. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)

?We have a full day of presentations that will address a variety of issues associated with raising healthy cattle, from how to handle rangeland during and after the drought and wildlife interaction with cattle to cow-calf production and nutrition and improving cattle productivity,? said Mike Hubbert, NMSU professor and superintendent of the research facility that is located six miles east of Clayton on Hwy. 64.

Topics will include:
? Reacting to a Drought and the Aftermath: Ted McCollum, rancher and Texas A&M University professor
? Cattle Wildlife Interaction: Sam Smallidge, NMSU Extension wildlife specialist
? Cow-calf Production and Nutrition: Eric Scholljegerdes, NMSU animal and range sciences assistant professor
? Improving Cattle Productivity: Clint Loest, NMSU animal and range sciences professor

?We will also have presentations from four graduate students who have conducted research here at the Clayton facility,? Hubbert said.

The studies include:
? Trace Minerals and Health, conducted by Margaret Garcia
? Vaccine Studies and Animal Health, conducted by Eben Oosthuysen
? Protein Levels in Feed and Cattle Performance, conducted by Kendal Samuelson
? Trace Mineral Studies and Liver Abscesses, conducted by Zeno Bester

Hubbert said the field day will also feature a roundtable discussion of current topics.

Ben Weinheimer, vice president of the Texas Cattle Feeders Association, will join the university professors on the panel for the discussion and answer questions from the audience.