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NMSU's annual Indian Livestock Days will be in Farmington this year

FARMINGTON - For 25 years, each spring Native American livestock producers from across the state have attended the Indian Livestock Days to learn the latest in animal husbandry. This year they will gather May 16-17 in Farmington at McGee Park and Fairgrounds, 5568 U.S. 64 (the Bloomfield Highway).

The school is a semi-annual event that New Mexico State University launched in the early 1980s to help tribal producers stay abreast of the latest industrial practices, said Gary Hathorn, program director for NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service office in San Juan County.

"Native Americans are skilled at caring for livestock, but they, like others living and working in rural areas, need opportunities to learn about new production methods and technology," Hathorn said. "Through the workshop, we can offer educational opportunities directly to tribal producers in the Four Corners area."

NMSU Extension specialists along with veterinarians from the Navajo Nation, Navajo Department of Agriculture and New Mexico Livestock Board will present sessions on beef quality assurance, body condition scoring and cattle selection, range management, low stress cattle handling, care of sheep and horses, wildlife damage control, and premises and animal identification requirements.

NMSU's Office of Biosecurity will kick off the event with a training session on livestock security to help tribes defend against natural disasters and terrorist attacks.

This year there will be a Hearth Healthy Cooking Demonstration by County Extension Home Economists Lynn Beam, Elena Bowers and Sandy Taylor. A health fair will also be held during the two-day event.

"One of the most important aspects of this annual event is the tremendous amount of networking and sharing of ideas between the participants who come from across the state," Hathorn said.

The workshop costs $20 for both days. It runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 16 and 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 17. Participants are encouraged to pre-register to ensure adequate seating space and meals are available.

For more information, or if you are an individual with a disability in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate, call the McKinley County Extension office at 863-3432. If outside the Gallup area, call toll free at (866) 863-3432 or e-mail Kathy Landers at kalander@nmsu.edu.

The school is part of NMSU's continuing outreach efforts to help educate and improve the lives of people in New Mexico.