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NMSU hosts Southwest Beef Symposium in Roswell

ROSWELL - Strategies for managing increased operation costs, improving calf health and an update on national issues impacting beef production will be presented at the fourth annual Southwest Beef Symposium on Jan. 16-17 at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center in Roswell.

"Beef producers are facing many challenges in today's market, from higher costs of fuel and feed to regaining beef export market access," said Clay Mathis, Extension livestock specialist in New Mexico State University's College of Agriculture and Home Economics. "This symposium is tailored for beef producers in the Southwest to provide them with timely information about current industry issues and practical beef management."

The symposium is divided into three topic areas.

? Managing costs in the face of high feed and fuel prices by identifying approaches to minimize cost of operation with sessions on feed and fuel price outlook, and strategic and tactical ranch management.
? Knowing what is going on in national issues in regard to beef production in New Mexico and West Texas with sessions on exporting U.S. beef, policy issues facing the beef industry, national market cow and bull audit and how environmentally conscious consumers influence beef production.
? Managing for improved calf health beyond the ranch with sessions designed to discuss and provide recommendations regarding how to best prepare calves so they will stay healthy after weaning and shipping.

Registration cost is $50 per person. To register, contact Mathis at (575) 646-3325 or visit http://cahe.nmsu.edu/ces/swbeef to print a registration form. Pre-registration deadline is Jan. 3.

The Southwest Beef Symposium is a joint effort between the New Mexico and Texas Cooperative Extension Services.