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NMSU's Half Day of College in Corona to focus on profitability

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. - Profitability is on the minds of ranchers and landowners everywhere, and attendees at the Corona Half Day of College June 10 are sure to get their questions answered on topics ranging from solar and wind energy to animal health in an effort to help them maintain and increase their success.



Shad Cox, ranch manager of the Corona Range and Livestock Research Center, talks to a group of participants at a recent Half Day of College. The theme of this year's event June 10 is profitability. (NMSU photo by Audry Olmsted)

"It is becoming apparent that alternatives to variable wind power for pumping water have now become more reliable and cost effective; solar and wind energy generation are becoming important additions to modern ranches," said Shad Cox, ranch manager of New Mexico State University's Corona Range and Livestock Research Center.

Cox said developing cost-effective strategies with byproduct feedstuffs is a necessity for profitability. Many low-cost alternatives have great value in livestock nutrition. "However, many of these alternatives have to be managed correctly to reduce complications with existing nutrition, including water and mineral supplements," he said.

Cox added that strategies for identifying and eliminating trichomoniasis from a beef operation, will insure future profitability and animal health.

Stirling Spencer, with Bartz-Spencer Solar and Wind Turbine Systems, and Will Pote, with Solar Systems, will give a presentation about the options for solar and wind energy and the cost and return opportunities associated with them. Spencer will discuss solar water pumping, and Pote will talk about solar application for infrastructure.

Eric Scholljegerdes, a ruminant nutritionist at NMSU, will talk about the nutritive value, costs and concerns associated with byproduct feedstuffs.

There will also be a discussion about animal health, in particular trichomoniasis, by veterinarian Tim Hanosh.

An update will also be given on the Southwest Center for Rangeland Sustainability, a multipurpose research and education facility that will serve as a center for distance education as well as support for graduate research projects.

Registration for the Half Day of College starts at 8:30 a.m., with an introduction and update on the Southwest Center for Rangeland Sustainability at 9 a.m. Classes are at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. Two of the classes will be held concurrently, in order to give participants a choice of which sessions they want to attend. Lunch will be provided at noon.

To reach the Corona Range and Livestock Research Center, travel on U.S. 54 for a short distance north of Corona, then turn east on the county road that leads under the railroad overpass. The ranch headquarters is about eight miles east of the highway.

Anyone with questions on the event or individuals with a disability who are in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate, can contact Cox at (575) 849-1015 or shadcox@nmsu.edu.