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Seminar To Address Beef Cattle Issues in New Mexico

LAS CRUCES -- New Mexico ranchers can get an update on poisonous plants, health programs for cattle and breeding animals selection at the beef cattle management seminar Feb. 12 at the Tucumcari Convention Center in Tucumcari.

Deer population dynamics in New Mexico will be the first topic on the program at 9:20 a.m., said Ron Parker, animal resources department head with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service. Jon Boren, an NMSU Extension wildlife specialist, will discuss why deer numbers are decreasing in some parts of the state.

Dean Hawkins, NMSU animal and range sciences assistant professor, will talk about ways to make artificial insemination more available in beef cattle operations. "With an extensive operation, it's not always easy to use artificial insemination," Parker said.

Increased winter moisture in most of the state may be conducive to increased germination of locoweed and snakeweed, Parker said. Jim Strickland, NMSU animal and range sciences assistant professor, will discuss what this means for the state's ranchers and report on the latest poisonous plant research.

Other topics and speakers will include ranch financial management, Parker; using expected progeny differences in selecting breeding animals, Milt Thomas, NMSU animal and range sciences assistant professor; and making nutrition decisions for New Mexico cattle, Mark Petersen, NMSU animal and range sciences professor.

During the afternoon session, local veterinarians will discuss advances in preventive health programs for beef cattle. Participants also will have an opportunity to attend a Tucumcari Bull Test open house at NMSU's Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari.

The cost for the beef management seminar is $10 at the door. For more information about the program, contact Jeff Bader, Quay County Extension agent, at (505) 461-0562.