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Cattle Growers' Short Course to Be Held

LAS CRUCEs - A Cattle Growers' Short Course featuring optimizing beef production, grazing management and live animal demonstrations by New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service will be held Mar. 30-31 at the Livestock Pavilion on the NMSU campus.

"The short course is designed for the beef cattle producer," said Ron Parker, department head of Extension animal resources. "However, everyone is welcome to attend. We think there's a lot of different kinds of people that can benefit from the short course."

Some topics to be discussed are developing the weaned replacement heifer; developing the first calf heifer; use of implants in beef programs; cooking beef for tenderness and flavor; stocking rate and grazing systems; invasive weeds on New Mexico rangelands; and use of ultrasound for reproductive measurements.

Leading the discussions will be a variety of NMSU specialists including Neil Burcham, Extension swine specialist; Chris Allison, Extension range management specialist; Clay Mathis, Extension range management specialist; Richard Lee, Extension weed control specialist; Rex Kirksey, superintendent of the Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari; Dean Hawkins, associate professor in NMSU's department of animal and range sciences; Mark Petersen, professor in NMSU's department of animal and range sciences; and Keith Mandabach, assistant professor in NMSU's department of hotel, restaurant and tourism management.

"Dr. Harlan Hues, livestock economist at North Dakota University, will be giving a talk titled 'Marketing on an Up Market,'" Parker said. "He also will discuss the economics of heifer development."

There will be a $25 registration fee.

For more information about the short course, contact Parker at (505)646-1709.