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NMSU participates in San Juan Basin Extension Beef Cattle Symposium

PAGOSA SPRINGS, Colo. - The San Juan Basin Extension Beef Cattle Symposium will be Feb. 13 at the Archuleta County Fairgrounds in Pagosa Springs, Colo.

The annual event is presented by New Mexico State University's San Juan County Cooperative Extension office and Colorado State University Cooperative Extension offices in La Plata, Archuleta, Montezuma and Dolores counties.

"The San Juan Basin Extension Beef Cattle Symposium has become a tradition in northwest New Mexico and southwest Colorado," said Gary Hathorn, San Juan County agriculture agent. "With the ever-growing challenges facing the western livestock producer, educational programs are important to help us sustain this way of life."

This year's symposium will primarily focus on the basics and marketing. "There will be something of interest in this area for everyone who is involved or planning to be involved in beef production," Hathorn said.

Registration will be at 8:30 a.m. Cost of the symposium is $15 at the door. Pre-registration is through the Archuleta County Extension office at (970) 264-2388.

Symposium presenters will include:

- Manny Encinias, NMSU Extension livestock specialist from the Clayton Research Station. He will talk about the impacts of stress on cattle performance and management.
- James Robb, Extension Agriculture Economist from CSU's Livestock Marketing Information Center. He will give an outlook on the future of the livestock industry.
- Beth Lashell, research scientist with CSU's San Juan Basin Research Center in Hesperus, Colo. She will discuss natural beef marketing and split calving seasons.
- Travis Hoffman from Colorado Beef Council. He will discuss connecting the dots within the beef industry.
- Elizabeth Frazier, doctor of veterinary medicine with Pfizer. She will talk about worming and vaccination programs.
- Craig Kerbs from New Generation Feeds. He will discuss supplements and digestion in cattle.