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Northeast New Mexico Beef Cattle Symposium Scheduled

TUCUMCARI - New Mexico's beef and dairy producers can learn how to boost profits with cutting edge updates on production efficiency, mineral use and effective marketing during a special seminar April 18 at the Tucumcari Convention Center.

The Northeast New Mexico Beef Cattle Symposium is sponsored by New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service, Mesaland Community College and the Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce.

The daylong event is highlighted by a series of presentations from New Mexico and Texas beef cattle experts and industry leaders. Preregistration is $15 before April 12 and $20 after.

"We hope to make this a regional event," said Jeff Bader, Quay County Extension agent and one of the conference organizers. For the last four years a successful event known as Bull Daze has been held in conjunction with the Tucumcari Bull Test and other bull sales in Quay County, he said.

"Our volunteer committee decided we should add an educational component and expand the program," Bader said. "Along with the expansion came a new date and name change."

The program begins at 10 a.m. with an overview of using financial information to improve production efficiency from Jim McGrann, an Extension economist with Texas A&M University's agricultural economics department. His presentation will be followed by a seminar on measuring production efficiency in the real world by Clay Mathis, a Las Cruces-based NMSU Extension livestock specialist.

Following lunch, Mark Petersen, a NMSU cattle production physiologist, will discuss mineral programs. Mike Brown, a ruminant nutrition expert with West Texas A&M University, will review byproduct feed ingredients.

Jason Sawyer, an Extension livestock specialist at NMSU's Clayton Livestock Research Center, will discuss a study on budgeting a nutritional management program. The seminar concludes with a buyer's perspective on effective marketing of calves by Ed Herron, a sales representative at Superior Livestock in Brush, Colo. Superior is among the largest livestock auctions in the United States, marketing over one million head of cattle annually.

As part of a series of associated social events, the symposium will feature an agricultural trade show with industry exhibits and area businesses, in addition to a 4-H petting zoo and shooting gallery. A music program spotlighting Brenda Young, Julie Bryant and the Blue Grass Association is also on tap.

Other activities include a horseshoe-making demonstration and contest, auction and door prize drawing. There is no charge for admission to the trade show or entertainment. For more information, contact the Quay County Extension office at (505) 461-0562.

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the meeting, please contact the presenter before the event.