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NMSU Cattle Growers' Short Course Set for March 25-26

ROSWELL - New Mexico ranchers can gain a better understanding of sweeping changes in animal identification technologies at a Cattle Growers' Short Course scheduled March 25-26 in Roswell.

New Mexico State University livestock experts will focus on new animal identification technologies March 25-26 at a Cattle Growers' Short Course in Roswell. Other highlights include poisonous plant updates and new brush control measures. (03/04/2004) Courtesy Photo from NMSU

"One highlight of this year's short course is an update on the new animal identification policies being developed nationwide," said Ron Parker, head of NMSU's extension animal resources department in Las Cruces. "We've invited a number of companies that produce this technology."

NMSU and the New Mexico Cattle Growers' Association are co-sponsoring the workshop. Preregistration costs $30 before March 15 and $35 afterward. The program begins at the Roswell Convention Center at 9 a.m.

This year's short course will feature updates on range and animal research by Mark Petersen and Andres Cibils of NMSU's animal and range sciences department. Clay Mathis, a livestock specialist with NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service, will discuss the results of a statewide
forage mineral survey.

Bruce Carpenter, a Texas A&M University Extension livestock specialist, will speak about poisonous plants, while Mark Petersen, an NMSU range animal nutritionist, will focus on problems affecting livestock drinking water. Keith Duncan, a weed specialist with NMSU's Extension Service, will review new brush control measures.

Presenters from NMSU, Kansas State University and AgInfoLink will give policy updates on individual animal identification, along with the development of new animal identification databases. Thursday's session ends with a buffet dinner and an animal identification technology fair and trade show of cattle products and services.

On Friday, March 26, participants can join a half-day discussion of oil, gas and ranching beginning at 9 a.m. at Roswell's Best Western Sally Port Inn. Participants wanting to attend only this session will have a $10 registration fee.

John Fowler, coordinator of NMSU's Range Improvement Task Force, will talk about an economic assessment of the interaction between oil, gas and ranching. Jim Libbin, a financial management specialist with NMSU Extension, will review tax implications of New Mexico's prolonged drought. National Weather Service meteorologist Ed Polasko will discuss the state's current climatic and drought forecast.

For more information or 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 Parker at (505) 646-1709 or rparker@nmsu.edu before the event.