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NMSU's Corona center to highlight broad spectrum of work at field day

CORONA, N.M. - New Mexico State University's Corona Range and Livestock Research Center will celebrate and highlight a variety of research projects at its third Triennial Research Field Day on June 9.

Shad Cox, ranch manager at New Mexico State University's Corona Range and Livestock Research Center, leads a class session at a recent field day. (NMSU photo by Audry Olmsted)

At the field day, NMSU researchers will give participants updates on a broad spectrum of work being done at the ranch, including animal breeding, byproduct nutrition, grazing animal behavior and wildlife habitat. A tour will also be conducted of the Southwest Center for Rangeland Sustainability.

"People should come to see results of research they are interested in at their own pace and with one-on-one discussions with the researchers," said Shad Cox, ranch manager. "They will be able to bring practical knowledge for application home for immediate use. They will also be able to better understand our research and express their ideas and questions to research scientists."

During the field day, participants will see demonstrations for the tools of ruminant nutrition and a crossbreeding project of South African Mutton Merino sheep. There will also be a preview tour of the SWCRS. The long-awaited multi-purpose research and educational facility will serve as a center for distance education, as well as support for graduate research projects.

The $1.5 million state-funded first phase of the SWCRS consists of indoor and outdoor multiuse meeting/exhibit areas; a library/meeting room for outreach activities and student use; offices for the center's staff, students and visiting faculty; and a kitchen/meal preparation facility. These components are distributed throughout 3,450 square feet of enclosed space and 2,800 square feet of covered porch area.

Registration for the event begins at 8:30 a.m., with the introduction at 9:30 a.m. The poster session, outlining the different research projects, begins at 10 a.m. Lunch will be provided at noon, followed with tours and demonstrations at 1:30 p.m.

To reach the Corona Range and Livestock Research Center, travel on U.S. 54 for a short distance north of Corona, then turn right on the county road that leads under the railroad overpass. The ranch headquarters is about eight miles east of the highway.

Anyone with questions about the event, or individuals with a disability who are in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate, can contact Cox at 575-849-1015 or shadcox@nmsu.edu.