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NMSU to host Rancher's Roundtable on nutrition, poisonous plants in Corona, March 14

Spring nutrition is an important aspect of a ranch's operation. Calves are on the ground and cows have reached their peak milk production. But forage resources are at their lowest point during the period producers expect their cows to be physiologically capable of breeding.


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The goal of Rancher's Roundtables is to help producers deal with the daily challenges they face with their range and herds. The next roundtable is set for March 14 at the Southwest Center for Rangeland Sustainability in Corona. (NMSU photo by Audry Olmsted)

To help ranchers navigate the challenges of providing proper nutrition to their livestock while avoiding toxic plants, New Mexico State University is hosting a Rancher's Roundtable on spring nutrition and poisonous plants. The roundtable will be held March 14 at the Southwest Center for Rangeland Sustainability in Corona.

"This roundtable is designed to assist in answering questions from producers who will be entering the breeding season with the challenge of low forage reserves, increased feed costs and managing the threat of increasing toxic plant availability as well as a myriad of other challenges common to regional or ranch specific conditions," said Shad Cox, ranch manager of NMSU's Corona Range and Livestock Research Center.

Forb availability is an important aspect of any nutritional strategy, said Cox, and an excellent supplement to dry, range forages that continue to degrade in abundance and nutritional quality. Confounded with a previous growing season during a drought and low forage reserves, early forb eruption and growth due to winter and spring precipitation and seasonal warming could create problems if an early abundance of these forbs are toxic.

Monthly roundtables are held at the SWCRS to help producers deal with the daily challenges they face with their range and herds, such as nutrition and poisonous plants.

Panelists at the March roundtable will be Nick Ashcroft, a rangeland management specialist with NMSU; Manny Encinias, NMSU beef specialist; Kent Mills, a field nutritionist with HiPro Feeds; and Eric Scholljegerdes, a ruminant nutritionist with NMSU.

Other topics to be addressed throughout the year include: heifer development, nutrition, wildlife, computer applications, marketing, range management, ranch economics, taxes and brush control.

Registration is not required to attend the workshops. The March roundtable is from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Attendees are welcome to stay as long as needed to get their questions answered.

For more information on this or other roundtable seminars, contact Cox at 575-849-1015 or visit http://coronasc.nmsu.edu/.