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NMSU's free Ranchers Roundtable in Corona to address wildlife nutrition, habitat

To increase producers' understanding of the nutritional requirements of wildlife, habitat and land management in a way that will enhance the number and quality of wildlife on their ranches, New Mexico State University is hosting a free Rancher's Roundtable in Corona, April 11.


The roundtable will be held at the Southwest Center for Rangeland Sustainability.

"We realize that wildlife can serve as an excellent source of income for ranchers, yet it can be challenging to manage for wildlife and livestock at the same time," said Eric Scholljegerdes, ruminant nutritionist with the NMSU Department of Animal and Range Sciences. "The panel for this program is unique because we have a producer, an extension wildlife specialist, a government official and a wildlife nutritionist - in other words, a group that is quite diverse."

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.

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

Shad Cox, ranch manager of NMSU's Corona Range and Livestock Research Center, said attendees of the monthly roundtables appreciate the fact they can have a casual conversation with the panel. A dialogue often develops between audience members as they discuss issues on their ranch.

"Many find they are not alone in the challenges they face and our panelists are able to give them recommendations on how to address current and upcoming challenges in the months to come," Cox said.

Panelists at the April roundtable include Mike Hobbs, general manager of the Express UU Bar Ranch; Jim Lane, director of the New Mexico Game and Fish; Sam Smallidge; an Extension wildlife specialist; and Larry Varner, a deer nutritionist with Purina Mills. Scholljegerdes will serve as moderator.

"We would like the attendees to leave with a better understanding of not only wildlife nutrition and habitat management, but also have an appreciation of where New Mexico game and fish stands on wildlife management and to hear from a rancher who has been successful in managing wildlife on the ranch for profit," said Scholljegerdes.

Registration is not required to attend the workshops. The April 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/.