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NMSU's free Ranchers Roundtable in Corona to address successful recordkeeping

A rancher's life is much more than caring for livestock. A key component to successful ranch management is keeping excellent records. To help producers flourish behind the scenes, New Mexico State University is hosting a free Ranchers Roundtable in Corona, March 16.

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

"Recordkeeping is essential for proper ranch management," said Eric Scholljegerdes, an assistant professor with the Department of Animal and Range Sciences. "The development of detailed records allows producers to make informed decisions regarding all facets of their operation. This roundtable will discuss recordkeeping and what things are most important to keep track of in a ranch business."

Monthly roundtables are held at the SWCRS to help producers deal with the daily challenges they face with their range and herds.

Other topics to be addressed throughout the year include: heifer development, nutrition, 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 ranches.

"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 ahead," Cox said.

Panelists at the May roundtable include Paul Gutierrez, an Extension agricultural economist; Jerry Hawkes, an Extension livestock specialist; Pat Sullivan, an agricultural economic development specialist; and Allen Torell, an NMSU professor of agricultural economics and agricultural business. Scholljegerdes will serve as moderator.

Registration is not required to attend the workshops. The May 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 Shad Cox at 575-849-1015 or visit http://coronasc.nmsu.edu/.