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NMSU to conduct cattle pregnancy diagnosis school in Magdalena

MAGDALENA, N.M. ¬- New Mexico State University will conduct a cattle pregnancy diagnosis school from 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, through noon Thursday, Nov. 15, at the High Country Lodge, 303 First Street, Magdalena, N.M.

The school is a regional program of the NMSU Small Farm and Ranch Task Force. NMSU Cooperative Extension Service agricultural agents Del Jimenez and Steve Lucero will be conducting the school. John Wenzel, Extension veterinarian, and Manny Encinias, Extension beef cattle specialist, will also contribute to the presentations.

"This school will teach the cattle producers the skills necessary to determine if the cow is pregnant or not," said Lucero, president of the task force. "Palpation is a technique that producers can perform on their ranch or farm to help them decide whether to keep the cow or to cull it."

During the classroom presentations, participants will learn about the anatomy and reproduction system of the cow, as well as information about nutrition and disease prevention. Hands-on practice of palpation of a live cow will be done at the Acoma Land & Cattle Red Lake Ranch.

Cost for the school is $175, which includes one meal while at the ranch. All other meals are "on your own." Registration deadline is Monday, Nov. 5. To register or for more information, contact the Sandoval County Cooperative Extension Service at 505-867-2582 or Sandoval@nmsu.edu.

Rooms are available at the lodge for school participants. To register for a room, visit http://highcountrylodge-nm.com/rates-and-reservations/.