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NMSU to host free Rancher's Roundtable on winter nutrition in Corona Nov. 14

New Mexico State University is hosting a Rancher's Roundtable Nov. 14 to answer producers' questions on how to properly care for their beef cattle and sheep as we move into winter months in Corona.

The roundtable will be held at the Southwest Center for Rangeland Sustainability. The discussion is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be served at noon.

"This program has a very strong group of panelists," said Eric Scholljegerdes, a range ruminant nutritionist with NMSU. "The intent of this roundtable is to provide answers to questions regarding this difficult time of year to care for beef cattle. The dry summer and fall, with minimal forage being grown, will increase the demand for supplemental feeding this winter. Add to this increasing feed costs; producers need to think outside of the box and find unique ways to feed the herd this winter and into the spring."

The panelists for the roundtable are: Gary Creighton, a beef cattle specialist with Purina; Manny Encinias, a NMSU beef cattle specialist; Shanna Ivey, a rumen microbiologist and nutritionist with NMSU; Clint Loest, NMSU ruminant nutritionist; Kelly Sanders, a beef cattle nutritionist with Purina; and Scholljegerdes. Tom Dominguez, agricultural agent for Quay County's Cooperative Extension Service, will moderate.

Scholljegerdes said the panelists are prepared to answer a variety of questions including, weaned calf nutrition; wintering pregnant beef cows; feeding developing heifers; cheaply feeding cull cows to hit a better market; and what are the times in the winter when a producer can cheapen up the ration without hurting long-term productivity of the cow and her offspring.

The November Rancher's Roundtable is sponsored by Purina.

The Rancher's Roundtable Series is by design participant-driven in direction and content and will take its shape from the questions that are presented. They are designed 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, marketing, range management and brush control.

Registration is not required to attend the workshops. 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, ranch manager of the Corona Range and Livestock Research Center, at 575-849-1015 or visit http://coronasc.nmsu.edu/.