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NMSU to host free Rancher's Roundtable in Corona Jan. 29 on herd health, marketing

New Mexico State University is hosting a free Rancher's Roundtable in Corona Jan. 29 to help producers learn how to improve the value of their calves by maintaining a healthy herd program.

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

"Animal health is a major concern for all involved in the beef industry," said Shad Cox, ranch manager of NMSU's Corona Range and Livestock Research Center. "Proper health management can play an important role in determining the value of your animal when it comes time to sell. At this month's Rancher's Roundtable, audience members will be able to ask experts from the veterinary field about vaccines and vaccine administration protocols, and learn about the latest anti-microbials on the market."

Because health problems can have a major impact on how calves are valued, experts will be available to discuss marketing and purchasing calves, Cox added.

The panel members at the roundtable are Jeff Brandenberger and Jerod Harrel, with the 99 Cattle Co., in Ancho, Texas; Tim Hanosh, director of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, in Albuquerque; Mike Hubert, superintendent of NMSU's Clayton Livestock Research Center; John Pollreisz, veterinarian with Pfizer Beef Operations in Amarillo, Texas; and John Wenzel, NMSU Extension veterinary specialist. Eric Scholljegerdes, NMSU range ruminant nutritionist, will moderate the event.

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 in 2013 are: spring nutrition, toxic plants and reproduction and heifer development; wildlife habitat, nutrition, brush and weed control; ranch nutrition planning (pasture assessment, supplementation and minerals); and ranch economics: recordkeeping, software, Internet, profitability and taxes.

"Our hope is that the audience will walk away from this roundtable with a firm grasp on how to properly develop a vaccination program at the ranch that will ultimately improve the value of the calves produced and put more money in their pocket," Scholljegerdes said.

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