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NMSU Extension to offer free Beef Quality Assurance class in Tucumcari March 7

New Mexico State University's Quay County Cooperative Extension Service is offering a free hands-on class for cattle producers who want to learn about Beef Quality Assurance practices.

The program begins at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 7 at the Agricultural Science Center in Tucumcari.

"Beef Quality Assurance is a national program that provides guidelines for beef cattle production," said Tom Dominguez, Extension agricultural agent. "The program raises consumer confidence through offering proper management techniques and a commitment to quality within every segment of the beef industry."

At the meeting, John Wenzel, NMSU Extension veterinarian; Manny Encinas, NMSU Extension livestock specialist; and Mike Hubbert, the superintendent of the Clayton Livestock Research Center; will offer hands-on demonstrations.

Blair Clavel-Harding, county Extension agent, will discuss low-stress animal handling.

"Producers have embraced BQA because it is the right thing to do, but they have also gained through increased profitability," said Dominguez. "As an education program, it helps producers identify management processes that can be improved."

A free meal will be served at 4:30 p.m. that will coincide with a panel discussion on the Beef Quality Assurance program and other issues participants want to address.

Though there is no attendance fee, interested participants are asked to RSVP at 575-461-0562.