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NMSU to address spring nutrition at free Rancher's Roundtable in Corona March 19

New Mexico State University is hosting a free Rancher's Roundtable in Corona March 19 to help producers address the importance of spring nutrition to newborn calves, as well as reproduction and heifer development, and tackling poisonous plants.

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

"Nutrition during the spring is critical to the success of a newborn calf, as well as ensuring subsequent rebreeding of the dam, and development and breeding of any replacement females," said Shad Cox, ranch manager of the Corona Range and Livestock Research Center. "During drought, and the amount of moisture received thus far, producers will be continuing to adapt to low forage levels with increasing toxic plants that can interrupt management plans and will need intervention for continued success through the current year."

The panel members at the roundtable are Nick Ashcroft, Extension range management specialist; Manny Encinias, Extension beef cattle specialist; Kent Mills, a field nutritionist for Hipro Feeds, in Hermleigh, Texas; Kelly Sanders, a beef cattle nutritionist for Purina Mills, in Lubbock, Texas; and Bill Smith, a beef nutritionist with AC Nutrition, in Bellvue, Colo. Eric Scholljegerdes, NMSU range ruminant nutritionist, will moderate the event.

Six roundtables will be 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: wildlife habitat, nutrition, brush and weed control; ranch nutrition planning (pasture assessment, supplementation and minerals); and ranch economics: recordkeeping, software, Internet, profitability and taxes.

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