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'Horse Whisperer' Curt Pate to speak at New Mexico Indian Livestock Days in May

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The largest Native American livestock producer conference in the nation will have a special attraction this year.

Curt Pate, a Montana cowboy who consulted on the 1998 Robert Redford film "The Horse Whisperer," will be presenting a session on horse sense at the New Mexico Indian Livestock Days, May 14-16 at the Route 66 Casino and Hotel in Albuquerque.

The annual conference conducted by New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service provides research-based information to livestock producers to help improve profitability of their herds.

"We are excited to have Curt Pate presenting his methods of handling livestock," said Kathy Landers, McKinley County Extension agricultural agent and coordinator of the conference. "He will be conducting two sessions on Wednesday, May 15, during our outdoor track."

Pate will present a morning and an afternoon session on livestock handling methods used 100 years ago. His goal is to teach modern ranchers to think like cattle and use low-stress methods of handling livestock.

Due to limited seating for Pate's program, the first 150 participants to register will receive passes to the session.

This year's conference is expanding its session offerings by having three tracks of workshops on the second day. There will be an indoor, outdoor and home economics track that will give a wider variety of information.

The conference will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, with a general session where participants will receive an update on the various U.S. Department of Agriculture programs, as well as a presentation on ranch bookkeeping and budgeting followed with a roundtable discussion of questions from the audience.

Wednesday, May 15, will be a full day of presentations beginning at 8 a.m. Attendees will select workshops from the three tracks.

Workshop sessions will include alternative feeds and drought management, the latest information about animal reproduction, how to produce quality meat, cattle handling, and a report on the wild horse roundups being conducted in the Navajo Nation.

During the home economics track of workshops, NMSU Extension home economists will discuss food safety and food preservation through home canning and drying.

The final day of the conference will be from 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 16. The general session will include a wrap-up of previous sessions by the presenters, a marketing roundtable discussion with members of the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association, and a presentation on the New Mexico Youth Ranch Management Camp and the US Beef Academy by former campers.

Registration for the conference is $75 per person. For more information about the conference, visit http://indianlivestock.nmsu.edu or call 866-863-3432.