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NMSU's Rio Arriba Extension office to host prospect beef emporium for 4-H, FFA members

ABIQUIU, N.M. - It's time for 4-H and FFA members to think about next year's livestock project.

New Mexico State University's Rio Arriba County Cooperative Extension Service will host an opportunity for youth to bid on cattle from local producers during the Top of the River Prospect Beef Emporium, Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Rio Arriba County Fairgrounds.

"Prospective beef project animals from local cattle producers will be on display for 4-H and FFA members interested in exhibiting in the 2014 show year," said Marcella Talamante, Rio Arriba County Extension 4-H agent. "This is the first time we've held this event. It is an effort to promote the local beef production and to revive the interest in the cattle industry among the 4-H and FFA members in the area."

The gates will open at 9:30 a.m. with viewing beginning at 11 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon. Bidding on the animals will open at 1 p.m. and close at 3 p.m.

"The event is meant to be an opportunity for cattle producers to network with 4-H and FFA members interested in the market beef and cattle breeding projects," said Donald Martinez, Rio Arriba County Extension agricultural agent. "The Extension office is only acting as the organizer of the event. Sale agreements are between the producer and the youth."

For more information, contact Martinez, donmart@nmsu.edu, or Talamante, marctala@nmsu.edu, or by phone at 505-685-4523 or 575-588-7423.