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NMSU ranch management series to discuss herd genetic selection

Drought conditions and a lack of forage in New Mexico have prompted the state's cattle producers to greatly reduce their herds in recent years. That's created a drop in the state herd of more than 65 percent since 2010 - and ranchers are now looking for strategies to restock their herds with cattle that are well-suited to the region's climate and terrain.

To help meet that need, the New Mexico Ranch Management series, provided by New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service, will address "Genetic Selection: Strategies to Restock the Ranch" at its three January sessions.

"The mass liquidation of genetically adapted cattle from New Mexico ranches has left a major void," said Manny Encinias, NMSU Extension beef cattle specialist. "The single largest challenge ranchers will face in restocking their herds will be identifying cattle that will adapt to the various, and sometimes extreme, production environments found in New Mexico. The January series will give them insight and strategies to rebuild their herds."

Sessions are designed to be driven by questions from program attendees, leading to discussion with experts and fellow ranch managers on timely management topics.

Joining Encinias on the panel of cattle industry professionals will be Bill Smith, AC Nutrition cattle nutritionist; Marcy Ward, NMSU Extension livestock specialist; Eric Bailey, West Texas A&M University cow/calf management assistant professor.

The program will be held Tuesday, Jan. 28, in Raton at K-Bob's Restaurant, 1228 S. Second St.; Wednesday, Jan. 29, in Las Vegas at K-Bob's Restaurant, 1803 Seventh St.; and Thursday, Jan. 30, in Clovis at Curry County Event Center Indoor Pavilion, 1900 E. Brady Ave. Roundtable sessions will begin at 4:30 p.m. and complimentary supper will follow each session.

Sponsors of the January series are First National Bank of New Mexico and AC Nutrition.

Registration is not required, but is appreciated to assist with meal planning. To RSVP for the Raton session. call 575-445-8071; for the session in Las Vegas, call 505-454-1497; and for the Clovis session call 575-763-6505.