Ranchers invited to meet in Chaves County with NMSU livestock production experts

Agricultural producers will gather with New Mexico State University livestock experts on Feb. 14 for a Ranchers’ Roundtable discussion of range livestock production at the Chaves County Farm and Livestock Bureau Building, 2500 Southeast Main Street (at the Eastern New Mexico State Fairgrounds).

“This is the next in the series of breakfasts we are sponsoring, reaching out to livestock producers across the state,” said Shad Cox, superintendent of NMSU’s Corona Range and Livestock Research Center. “After a good breakfast we’ll have ranchers ask questions of the NMSU livestock experts who will attend. This is an opportunity for ranchers to gather information that could really benefit their cattle operations.”

The event will be presented in partnership with the Chaves County Cooperative Extension Service office.

Topics of discussion at the Chaves County event, “Let’s Talk! Breakfast in Town,” will depend partly on ranchers’ questions, but experts on hand will be especially well-versed in cow/calf/stocker nutrition, reproduction and management.

The event will start at 8 a.m. with a free breakfast. The program will start at 9 a.m. and lunch will be served at noon. After lunch, a BQA training/recertification will follow. The event is free to attend.

Among the experts from NMSU’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences planning to be on hand are professor Eric Scholljegerdes in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences; Marcy Ward, Extension livestock specialist in Extension Animal Sciences and Natural Resources; and Craig Gifford, Extension beef cattle specialist, also in Extension Animal Sciences and Natural Resources.

The Chaves County program will be followed by a similar event on Feb. 27 at the Convention Center in Tucumcari. Details about that event will be announced soon.

Register online at www.corona.nmsu.edu. For more information, contact Shad Cox at 575-849-1015 or [email protected].