Monday, March 21, 2016

NMSU to host annual Indian Livestock Days on May 11-13 in Albuquerque

NMSU to host annual Indian Livestock Days on May 11-13 in Albuquerque DATE: 03/21/2016 WRITER: Jane Moorman, 505-249-0527, jmoorman@nmsu.edu CONTACT: Kathy Landers, 505-870-3336, kalander@nmsu.edu ALBUQUERQUE – Cattle production in the Indian Country of northwestern New Mexico is on the increase, with revenue of $125 million in 2015, according to the New Mexico Department of Agriculture annual agricultural statistics. To help producers continue to improve their herds and profit, New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service hosts the New Mexico Indian Livestock Days annually in Albuquerque. This year’s conference will be Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, May 11 to 13, at Route 66 Casino Hotel on Interstate 25 west of Albuquerque. “The participants have asked for more live demonstrations, so this year we have added a second afternoon of three outdoor sessions,” said Kathy Landers, NMSU McKinley County Extension county director. “As always, there is going to be a lot of information for livestock producers.” The conference registration begins at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 11. The first series of outdoor programs will be during the afternoon on bull selection, cattle reproduction and calf castration. “The programs will be repeated so people can attend all three,” said Landers. The full schedule of presentations will begin at 8 a.m. Thursday, May 12. Topics during the morning indoor sessions will include developing a livestock association, cost of owning a cow, and updates from U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service and Farm Service Agency. Thursday, beginning at 1 p.m., there will be sessions outdoors and indoors. As on Wednesday, the outdoor sessions will repeat three times. Topics will include trailer safety and hauling, horse health and horse confirmation. Indoor sessions will be canning, season extension, soil building and drip irrigation. Friday, May 13, sessions will begin at 8 a.m. and concluded at 4 p.m. Topics will include rodent control, invasive weeds, brush control, cattle prices, range management, an update from the USDA National Agricultural Statistic Service and a panel of livestock producers sharing success stories. Registration fee is $75 if received by May 1; after that date and for walk-ins, the cost is $100. Registration includes lunch on Thursday and Friday. Register on line at http://indianlivestock.nmsu.edu, or by mail at NMSU-CES – Northern, 4001 Office Court, Suite 308, Santa Fe, NM 87507. Special room rates of $69 per night have been secured at Route 66 Hotel if reserved by May 1. Call for reservations at 1-866-352-7866 and ask for NM Livestock 2016 group rate. - 30 - Follow NMSU News on Twitter: http://twitter.com/nmsunews Follow NMSU News on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NMSUNews

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