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Cattle Growers' Short Course meets in Clovis

Animal identification, disease tracking and the use of byproduct feedstuffs will be the focus of the Cattle Growers' Short Course March 23 and 24 at the Clovis-Carter Public Library in Clovis, N.M.


rse, sponsored by New Mexico State University and the New Mexico Cattle Growers' Association, dates back to the 1940s.

Heightened awareness of animal disease has lead to the inclusion of a unique exercise this year.

"The tabletop exercise will be a simulated foreign-animal disease outbreak designed to provide producers the opportunity to participate in the step-by-step process of controlling the spread of a highly contagious foreign-animal disease," said Clay Mathis, NMSU Extension Livestock Specialist.

The first day of the course will begin with an introduction by Chris Allison, head of the Extension Animal Resources Department, and Bill Sauble, president of the New Mexico Cattle Growers' Association. Following the introduction, the course will get underway with discussion concerning the use of genetic markers for beef carcass characteristics and their economic relevance in a production system by NMSU animal scientist, Milton Thomas. In the next segment, Jim Robb of the Livestock Market Information Center will talk about the cattle market outlook and issues affecting it.

The animal identification and disease tracking portion of the course, moderated by Chris Allison, will include NMSU Extension livestock specialist, Manny Encinias, discussing animal identification and technology. Before adjourning, the practical exercise that systematically guides participants through the process of controlling a foreign-animal disease outbreak will be conducted by Billy Dictson of NMSU and Jeff Witte of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture.

The main topic for the second day of the course, moderated by Mark Wise, will be the use of byproduct feedstuffs. Clint Loest, NMSU animal scientist, will cover the nutritional fundamentals of cattle. Robert Hagevoort, NMSU Extension dairy specialist will discuss the origins and characteristics of byproduct feedstuffs. NMSU Extension livestock specialist, Clay Mathis will speak on the implications of using byproduct feedstuffs for cows and calves. Finally, Ted McCollum, Texas A&M Extension beef specialist, will discuss incorporating byproduct feedstuffs into growing cattle rations. The New Mexico Cattle Growers' spring board of directors meeting will follow the short course on March 24.

The registration fee for the Cattle Growers' Short Course is $25 if registered by March 16 or $35 at the door. If you have specific questions about the program or would like to register by phone call Clay Mathis at (505) 646-8022. Registration materials are also available online at http://cahe.nmsu.edu/ces/animal.

Austin Craig
March 8, 2006