Writer: Jane Moorman, (505) 249-0527, firstname.lastname@example.org
LAGUNA, N.M. - The Southwest Indian Livestock Days is an opportunity for the 6,611 Native American agricultural operators in the state to learn the latest information regarding care of their livestock.
For the second year in a row, the two-day event will be held at the Route 66 Casino and Hotel on Interstate-40 at Exit 140 west of Albuquerque. A full slate of programs will be presented on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 11-12, beginning at 8 a.m. each day.
The event is coordinated by New Mexico State University's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences' Cooperative Extension Service, the University of Arizona, and the livestock days planning committee, with representatives from NMSU's Tribal Extension and Rural Agricultural Improvement and Public Affairs Project (RAIPAP), Laguna Pueblo Natural Resources, Montano Cattle Association, and Sedillo Cattle Association.
"Over the years, several Laguna livestock producers indicated they wanted to host the Indian Livestock Days. Historically the event is held every other year at different locations in Northwestern New Mexico. Because of the success of last year's New Mexico Indian Livestock Days, we decided to bring the southwest conference to the Route 66 Casino and Hotel," said Kathy Landers, McKinley County Extension agriculture agent, who has coordinated the event with the help of other extension agents for the past 17 years.
"The Laguna livestock producers have a lot of information and experience to share with other Native American livestock producers. I'm excited about the program as a whole because there were numerous producers on the planning committee and they were very active in helping plan and develop this event."
A host of NMSU Extension specialists and College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences' professors will discuss various aspects of the livestock industry, including heifer selection, nutrition and weather, rotational grazing, improving forage digestibility, equine marketing, and grass-fed organic beef marketing.
Current issues in livestock production will be presented by Ron Parker of the New Mexico Livestock Board and Caren Cowan, executive director of the New Mexico Cattle Growers' Association.
John M. Romero of the Sedillo Cattle Association will discuss how to put a livestock association together. Phillip Bravo of the Hualapai Nation will discuss feral horse management.
David Melton, president of Sacred Power Corporation, will discuss solar power, and Maggie Porter of the Southwest Indian Poly-technical Institute, will discuss geospatial information technologies.
The registration fee is $50 for two days, or $30 for one day. The deadline for program registration is April 25. To register, contact the McKinley County Extension office at (505) 863-3432 or from outside the Gallup area call toll free at (866) 863-3443.
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