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BEEF Conference Offers Ideas To Help Southwestern Producers Through Tough Times

LAS CRUCES -- Belt-tightening strategies for Southwestern beef producers will be the theme of an upcoming Beef Efficiency Enhancement Forum on September 14-15 in Lubbock, Texas.

University researchers, industry representatives and beef producers will speak about "Breeding and Managing Cattle for Profitability" at the event on the Texas Tech University campus.

"The cattle industry is in a period of duress in that cattle prices are dropping fairly rapidly and we also have been experiencing one of the most severe droughts in recent memory throughout much of this region," said John Winder, a geneticist with New Mexico State University's Agricultural Experiment Station. "This conference is a great opportunity to look at ways for reducing costs and improving herd efficiency."

The forum is specifically geared to producers in New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma. Faculty from NMSU, Texas Tech, Texas A & M and Oklahoma State University developed the format, using suggestions from last year's participants.

"The program is very comprehensive," Winder said. "We're going to talk about marketing options, optimal health programs and effective genetic, financial and nutritional management of the beef herd."

Chuck Lambert of the National Cattleman's Association will speak about preparing for value-based marketing.

Four NMSU researchers will make presentations at the conference. Bobby Rankin, head of the animal and range sciences department, will chair a session on calf management and health. Mike Galyean, superintendent of the Clayton Livestock Research Center, will speak on calf management and backgrounding and cattle feeder considerations.

Winder will talk about optimal cow types for the Southwest. Mark Petersen, beef cattle nutritionist, will make a presentation on supplementation needs for Southwestern cow-calf producers.

Three New Mexico producers will share their experiences and ideas during panel discussions at the conference. They are Greg Moore of Wagon Mound, Ben Alexander of Hobbs and Keith Long from the Bell Ranch at Solano.

"I think anyone who's involved with any phase of the cattle industry could benefit greatly from coming to this conference," Winder said.

The early registration fee is $55, which includes three meals and a copy of the proceedings. After August 31, the fee is $80. For registration information, contact John Winder at (505) 646-3427 or Box 3I, NMSU, Las Cruces, NM 88003.