Writer: D'Lyn Ford
LAS CRUCES - Jason Sawyer is the new animal nutritionist with New Mexico State University's Clayton Livestock Research Center. His duties include both research and outreach work through NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service.
The New Mexico Legislature funded improvements for the Clayton center, including money for Sawyer's position.
Sawyer will develop targeted research to address New Mexico needs and transfer new knowledge to producers. Much of his work will focus on nutrition management to regulate health of livestock and improve cost effectiveness of livestock supplements.
"I don't want to be presumptuous about what ranchers need," he said. "I want to have a good relationship with the people I serve."
Sawyer said he has the advantage of being familiar with New Mexico's programs. He is a two-time NMSU graduate, having earned a master's degree in ruminant nutrition in 1998 and a doctorate in range nutrition in 2000. After completing a bachelor's degree in rangeland ecology and management at Texas A&M, he came to NMSU because of its reputation.
"NMSU is by far the national leader in range livestock management and nutrition," he said.
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