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Beef Efficiency Forum Planned

LAS CRUCES -- Beef cattle producers can learn about beef production practices in a depressed cattle market during the fourth annual Southwest Beef Efficiency Enhancement Forum (BEEF), Aug. 22-23 at the Tucumcari Convention Center.

Presentations scheduled for Aug. 22 include managing debt, making decisions in a cyclical market, managing multiple use resources, managing low-input nutrition, and developing replacement heifers.

The program will include speakers from New Mexico State University, Texas Tech University, Oklahoma State University, Texas A&M University and Samuel Roberts Nobel Foundation of Ardmore Okla., the sponsoring agencies. A panel discussion will include evaluating different ranch situations, and making financial management, nutrition, breeding, marketing and natural resource recommendations.

A trade show will feature the latest in products and services for beef cattle producers. Following an evening meal, producers can grill speakers at an "Ask the Experts" session.

On Aug. 23, a day-long ranch tour is planned. Producers can take a bus tour to some of the largest and oldest ranches in the area. Breeding programs, brush and weed control, and horse herd management will be some of the topics covered.

BEEF is part of a series of programs conducted in recent years in Lubbock, Texas, in conjunction with Texas Tech University's Golden Spur Celebration. This annual program will rotate to sites in west Texas, eastern New Mexico and southwestern Oklahoma.

Registration material will be available soon. Contact Ron Parker at NMSU at (505) 646-1709.