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NMSU To Hold Small Farm Animal Production Workshop for Northern New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE - Cattle ranches dominate the northern New Mexico countryside, but there's still plenty of room for owners of 1- and 2-acre plots to raise small animals like chickens and goats, something New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service will promote at a free, daylong workshop April 1 in Santa Fe.

"There are hundreds of people with limited acreage in the north, and although their plots are tiny, they're ideal for a small livestock program," said Del Jimenez, agriculture specialist with NMSU's Rural Agricultural Improvement and Public Affairs Project, based in Alcalde. "A lot of these landowners want to learn how to raise farm animals, so we plan to explain the basics to them and hopefully get more people interested in putting their land to agricultural use, whether it be for commercial purposes or their own consumption."

The workshop will focus on chickens, rabbits, goats and sheep. Extension personnel and local producers will give presentations and live demonstrations on starting a small livestock program, Jimenez said.

Speakers will address six broad issues: animal reproduction, nutrition, health concerns, housing plans and equipment, processing animal products for sale, and marketing issues.

"The workshop will offer detailed explanations on each of the categories so that participants learn a little about everything, from rearing and caring for the animals to pricing the final products for sale," Jimenez said.

The workshop is open to the public and will take place at the Santa Fe County Extension complex at 3229 Rodeo Road. The event will include an exhibition of local feed stores' products. 4-H members will bring animals for exhibition and sale and will sell refreshments to raise money for clubs in Rio Arriba and Santa Fe counties.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. The workshops run from 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Preregistration is encouraged. For more information, call Jimenez at (505) 852-2668.

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate in this meeting, please call the contact person at least a week prior to the workshop.