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NMSU Cattle Growers' Short Course Set for April 7-8

ALAMOGORDO - A resurgent cattle industry pushed international trade and import-export restrictions to the forefront of this year's Cattle Growers' Short Course April 7-8 in Alamogordo.



Cattle economics, along with animal identification updates and stress management, will highlight the Cattle Growers' Short Course April 7-8 in Alamogordo. Co-sponsored by New Mexico State University and the New Mexico Cattle Growers' Association, the event will be held at the Sgt. Willie Estrada Memorial Civic Center. (Courtesy photo by Clay Mathis)

"During the past few years, the drought forced New Mexico cattle numbers down," said Clay Mathis, a livestock specialist with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service. "That is about to change. Recent precipitation has increased optimism among producers. A number are now looking to restock their ranches."

NMSU and the New Mexico Cattle Growers' Association are co-sponsoring the workshop, which will focus on the United States' position in the cattle cycle and trends in the coming years.

Currently, the American border is closed to Canadian live cattle shipments and Japan has banned U.S. beef imports because of the December 2003 discovery of the United States' first case of mad cow disease in a cow imported from Canada. "These international factors all play a big part in the price of New Mexico beef," Mathis said.

Short course registration costs $35. The program begins at 10 a.m. at the Sgt. Willie Estrada Memorial Civic Center.

The program opens with updates on range management issues. NMSU range management specialist Kirk McDaniel will discuses snakeweed control and NMSU brush specialist Keith Duncan will cover salt cedar management. NMSU Extension riparian specialist Red Baker will review grazing management.

Rhonda Skaggs, an NMSU agricultural economist, will speak about cattle trade among Mexico, New Mexico and the United States. Davis Anderson, a Texas A&M University Extension livestock marketing economist, will focus on the cattle cycle and the impact of the import-export restrictions on U.S. cattle prices. Ron Parker, emeritus head of NMSU's Extension animal resources department, will update producers on the New Mexico animal identification program.

The following day, the presentations turn to managing cattle stress. Mark Petersen, an NMSU range animal nutritionist, will review stress physiology of stress and effects on cow performance.

Manny Encinias, a livestock specialist at NMSU's Clayton Livestock Research Center, will talk about stress' influence on growing cattle, and Mathis will discuss low stress weaning. Kristin Patton, a veterinary pathologist with the New Mexico Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, will review control measures for bovine viral diarrhea, a common viral disease that can affect New Mexico cattle.

For more information or if you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the meeting, please contact Mathis at (505) 646-8022 or cpmathis@nmsu.edu before the event. World Wide Web site at http://cahe.nmsu.edu/news