Writer: Norman Martin
CLAYTON - New Mexico cattle producers will come together to see how their cattle performed in the feed yard Feb. 24 at a Ranch-to-Rail field day at Clayton Air Park.
"This information will allow producers to determine whether or not they're on target," said Clay Mathis, coordinator of the New Mexico Ranch-to-Rail Program and a livestock specialist with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service. "If they aren't, they may need to consider altering the genetics of their herd or possibly modifying their management system."
NMSU and Texas A&M University are co-sponsoring the free, daylong workshop, which was developed to help producers track their cattle through the feedlot to the packing plant, he said. The field day is for producers who currently have cattle in the program and for ranchers who simply want to learn more about Ranch-to-Rail.
Sessions will include an overview of cattle management and performance by Mathis, followed by a review of previous management practices on feedlot performance by Justin Waggoner, a graduate student in NMSU's animal and range sciences department.
Manny Encinias, a livestock specialist at NMSU's Clayton Livestock Research Center, will present results from an ongoing study of Excede, a broad-spectrum antibiotic designed to aid in controlling bovine respiratory disease. Ted McCollum, Extension beef specialist with Texas A&M University, will give an update on the national animal identification system.
Following McCollum's presentation, participants will travel to the Clayton Research Center, located six miles east of Clayton on Highway 56, for a hands-on demonstration of animal identification methods. A visit to view Ranch-to-Rail cattle at Double A Feeders, a nearby commercial feedlot, will conclude the program. Double A Feeders has hosted Ranch-to-Rail for the past three years.
Field day registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at the air park, located at 1 Chestnut Street. Please contact Mathis at (505) 646-8022 or firstname.lastname@example.org before the event for registration 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.
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