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The second session of New Mexico State University's free Ranch Management Series will focus on "A Cattle Enterprise After the Cowherd has Gone to Town."
"Even though a large percentage of the cowherd inventory in New Mexico has been liquidated due to the drought, many producers are already optimistically evaluating options to hold on to what they have left and also rebuild their cattle enterprise," said Manny Encinias, NMSU Cooperative Extension Service beef cattle specialist. "Everyone's survival and rebuilding strategy is a little different and rightfully so."
The November sessions will be held Wednesday, Nov. 28, in Roy, N.M., at the Harding County Community Building, Highway 120, and Thursday, Nov. 29, in Santa Rosa, N.M., at the Santa Rosa Middle School cafeteria, 116 Camino de Vida. Meeting start time will be 4:30 p.m. A supper will be provided.
The session is designed to be driven by questions from program attendees into a discussion with experts and fellow ranch managers.
Encinias will be joined on the panel by Ted McCollum, Texas A&M Agri-Life beef cattle specialist in Amarillo, Texas; Albert Burton, president of Western Beef Marketing in Springer, N.M.; Dennis Braden, general manager of Swenson Land & Cattle Co. in Stamford, Texas; and Red Miller, owner of Double Bars Livestock in Grenville, N.M.
Blair Clavel, Harding County Extension agent, will moderate the Roy meeting, while Leigh Ann Marez, Guadalupe County Extension agent, will moderate the Santa Rosa meeting.
"This month's discussion will focus on current and future options to stay in the beef producing business. There will be some traditional thinking, and definitely some out-of-the-box thinking shared by the panelists," Encinias said.
"There is so much on the table right now for producers to contemplate, such as 'Should I stay in the business and at what cost?' or 'Should I get out and what will be the cost to get back in the business?' It's always great to have a game plan with multiple options. The meeting format allows an opportunity for ranchers to exchange ideas with their neighbors through an informal discussion."
For more information on the ranch management series visit http://nmbeef.nmsu.edu.
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