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NMSU to host cattle pregnancy diagnosis school in Abiquiu

ABIQUIU, N.M. - A non-pregnant cow is a costly investment for a cow/calf operation. A cattle producer needs to know how to diagnosis if a cow is pregnant to ensure profitability of his operation.


New Mexico State University is hosting a cattle pregnancy diagnosis school, Nov. 18-21 at the Rio Arriba County Extension office, 122-A N.M. 554, Abiquiu. The event is a regional program of the NMSU Cooperative Extension Service Small Farm and Ranch Task Force.

"Many management tools are available to the producer to help them become more efficient and profitable," said presenter Steve Lucero, NMSU Sandoval County Extension agricultural agent and member of the SF&RTF. "Pregnancy diagnosis is such a tool that every producer should use."

The school is designed to teach participants reproductive physiology, anatomy and the stages of gestation. Participants will learn how to distinguish between a pregnant and non-pregnant cow.

The three-day workshop, beginning at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, will include classroom presentations and hands-on demonstrations. Besides learning hands-on palpation, participants will learn about reproductive diseases, the effect of nutrition on the cow's ability to reproduce and much more.

"It's our goal that every participant will go home proficient and confident in their ability to pregnancy check cattle," said presenter Del Jimenez, NMSU Extension agricultural agent.

Cost of the three-day workshop is $175, due before the registration deadline of Nov. 11. Contact Lucero, at 505-867-2582 or toll free at 800-678-1802, or by email at sandoval@nmsu.edu for more information. Registration may be mailed to Sandoval County Cooperative Extension, P.O. Box 400, Bernalillo, NM, 87004.