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NMSU to host sheep, goat symposium in conjunction with Ag Day Degree program

New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences’ Ag Day Degree program is expanding this year to include a sheep and goat symposium.


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New Mexico State University will host a sheep and goat symposium prior to its annual Ag Day Degree program. The symposium will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at the NMSU Las Cruces Campus Knox Hall, followed by the Ag Day Degree program beginning at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19. (Photo by Andrea LaCorte, Dreamtime.com)

The sheep and goat symposium will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct 18, and continue the morning of Friday, Oct. 19. The Ag Day Degree program will begin at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, and conclude Saturday, Oct. 20.

“The sheep and goat symposium is new this year,” said Marcy Ward, NMSU Extension livestock specialist. “We will be covering topics such as nutrition, animal health, reproduction, marketing and predation management.”

There will be a panel discussion with speakers during dinner Thursday evening.

A certification program in sheep and goat health will be offered Friday morning along with a wool lab.

At 10 a.m. Friday, participants will have an opportunity to become Beef Quality Assurance certified prior to the Ag Day Degree program beginning.

“If people who attend the sheep and goat symposium are interested, they can stay on for this year’s Ag Day Degree program that begins Friday afternoon,” Ward said. “As in years past, we will be getting back into the classroom to learn about animal science and natural resource management.”

Saturday, participants will get hands-on experience during labs focusing on grass and weed identification, calving problems and how to fix them, and reproductive techniques.

“After the Saturday labs, people are invited to stay and enjoy the festivities at the New Mexico Department of Agriculture Ag Day, prior to the NMSU Aggie football game against Georgia Southern University at 4 p.m.,” Ward said.

Both programs will be held in Knox Hall on the NMSU Las Cruces Campus.

Registration for the sheep and goat symposium is $20 and the Ag Day Degree program is $40. If a participant attends both programs the total cost is $50. Online registration is available at nmbeef.nmsu.edu website.

For more information, contact Ward at 575-646-5947 or visit http://nmbeef.nmsu.edu/.