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The well-received rains across much of New Mexico in August and September have improved rangeland conditions and dirt-tank water capacities, but to what grazable degree? The second annual Ranch Management Series in northeastern New Mexico, hosted by NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service, is focused on providing New Mexico rancher's tools and discussion platforms to assess range readiness, winter nutrition, risk management, and restock options for New Mexico ranches.

Drought conditions and a lack of forage in New Mexico have prompted the state's cattle producers to greatly reduce their herds in recent years. That has created a drop in the state herd of more than 65 percent since 2010, and ranchers are now looking for strategies to restock their herds with cattle that are well-suited to the region's climate and terrain.

To help meet that need, the New Mexico Ranch Management Series, provided by New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service, will address "Genetic Selection: Strategies to Restock the Ranch" during three January sessions.

"The mass liquidation of genetically adapted cattle from New Mexico ranches has left a major void," said Manny Encinias, NMSU Extension Beef Cattle Specialist." The single largest challenge ranchers will face in restocking their herds will be identifying cattle that will adapt to the various, and sometimes extreme, production environments found in New Mexico. The January series will give them insight and strategies to rebuild their herds."

Joining Encinias on the panel of cattle industry professionals will be Bill Smith, Cattle Nutritionist, AC Nutrition; Marcy Ward, Livestock Specialist, NMSU-CES; Eric Bailey, Cow/Calf Management Nutrition, West Texas A&M University.

The program will be held Tuesday, January 28th in Raton at K-Bob's Restaurant, 1228 S. Second Street; Wednesday, January 29th in Las Vegas at K-Bob's Restaurant, 1803 Seventh Street; and Thursday, January 30th in Clovis at the Curry County Event Center Indoor Pavilion, 1900 E. Brady Avenue.

Sponsors of the January series are First National Bank of New Mexico and AC Nutrition.

All sessions begin at 4:30 pm with a roundtable discussion and complimentary supper following each session. Sessions are designed to be driven by questions from program attendees into a discussion with experts and fellow ranch managers on timely management topics.

Registration is not required, but is appreciated to assist with meal planning. RSVP online or contact the Extension Office hosting the event.

Visit the schedule page for additional information.

Northeastern Ranch Management Series is hosted by the Cooperative Extension Service in Colfax, Curry, Guadalupe, Harding, Quay, San Miguel, and Union counties.

Manny Encinias
Extension Beef Cattle Specialist
Clayton, New Mexico
Cell: 505-927-7935
Email: mencinia@nmsu.edu