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TOP of the VALLE Field Day Presenters

Dr. Manny Encinias is presently a state extension beef cattle specialist with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service based out of the Clayton Livestock Research Center. Dr. Encinias has been with NMSU since 2002 since returning to NM from North Dakota, where he attended graduate school at North Dakota State University in Fargo.

As a range beef cattle nutritionist, Dr. Encinias has focused most of his research efforts in three major areas: 1) developing supplementation programs to minimize locoweed poisoning in pregnant beef females, 2) evaluating the use of fire, strategic supplement placement, and herding to improve grazing distribution on native rangelands, and 3) cost effective ionophore supplementation for weaned calves. Dr. Encinias' producer outreach efforts emphasize management practices to improve the quality, reputation, and marketability of NM calves. Since 2006, Dr. Encinias has been the Director of Operations for the New Mexico Beef Cattle Performance Association and manages two annual performance tests for registered yearling bulls: the 50 year old Tucumcari Bull Test in Tucumcari, NM and also the TOP OF THE VALLE high altitude, forage gain test at the Valles Caldera National Preserve in northcentral New Mexico.

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Dr. Chris Allison is currently the Department Head of Extension Animal Sciences and Natural Resources at New Mexico State University. Dr. Allison received both his BS and MS in Range Science from NMSU and his PhD from Texas A&M University. Dr. Allison's area of expertise is in grazing management, range animal nutrition and poisonous plants. He is an internationally recognized expert in rangeland management and monitoring changes in rangeland vegetation.

Dr. Allison's awards include the College of Agriculture and Home Economics "Fabian Garcia Founders Award of Excellence" and Distinguished Extension Award, Honorary State FFA Degree, Friend of 4-H Award, and the New Mexico Society for Range Management "Excellence in Range Management Award." Dr. Allison is also a world class power lifter and team roper.

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Dr. Jonathan Beever is a Professor of Molecular Genetics in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Over the past ten years, his laboratory's research emphasis has been to identify DNA markers in livestock for economically important traits. Most notably, the laboratory has recently provided several DNA-based diagnostic tests for monitoring genetic abnormalities in various cattle breeds. Dr. Beever is also a cattle enthusiast calving ~50 Hereford and Red Angus cows near his home in Mansfield, Illinois.

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Dr. John C. Wenzel is a New Mexico native, born and raised in Albuquerque's south valley. He attended New Mexico State University and graduated with a BS degree in Agriculture in 1982. He attended Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 1986 and then joined a mixed practice in the Albuquerque area. In 1987, Dr. Wenzel moved to the Silver City, NM area and joined a rural mixed animal practice as an associate veterinarian and purchased the practice in 1991.

Dr. Wenzel's professional career has concentrated on cow/ calf medicine and preventative health programs for livestock producers in southwest New Mexico. In 2006, he joined the faculty at NMSU in the Department of Extension Animal Sciences and Natural Resources as the state's first Extension Veterinarian. He is the state coordinator for the NM-ALIRT (Ag/ Livestock Emergency Response Team) and the NM Beef Quality Assurance programs. Dr. Wenzel is also on the NM Veterinary Medical Examining Board, the Veterinary Advisory Council of the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education, the Veterinary Advisory Committee for the Central NM Community College Veterinary Technician Program, the Advisory Committee for the NM Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, the Academy of Veterinary Consultants and the Western States Livestock Health Association. He has also developed the New Mexico Rural Veterinary Practice Relief Program, a collaborative effort between New Mexico and Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine to send qualified rural students to the Veterinary college with an agreement to return to NM and practice in a rural setting.

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Dina Chacon-Reitzel has worked with the New Mexico Beef Council since 1989 and served as the Executive Director of the council since 1991. She was raised on a ranch in northern New Mexico close to the Colorado border with family roots in the state going back over four hundred years. Dina earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics in Business and an MBA in Marketing and Management from New Mexico State University. She is currently the Executive Director of the New Mexico Beef Council having served on the council since 1991. In her capacity as Executive Director of the New Mexico Beef Council, she is responsible for the creation and implementation of beef research, promotion and consumer information programs. In addition, she is responsible for collection and compliance of the Beef Checkoff. Dina also serves on the Federation Advisory Committee; a committee that serves as the liaison between the Beef Councils and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association Executive Committee.

Dina was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Agriculture and Home Economics College at New Mexico State University in 1996. In addition, Dina was recognized by the Governor of New Mexico as a "Hero of the Cerro Grande Fire" and also by the Children's Hospital of New Mexico for her long-time work on behalf of New Mexico's sick children.

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Dr. Doug Cram is a College Assistant Professor in the Extension Animal Sciences and Natural Resources Department at New Mexico State University. His research and extension efforts focus on management of forests and riparian areas with a particular concentration on the interaction of fire within these systems.

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Dr. Tim Haarmann works as the ranch foreman on the 89,000 acre Valles Caldera National Preserve in the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico. He has a BS in Zoology from Brigham Young University and a PhD in Biology (emphasis in Ecosystem Ecology) from the University of New Mexico. Dr. Haarmann has 21 years experience in natural resources management. He worked 15 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory, most recently as a research scientist focusing on threat reduction and national security issues associated with agricultural system vulnerabilities, including risk assessment models for livestock diseases. He was also a program manager responsible for projects in natural resources management and planning, wildlife management, forest/fire management, GIS, and NEPA. He spent two years in South America as a Peace Corps volunteer in agricultural extension and has served as a USAID funded short-term agricultural extensionist in Mozambique and Bolivia. He worked a short time at the Public Service Company of New Mexico as an environmental inspector supporting large-scale electric and gas utilities projects, before landing the "best job in the world" at the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Dr. Haarmann plans on spending the rest of his life at the Preserve and living happily ever after.

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Dr. Nick Ashcroft is the Extension Range Management Specialist at New Mexico State University in the Department of Extension Animal Sciences and Natural Resources. He is a member of the Range Improvement Task Force (RITF) and provides New Mexico citizens with relevant information on rangeland ecology, monitoring and management. As a member of the RITF, Nick helps resolve rangeland conflicts with science and conduct applied research. Dr. Ashcroft's previous work includes agricultural economics and federal land policy analysis.

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Dr. Sam Smallidge is an Assistant Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist, in the Extension Animal Sciences and Natural Resources Department at New Mexico State University. He is also the Range Improvement Task Force Coordinator. Dr. Smallidge's research and extension efforts focus on the management of wildlife and livestock interactions.

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