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Events & Announcements

Major Extension-related activities scheduled by the New Mexico Cooperative Extension Service, including the Animal Science and Natural Resources Department, are listed on the college Calendar of Events (visit the link below). If you have more questions about any of these events, please call or e-mail the contact on the calendar.

Southwest Beef Symposium

Texas and New Mexico Cooperative Extension agencies presented the third annual "Southwest Beef Symposium" on January 16-17, 2007 at the Fifth Season Inn in Amarillo, TX. The symposium was tailored for Southwest beef producers. The event centered around three educational sessions and a trade show.

The first session was targeted critical success factors in ranching and beef production. During this session key leaders in the beef industry spoke on aligning visions and goals, cow type and the environment, reproductive management, and how they've created flexibility in their own Southwestern range operations.

The second session on day-two addressed current issues affecting the industry including the impacts and opportunities from ethanol production, source verified markets, the occurrence and management of trichomoniasis, and a new way to pregnancy test ruminants.

The final session looked into beef market trends from the consumer, producer and packer's viewpoints. Notable meat processors and meat retailers discussed consumer trends in the market place, and buyers spoke on challenges and opportunities producers will face when placing feeder cattle into source verified programs; as well as current trends in packer cow marketing.

The schedule of events and speaker information can be found at: http://cahe.nmsu.edu/ces/swbeef.

The 2008 Southwest Beef Symposium will be held in Roswell, NM on January 16 & 17. For more information contact Dr. Manny Encinias at (505) 374-2566 or Clay Mathis at(505)646-8022.

2008 Beef Cattle Standardized Performance Analysis (SPA) Workshop

Standardized Performance Analysis (SPA) is a financial and economic software package designed to aid cow-calf producers in evaluating ranch finances and cattle performance relative to other ranching operations. An intensive one-day SPA workshop will be held on April 12th at the De Bace County Extension Office in Ft. Sumner from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The program facilitates the comparison of a cow-calf operation's performance to regional or statewide benchmarks. By comparing the performance of a single operation to benchmarks, producers gain an enhanced ability to monetarily prioritize changes to management practices. Upon completion of the analysis, an agriculture economist and Extension beef specialist will privately consult with individual ranches to jointly develop a plan for improved profitability. The SPA workshop will be limited to ten new ranches.

Registration fee is $100 per ranch. Fees will be collected on-site. If you are interested in attending, please contact Clay Mathis at cpmathis@nmsu.edu or (505)646-8022, or De Bace County Agriculture Extension Agent Leigh Ann Marez at (505)355-2381.