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Symposium Schedule

Tuesday, January 17th

Afternoon Session: Industry Outlook

Sponsored by Hi-Pro Feeds


Moderator: Bruce Hinrichs, Associate Director and Eastern District Department Head, NMSU Cooperative Extension Service

1:00 pm: Welcome

1:15 pm: More People and Less Poverty in 2050: How to Satisfy Rising Demands for Food
Doug Southgate, Co-Director of University's Subsurface Energy Resource Center
Ohio State University, Columbus

2:00 pm: Cattle Marketing: Lessons Learned from Eastern Livestock Bankruptcy
Paul Colman, Chief Operating Officer
Frontera Feeds, Muleshoe, TX

2:45 pm: Break and Trade Show
Sponsored by Silveus Insurance Group

3:15 pm: Market Outlook: Impacts of the Drought on Regional and National Markets
Paul Gutierrez, Extension Economist
NMSU Cooperative Extension Service, Las Cruces

4:00 pm: Record Cattle Prices: So Why Record Low Herd Numbers
Stan Bevers, Extension Economist
Texas AgriLife Extension, Vernon

4:45 pm: Fighting the Battles and Winning the Wars: Rancher Panel
Moderator: Ted McCollum, Extension Beef Cattle Specialist, Texas AgriLife Extension, Amarillo

Rancher Panel
John Welch, President & CEO
Spade Ranches, Lubbock, TX

Gene Whetten, Ranch Manager
Adobe Ranch, Magdalena, NM

Houston McKenzie, Owner/Manager
McKenzie Land and Livestock, McCamey, TX

Dennis Braden, Manager
Swenson Ranch, Stamford, TX

6:00 pm: Steak Supper
Sponsored by New Mexico Beef Council


Wednesday, January 18

Morning Session: After the Smoke and Dust Settles

Sponsored by Dow AgroSciences


Moderator: Dina Chacon-Reitzel, Executive Director, New Mexico Beef Council

Coffee and Pastries
Sponsored by Gold Standard Labs/IDEXX

8:00 am: Long Term Weather Outlook
Dave DuBois, State Climatologist
NMSU Cooperative Extension Service, Las Cruces

8:45 am: Response of Rangelands and Natural Resources After Wildfire and Prolonged Drought
Nick Ashcroft, Extension Range Specialist
NMSU Cooperative Extension Service, Las Cruces

9:30 am: Restocking: What Can I Afford to Pay for Cows and Bulls?
Stan Bevers, Texas AgriLife Extension, Vernon

10:15 am: Break and Trade Show
Sponsored by Texas Beef Council

10:45 am: Wildfires: What Have We Learned?
Dennis Braden, Manager
Swenson Ranch, Stamford, TX

Manny Encinias, Extension Beef Cattle Specialist
NMSU Cooperative Extension Service, Clayton

11:30 am: Preparing the Ranch for Natural Disasters and Ag Related Emergencies
John Wenzel, Extension Veterinarian
NMSU Cooperative Extension Service, Las Cruces

Noon: Lunch
Sponsored by New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau, NM Cattle Growers' Association, Caviness Packing Company and AC Nutrition


Afternoon Session: Nuts and Bolts of Range Nutrition

Sponsored by MicroBeef Technologies Ltd.


Moderator: Leigh Ann Marez, County Program Director, Guadalupe County Extension, NMSU Cooperative Extension

1:00 pm: Southwest Forage Quality: What We've Measured Over 20 Years
Kent Mills, Range Nutritionist
Hi-Pro Feeds

1:45 pm: How Do I Figure Out What to Feed?
Ted McCollum, Extension Beef Cattle Specialist
Texas AgriLife Extension, Amarillo

2:30 pm: Break and Trade Show
Sponsored by Allflex USA, Inc.

3:00 pm: Drought Management: New Technology on the Horizon. The FRAMS System
Bruce Carpenter, Extension Livestock Specialist
Texas AgriLife Extension, Fort Stockton

3:30 pm: Grazing Behavior: What We are Learning with GPS
Derek Bailey, Director Chihuahuan Desert Rangeland Research Center
NMSU Cooperative Extension Service, Las Cruces

4:15 pm: Dietary Interactions of Cattle and Elk Following Fire and/or Drought
Sam Smallidge, Extension Wildlife Specialist
NMSU Cooperative Extension Service, Las Cruces