March 27, 2015
Fish Wildlife and Conservation Ecology:
- Gary Roemer and Dr. Jimmy Cain from the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology and the USGS Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, respectively, received $218,867 from the Department of the Army for control of invasive burros and for the mitigation of mange in coyotes at Ft. Irwin National Training Center in California. These two species are impacting base operations and causing human health concerns. Results of this project will be used to suggest non-lethal control strategies for reducing use of the base's garrison by these two species. This work supports two graduate students within the FWCE department.
Animal and Range Science
- Glenn Duff has accepted the Department Head position beginning July 1, 2015. He is currently Head of the Department of Animal and Range Sciences at Montana State University. Dr. Duff received his B.S. in animal and dairy science at Northwest Missouri State University, his M.S. in animal physiology at University of Arkansas and his Ph.D. in animal nutrition at New Mexico State University. Upon graduation, he was a postdoctoral research associate at Clayton Livestock Research Center (CLRC), then went on to serve as Research Specialist at University of Arkansas, and Sales Nutritionist with Farr Better Feeds. He returned to the CLRC in 1994 and served as Superintendent there until August 2001. He was member of the faculty at The University of Arizona from 2001 to 2010 when he began his duties at Montana State. He has been an active member of the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) and served as Secretary/Treasurer, President-Elect and President of the Western Section, ASAS. He and his wife, Donna, are looking forward to returning to the desert southwest and NMSU.
Cooperative Extension Service
Eight Cooperative Extension agents and two New Mexico Soil and Water Conservation District employees attended a wildfire conference in Tucson AZ. The conference was titled "preparing for Wildfires: Moving from Crisis to Opportunity". The focus of the workshop was to identify how, with help from the Cooperative Extension Service, they can help the community move forward during and after a devastating fire. The conference also focused on ways to help the community prepare their homes and yards before a devastating fire occurs.
The 54th Annual Tucumcari Bull Test and Sale, held March 17,was a big success! There were 112 bulls on test representing 3 breeds and 14 seed stock producers from NM, CO, OK, and TX. The bulls demonstrated great performance, with a sustained average daily gain of over four pounds per day! The sale averages were as follows: Hereford bulls averaged $4700 and the Angus bulls averaged $5800. The New Mexico Beef Cattle Performance Association along with the NMSU Department of Extension Animal Sciences and Natural Resources would like to extend a big thank you to all of you who participated and helped with this great New Mexico tradition.
Valencia County Extension held a Home and Garden Expo on March 20 for the community. The focus of the expo was to show a more sustainable way of life-growing, raising, harvesting, and preserving food. They featured soil health, tomato gardening, drip irrigation, and cooking from the garden.
- Students from DACC and from the gifted program at Hillrise Elementary School toured the NMSU Learning Games Lab and Media Productions studios last week to learn about game development, multimedia production, and careers. The Learning Games Lab is a testing and development space focused on producing research-based, grant-funded educational materials for a wide variety of audiences, often on topics involving natural resources, food safety, and STEM subjects.
- NMSU Rodeo Team traveled to Central Arizona College to participate in rodeo events. NMSU Men's team took 1st place, Women's team took 2nd place and Sheldon Church came in 1st in Mens AA; The rodeo event at the University of Arizona NMSU men's team came in 1st and women's team came in 3rd. Josh Davidson came in 1st all in Men's AA.