Extension Animal Sciences and Natural Resources
ACES department of Extension Animal Sciences and Natural Resources in collaboration with Texas A&M Agrilife and Kansas State University held a Southwest Beef Symposium January 9 and 10th in Clayton, NM. Leann Saunders, co-founder and president of Where Food Comes From, Inc. and chair-elect of the U.S. Meat Export Federation, opened the symposium with a discussion on the 'Effects of Global Meat Exports on U.S. Beef Producers.' Afternoon outlook sessions addressed the changes in agriculture lending policies, emerging beef sustainability issues by major beef purveyors and a short and long-term weather outlook. Cooperative Extension Service specialists and university faculty from Texas A&M AgriLife, Kansas State University and New Mexico State University provided strategies and considerations on rebuilding regional beef herds specifically focused on the economics of re-stocking, defining current pasture lease rates and effectively selecting and managing the nutrition and health programs for stocker calves and cows.