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RANGE: The First Limiting Nutrient

Tuesday, June 7, 2011




Morning Sessions


Grazing Systems for Beef Cattle Enterprises
Dr. Nick Ashcroft, Extension Range Management Specialist
Range Improvement Task Force, Cooperative Extension Service, New Mexico State University

Managing grazing resources is critical component of profitable ranching enterprises. Participants will learn new concepts in grazing systems dependent on climate, cowherd and environmental factors. System coverage includes season long, deferred rotational, rest rotational, season suitability and short duration grazing methodology.


Identification- Knowing What is Available
Tom Dean, Extension Agent-Socorro County
Cooperative Extension Service, New Mexico State University

New Mexico ranch country is composed of a diverse selection of range resources that can be grazed or browsed by cattle and wildlife as part of a cost-effective grazing system. Understanding the usefulness of these plants begins with accurate identification. In this session participants will learn plant identification tips from one of the most notable plant taxonomist's in the field of range science.


Monitoring our Home on the Range
Dr. Chris Allison, Department Head
Extension Animal Sciences and Natural Resources, New Mexico State University

Successful ranch managers know their country like the back of their hand. As regulatory vehicles such as Endangered Species Act and Clean Water Act become more widely implemented, monitoring rangeland condition on private, public, and tribal lands will become imperative. In this session participants will learn the importance of range monitoring, how to document plant species, and how this tool can help describe the health and condition of rangeland resources.


Afternoon Sessions


The New Wave of Public Lands: Ecological Site Inventory
Tom Dominguez, Extension Agent-Quay County
Cooperative Extension Service, New Mexico State University

This section teaches the instruction of specific physical characteristics which differ from other respective types of land in New Mexico. Additionally it shows how to estimate the lands ability to produce a select kind of vegetation and its response to management and the overall sustainability of a ranching operation.


Working Cow Horse Demonstration
Joby Priest, Horse Center Manager
Animal and Range Sciences Department, New Mexico State University

An essential part of every good operation is its horse remuda. A solid ranch horse can be one of the most valuable tools to work cattle on big country ranches in New Mexico. Good horsemanship skills make for easy and low stress handling of cattle. In this session, participants will enjoy a clinical exhibition of the essential horsemanship skills required to work collectively as a unit with a modern-day cow horse.


The Hand of the Government
Dr. Nick Ashcroft, Extension Range Management Specialist
Range Improvement Task Force, Cooperative Extension Service, New Mexico State University

Environmental policy instruments are tools used by government to implement their environmental policies. Governments may use a number of different types of instruments. Participants will learn the different policies producers have to deal with in everyday production practices, their history, and methods of implementation.


Natural Resource Scavenger Hunt
Staff

Learning doesn't stop at the classroom. This fun activity is designed to put knowledge to work. From the workshops to the field this will help to reiterate the skills needed to be a knowledgeable rancher.