New Mexico Section of the Society for Range Management
Field Botany Workshops
The Jornada Experimental Range hosts field botany workshops, led by "Cowgirl Botanist" Kirsten Romig. These bimonthly workshops are free and open to the public. Botany workshop dates for 2014 are: March 4, May 13, July 15, September 2, and November 4
2013 Summer Meeting and Tour
Targeted Cattle Grazing: Manipulating Distribution with Genetic Selection and Other Techniques
The 2013 Summer Meeting and Tour was held June 20 - 21, 2013 in Silver City, NM. The meeting featured a field tour of the Evans Ranch near Silver City, NM on June 21, and an optional field tour of the Todd Ranch near Willcox, AZ on the morning of June 20.
New Mexico Drought Workshop: Drought Outlook and Management Considerations for Rangeland Livestock Production
The New Mexico Drought Workshop: Drought Outlook and Management Considerations for Rangeland Livestock Production was held in Socorro on May 29, 2013. The event was hosted by the New Mexico Section of SRM in conjunction with the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) and the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS). The workshop was very well-attended, more than 150 folks from around New Mexico participated. Thanks to all of the organizers, presenters, and participants for making this a successful event!
Staff from NIDIS presented drought and wildfire outlooks specific to spring/summer of 2013 in New Mexico. Dave DuBois, New Mexico State Climatologist, provided an update on the current status of the drought in New Mexico. Subsequent presentations by specialists from New Mexico State University Topics and the USDA Jornada Experiemental Range focused on various topics related to ranching during drought. Representatives from federal and state agencies engaged in a discussion about many aspects of rangeland livestock production in relation to drought. The workshop culminated with an interactive session focusing on drought plan development for working ranches.
The National Drought Mitigation Center has set up a special web site that features presentation materials from the NM Drought Workshop.
Drought Planning Materials: Links to PDFs of the Ranch Drought Planning Handbook are provided below. These materials and additional information can also be accessed online from the NMDC Website.
Ranch Drought Planning Handbook_ Full Version
This document is the full version of "Managing Drought Risk on the Ranch: A Planning Guide for Great Plains Ranchers". It contains descriptions and explanations of all of the components of a drought plan, plus the worksheets that support development of a drought plan specific to an individual ranch.
Worksheets for Drought Planning
This document provides the worksheets that are used for ranch drought plan development.
Lost Resource: Michael L. Casados
Remembrance of Michael Casados
We are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Michael Casados, a longtime member of the New Mexico Section of SRM. Tom Bartlett provided this remembrance of Michael.
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NM SRM President: Derek Bailey
New Mexico State University
Department of Animal and Range Sciences
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Las Cruces, NM 88003
Phone: (575) 646-2554
President-Elect: Doug Cram
Phone: (575) 646-8130
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