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Southwest Beef Symposium attendees will tour New Mexico State University’s Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari to see the Tucumcari Bull Test Station feeder system that measures the amount of feed a bull eats to the ounce when the animal’s head enters the head gate.

NMSU to host Southwest Beef Symposium in Tucumcari Jan. 16-17

Symposium tailored to Southwest Beef producers.

Using the latest research-based information for best practices helps ranchers in the Southwest produce more beef with less impact on natural resources.

To help livestock producers stay up with the latest information the Southwest Beef Symposium will be held Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 16-17, at the Tucumcari Convention Center, 1500 E. Route 66 Blvd.

The symposium is an educational event tailored to beef producers in the Southwest, jointly hosted by New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service and Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service.

It typically includes a market outlook report, business planning, health concerns in cattle, live cattle demonstrations and more.

This year’s program begins Wednesday at 1 p.m. with a presentation on the benefits of technology in the beef industry by Gary Sides, a veterinarian with Zoetis Animal Health.

Wednesday’s program includes presentations on consumer-driven Beef Quality Assurance in the beef industry by Ben Weinheimer, Texas Cattle Feeders Association; emerging health concerns in feeder cattle by Greta Krasfur, Colorado State University veterinary college; and an update on vaccines.

The day concludes with dinner at 6 p.m.

Thursday’s New Technologies in the Beef Industry program begins at 8 a.m. Presentations will include water management at the ranch by Marcy Ward, NMSU Extension livestock specialist, and a panel of New Mexico ranchers; antimicrobial use in the industry by Elaine Blythe, West Texas A&M University; animal health company panel on vaccine technology; and a wrap up talk by Craig Gifford, NMSU Extension beef specialist.

Following lunch there will be breakout sessions including BQA training and certification for New Mexico and Texas; a cow model demonstration; and a tour of the Tucumcari Bull Test Station at NMSU’s Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari.

Onsite registration is $95. Register online at, or by phone at 575-644-3379.

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