ROSWELL, N.M. – The Southwest Beef Symposium, an educational forum tailored for beef producers in the Southwest, will be conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service on Jan. 13-14 at the Roswell Convention Center, 921 N. Main St. in Roswell, New Mexico.
“Looking to the Future” is again the theme of this year’s conference, said Dr. Bruce Carpenter, AgriLife Extension livestock specialist in Fort Stockton, Texas.
“We are currently experiencing a bit of a correction in the beef cattle market after years of high prices. While this should come as no surprise to most seasoned cattlemen, it still will take some getting used to. Our program this year will deal with ways to stay profitable while making the adjustment to somewhat lower returns. We’ll also cover a host of other topics cattlemen should be apprised of now and into the coming year.
“Our ultimate goal for this annual symposium, which alternates between Texas and New Mexico, is to provide producers with timely information about current industry issues and practical management, and I think this year’s program will easily accomplish those goals.”
Individual registration is $75, by Jan. 8 and $95 thereafter. Visit http://swbs.nmsu.edu to register and for more program details.
The opening session from 1-5 p.m. Jan. 13 will include:
– Global Markets and How They Are Affecting U.S. Beef, Leann Saunders, Where Food Comes From Inc. and IMI Global president and CEO, Castle Rock, Colorado.
– Sustainability-What is it Really? What Does it Mean in the World?, Dr. Ted McCollum, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, Amarillo, Texas.
– Where Has Source/Process Verification Led Us?, Saunders and Butch Mayfield, Superior Livestock, Fort Worth, Texas.
– Key Performance Indicators: Targets for Ranches, Stan Bevers, AgriLife Extension economist, Vernon, Texas.
Topics to be covered Jan. 14 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. include:
– Using Expected Progeny Differences or EPDs to Accomplish Things, Marcy Ward, New Mexico Cooperative Extension livestock specialist, Las Cruces, New Mexico.
– Beef Genomics 101, Dr. Kent Andersen, Zoetis Animal Health, Lincoln, Nebraska.
– Residual Feed Intake: What Is It? What Are the Implications?, Dr. Gordon Carstens, Texas A&M University animal nutrition professor, College Station, Texas.
– Fetal Programming: What Is It: Is It for Real? Is It Predictable? How Should It Influence My Management Decisions?, Dr. Eric Scholljegerdes, New Mexico State ruminant nutritionist, Las Cruces, New Mexico.
– The Veterinary Feed Directive: What Is It? What Do I Need to Know?, Dr. John Wenzel New Mexico State Extension veterinarian.
– Weather and Climate Outlook, Brian Bledsoe, KKTV consultant and chief meteorologist, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
– What About Wildfire and Prescribed Fire This Year?, Dr. Morgan Russell, AgriLife Extension range specialist, San Angelo, Texas.
For more information, contact Carpenter at 432-336-8585, firstname.lastname@example.org .