Cows are calving and the baby lambs are on their way. It must be time for New Mexico Indian Livestock Days.
New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service is hosting the annual event May 12 to 14 at Route 66 Casino and Hotel, west of Albuquerque on Interstate 40.
“Through the years, our Native American livestock producers have gained information at the Indian Livestock Days that has helped them to improve their herd and quality of meat produced, and to stay informed on vital issues,” said Kathy Landers, McKinley County Extension agricultural agent and chairperson for the one of the larger conferences hosted by NMSU Extension.
This year’s program will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 12. The various aspects of developing a ranch plan will be discussed during the afternoon session.
Wednesday, May 13, will have a full day of sessions, including outdoor sessions in the afternoon. Topics will range from an update on wildlife issues, recordkeeping and the latest information regarding raising sheep and goats to an update on the Farm Bill and programs provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency.
In the afternoon, sessions will take place both inside and outside. Outdoor participants will learn about livestock handling equipment and proper hauling of animals, as well as vaccine and castration procedures. A session will also address the use of solar technology on the ranch.
Indoors, session topics will include horse care, value-added marketing and selling meat to schools, and food safety.
The conference will conclude at noon on Thursday, May 14. The morning will include updates from cattle growers’ organizations, the state veterinarian and New Mexico Livestock Board, as well as a speaker panel for open questions.
Registration costs $75, with advance registration ending May 1. Registration for walk-ins on the day of the conference is $100. Online registration and payment is available at http://indianlivestock.nmsu.edu.
The deadline for special room rates at the Route 66 Casino and Hotel is May 1. Attendees may ask for the New Mexico Livestock 2015 group rate of $69 per night.