35th annual San Juan Basin Beef Symposium set for Feb. 7 in Farmington


Herd health is vital for a cattle producer to build and maintain a successful business.
Cattlemen in the Four Corners region will have an opportunity to learn the latest on the economics of herd health at the 35th annual San Juan Basin Beef Cattle Symposium on Feb. 7 at McGee Park Fairgrounds in Farmington, N.M.
The day-long event is presented by the New Mexico State University (NMSU) College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences’ Cooperative Extension Service in San Juan County in collaboration with Colorado State University (CSU) Extension offices in Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma and Dolores counties.
“This beef symposium is a tradition in the Four Corners region,” said Bonnie Hopkins, NMSU San Juan County agricultural agent. “Educational programs are important to help us sustain this way of life. This year’s focus is primarily the economics of herd health and ways to maintain profitability during a fluctuating market.”
The program will include:
• “The Economics of Trich,” by John Wenzel, NMSU Extension veterinarian.
• “The Economics of Reproductive Management,” by Craig Gifford, NMSU Extension beef specialist.
• “The Economics of Herd Health,” by Bruce Voyles, Merck Animal Health.
• “Preventative Supplements for Herd Health,” by Rodney Black, Smartlic.
• “New Mexico Trich Survey,” by Tom Dominguez, NMSU Santa Fe County Extension agricultural agent.
• “The Economics of Range Improvement,” by CSU Ag Economist Jenny Beierman.
• “Making Plans for Drought,” CSU Range Management Specialist Retta Bruegger.
The $25 registration fee includes workshop materials and lunch. To register, contact Hopkins at bhopkins@nmsu.edu or (505) 334-9496. The registration fee can be paid with a check, cashier’s check or money order payable to San Juan County Extension. No lunch or materials are guaranteed on registrations received after Feb. 1.
Radon workshop
There will be a Radon in the Home workshop Feb. 10 am at the CSU Extension office.
CPR and first aid classes
CPR and first aid certification classes are now being offered monthly by the CSU Extension office on the second Monday and Wednesday of each month from 6 to 10 pm. Anyone needing to receive or renew certification can register by calling the Extension office at 264-5931.
We will also attempt to schedule classes on additional dates with five or more registrations. Cost for the classes is $80 for combined CPR/first aid and $55 for CPR, first aid or recertification. The type of first aid information provided will vary by the needs of the audience.