Over 50 people attended Binational Livestock Meeting hosted by NMDA

For immediate release

April 20, 2018
Media Contact:
Kristie Garcia, Public Information Officer, New Mexico Department of Agriculture
575-646-2804, krgarcia@nmda.nmsu.edu

Over 50 people attended Binational Livestock Meeting
hosted by New Mexico Department of Agriculture last week


The New Mexico Department of Agriculture hosted the Second Annual Binational Livestock Meeting in Las Cruces April 13-14.

The purpose of the meeting is to improve and benefit the livestock industry. This is done by sharing experiences and strengthening relationships with New Mexico’s counterparts in Arizona and Sonora, Mexico. Last year’s inaugural meeting was held in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.

“The binational meeting provided a great opportunity to showcase New Mexico livestock and dairy quality. It allowed us to continue to build on our strong partnership with our neighbors from Mexico,” said Jeff Witte. “Our producers share many of the same challenges and opportunities. They enjoy working together to benefit producers from New Mexico, Arizona and Sonora. As a region, we are stronger together.” Jeff is New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture.

The meeting began Friday morning at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum with speakers and a round-table discussion. Witte spoke at the meeting, along with others. Other speakers were Tom Sidwell, Julio Cesar Corona Valenzuela, Rubén Molina Molina and Dr. Peter Mundschenk.

Meeting attendees were then taken to the NMSU Chihuahuan Desert Rangeland Research Center north of Las Cruces. There they learned about cattle nutrition, reproduction and the latest technology in rangeland management. The following NMSU faculty, staff and students spoke to attendees:
• Shanna Ivey, NMSU Animal and Range Sciences and Extension Animal Science and Natural Resources Interim Department Head
• Natalie Goldberg, NMSU Agricultural Experiment Station Interim Director and Associate Dean
• Andrew Cox, NMSU CDRRC Manager
• Shelemia Nyamuryekung’e, NMSU Range Science Graduate Student
• Matthew McIntosh, NMSU Range Science Graduate Student
• Derek Bailey, NMSU Animal and Range Sciences Professor and Rangeland Scientist
• Eric Scholljegerdes, NMSU Ruminant Nutritionist
• Craig Gifford, NMSU Beef Cattle Extension Specialist
• Dr. John Wenzel, NMSU Extension Veterinarian

The meeting concluded Saturday, April 14, when attendees learned about the dairy industry in New Mexico. Robert Hagevoort with NMSU Dairy Extension gave a presentation. The attendees toured F&A Dairy, and they visited a Big Sky Dairy Farm.
For more information about the Binational Livestock Meeting, please contact Juan Sanchez, NMDA Marketing Specialist, 575-646-7090, jsanchez@nmda.nmsu.edu

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