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NMSU’s New Mexico Indian Livestock Days set for May 12 – 13 at Laguna

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LAGUNA, N.M. – The New Mexico Indian Livestock Days is an opportunity for the 6,611 Native American agricultural operators in the state to learn the latest information regarding livestock care.

This year’s event will be Tuesday and Wednesday, May 12 – 13, at the Route 66 Casino and Hotel on Interstate 40 at Exit 140 west of Albuquerque.

“More than a year ago, several Laguna livestock producers indicated they wanted to host the Indian Livestock Days at Route 66 Casino and Hotel,” said Kathy Landers, McKinley County Extension agriculture agent, who has coordinated the event with the help of other extension agents for the past 16 years. This event is held every other year at different locations in northwestern New Mexico.

“The Laguna livestock producers have a lot of information and experience to share with other Native American livestock producers. I’m excited about the program as a whole because there were numerous producers on the planning committee, and they were very active in helping plan and develop this event,” Landers said.

Opening ceremony will be at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 12, with greetings from Laguna Pueblo Gov. John Antonio Sr. and Jon Boren, New Mexico State University interim director of extension. A prayer by Harold Tso, head war chief, will precede a full day of presentations. Wednesday’s activities will begin with a prayer at 8 a.m. followed by a full day of presentations.

This year’s program includes:

• Disease and TB update by Dr. Dave Fly, New Mexico State Veterinarian.

• Animal and Premise ID issues by Ron Parker, New Mexico Livestock Board.

• 2008 Farm Bill update by Edmund Gomez, NMSU RAIPAP.

• Adding value to calves by Manny Encinias, NMSU beef cattle specialist.

• Sheep 101 by Pat Melendez, NMSU sheep specialist.

• Irrigated pastures: How to start from scratch by Leonard Lauriault, NMSU Tucumcari Agricultural Science Center.

• Brush and range management options, Oscar Sedillo, BIA Southern Pueblo Agency range conservationist.

• Erosion control of brush and roads in range land by Watson Castillo, Ojo Encino chapter house.

• Protection of cultural sites on range land, John Fryar, retired special agent with BIA law enforcement.

• Horse nutrition by Jeff Bader, NMSU Bernalillo County Extension agriculture agent.

• Equine Dentistry by Harold Blacksheep, Navajo Nation vet clinic.

• Hoop house greenhouse by Del Jemenez, NMSU agriculture specialist.

• Marketing livestock by Bob Bradley, Superior Livestock Auction.

• Natural Resource Conservation Service update by Anna Gomez, Valencia County NRCS soil conservationist.

• 4-H programs presentation by Rick Richardson, NMSU state 4-H office.

• Agriculture bio-security by Ron Parker

The event is coordinated by NMSU’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Cooperative Extension Service and the livestock days planning committee with representatives from NMSU’s extension service, Tribal Extension and Rural Agricultural Improvement and Public Affairs Project, Laguna Pueblo Natural Resources, Montano Cattle Association, Sedillo Cattle Association, and Turquoise Springs Livestock Association.

Registration will be at 8 a.m. each day. Cost is $50 for both days, including lunch, or $30 for a single day. Deadline for early registration is May 1. Contact the McKinley County Extension office to register at (866) 863-3432 outside of the Gallup area or (505) 863-3432.