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NMSU Extension to host beef/livestock research update webinar series

Release Date: 05 Nov 2020
NMSU Extension to host beef/livestock research update webinar series

A wide variety of research regarding cattle and livestock production is being conducted in New Mexico.

During six online presentations, New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service will present 18 research projects related to livestock production being conducted by the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

“During the 2020 NMSU Beef/Livestock Research Update, researchers and project directors will convey what they are investigating,” said Craig Gifford, NMSU Extension beef cattle specialist.

This type of presentation has been done in the past at the Corona Range and Livestock Research Center, and during cattlemen association meetings.

“One of the advantages of having these presentations during a webinar is that producers will have an opportunity to share some of the problems they are having with production, which could lead to future research,” Gifford said.

“NMSU ACES is a dynamic college with research ranging from molecular-based to very applied research. It is a great opportunity for high school seniors to see what NMSU ACES offers in beef and livestock production,” he said.

The free webinars will start at 6 p.m. beginning Monday, Nov. 16. Sessions will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 17; Thursday, Nov. 19; Monday, Nov. 23; Monday, Dec. 7; and Tuesday, Dec. 8.

To register for the webinar, visit

“Each presenter has created a two- to three-page summary of their research,” Gifford said. “The summaries will be published online at the website. Livestock producers may download and review the summaries. During the 20-minute presentations in the webinars, the researcher will talk about the project and answer questions.”

The scheduled presentations include:

Nov. 16:
- Impact of naturally occurring bacterial infections on female fertility in cattle
- Asymptomatic disease may reduce cow fertility
- Histone toxicity and feedlot heifer calves

Nov. 17:
- Cool-season perennial grass yield and nutritive value
- A comparison of pearl millet and sorghum-sudangrass pastures during the frost-prone autumn for growing beef cattle in semiarid regions.
- Effects of maternal bypass protein supplementation during early gestation on subsequent progeny performance in beef cattle.

Nov. 19:
- Long-term declining trends in Chihuahua Desert Forage Production in relation to precipitation and ambient temperature
- Heat tolerance of Rarámuri Criollo and Angus-Hereford beef cows grazing Chihuahuan Desert pastures in summer.
- Weight gain and carcass quality of desert grass-fed Rarámuri Criollo vs crossbred steers

Nov. 23
- Genetic progress over time. A case study of trends in yearling bull performance at the Tucumcari Bull Test Station
- Application of precision livestock management on ranches in New Mexico and the western United States
- Mothering style and foraging behavior of Rarámuri Criollo and Angus-Hereford beef cows grazing Chihuahua Desert pastures in summer

Dec. 7
- New Mexico state meat inspection opportunities
- Grass-fed beef as an option for New Mexico producers
- New Mexico Bull Selection Survey update

Dec. 8
- Identifying and predicting parturition of sheep using a tri-axial accelerometer
- Update on research related to sheep
- New Mexico Wool Project update

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