Nov 21 2018

NMSU to host forage workshop in Los Lunas Dec. 4


LOS LUNAS – The majority of New Mexico agricultural commodities are fueled by forage.

Of the state’s $3.22 billion cash receipts for commodities in 2016, 73.1 percent is from livestock and milk production, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural  Statistics Service.

In 2017, New Mexicans farmed 343,032 acres of forage products valued at $206 million.

Providing research-based information through workshops and publications, New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences helps farmers efficiently produce high quality forage.

NMSU’s Valencia County Cooperative Extension Service will host its ninth annual Forage Growers Workshop on Tuesday,   Dec. 4, to share the latest forage information. The workshop will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus, 280 La Entrada Road, Los Lunas.

Registration is $20, which includes program materials and lunch.

“There are many challenges to growing a high quality forage crop: weather, water, insects and weeds are some of those,” said Newt McCarty, NMSU’s agricultural agent in Valencia County. “At the workshop, we hope to provide information, tools and guidance to address challenges and increase the income potential for producers.”

Farmer Jim Cox always learns something from the presenters.

“I find the benefit of attending this workshop outweighs the registration fee,” said Cox, who is a regular at the workshop. “If I don’t get all the information I want about certain things, I get pointed in the right direction to find it. It’s also a great opportunity to earn continuing education units for your private applicator licenses. And it’s a great place to see old friends and make new ones.”

A wide range of topics will be covered during the presentations, including the effect of water quality on pesticides.

“The quality of the water that managers mix with the herbicide active ingredients can potentially decrease the efficacy up to 50 to 60 percent, thus potentially increasing the need for higher herbicide rates, multiple sequential applications, and ultimately, a failed attempt at controlling weeds in a safe and successful way,” said Leslie Beck, NMSU Extension weed specialist, who will speak on this subject.

Other topics will include:

– Soil testing and appropriate fertilization to maximize forage production by Robert Flynn, NMSU agronomist.

– Water outlook and discussion of opportunities for more efficient and consistent water delivery in the future, by Mike Hamman, Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District’s chief executive officer and chief engineer.

– General management practices impacting alfalfa quality by Leonard Lauriault, forage agronomist at NMSU’s Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari.

– Pest identification and management of alfalfa weevil, aphids and white fringed beetle by Jane Breen Pierce, NMSU Extension entomologist.

– Research findings on Plantain management in alfalfa and follow up on managing common weeds in forages by Beck.

– Weed-free forage and the opportunity for producers to participate in a higher value market by Cary Hamilton, NMSU research director for the New Mexico certified weed-free forage.

– Results from the first year variety trials of fescue and orchard grass by Mark Marsalis, Extension forage specialist at NMSU’s Agricultural Science Center at Los Lunas.

– Variety selections of alfalfa and fescue by Marsalis.

Five CEUs for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture applicator’s license are available for attendees.

USDA agency representatives will also present updates on programs available through the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Services Agency and Valencia County Soil and Water District.

Nov 15 2018

The NMLB: Trich Testing Rules

The New Mexico Livestock Board will be hold meeting on the Trich Testing Rules



There is a producer driven push to change Trich testing rules that would maintain a mandatory testing angle. We would like your input. There are plans in place to hold meetings regarding this topic throughout the state.

  • Clayton *Union County Extension Office November 16th @ 1:30 pm


  • Clovis *Curry County Fairgrounds/Extension Office November 19th @ 2:00 pm

Please submit any opinions or comments to 

or mail to 

New Mexico Livestock Board

c/o Ralph Zimmerman

300 San Mateo Blvd NE, Ste 1000,

Albququerque, NM 87108

Nov 05 2018

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Sep 04 2018

NMLB Soliciting Producer Input on Bovine Trichomoniasis

NMLB Soliciting Producer Input on Bovine Trichomoniasis

Capitan 9-28-18 1pm Lincoln County Fairgrounds


The New Mexico Livestock Board (NMLB) is holding a series of listening sessions around the state this fall to get input from cattle producers on bovine trichomoniasis, or trich.

“Several months ago, I was approached by a group of producers who felt like we had little control over the disease in some areas and that the program needed to be strengthened,” said Dr. John Wenzel, Extension Veterinarian with New Mexico State University.  “I passed the request on to New Mexico’s State Veterinarian, Dr. Ralph Zimmerman, and he decided to hold a series of listening sessions around the state to solicit producer input.” 

            The first listening session was held in Belen in August, one is scheduled for Capitan on September 28 at 1 p.m. at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds, and several more are planned.  Producers with an interest in or opinion on this issue are encouraged to attend one or more meetings and make their voices heard.  “I want to make it clear this is not a NMLB initiative, it’s a producer driven movement,” Wenzel noted.  “I commend Dr. Zimmerman for making this effort, and for trying to be responsive to producer requests.”

At the first meeting, held in Belen in August, attendees discussed a number of issues regarding the disease and testing requirements, including the need for producer participation and education, the cost of testing, the difficulty of enforcing a mandatory testing requirement, current research and potential vaccines, and more. 

Ultimately, any action the NMLB takes on this issue will depend on what comes out of these producer meetings.  Information from the meetings will be turned over to the NMLB’s existing Trich Committee, and if it becomes evident that changes to the current regulations need to be made, the committee will develop a proposal for the Livestock Board’s consideration.  “If summary opinion is that the program needs to be strengthened, we will work on a proposal, and mandatory testing may be a component,” Wenzel explained.  “If the summary opinion is that things are fine as they are, not much will change.”    

While testing for trich in New Mexico is not mandatory, many states do have mandatory testing and in those states cases of the disease have been greatly reduced and almost eradicated in some cases.   

The cost to producers of the disease is estimated at approximately $400 per head in an infected herd, Wenzel said.  “People are concerned about the cost of testing, but the biggest cost that comes with trich is production loss. This disease has a tremendous economic impact on cattle producers.” 

Wenzel said that producers came to the NMLB with their request because they feel that the current program is helpful, but holes still exist, he continued.  “It’s frustrating and expensive for ranchers to invest in testing, get their herds cleaned up, then be re-infected from an unknown source.  We have had good success controlling the disease where it is found but we have large areas of New Mexico where little to no testing has occurred, so the disease status of those areas is unknown.”



Aug 15 2018

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