Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Fri, Dec. 06

NMSU's annual Indian Livestock Days to be held in Farmington

FARMINGTON, N.M. - Every spring for the past 25 years, Native American livestock producers from across the region have attended the Indian Livestock Days to learn the latest in animal husbandry.

This year they will gather in Farmington at McGee Park and Fairgrounds, 5568 U.S. 64 (the Bloomfield Highway) on May 16-17.

The school is a semi-annual event that New Mexico State University (NMSU) launched in the early 1980s to help tribal producers stay abreast of the latest industrial practices, said Gary Hathorn, program director for NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service office in San Juan County.

"Native Americans are skilled at caring for livestock, but they, like others living and working in rural areas, need opportunities to learn about new production methods and technology," Hathorn said. "Through the workshop, we can offer educational opportunities directly to tribal producers in the Four Corners area."

NMSU Extension specialists along with veterinarians from the Navajo Nation, Navajo Department of Agriculture and New Mexico Livestock Board will present sessions on beef quality assurance, body condition scoring and cattle selection, range management, low stress cattle handling, care of sheep and horses, wildlife damage control, and premises and animal identification requirements.

NMSU's Office of Biosecurity will kick off the event with a training session on livestock security to help tribes defend against natural disasters and terrorist attacks.

This year there will be a Heart Healthy Cooking Demonstration by County Extension Home Economists Lynn Beam, Elena Bowers and Sandy Taylor. A health fair will also be held during the two-day event.

"One of the most important aspects of this annual event is the tremendous amount of networking and sharing of ideas between the participants who come from across the state," Hathorn said.

The workshop costs $20 for both days. It runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 16, and 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 17. Participants are encouraged to pre-register to ensure adequate seating space and meals are available.

For more information, or if you are an individual with a disability in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate, call the McKinley County Extension office at 505-863-3432. If outside the Gallup area, call toll free at 866-863-3432 or e-mail Kathy Landers at kalander@nmsu.edu.

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