Cattle growers to meet in Socorro

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The New Mexico Cattle Growers Association will hold its southwest regional meeting in Socorro at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at Bodega Burger Co., 606 California St.

“Anyone who is interested or involved in the cattle business, whether or not they are NMCGA members, is welcome to join us for this meeting,” said Rex Wilson, NMCGA President, Carrizozo. “The program will include important information for landowners and ranching families, and give people a chance to learn more about the Association.”

Getting information into the hands of ranchers will be the focus of the meeting, with updates on and discussion on issues the 2013 New Mexico Legislative session, endangered species listings, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish issues, and a proposed National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation partnership, Wilson said.

“There is no question that this is a tough year to be in the cattle business, but coming together to talk about current issues, problems and ideas can benefit us all,” Wilson said. “We hope local ranchers will come have a cup of coffee with us and get an update on these important issues and learn more about the work of the NMCGA.”

The NMCGA’s Southwest Regional Meeting will be followed on May 29 by the New Mexico Drought Workshop, hosted by the New Mexico Section of the Society for Range Management in conjunction with the National Drought Mitigation Center and the National Integrated Drought Information System, in Socorro.

The workshop will start at 8 a.m. and focus on drought outlook and management considerations for rangeland livestock production, including a presentation by NIDIS staff on drought and wildfire outlooks for New Mexico in summer 2013, and a presentation from the New Mexico State Climatologist on the current status on the drought in New Mexico.

For more information, or to reserve a seat, please contact the NMCGA office at 505-247­-0584.