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Dec 02, 2020



Researchers at NMSU say recurring droughts will only make raising cattle in the southwest more difficult. “Most of the climate models predict that droughts will become more frequent than they have been in the past that we will see more extreme weather,” says Range Science Professor Andres Cibils. Pumping aims to boost Pecos River amid drought losses Cibils says over the past 50 years, click this link here now temperatures have gotten warmer, and forage production has declined by 45 percent at NMSU test sites. “The profit margins are very very slim. The way that people have been doing business for the past many years could basically result in the cutting into the already very slim margins,” Cibils says. Cibils says the goal of their research is to make beef production in the southwest ecologically and financially sustainable long term. One approach to that is cross-breeding commercial beef bulls Criollo cattle, potentially breed calves that thrive in the southwest climate. “They seem to approach the problem of grazing and foraging in an environment like this one differently than many of the commercial breeds that we are used to working with,” Cibils says. The first cohort of calves is at the Clayton livestock research center for backgrounding. then taste panels done at Texas A&M will determine how the crossbred beef compares to other commercial beef. Cibils hopes the study will give ranchers more freedom, so they aren’t constrained to one supply chain.