TUCUMCARI, N.M. - Texas Cooperative Extension is teaming up with the New Mexico Cooperative Extension Service to present the second annual Southwest Beef Symposium and trade show Jan. 18-19 at the Tucumcari Convention Center.

The center is located at 1500 W. Historic Route 66 in Tucumcari. The program will start at 1 p.m. Jan. 18.

Dr. Bruce Carpenter, Texas Cooperative Extension livestock specialist at Fort Stockton, said the program will deal with foreign export markets, niche markets, and production systems for western stocker cattle and calves. Some of the top leaders in the beef industry will be featured speakers.

"Asian beef markets are predicted to open soon," Carpenter said, "and age and source verification of calves are key words these days. Discussions will focus on what these markets mean to the U.S. beef industry, and what producers can do to capture added value in export-eligible cattle. The proposed National Animal ID System will also be discussed."

Discussion on Jan. 19 will feature stocker cattle health and management, and small grain production systems. The program also will include information on niche beef marketing for conventional, natural and certified organic beef programs. A panel discussion will conclude the program.

Individual registration is $50. Pre-registration deadline is Jan. 16. For more information contact Carpenter at (432) 336-8585 or bbcarpenter@tamu.edu .