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Corona Range and Livestock Research Center

Welcome to the website of the Corona Range and Livestock Research Center and the Southwest Center for Rangeland Sustainability

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About the Center

The Corona Range and Livestock Research Center is a 27,886-acre working ranch laboratory located near the geographical center of the state of New Mexico, just east of the village of Corona. Land within the research center is characterized by rolling hills alternating with undulating to flat areas with the elevation ranging from 5,720 to 6700 feet. A transitional area runs the length of the ranch with the southern half predominately pinon juniper woodland and the northern half described as a short grass prairie. The research center is operated by New Mexico State University's Animal and Range Sciences Department. Research programs, as well as graduate student studies are a major part of the research centers activities and are incorporated into the normal production cycle of the cattle and sheep commercial operations, a registered Angus seedstock herd, a native mule deer population and an introduced herd of pronghorn antelope.

Mission Statement

  • The primary mission of the Corona Range and Livestock Research Center (CRLRC) is to enhance the understanding of woody brush invasion, hydrology, cow-calf production, and big game management and to discover innovative solutions to improve economic development in rangeland-bound communities.
  • The ongoing research involves improvements to conventional land and animal management schemes as well as the use of emerging technology for sensing hydrology, livestock and big game distribution and nutrition and reproduction processes in the young beef female.
  • Education and hands-on opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students are key components of CRLRC.
  • Outreach activities through field days, workshops, and information/technology transfer are emphasized.
  • CRLRC is a collaborative effort among animal, range, and wildlife scientists, economists, land and wildlife agency personnel, and ranchers.

Southwest Center for Rangeland Sustainability

The Southwest Center for Rangeland Sustainability (SWCRS) is the outreach arm of the CRLRC. The SWCRS is a multifunctional venue with multiple rooms to facilitate indoor and outdoor educational events and meetings. It also houses the offices and library of the CRLRC. Consisting of total sq. ft. that is made up of indoor meeting room, outdoor meeting area under roof, commercial kitchen, library/conference room. There are also a separate multi-room building adjacent to add additional meeting area. The center is located in a rural setting, overlooking the eastern foothills of the Gallinas Mountains in the Cibola National Forest. Adjacent to the center is miles of pinon-juniper forest and open grassland. The primary charge of the SWCRS is to facilitate outreach programs for the CRLRC, however it is available for use by interested parties.

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Shad Cox - Superintendent
8 miles east of Corona on County road CO2O - #4 University Rd,
Corona, NM 88318

PO Box 392
Phone: (575) 849-1015
Fax: (575) 849-1021
Email: shadcox@nmsu.edu