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UCCE Livestock & Range Social Media Methods Evaluation

Please help me by completing the UCCE Livestock & Range Social Media for Program Delivery Survey at:

Social media for UCCE Extension delivery is generally faster and less expensive than traditional methods that included workshops, paper newsletters, radio spots and newspaper and trade journal articles. While those methods will continue, I need to justify using the new methods like Twitter, Blogs, Facebook and LinkedIn groups.

It's important to evaluate impacts on clientele such as you who are taking this survey and who read my blog. Measurable impacts are often very hard to come by unless I ask. Your responses will also help guide me in writing future blog articles that will be useful to you.

I hope you will take the short time to complete this survey as it will help me to not only improve my program delivery but help me explain how important these types of delivery methods are for UCCE. Thanks in advance for your time!


Posted on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 3:30 PM
Tags: Beef (13), goats (12), meat (4), rangeland (10), sheep (18), wool (3)

California Ranch Stewardship Workshop - Oct 21, 2014, 1-4 pm Ukiah, CA

Great News!


Ken Tate has agreed to expand his presentation at the upcoming California Ranch Stewardship Workshop on October 21 from 1- 4 pm at the Farm Advisors' office! His presentation is entitled Research Update: Grazing and

Environmental Topics. This is a very timely subject as Ken will be highlighting new research that has focused on water quality, sensitive species conservation and riparian health – important to both Mendocino and Lake County ranchers as they deal with on-going regulations. Ken will provide the science that landowners need to be informed when dealing with regulatory agencies. You don't want to miss it!


Remember. Preregistration ($15) is required either by credit card, check or cash at our web site at: to ensure we have sufficient handouts and refreshments (We've had numerous requests for Schat's cookies.).  If you'd like to pay by check or cash contact our office and talk to either JT or Tanis. (707) 463-4495.


Hope to see you there!

Posted on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Ranching and California’s Drought: workshop and webcast, November 7, 2014

Ranching and California's Drought – A Workshop and Webcast

November 7, 2014

• What the U.S. Drought Monitor means to you

• How CA Ranchers are coping with the drought

• New feeding strategies for livestock in drought

• NOAA's forecast for the coming season

The map tells the tale of California's relentless drought, its location and severity. This workshop will tell you the story of the Drought Monitor, in particular how the map may help you qualify for drought relief assistance – and how local California experience and information can be used to inform the drought mapping process. Results will also be shared from current studies of how ranchers are impacted by and managing for drought on their ranches, as well as on the newest livestock drought feeding strategies. The California state climatologist will present the forecast for the coming season. The workshop will be on the UC Davis campus and webcast to the majority of participants at local satellite locations across California. The workshop recordings will be posted on-line.

Questions and comments from local satellite webcast locations will be included throughout the workshop.


9:15 AM   Registration Opens and Morning Refreshments Served
9:50 AM   Welcome, Ken Tate, UC Davis and UC Cooperative Extension
10:00 AM   U.S. Drought Monitor: Setting the Context and Introduction of Speakers, Mark Svoboda, National Drought Mitigation Center
    • A Behind the Scenes Look at the Drought Monitor: History, Tools, and Methods, Eric Luebehusen, USDA
    • How to get information into the US Drought Monitor Process, Brian Fuchs, National Drought Mitigation Center
    • The California Drought of 2011-14: Brief History and Current Impacts, Brad Rippey, USDA
11:00 AM   Questions and Discussion about the Drought Monitor and California, Chad McNutt, NOAA
Discuss the Drought Monitor and how California's ranching and range community can inform the process.
12:00 PM   Lunch Provided by the UCD Rustici Rangeland Endowments
1:00 PM   California Ranchers' Experiences with Drought, Leslie Roche, UC Davis
Insights to on-ranch drought impacts, outlooks, and management based on surveys and interviews of over 500 ranchers living through this drought.
1:30 PM   New Livestock Drought Feeding Strategies, Glenn Nader, UC Cooperative Extension
Tips for improving the nutritional quality of low quality feed products, and supplementing livestock diets on rangelands.
2:00 PM   Seasonal Climate Forecast and Opportunity for Q&A's for the Coming Season, Michael Anderson, California State Climatologist, California Department of Water Resources
2:30 PM   Closing Remarks, Tim Koopmann, President, California Cattlemen's Association


Contact for Information and Registration – Tracy Schohr at or (916)716-2643(916)716-2643

Workshop and Webcast Locations – UC Davis campus and webcast to Auburn, Ventura, San Luis Obispo, Bakersfield, Tulare, Merced, Ukiah, Redding, Susanville, Yreka – more locations and details coming soon.

Useful Links

U.S. Drought Monitor –
U.S. Drought Monitor California–
UC Rangeland Watershed Laboratory Drought Page –


Posted on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 12:17 PM
Tags: Beef cattle (4), California (1), Drought (2), goats (12), Livestock (4), sheep (18)

Insect Pests of Animals: Searchable Pesticide Database

Insect Pests of Animals: Searchable Pesticide Database

The UC Riverside Veterinary Entomology Extension Laboratory has developed an on-line database of pesticides registered in the State of California for use against arthropod pests of animals.  The database can be found at:    Website visitors can search by animal commodity for which pest control is needed (e.g. poultry), by type of pest (e.g. poultry mite or house fly), and by application method and formulation.  It is expected that animal producers and extension personnel will find this database to be much easier to navigate than the California Department of Pesticide Regulation product search website.

Animal producers may also be interested in other offerings of the Insect Pests of Animals website (  Visitors can find pest management information for some ectoparasite pests of poultry, cattle, and other animals. We are adding information on additional pests every few months so be sure to check back to see what has changed.  We also maintain a Blog ( that producers and extension personnel may be interested to follow.  Information shared through the Blog includes recent findings related to pest management in animal facilities or of general relevance to animal producers, extension personnel, and researchers.

Finally, animal producers may be interested in taking a look at the many web links provided in our “other resources” section.  In particular, there are links for producers to submit animal management questions to the national eXtension program through their “Ask and Expert” program.  Experts from universities, extension offices, private industry, and other relevant organizations are registered with this national eXtension program to answer submitted questions or to provide question writers with guidance to address their questions.

If you have comments about or suggestions for our Insect Pests of Animals website, please send these to me at:


Alec C. Gerry, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Extension Specialist (Veterinary Entomology)

Department of Entomology

University of California

Riverside, CA 92521

(951) 827-7054




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Posted on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 1:45 PM
Tags: cattle (9), goats (12), Insects (1), livestock (4), sheep (18)

UCANR Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Livestock, Forestry and Natural Resources CE Positions By July 21, 2014

The University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources created a call in January of 2014 for new UCCE Advisor and Specialist positions. The goal for filling these positions is to strengthen and rebuild the UC ANR network to meet programmatic gaps and emerging issues facing California identified in the Strategic Vision (see: ANR Strategic Vision 2025 full report or ANR Strategic Vision 2025 Executive Summary) and further refined in each of the 5 Strategic Initiatives entitled: Endemic and Invasive Pests and Diseases, Healthy Families and Communities, Sustainable Food Systems, Sustainable Natural Ecosystems and Water Quality, Quantity and Security. All 123 new proposed positions are listed on a public web page at this link.

These proposed positions are presently undergoing internal review until August 18, 2014. The public is invited to comment on these proposed positions until July 21, 2014.

Of the 123 positions proposed, 23 positions could benefit California's livestock, forestry and natural resources based industries. Those same 23 positions would have overlapping impact on both sustainable natural ecosystems, water quality, quantity security and sustainable food systems. I have listed in the table below those 23 positions with their identifying number, title, type of position (Advisor or Specialist) and where those positions would be located. Area Advisors are housed in one county but cover multiple counties. Specialists are statewide and support Advisor research and educational programs. If you click on the ID Number it will take you to the page where you can add comments for that position. There is also a link on that same page that describes the position in more detail.

ID Number

Position Title

Advisor or Specialist

Location, County or Campus


Area Livestock & Natural Resources




Area Desert Livestock




Area Forest & Natural Resources




Area Forest & Natural Resources




Area Livestock & Natural Resources




Area Livestock & Natural Resources




Area Livestock & Natural Resources & Community Development




Area Livestock & Natural Resources




Area Natural Resources – Fire & Restoration


San Diego










Livestock & Natural Resources




Applied Limnology (Lakes & Fresh Water)








Beef Cattle Herd Health


UCD Vet Med


Dairy Cattle Production Health Management


Vet Med Teaching & Research Center -Tulare


Forest Products and Woody Biomass




Livestock & Rangeland Economist




Plant Conservation




Rangeland Management




Rangeland Policy & Planning




Rangeland Ruminant Nutritional Ecology



Sierra Foothill Research & Extension Center


Sheep & Goat Heard Health & Production


UCD Vet Med


It is very possible that not all of these positions will survive the screening process. That's why it's important to have stakeholder input and I urge you to take the time to review at least each of these and comment. Please also comment on any of the other positions shown on the full list as well.

It's also important to know that the comment process is not a voting one. Rather it is a supportive process from stakeholders who are visionary and statewide-thinking about the issues facing California's livestock and natural resources owners, managers and stewards. Some of these positions, especially the Advisors and a few of the Specialists, have had very successful people filling those slots. The public comments should not focus on replacing one of these great people but local, regional and statewide need for the position to work to solve current and future problems.

As the statewide leader for the Sustainable Natural Ecosystems Initiative, I would also like to hear from my blog readers how you might rank the positions in the above table outside of the comments you provide on the public page links I've provided in the table. To do so just either comment on this blog article, message me via LinkedIn or Facebook or drop me an email at Please put SNESI positions in the subject so I can search and sort. I look forward to hearing from you!



Posted on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 2:43 PM

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