Livestock and Natural Resources
Medusahead Management Workshop
Medusahead is an unpalatable, invasive annual grass known for its ability to take over productive annual grass rangelands and create monocultures by forming a thick thatch through which desirable species have trouble growing. Medusahead is unpalatable to livestock during most stages of growth due to its high silica content. Medusahead has been found as far south as southern Tulare County and is fairly widespread throughout the central valley of California
Cost is $15 Preregistration; $20 at the door
Registration is available at: http://ucanr.edu/medusahead
A paper registration form is also available: Registration Form
Come join us and learn about:
- Effective Medusahead Control
- Impact of Medusahead on Your Bottom Line
- Hear Real-life Stories of Medusahead Management
This workshop is approved for 2 hours CEU credit from the Society for Range Management
California DPR approval for 2 hours of CEU credit has been requested. Check back for updates on DPR CEU's.
2017 Southern San Joaquin Livestock Symposium
Presentations from the 2017 Southern San Joaquin Livestock Symposium are available here: 2017 Livestock Symposium Presentations
Livestock and Natural Resource Advisor
Serving Kern, Tulare and Kings counties
At the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley sit Kern, Tulare and Kings Counties. The tri-county area encompasses a wide variety of bioregions including hot deserts, forests, mountain meadows, annual grasslands, oak savannahs and salt bush scrub. The variable geography and ecosystems of the area make it a rewarding place to live and raise livestock.
On average, 26% of the land in each of the three counties is considered rangeland. Overall, about 43% of the cattle and calves and 30% of the lamb and sheep produced in the state of California are produced in Kern, Tulare, and Kings Counties.
- Evaluating fecal pathogen shedding in cattle to update risk assessments
- California Ranch Stewardship Project which seeks to compile information from ranchers on the lessons they have learned after years of living and working on the land
- Measuring vegetation growth and providing drought severity estimates to supplement drought insurance designations
Julie grew up in the L.A. area visiting and working on her family's cattle ranch near Bishop, CA where she developed her interest in ranching and natural resource management. She attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where she earned her bachelor's degree in Animal Science with a concentration in Range Management. After spending some time in the work force, Julie went back to school at the University of Idaho where she earned a Master's of Science degree in Rangeland Ecology and Management.
Julie's Facebook and Scoop.It! Pages
Check out the UCCE Kern Livestock Group Page on Facebook!
Have you heard of Scoop.It!? Visit Julie's page and follow her to get links to a wide variety of current articles on livestock production and range management.
A number of informative and helpful factsheets are available online through the Ag Ombudsman website, hosted through UCCE Sonoma County. While some information may be specific to Sonoma County, the majority of the information should be fairly widely applicable throughout California. You can access the Ag Ombudsman's website here: Agriculture Ombudsman
Current Topics in Livestock and Range
Posted 3/21/2016 - Check out this great blog by Anne Burkholder where she talks about growing beef the Nebraskan way and tackles some of tough questions some have regarding beef production. https://feedyardfoodie.wordpress.com/
5th Annual UCD FARMS Beef Improvement Symposium
Posted 11/24/2015 - The 5th annual UCD FARMS Beef Improvement Symposium will be held on January 9, 2016 in Gladys Hall. See the link below for more information. http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/clubs/farm/2016_beef_improvement_symposium/index.cfm