Livestock and Natural Resources
Presentations from Past Workshops and Symposia
Presentations from previous Southern San Joaquin Livestock Symposia, Weed Workshops, Sheep Producer Forums, drought meetings and more are available at: Past 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.
Kern Livestock Facebook Page
Check out the UCCE Kern Livestock Group Page on Facebook!
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