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UC to help ranchers survive winter 2013-14

UCCE to help ranchers manage their herds during a period of low feed supply caused by drought.
The first agricultural operations to feel the impact of a drought are dryland ranchers, many of whom rely almost entirely on annual rainfall to grow food for their livestock. The UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources will hold a drought workshop from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 29 in Browns Valley to help these ranchers live on to fight another day, said Glenn Nader, UC Cooperative Extension advisor in Sutter-Yuba Counties.

"From previous droughts we've learned that feeding the whole herd through the drought may spell the end of business," Nader said. "We plan to provide information on management options and impacts of drought on dryland range and irrigated pasture, feeding options to consider during a drought and how to decide what cows to sell."

Nader is organizing the workshop, "Mitigating Drought - Optimizing Pasture and Supplemental Feed, and Managing Risk," with Jeremy James, director of the UC Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center.

The workshop is designed to provide ranchers with information to manage their herds during a period of low feed supply. Practical tools and strategies to be presented include:

  • Getting the most effective use out of limited dryland and irrigated pasture

  • Alternative protein and roughage supplementation

  • Understanding the economics of supplementation

  • Managing animal health

  • Making culling decisions

  • Tax and insurance issues related to drought

The meeting will be at the UC Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center, 8279 Scott Forbes Rd., Browns Valley, CA 95918. The complete agenda is posted online. Registration is $10 and includes lunch. To register, fill in this online form.

The forum will also be webcast for those that cannot attend in person. Register using the same online form.

Seven locations in the state will host meetings with the drought meeting webcast:

City Location Contact
Hopland   Research and Extension Center
4070 University Road
John Harper, (707) 463-4495
San Luis Obispo UC Cooperative Extension Auditorium
2156 Sierra Way 
Royce Larson, (805) 434-4106
Livermore NRCS office
3585 Greenville Road, Suite 2
Alyson Aquino, (925) 371-0154 x116
Ventura Ventura Farm Bureau
5156 McGrath St 
Fletcher Nelson, (661) 945-2604 x111
Bakersfield UC Cooperative Extension office
1031 South Mount Vernon Ave.
Julie Finzel, (661) 868-6219
Tulare Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center
18830 Road 112
Jim Sullins, (559) 684-3309
Mariposa    UCCE Mariposa County Office -Ag Complex
5009 Fairgrounds Road
Fadzayi Mashiri. (209) 966-2417
Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 9:07 AM
Tags: drought (162), Glenn Nader (8), Jeremy James (2)

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