Livestock recycle pears, minimize harvest loss
Lake County pear grower Toni Scully surveys fruit loss in her Scotts Valley orchard. (Photo: California Farm Bureau Fed.)
What Has ANR Done?In response to the large loss of pears in 2006, the UCCE livestock and natural resources advisor for Mendocino and Lake counties, John Harper, prepared a statewide, peer-reviewed, publication titled
Ranchers utilize cull pears for cattle feedFive cattle ranchers in Mendocino and Lake counties are now routinely feeding cull pears to their cattle. Several agricultural magazines have downloaded and used the information to create articles further spreading the word about using cull pears as a livestock feed.
Clientele Testimonial"My cattle love the pears. They think it's candy." - Potter Valley rancher
Supporting Unit:Mendocino County and Lake County
John M. Harper, (707) 463-4495, firstname.lastname@example.org