Livestock and Range Management
2013 Winter Animal Health Forum Presentations
University of California Cooperative Extension
Tehama, Glenn, Colusa Counties
Livestock and Natural Resources Program
Josh Davy - Farm Advisor
Tehama, Glenn and Colusa Counties host over a million and a half acres of productive grazing rangelands. Foothill rangelands are the primary forage resource for grazing animals in California (wildlife and production livestock). The importance of these rangelands is due to the unique Mediterranean type climate of the Sacramento Valley. Mild winter weather provides a source of winter forage that is unavailable in most parts of the US. In addition, the three county's highly productive valley soils provide very high quality irrigated pastures for summer grazing.
Societal concerns for the preservation of native vegetation, water quality, and grazing practices directly affect livestock production in these counties. This is augmented by the growth in population targeted for the county in the near future. Livestock production is already strained by large investments and marginal returns. Proactive research and educational materials in multiple subjects are necessary to keep livestock producers economically and environmentally sustainable.
The livestock and natural resources program conducts research and educational support in the areas of marketing, ranch management, feeding and supplementation strategies, grazing and natural resource management. Current and future projects work to keep production agriculture and natural resources healthy and sustainable.
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