Livestock recycle pears, minimize harvest loss
The IssueIn 2006 the pear industry in Lake and Mendocino counties experienced up to 30 percent crop losses due to lack of qualified pickers to harvest the crop. These losses may have been a one-time problem but cull pears happen every year and represent an annual problem to the pear industry. While little can be done to salvage the direct loss of high-grade fruit, an opportunity exists for cattle, sheep and goat producers to recoup some of this loss by turning it into a quality feed source.
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