Cooperative Extension, Sutter-Yuba Counties
University of California
Cooperative Extension, Sutter-Yuba Counties

Ranch Update

A newsletter published by Dan Macon, Farm Advisor for Livestock and Natural Resources.

Issue Articles Type Date Added
The New Ranch Update - October, 2018 (594KB)
  • New Waste Discharge Requirements for Confined Bovine Feeding Operations
  • New Research to Evaluate Early Weaning as Drought Strategy
  • New Research Evaluates Livestock Guardian Dog Breeds
  • Placer-Nevada-Sutter-Yuba Livestock and Natural Resource Needs Assessment
  • Workshop and Events Calendar
  • Grazing Technology Field Day

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PDF 10/18/18
Ranch Update - September, 2018 (171KB)

Upcoming Workshops

California Sheep and Goat Grazing School

Establishing Irrigated Pasture Field Workshop

So You Want to Start a Farm or Ranch…

Grazing Technology Field Day

PDF 9/5/18
The New Ranch Update - July, 2018 (978KB)
  • A Gray Wolf Visits Nevada County
  • Is Your Ranch Ready for Fire Season?
  • More than Cows or Sheep: Ecosystem Services from Ranchlands
  • Virulent Newcastle Disease Reported in Southern California Chickens
  • Workshop and Events Calendar
  • Sierra Foothill Wool Pool
  • Sheep & Goat Grazing School
PDF 7/9/18
UCCE News Flash - Virulent Newcastle Disease Reported (184KB)

Virulent Newcastle Disease Reported in Southern California Chickens

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has reported a case of Virulent Newcastle Disease (VND) in a small flock of backyard exhibition chickens in Los Angeles County. The case was detected at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine’s California Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS) Laboratory. CDFA has quarantined potentially exposed birds.

PDF 6/25/18
The New Ranch Update - April, 2018 (552KB)
  • Another Strange Year
  • New Forage Varieties
  • New Publication Outlines Livestock Protection Tools
  • Wool Testing
  • Workshop Calendar
PDF 4/12/18
The New Ranch Update - January, 2018 (848KB)
  • What's Your Drought Plan?
  • New Antibiotic Requirements for Livestock Producers - Are You Ready?
  • Workshops for Sheep Producers
  • Farm and Ranch Business Planning Short Course
  • Placer-Nevada-South Sutter-North Sacramento Subwatershed Group Annual Meeting
PDF 1/5/18
The New Ranch Update - October, 2017 (642KB)
  • After the Fire - Tips for Rangeland Managers
  • Matching Your Cows to the Environment
  • Controlling Internal Parasites in Sheep and Goats
  • The Dirty Dozen Pasture and Rangeland Weeds
  • New Research/Demonstration: the Livestock Guardian Dog Project
  • Will Your Ranch Outlast You? Planning for Continuity
  • Introduction to Farm Business Workshop
PDF 10/17/17
Beef Quality Assurance Workshop (255KB)

Beef Quality Assurance Workshop

Saturday, September 23, 2017

8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center

8279 Scott Forbes Road, Browns Valley, CA 95918

PDF 8/23/17
The New Ranch Update (659KB)

New Livestock & Natural Resources Advisor

Beef Quality Assurance Workshop

Coping with hot weather - keeping animals and people safe

Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog

PDF 7/27/17
Ranch Update - November, 2014 (133KB)

Rice Strawlage Field Tours

It has been demonstrated that baling rice straw immediately after harvest (called rice strawlage) greatly increases its nutritional value for livestock. Baling at 30 to 40 percent moisture can have the challenge of mold management. With the help of producers, the University of California has been researching rice strawlage during the last two years. Two tours will offer livestock and rice producers a chance to determine if rice strawlage would work in their operations.


Monday, December 15, 2014, 12:00pm – 3:30pm

Tour and hosted lunch at the Parker Ranch in Williams and Sand Creek Ranch in Arbuckle


Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 9:00am – 11:00am

Tour of the research heifers on rice strawlage at the Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center at 8279 Scott Forbes Road in Browns Valley

PDF 11/20/14
Ranch Update - July 2014 (182KB)

Rice Straw - A New Method to Get Through a Drought

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

9am - Noon

Veterans Memorial Hall

525 West Sycamore Street, Willows, CA

PDF 7/8/14
Be a Scientist for a Day! (3,418KB)


Please take a look at the attached letter and flyer for more information on how to participate in our May 8th, Be a Scientist for a Day!

PDF 5/8/14
Ranch Update - January 2014 (411KB)

Mitigating Drought Optimizing Pasture and Supplemental Fee and Managing Risk

Workshop: January 29, 2014

Browns Valley ~ 9:00 am

To Register to attend or register for the webcast go to

PDF 1/10/14
Beef Improvement & Low Stress Cattle Handling Seminar (323KB)

January 11, 2014

7:30am - 5:00pm

Gladys Valley Hall

UC Davis, Health Sciences Campus

PDF 12/5/13
E-Mail Extra! (333KB)

UC Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center Field Workshop!

PDF 4/19/13
Ranch Update - August 2012 (530KB)
  • Milestone (Aminopyralid) Applied Preemergence can Control Medusahead
  • 2011/2012 Northern California Winter Pasture Experience Varies
  • Important Facts to know about  the Herbicide: Glyphosate
PDF 8/23/12
Beef and Range Field Day (122KB)

The UC Sierra Foothill Research & Extension Center will be hosting the Beef and Range Field Day on Friday, May 18, 2012 from 9:15 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Registration will be from 8:30 - 9:15 a.m.  For the agenda of events, directions to the extension center and registration fees (which includes morning refreshments & lunch) please see the attached document.

PDF 5/3/12
Ranch Update - February 2012 (3,150KB)

In this edition:

- Pasture Aeration Trial
- 2010/11 Northern California Winter Pasture Experience
- Effects of Heavy Grazing on Tarweed and Vinegarweed
- A Method to Implement Crossbreeding

PDF 2/22/12
Ranch Update - February 2012 (651KB)

Winter Animal Health Meetings, February 24th, 2012

Maxwell Inn - Maxwell, CA  10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Shasta Livestock Auction Yard, Cottonwood, CA  5 p.m. - 9 p.m. 

PDF 2/9/12
Ranch Update - January 2012 (2,615KB)
  • Update on Using a Rotary Wiper
  • Slender Aster Control
  • Controlling Wire Grass in Irrigated Pastures
  • Effects on Heavy Grazing on Tarweed and Vinegarweed
PDF 12/29/11
Ranch Update - E-Mail Extra 5-11-11 Rangeland Decision-Making Survey PDF 4/3/08
Beef Quality Assurance Program Beef Quality Assurance Program Meeting at the Cole Facility - UC Davis, on May 7th, 8:30am - 3:30 pm PDF 7/3/08
Ranch Update March 2011 - Beef and Range Field Day Announcement PDF 3/24/11
Ranch Update - E-Mail Extra 2-23-11 Weather Alert about low snow and dangers of cattle eating Oak leaf buds. PDF 2/23/11
Ranch Update October 2010 - Meeting Notice Smutgrass Management in Irrigated Pasture Meeting - Saturday, October 30, 2010 PDF 10/1/10
Northern California Ranch Update - Email Edition PDF 2/16/10
Northern California Ranch Update CSU, Chico Annual Beef Day & Trade Show Agenda, Saturday, February 20, 2010 PDF 2/4/10
Northern California Ranch Update Beef Day 2010 Meeting Announcement Saturday, February 20, 2010 PDF 1/25/10
Northern California Ranch Update August 2009 PDF 8/21/09
Northern California Ranch Update - March 2009 PDF 3/10/09
Northern California Ranch Update - February 2009 Meeting Announcement PDF 2/4/09
Northern California Ranch Update - Workshop Announcement PDF 12/10/08
Northern California Ranch Update - August 2008 PDF 8/5/08
Northern California Ranch Update April 2008 Reproductive Herd Health EPD Accuracy Occurrence of Animal Plant Poisonings in California Fertilizing Grazed Irrigated Pasture Affect of Time of Transport after Insemination on Pregenancy Rates: When should I Not Ship Cows? Fiddleneck PDF 6/5/09
Herd "Round the Range April 2008 Beef & Range Field Day April 5, 2008 California Poultry Academy April 11-12, 2008 PDF 3/11/08
CSU, Chico Annual Beef Day & Trade Show PDF 1/30/08
Northern California Ranch Update January 2008 Summary of Selenium, Copper and Zinc Status for Beef Cattle in Northern California Euthanasia (Humane Killing) of Cattle with a Firearm Livestock Compensation Program PDF 1/30/08
September 2007 Northern California Ranch Update Feed Alternatives in a Drought Year Marketing Your Calves on the Video A Quick Review New Trichomonosis Laws in California Applications Now Being Accepted for NRCS EQIP Funding Fall Cattle Health Reminders Managing Mint in Irrigated Pasture in California An Introduction to Grazing for Weed Control Irrigation Scheduling Tools in Sacrametno Valley Irrigated Pastures Implications of Postweaning Nutrition on Carcass Characteristics and Feed Costs PDF 8/11/08
July 2007 Northern California Ranch Update Water Quality Update Why is the Grass Greener Under that Oak Tree Making Decisions in the Information Age Drought Sales of Livestock: Managing the Taxes Monthly Irrigated Pasture Production in Shasta County Blackberry Management PDF 7/15/08
Northern California Ranch Update April 2007 California's Trichomonosis Control Program: Proposed Changes Barb Goatgrass - Impact and Control Efficacy of Pour-on vs. Injectable Ivomec Trial Let us know what you think of the newsletter PDF 8/21/08
March 2007, Herd 'Round the Range Agenda for Beef & Range Field Day at Sierra Foothill Research & Extension Center Article from Larry Forero, Dan Drake UC Livestock Advisors and Rollie Meyer, CE Soil Specialist for UC on 'To Fertilizer or not to Fertilize' PDF 3/17/08
Feb 2007 (2) 2007 Niche Meat Marketing Conference Agenda Managing Annual Rangelands and Droughts DOC 2/25/08
February 2007 Newsletter Culling Decisions New Herbicide for Yellow Starthistle Beef Day at CSU Chico Farm Niche Meat Conference March 20-21, 2007 PDF 1/14/08
November 2006 New regulations for livestock identification meeting, plus a free steak dinner. Local Cattle Family Receives CBCIA Award PDF 8/24/09
March 2006 newsletter SFREC Field Day, april 20 in Browns Valley Livestock Handling with Temple Grandin, May 8 in Red Bluff Butte County Cattlemen's Field Day, may 6 in Oroville PDF 12/19/07
February 2006 Newsletter 2006 Niche Meat Marketing Conference March 21-22, 2006 at Chico State, Chico PDF 1/4/10
January 2006 newsletter New Stocker Cost Study Beef Day at CSU February 18, 2006 Butte County Cattlemen Annual Red Meat Diner February 3, 2006 Gold Country Casino PDF 6/8/11
July 2005 Newsletter CBCIA to Host "Bulls and Reproduction" events August 3, 2005 at CSUC Farm on Hegan Lane, Chico PDF 6/8/11
May 2005 Herd Round the Range Meeting Announcements Butte County Cattlemen's Field Day Sheep Shearing School California Wool Growers Nutritional Management Meeting PDF 9/10/09
April 2005 2nd edition newsletter Glenn/Colusa/Yolo Cattlemen's Field Day Cattle Marketing Study PDF 4/10/08
April 2005 Herd Round the Range West Nile Virus in Horses Information UC Beef and Range Field Day at the Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center PDF 6/11/08
February 2005 newsletter 2005 Niche Meat Marketing Conference at CSU March 17-19 Selling Meat and Meat Products publication website PDF 6/8/11
January 2005 Beef Day and Trade Show, February 19, 2005 agenda Agricultural lands Return Flows Regulation PDF 12/1/08
August 14, 2004 Starthistle Management PDF 6/8/11
July 2004 Yellow Starthistle: Control Measures Are Available PDF 6/8/11
March 15, 2004 UC Beef & Range Field Day Sierra Foothill Research & Extension Center Use of gene markers in beef breeding; Residual feed intake; Cattle diseases, BSE update; Heparin binding protein as an indicator of bull potency; Short walk to irrigated pasture site; Runoff water from Ag lands; Update on the status of the agricultural discharge waiver/permit process; Money available to rangeland owners for conservation easement on Oaks Woodlands; Update on Rancher's Beef Cooperative; Chute-side demonstration; Heat synchronization with DICR's; Return to HQ and adjourn Controlling Wire Grass in Irrigated Pastures; Beef Marketing Trends; Job Opportunity: Animal Health Technician II PDF 6/8/11
March 2004 2004 Niche Meat Marketing Conference II; Northern Sacramento Valley Cow/Calf Cost Study Now on Line; Sheep Scapie Susceptibility Test at UCD; UC Davis Job Opportunity, Beef Operations Manager PDF 9/11/08
February 2004 Bovine Trichomonosis Control Program; Beef Day & Trade Show PDF 6/8/11
December 2003 5th Annual Northern Sacramento Valley Field Crops Weed Control Seminar, 12/12/03, 8:15 to 12 noon PDF 6/8/11
August 2003 Starthistle Survey; Pasture Leases; Conservation Easement PDF 6/8/11
March 2003 Beef & Range Field Day Agenda, Midwest Beef Tour, Local Mineral Nutrition, Yuba County Mineral Data, Sutter County Mineral Data, PDF 6/8/11
September 2002 Tall Whitetop; Goats as Tools on Small Farms; Horse Day 2002 DOC 8/22/08
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