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

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The New Foothill Rancher - November 2023


PDF 11/7/23
The New Foothill Rancher - April 2023


PDF 4/3/23
The New Foothill Rancher - November 2022
  • Interested in Learning about using Prescribed Fire for Rangeland Improvement?
  • After the Fire: Resources for Landowners and Land Managers Impacted by the Mosquito Fire
  • Workshop Schedule SAVE THE DATE!


PDF 11/15/22
The New Foothill Rancher - July 2022


PDF 7/27/22
The New Foothill Rancher - April 2022
  • Drought Update - A Third Dry Year
  • Cattle & sheep Grazing School set - Register HERE
  • Sheep and Shepherds in the 21st Century – PhotoVoice Survey
  • 2022 Livestock Access Pass Update
  • Livestock Guardian Dog Updates
  • Foothill Agricultural Water Use Survey
  • Can’t Make the Webinar? Check out these Virtual Learning Opportunities!


PDF 4/15/22
The New Foothill Rancher - January 2022


PDF 1/25/22
UCCE Livestock & Natural Resource Update PDF 7/30/21
The New Foothill Rancher - July 2021
  • Placer and Nevada UCCE Offices Reopening!
  • More than Simply Surviving
  • Help us Pilot-Test a New Drought Decision Support Tool
  • Managing Irrigated Pasture during Drought
  • Getting our Ranches Ready for Fire Season
  • Disaster Livestock Access Pass Program in the Works fo the Foothills
  • Upcoming Workshops

Livestock Info Survey: http://ucanr.edu/livestockinfosurvey


PDF 7/13/21
Managing Risk in your Sheep Operation - Production Workshop

Managing Risk in Your Sheep Operation - Production Workshop

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 | 10-2p

Foster's Bighorn Restaurant - Rio Vista, CA

Register: https://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=34947

Contact: Morgan Doran mpdoran@ucanr.edu or 530-666-8738


Thursday, June 24, 2021 | 9 - 1p

Wool Growers Restaurant - Bakersfiled, CA

Register: https://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=33921

Contact: Julie Finzel jafinzel@anr.edu or 661-868-6219




PDF 5/26/21
The New Foothill Rancher - April 2021
  • Now is the Time to Consider Irrigated Pasture Renovations
  • Turns Out - We are in a Drought!
  • Shepherding Fire: Lessons from our Prescribed Fire on Working Landscapes Workshop
  • A Few Tips for Hiring a Targeted Grazing Contractor
  • CDFA Offers Free RFID Cattle Ear Tags
PDF 4/13/21
2021 Lambing School Flyer
Virtual Lambing School

March 12-15, 2021

Four 60-90 minutes sessions
Registration required. $50 per farm
Any questions contact Dan Macon at dmacon@ucanr.edu. 
PDF 2/11/21
The New Foothill Rancher - January 2021
  • Are We in for Another Drought?!
  • Getting the Most out of Fall Feed
  • When Should Lambs be Vaccinated?
  • A Dry Fall and a Heavy Acorn Crop: Keep an Eye out for Acorn Toxicity
  • What to do When an Animal Dies? Composting Could be the Answer
  • New Research - Opportunities for Producer Participation
PDF 1/13/21
The New Foothill Rancher - October 2020
  • A Rancher's Fire Safe Council for the Foothills
  • More on Blue Oaks
  • Wildfire Ash on Forage and in Stock Water
  • Round 2: More Public Safety Power Shut-offs
  • Livestock Protection Tools - Operation Size Matters
  • Getting Started in Targeted Grazing - 2020 Webinar Series
  • Autumn 2020 Beef Production Webinar Series
  • The Sheep Stuff Ewe Should know Podcast - Not Just For Sheepherders!
PDF 10/8/20
California Grazing School - 2020 Webinar Series

Introduction to Targeted Grazing (Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 6-7:30 pm):

UCCE Live Stock and Natural Resources Advisor Dan Macon will provide an overview of targeted grazing, including grazing management picking the right grazer for the job, livestock management, and customer relations. Cost $10 Click here to register. 


The Business of Targeted Grazing (Tuesday, October 21, 2020 - 6-7:30 pm):

Join Dan Macon and a panel of targeted grazing contractors to learn about the ins and outs of building a targeted grazing business. Cost $10 Click here to register. 

PDF 9/18/20
The New Foothill Rancher - July 2020
  • COVID-19 and UC Cooperative Extension
  • Direct Marketing - Challenges & Opportunities
  • Does Direct Marketing Add Value to Livestock?
  • USDA Announces Online Portal for CFAP Applications
  • USDA Declares Drought Disaster
  • Sierra Harvest Offering 2020 Ag Skills Courses
  • Public Safety Power Shutoff Needs Assessment
  • Webinar and Podcast Schedule
PDF 7/14/20
2020 USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

USDA Farm Service Agency is now accepting producer applications for CFAP assistance payments from livestock producers. https://www.farmers.gov/cfap

PDF 5/27/20
The New Foothill Rancher April 2020 - COVID-19 Updates
  • Ranching During a Pandemic
  • Coronaviruses in human and animal health
  • To Fertilize or Not to Fertilize? That is the Question!
  • Moderate Drought Persists in Northern California
  • CA Dept of Fish and Wildlife Launches Human-Wildlife Conflict Website
  • Virtual Meetings!
  • Livestock and Natural Resources Program Survey - http://ucanr.edu/livestockingosurvey 
PDF 4/13/20
2020 Pasture Lambing School
2020 Pasture Lambing School

Saturday, March 7, 2020 | 8 am - 12 pm

Auburn, CA
Presented by UC Cooperative Extension 
Hosted by Flying Mule Sheep Company
Cost: $5 per person (includes materials and morning refreshments)
PDF 2/21/20
The New Foothill Rancher January 2020
  • Rainfall Forage Growth: A Look Back and a Look Ahead
  • Should I Still Vaccinate for Brucellosis?
  • But She's My Favorite Cow!
  • Mix 'em Up: Avoiding Habituation with Livestock Protection Tools
  • Disaster Preparation for Your Ranch


PDF 1/21/20
The New Foothill Rancher October 2019
  • Costs vs. Benefits: The Economics of Using Livestock Guardian Dogs
  • Smutgrass: Growing Problem on Irrigated Pasture
  • Blue Oak Mortality on Foothill Rangelands
  • Preparing your Cow Herd for Breeding
  • Is Your Farm or Ranch a Business?
  • Upcoming workshop: "So you want to start a farm or ranch..."


PDF 10/22/19
The New Foothill Rancher - July 2019
  • Managing Livestock Nutrition on Dry Forage
  • Fire Season is Upon Us
  • Coccidiosis in Sheep and Goats
  • Sierra Harvest Land Match Program
  • Observations of Blue Oak Needed
  • USDA Will Require RFID Brucellosis Tags
  • Complete the Ranch Management Survey for the chance to win a YETI cooler!
  • Summer Workshops Calendar


PDF 7/5/19
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is looking to lease approximately 1800 acres in Yuba

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is looking to lease approximately 1800 acres in Yuba County for cattle grazing.

Please follow up directly with CDFW if you have questions!

PDF 7/1/19
The Business of Targeted Grazing Workshop Announcement
1-Day Workshop - Auburn, California
Thursday, May 23, 2019 ♦ 8:30am - 5:00pm
Cost is $40/person includes lunch -RSVP below
Join UCCE for this full-day workshop focused on business practices! 
Topics will include:
  • Principles of Targeted Grazing and Estimating Grazing Periods
  • Technology (fencing, portable water systems, grazing tracking and mapping, predator protection, etc.)
  • Picking the Right Animal for the Job
  • Business Management (including enterprise analysis, logistics and planning, bidding for contracts, public relations, managing cash flow, etc.)
  • Grazer/Client Panel
For more information:
Dan Macon, Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor
UCCE - Placer/Nevada/Sutter/Yuba
(530) 889-7385 ♦ dmacon@ucanr.edu
PDF 4/23/19
The New Foothill Rancher - April 2019
  • Thinking about Hiring a Targeted Grazing Contractor?
  • Marketing Your Calves
  • Preventing Pinkeye
  • Integrated Predator Management
  • Nevada Irrigation District Proposes Irrigation Water Rate Increase
  • Speaking of Irrigation Season...
  • UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Kicks Off Leptospirosis Study
  • Ranching in a Drying Climate
  • Virulent Newcastle Disease Update
  • Spring Workshop Calendar

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PDF 4/11/19
Rancher Workshops - March 2019

Register today for two UCCE rancher-focused workshops in March 2019!

Wednesday, March 20 - 2019 Cattlemen's Symposium: Join UC Davis and UCCE experts in cattle marketing, beef cattle genetics, cattle health, and pasture weed management! This half-day symposium will be held at Correia Livestock in Lincoln. $15/person - includes lunch. Co-sponsored by the Tahoe Cattleman's Association. Register at http://ucanr.edu/2019cattlesymposium

Friday, March 29 - Livestock Protection Tools Field Day (Penn Valley): Are you curious about nonlethal livestock protection tools but concerned about cost and effectiveness?Join UCCE for this half-day, hands-on field day exploring a variety of livestock protection  tools! Keynote speaker Cat Urbigkit is a Wyoming cattle and sheep producer who has used livestock guardian dogs and other tools to protect livestock from wolves and other predators. Please note: thsi field day is focused on the needs of commercial ranchers. We will be hosting a similar workshop for agency staff, nonprofit organization and non-commercial livestock owners later in Spring 2019. No charge! Register at http://ucanr.edu/livestockprotectiontoolsnevadaco

See the attached flyers for more information, or contact Dan Macon, Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor at dmacon@ucanr.edu


PDF 3/7/19
The New Ranch Update - January 2019
  • Reporting on Drought
  • California Animal Health and Food Safety Lab Updates
  • Winter/Spring Workshops Calendar

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PDF 1/22/19
The New Ranch Update - October, 2018
  • 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

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
  • 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

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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

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

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

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!


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

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 http://ucanr.edu/sites/sfrec/

PDF 1/10/14
Beef Improvement & Low Stress Cattle Handling Seminar

January 11, 2014

7:30am - 5:00pm

Gladys Valley Hall

UC Davis, Health Sciences Campus

PDF 12/5/13
E-Mail Extra!

UC Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center Field Workshop!

PDF 4/19/13
Ranch Update - August 2012
  • 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

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

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

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
  • 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