California Ag News UC To Help Ranchers

California Ag News UC To Help Ranchers

January 13, 2014

UC to Help Ranchers

Survive Winter 2013-14

The first agricultural operations to feel the impact of a drought are dryland ranchers, many of whom rely almost entirely on annual rainfall to grow food for their livestock. The UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources will hold a drought workshop from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 29 in Browns Valley to help these ranchers live on to fight another day, said Glenn Nader, UC Cooperative Extension advisor in Sutter-Yuba counties.

"From previous droughts we've learned that feeding the whole herd through the drought may spell the end of business," Nader said. "We plan to provide information on management options and impacts of drought on dryland range and irrigated pasture, feeding options to consider during a drought and how to decide what cows to sell."

Nader is organizing the workshop, "Mitigating Drought - Optimizing Pasture and Supplemental Feed, and Managing Risk," with Jeremy James, director of the UC Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center.

The workshop is designed to provide ranchers with information to manage their herds during a period of low feed supply. Practical tools and strategies to be presented include:

    Getting the most effective use out of limited dryland and irrigated pasture

    Alternative protein and roughage supplementation

    Understanding the economics of supplementation

    Managing animal health

    Making culling decisions

    Tax and insurance issues related to drought

The meeting will be at the UC Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center, 8279 Scott Forbes Rd., Browns Valley, CA 95918. Registration is $10 and includes lunch. To register, fill in the online form at The forum will also be webcast for those that cannot attend in person. Register using the same online form.

Following is the complete agenda:


9 a.m.
Welcome and introduction

9:10 a.m.
The last 30 years of rainfall and rangeland forage production
Larry Forero, UCCE Shasta and Trinity counties

Optimizing pasture

9:30 a.m.
Using and storing annual feed on rangeland and alternatives to annual feed
Josh Davy, UCCE Tehama, Colusa, Glenn counties

9:50 a.m.
Optimizing irrigation and fertilization on irrigated pasture
Larry Forero, UCCE Shasta and Trinity counties

10:10 a.m.
Getting the most out of your pastures with grazing management
Roger Ingram, UCCE Nevada, Placer counties

10:30 a.m.
Field demonstration of drought management tools and impacts

11:30 a.m.

Optimizing supplemental feed

12:50 p.m.
How and when to supplement and economics of supplementation
Dr. Jim Oltjen, Dept. of Animal Science, UC Davis

12:50 p.m.
Alternative protein supplementation
Dr. Roberto Sainz, Dept. of Animal Science, UC Davis

1:20 p.m.
Roughage supplementation, feeding corn to spare hay
Glenn Nader, UCCE Yuba, Sutter, Butte counties

Risk Management and Economics

1:40 p.m.
What did ranchers learn from the 1970s drought?
Wally Roney, Rancher
Tehama and Butte counties

2:00 p.m.
Government/NAP, Emergency feed, Low interest loans
Justin Oldfield, California Cattlemen's Association

2:20 p.m.
Lack of Rainfall Insurance
Matt Griffith, Ranch Protection

2:40 p.m.
Cow-calf Economics
Glenn Nader, UCCE Yuba, Sutter, Butte counties

3:00 p.m.
Wrap up and assessment