Dan Macon

Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor
Placer-Nevada Counties
11477 E Avenue
Auburn, CA 95603
530-889-7385
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Biography

Dan Macon is the livestock and natural resources advisor for Placer, Nevada, Sutter and Yuba Counties. Prior to becoming an advisor, he was an associate specialist in rangeland science and management at UC Davis, with research and extension activities focused on drought management, predator-livestock coexistence, and water quality. Dan is also a partner in Flying Mule Sheep Company, a small-scale commercial sheep operation in Auburn, California. He holds a master’s degree in integrated resource management from Colorado State University and a bachelor’s degree in agricultural and managerial economics from UC Davis. He currently serves as president of the California Wool Growers Association and is a past president of the California-Pacific Section of the Society for Range Management.

Education

MAgr Integrated Resource Management, Colorado State University. 2017
B.S. Agricultural and Managerial Economics, UC Davis. 1990

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Bibliography

Peer Reviewed

  • Sprinkle, James; Arispe, Sergio, et al. (In Press). Determining stocking rates on rangeland. Cow-calf management guide and cattle producer's library. Western Beef Resource Committee.
  • Macon, DK; Snell, L., et al. (In Press). Protecting cattle from predators. Cow-calf management guide and cattle producer's library. Western Beef Resource Committee.
  • Macon, DK (2020). Paying for the presence of predators: An evolving approach to compensating ranchers. Rangelands. Society for Range Management. 42:2, 43-52. March 13.
  • Macon, DK; Stewart, D, et al. (2020). Sample costs to establish or re-establish and produce irrigated pasture - Sierra Nevada Foothills. UC Davis Cost and Return Studies. April 6. https://coststudyfiles.ucdavis.edu/uploads/cs_public/bf/2a/bf2a6a2f-10da-4e01-97fc-7ed8e9bade2f/20pasturesnfhestabtillnotill.pdf
  • Macon, DK; Stewart, D, et al. (2020). Sample costs to produce irrigated pasture: Sierra Nevada Foothill. UC Davis Cost and Return Studies. April 6. https://coststudyfiles.ucdavis.edu/uploads/cs_public/bb/94/bb94edc2-fbfb-4be0-8853-6565b486e032/20pasturesnfhproduction.pdf
  • Macon, DK; Lile, DF, et al. (2019). Direct and indirect impacts to ranchers from wolves and other predators: Building a baseline in California. Proc. 28th Vertebr. Pest Conf.D. Woods. 74-76.
  • Shaw, Julea; Gornish, Elise, et al. (2018). Integrating strip-seeding, targeted grazing, and prescribed fire to restore and manage California grasslands. Proceedings of the 2018 Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA, Ecological Society of America. August 6.
  • Macon, Dan; Baldwin, Roger, et al. (2018). Livestock Protection Tools for California Ranchers. UCANR. January.
  • Fake, C.; Ingram, R., et al. (2016). Beginning farmers and ranchers 2.0: Scaling up to profitability. 7th National Small Farm Conference.
  • Macon, D.K.; Barry, S., et al. (2016). "Coping with drought on California rangelands." Rangelands 38(4): 222-228.
  • Fake, C.; Ingram, R., et al. (2016). "Local food systems: Consumer attitudes and barriers to buying local." HortScience 51(9): S142.
  • Fake, C.; Ingram, R.S., et al. (2015). Evaluating consumer attitudes toward buying local and consumption of local produce. 78th Annual Rural Sociology Society Meeting.
  • Fake, C.; Filan, T., et al. (2015). "Training the next generation of farmers in the Sierra Nevada foothills." Supplement to HortScience 50(9)
  • Fake, C.; Ingram, R.S., et al. (2014). Assessing the importance of business planning training for beginning farmers and ranchers. 77th Annual Rural Sociology Society Meeting.
  • Macon, D.K. (2014). "The art and science of targeted grazing." Rangelands 36: 31-35.
  • Larsen, R.E.; Horney, M., et al. (2014). "Update of the 2014 drought on California rangelands." Rangelands 36: 52-58.
  • Fake, C.; Ingram, R.S., et al. (2013). Consumer outreach to increase consumption and sales of local produce in the Sierra Nevada foothills. 76th Annual Rural Sociology Society Meeting.
  • Macon, D.K. (1998). "What will the West become?" Rangelands 20: 4-5.

Non-Peer Reviewed

  • Macon, DK (2019). Are livestock guardian dogs really non-lethal livestock protection tools? Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. December 9. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=38934
  • Macon, DK (2019). Back in the Mix: Consider Adding Sheep to Your Cattle Operation. California Cattleman. California Cattlemen's Association. 102:2, 46-48. February.
  • Macon, DK (2019). Blue oak mortality: An emerging problem? Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. July 26. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=30914
  • Macon, DK (2019). Building GPS collars. Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. July 29. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=30938
  • Macon, DK (2019). Challenges for direct-market meat production. Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. June 27. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=30656
  • Macon, DK (2019). Coping with smutgrass on irrigated pasture. Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. August 12. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=31059
  • Macon, DK (2019). Dogs worrying livestock. Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. March 7. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=29598
  • Macon, DK (2019). Fire season 2019: Start preparing now! Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. May 22. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=30306
  • Macon, DK (2019). Fire season is here: Is your ranch ready? The Shepherd. 64:7. July.
  • Macon, DK (2019). Guest Opinion: Challenges for direct-market meat production. Western Livestock Journal. Western Livestock Journal. July 8. https://www.wlj.net/opinion/guest_opinion/guest-opinion-challenges-for-direct-market-meat-production/article_7b791f72-9cf6-11e9-958f-8741a8f54c9d.html#comments
  • Macon, DK (2019). How many dogs? Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. July 12. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=30794
  • Macon, DK (2019). Leptospirosis study at UC Davis. Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. February 21. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=29474
  • Macon, DK (2019). Let it rain: A few thoughts about lambing on pasture. The Shepherd. 64:5. May.
  • Macon, DK (2019). Public Safety Power Shutoffs - how is your farm coping? Farming in the Foothills Blog. October 28. https://ucanr.edu/sites/placernevadasmallfarms/?blogpost=38653&blogasset=21700
  • Macon, DK (2019). Public Safety Power Shutoffs - Preliminary results from rancher survey. Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. November 5. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=38719
  • Macon, DK (2019). Short term drought: What are your plans for the next 3 months? Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. November 13. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=38766
  • Macon, DK (2019). Stockmanship notes: A Bud Box in action. Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. February 1. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=29290
  • Macon, DK (2019). The economics of using livestock guardian dogs. Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. September 12. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=31297
  • Macon, DK (2019). The LGD Journal - #6. Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. April 8. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=29871
  • Macon, DK (2019). Thinking about hiring a targeted grazing contractor? Here are a few things you need to know! Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. March 13. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=29673
  • Macon, DK (2019). Too much fuel: Targeting our grazing strategically. Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. May 7. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=30165
  • Macon, DK (2019). Which predator did this? Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. October 25. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=38628
  • Macon, DK (2018). A gray wolf visits Nevada County: What ranchers need to know. Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. June 20. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=27522
  • Macon, DK (2018). Another strange year - forage production on foothill rangelands. Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. February 27. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=26454
  • Macon, DK (2018). Beyond livestock guardian dogs - testing new predator protection tools. Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. December 4. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=28828
  • Daugherty, HC; Oltjen, JW, et al. (2018). Carbon and Water Footprints of Sheep Production in California: A life cycle assessment. Poster presented at: Sheep Industry Innovators Conference. July 19, 2018. Davis, CA. July 19.
  • Macon, DK (2018). Confined bovine feeding operations - new regs. Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. October 25. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=28534
  • Macon, Dan; Baldwin, Roger, et al. (2018). Direct and indirect impacts from wolves and other predators: Building a baseline in California. Society for Range Management. February 1.
  • Macon, Dan; Baldwin, Roger, et al. (2018). Direct and indirect impacts from wolves and other predators: Building a baseline in California. Proceedings of the 28th Vertebrate Pest Conference. Rohnert Park, CA. February 28.
  • Schohr, Tacy; Macon, Dan (2018). Documenting Predator Impacts on Livestock. UCCE Placer/Nevada Publication 31-1006. June.
  • Macon, DK (2018). Electronic ID systems: Can they pay for small-scale livestock producers? Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. September 17. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=28207
  • Macon, Dan (2018). Electronic Identification Systems for Small-Scale Livestock Producers: A Case Study. UCCE Placer/Nevada Publication 31-1009. November.
  • Macon, DK (2018). Fall feed... or fuel load? Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. December 17. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=28946
  • Macon, DK (2018). Fire preparation for ranchers - writing down your plan. Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. July 11. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=27693
  • Macon, DK (2018). Fire season is here: Is your ranch ready? Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. June 8. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=27406
  • Macon, DK (2018). Gearing up for irrigation season. Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. April 5. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=26805
  • Macon, DK (2018). Grazing cows and sheep together: Lessons from Idaho. Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. May 17. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=27009
  • Macon, DK (2018). High-tech ranching: Does technology fit your operation? Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. October 16. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=28457
  • Macon, Dan (2018). How Many Cows can my Property Support? UCCE Placer/Nevada Publication 31-1005. June.
  • Macon, DK (2018). Learning from each other. Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. May 1. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=27075
  • Macon, Dan (2018). Livestock Antibiotic Requirements: Are You Ready? UCCE Placer/Nevada Publication 31-1004. April.
  • Macon, Dan (2018). Livestock Guardian Dog Behavior: Using technology to assess protective behaviors and predator response. Poster presented at: Sheep Industry Innovators Conference. July 19, 2018. Davis, CA. July 19.
  • Macon, Dan (2018). Livestock Guardian Dog Behavior: Using technology to assess protective behaviors and predator response. Poster presented at: University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Statewide Conference. April 9, 2018. Ontario, CA. April 9.
  • Macon, DK (2018). Livestock Protection Tools - Part 2. Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. December 28. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=25980
  • Macon, DK (2018). Livestock protection tools - part 3. Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. February 2. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=26277
  • Macon, Dan (2018). Managing Water Quality on Irrigated Pasture. UCCE Placer/Nevada Publication 31-1008. September.
  • Macon, DK (2018). More than a beauty contest: The importance of carcass contests. Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. November 6. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=28636
  • Macon, DK (2018). More than cows or sheep: Ecosystem services from ranchlands. Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. January 10. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=26067
  • Macon, DK (2018). Not just us: Wildfire smoke impacts to livestock. Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. November 15. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=28703
  • Macon, DK (2018). One year in - assessing community needs. Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. August 22. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=28029
  • Macon, DK (2018). Selling meat vs. selling livestock: Resources for direct-market ranchers. Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. June 4. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=27356
  • Macon, Dan (2018). Targeted Grazing: A Primer for Consumers. UCCE Placer/Nevada Publication 31-1002. February.
  • Macon, DK (2018). The LGD Journal - #4. Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. March 7. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=26550
  • Macon, DK (2018). The LGD Journal - #5. Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. May 20. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=27222
  • Macon, DK (2018). The value of stockmanship and a good dog (or 2). Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. August 8. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=27921
  • Macon, DK (2018). Tools for reporting drought conditions. Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. November 21. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=28739
  • Macon, DK (2018). What to buy first? Capital purchases for new livestock operations. Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. January 25. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=26178
  • Macon, DK (2018). Which livestock guardian dog breed? Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. July 16. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=27733
  • Macon, Dan (2018). Wildfire Preparation Strategies for Commercial Ranchers. UCCE Placer/Nevada Publication 31-1007. August.
  • Macon, DK (2018). Working on the business. Farming in the Foothills Blog. July 31. https://ucanr.edu/sites/placernevadasmallfarms/?blogpost=27855&blogasset=21700
  • Macon, D.K. (2017). After the Fire: Resources for Ranchers. UCCE Placer/Nevada Publication 31-1001.
  • Macon, DK (2017). Co-existing with carnivores - information for ranchers. Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. July 26. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=24757
  • Macon, DK (2017). Controlling parasites in small ruminants. Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. August 28. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=25017
  • Macon, DK (2017). Coping with smutgrass. Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. August 17. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=24930
  • Macon, D. (2017). Direct and indirect impacts to ranchers from wolves and other predators in California. Poster presented at: California Cattlemen's Association 101st Annual Conference. November 30, 2017. Sparks, NV. November 30.
  • Macon, DK (2017). Keeping it green - a few thoughts on irrigating pasture. Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. July 11. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=24930
  • Macon, DK (2017). Keeping it green - a few thoughts on irrigating pasture. Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. July 11. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=24930
  • Macon, DK (2017). Keeping track: Tools for citizen/rancher scientists. Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. September 12. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=25144
  • Macon, D. (2017). Livestock and Predators: No Easy Answers. Small Farmer's Journal. 41:1, 55.
  • Macon, DK (2017). Livestock protection tools - part 1. Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. December 6. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=25823
  • Macon, DK (2017). New livestock antibiotic requirements take effect January 1 - are you ready? Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. November 16. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=25663
  • Macon, DK (2017). Preparing for the unexpected. Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. October 10. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=25396
  • Macon, DK (2017). Preparing for the unexpected. Farming in the Foothills Blog. October 10. https://ucanr.edu/sites/placernevadasmallfarms/?blogpost=25397&blogasset=21700
  • Macon, DK (2017). Preparing for wildfire. Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. July 19. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=24701
  • Macon, D.K. (2017). Sheep Management Basics: It All Starts with Grass. UCCE Placer/Nevada Publication 31-1000.
  • Macon, DK (2017). The LGD journal - #3. Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. November 5. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=25587
  • Macon, DK (2017). The LGD puppy journal - #1. Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. September 24. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=25251
  • Macon, DK (2017). What's going on with the blue oaks? Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. September 4. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=25084
  • Macon, D. (2016). "Essays from a Foothill Agrarian." Rangelands 37(6): 237-240.
  • Macon, D. (2016). It's raining - time to think about drought! California Cattleman. February.
  • Macon, D.K.; Fake, C., et al. (2015). Farm business planning course helps farmers succeed. UC Delivers. http://ucanr.edu/delivers/?impact+956
  • Macon, D.K.; Fake, C. (2013). Social media for farmers: a guide to email, Facebook and blogging. UCCE Placer/Nevada Publication 31-101C.
  • Macon, D.K. (2013). What to buy first: capital purchases for new livestock operations. UCCE Placer/Nevada Publication 31-200. http://ucanr.edu/sites/placernevadasmallfarms/files/175314.pdf
  • Macon, DK (2011). The LGD journal - #2. Ranching in the Sierra Foothills Blog. October 1. https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=25324
  • Macon, D.K. (2001). Grazing for Change: Rangeland and Watershed Management Success Stories.

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