Livestock & Natural Resources
Livestock & Natural Resources
Livestock & Natural Resources
University of California
Livestock & Natural Resources

2019 Beef Symposium at Chico State

Bridging Genetics and Rangeland Management

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The 2019 Beef Day will focus on rangeland enhancement through genetic selection and adaptive management. Researchers and livestock managers will share emerging information on bridging genetics and rangeland management, as well as other contemporary management issues. Ranchers and rangeland managers are encouraged to join Chico State and UC Cooperative Extension for this event. 

Registration - 

      $25 (late cost $35 after February 20) 

      $10 Student Registration (youth, FFA, 4-H and college students) 

      Click here to register. 

Location - 

       Chico State Farm (311 Nicholas C Shouten Ln, Chico, CA 95928)

       Click here for directions. 

Agenda - 

8:00 am    
Registration and Trade Show Open with hosted breakfast refreshments

9:30 am


Ken Tate, Ph.D., Professor and Rangeland Watershed Specialist, UC Davis (moderator)

Young Cattlemen’s Association

John Unruh, Ph.D., Dean College of Agriculture, Chico State 

 9:50 am

Grazing distribution and management in Northern California - Tracy Schohr, Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension

                        A local view of challenges facing north state ranchers to improve livestock grazing distribution across public and private rangelands. Her presentation will include insight from recent surveys of local ranchers who have been faced with drought, conversion of grazing lands, catastrophic fire and most recently increasing pressure from a diverse set of predators. Schohr will also discuss findings from emerging research that explores livestock distribution grazing and management practices to meet natural resource objectives on public lands.

10:20 am

Beef Cattle Genetic Technology: Where we’ve Been and Where we are headed, Kasey DeAtley, Ph.D., professor, California State University, Chico

A historical view of how genetic technology has advanced and how livestock production systems have integrating DNA information in to their operation. Kasey will share how cow/calf producers and dairymen have been using animal genomics and biotechnology to enhance their operations as well as future applications.


BREAK in trade show with refreshments

11:20 am

Role of Nature vs Nurture in Grazing Distribution - Larry Howery, Ph.D., Range Extension Specialist, University of Arizona

Successful grazing management is strongly influenced by the ability of livestock managers to use animal behavior principles to promote animal distribution, manage invasive species, and conserve natural resources. Larry’s research program has investigated the role of learning in livestock grazing across various landscapes and has incorporated low-stress herding (LSH) and strategic supplement placement to meet land management goals. He will discuss tools for ranchers to balance nature (i.e., genetics) with nurture (i.e., animal learning) to achieve animal distribution objectives.


Lunch included with registration

 1:15 pm

Cattlemen’s Update – Dave Daley

 1:30 pm

Implementation of Genetic Selection to Improve Cattle Grazing Distribution - Derek Bailey, Ph.D., professor, New Mexico State University

Do your cattle have a genetic predisposition to be high climbers or bottom dwellers? Bailey’s research is investigating if genetic testing can assist ranchers in optimizing livestock grazing distribution in rugged rangeland pastures in the western US. Bailey has equipped over 300 cattle with GPS tracking devices across the west to track their movement and is comparing that information to genetic markers to increase their use of steep terrain and areas located far from water. His presentation will highlight findings from 24 head traced on two allotments in the Plumas National Forest during the 2018 grazing season.  

2:30 pm

Rancher to Rancher Panel - Successful Integration of Grazing Management Strategies

 The panel is designed to prompt thought and discussion amongst panelists and the audience. Ranchers will showcase their operations, highlight specific management practices and discuss tools to overcome distribution challenges across diverse landscapes. They ranchers will also share their thoughts on the day’s presentation and answer questions from the audience. The panel will put the days presentation into on the ground management!  

4:00 pm


Sponsors -

  California State University, Chico 

  University of California Cooperative Extension 

  Western SARE

  California Beef Cattle Improvement Association 

  New Mexico State University

Hotel Suggestions - 

  Courtyard by Marriott Chico - 2481 Carmichael Dr, Chico, CA 95928 - (530) 894-6699

  Oxford Suites Chico - 2035 Business Ln, Chico, CA 95928 - (530) 899-9090

Local Dining Favorites - 

  Friday night join us for the Butte County Cattlemen's Red Meat Dinner

  Italian Cottage

  Burger Hut

  La Hacienda 

  Tres Hombres 

  Sierra Nevada Brewery 


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