Placer / Nevada Livestock Home Page - ARCHIVE
Welcome to the Placer & Nevada County UCCE Livestock & Natural Resources archive! This page includes links to information from Roger Ingram - Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor Emeritus.
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Our program promotes using management, not technology, to solve issues and problems in livestock production. Emphasis is put on generating sustainable profit, not maximizing production.
After 31 years with UCCE Placer Nevada, Roger Ingram, Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor and County Director retired on June 29th, 2017. While serving his community he has received the 2013 Pedro Ilic Award for Outstanding Educator and the California Wool Growers Association 2015 Golden Fleece Award.
I have worked over 31 years with UC Cooperative Extension in Placer and Nevada Counties starting in March 1986. I also worked as a Texas Cooperative Extension County Agent for almost 3 years prior to coming to California. I had never worked at a job longer than 3 years when I started in Nevada County (My initial assignment was 4-H/Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor in Nevada County). I transitioned to full time, Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor for Placer and Nevada Counties in 1993.
When I became a County Agent in Texas in 1981, I was unsure of what I wanted to pursue as a career. I found that the Cooperative Extension fit well with what I wanted to do as I was serving people, and there was flexibility in a transitioning programming to meet community needs. Those years in Texas increased my competence and self-confidence.
I have done a variety of things in my career. The main programmatic areas I have focused on includes: grazing management with cattle and small ruminants, range ecology, soil health, low-stress livestock handling, direct marketing of agricultural crops and products, niche meat marketing, USDA inspected processing, poultry processing, beginning farming, and farm business planning. My program focus changed as new local priorities emerged.
I can truthfully say that I still look forward to coming to work even after 31 years. For the last 10 years I have served in a dual role as County Director and Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor. During this time, I have been blessed to work with a team of dedicated advisors and staff. I could not have dealt with the extra administrative duties without their support.
I want to thank each of you, who I have tried to the best of my ability to assist and help. It has been an honor to serve you. There is still much to learn, even after 34 years of total Cooperative Extension experience. I will still be around and you may see me occasionally helping a bit with some trainings. I feel confident in Dan Macon’s abilities to continue serving you as Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor. I also want to thank Horticulture and Small Farms Advisor Cindy Fake for agreeing to take over the County Director role.
I will continue to raise sheep and try to figure out how to be a better dog handler for my border collies. I also plan to do some traveling and hiking. One of my big bucket list items is to either walk the entire (or part) of the Camino de Santiago in Spain. I will do this in 2018 or 2019.
I know the future will hold many challenges for agriculture. I want to encourage you to look beyond those challenges to see the opportunities that will be there as well.
Good luck to each of you."
Foothill Rancher Newsletter
I published a quarterly Foothill Rancher newsletter. If you'd like to read one of the archived issues you can click on this link or select the Foothill Rancher Newsletter tab at the top of this page.
Below are a few resources you might be interested in
Sierra College Direct Farm Marketing Class April 1, 2014 Presentation
2013 California Meat Summit Powerpoints
Implementation of Small and Very Small Niche Meat Processing Facilities in California by Dan Macon, Flying Mule Farm
Determining Demand for USDA Inspected beef slaughter in an 18 County Region in California by Morgan Doran, UCCE County Director and Farm Advisor-Solano, Yolo, Sacramento Counties
Mapping Project of Slaughter and Processing Facilities in California by Shermain Hardesty, UCCE Specialist, Agriculture and Resource Economics
Facilitation of Communication and Collaboration Between Producers and Processors by Roger Ingram, UCCE County Director and Farm Advisor-Placer and Nevada Counties
2013 California Meat Summit Proceedings
NEW! Searchable USDA and Custom Exempt Meat Slaughter and Processor Map of California:
Sample Costs for Finishing Beef Cattle on Grass Now Available:
Producer Direct Marketing Meat Economic Analysis:
Bud Williams passed away today, November 26th due to pancreatic cancer. Bud was the world's leading practitioner, teacher, and advocate of low-stress livestock handling.
Here is a link to Bud and Eunice's website:
I was privileged to spend 7 weeks following Bud as part of a study leave at Vee Tee Feeders at Lloyminster, Alberta, Canada in 1993.
Here is an article I wrote based on those experiences:
Here is a link to a book called "Stockmanship" written by Steve Cote. The book was read and approved by Bud.
Here is the link for the pdf of the book:
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