Foothill Rancher Newsletter
Foothill Rancher Newsletter
|July 2017 (1,111KB)||
|Summer 2017 (4,123KB)||
|Grazing Pigs in Annual and Perennial Cropping Systems (1,496KB)||
Grazing Pigs in Annual and Perennial Cropping Systems Workshop
Workshop fee $5.00 per farm.
Advance registration is required: http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=20785
For questions or more information, please contact Roger Ingram at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-889-7385.
|Spring 2017 (6,960KB)||
|2 Upcoming Workshops (110KB)||
Farmer-to-Farmer Breakfast: FSA Loans & Insurance
Whole Farm Insurance Workshop: Tuesday, January 24, 3-6 PM
|Sheep Shepherding School Series (992KB)||
Sheep Shepherding School Series to Begin January 12, 2017
UCCE Placer/Nevada is offering a series of hands-on and classroom workshops for new and aspiring sheep producers in 2017. These programs are designed to help students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to operate a small-scale commercial sheep operation!
January 12 – Getting Started In Sheep Production Overview
You can register online at http://ucanr.edu/sites/placernevadasmallfarms/
|Winter 2016 (3,401KB)||
|Fall 2016 (3,831KB)||
|Wild Pig Survey (22KB)||
University of California Cooperative Extension Wild Pig Survey
In managed rangelands and agricultural areas, feral or wild pigs are a significant pest species. However, estimates of total damaged area occurring on these lands are ill-defined and subject to a high degree of variability. Wild pigs can be important vectors of disease, can cause forage and crop loss and set up sites for erosion effecting water quality and allow invasive plant species to establish. They can also prey on livestock. The geographical extent of wild pig damage in California is currently unknown making it difficult to mitigate and manage losses, and estimate the economic impact on private landowners and public lands.
UCCE Livestock and Range Advisors and Wildlife Specialists need your help by filling out a short statewide survey on wild pig damage found at: http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=16522. It should only take about 15 minutes to complete. Individual identities and survey responses will be kept confidential. Participation in the survey is entirely voluntary.
|Upcoming Electric Fencing and Low-Stress Livestock Handling Workshops (1,165KB)||
Two upcoming workshops are highlighted in this issue.
1. Pasture Walk - Electric Fencing 101, August 25th, 6-8 PM, 12499 Elster Place, Grass Valley, CA.
2. Low Stress Livestock Handling School, October 21-22, Sierra Foothills Research and Extension Center, Browns Valley, CA.
|Upcoming Workshops (2,339KB)||
Informational flyers on:
|Summer 2016 (4,752KB)||
|Pastured Pig Field Day, June 7th - 6 PM, Chicago Park (1,364KB)||
There will be a Pastured Pig Field Day on Tuesday, June 7th at 6 PM. The workshop will be held in Chicago Park. Paul Glowaski of Dinner Bell Farm will lead the workshop. The workshop is sponsored by UC Cooperative Extension. A flyer is attached. The cost of the workshop is $5. You register at this link:
Contact me at 530-889-7385 or email@example.com if you have questions.
|NID Irrigated Pasture Workshop (692KB)||
NID is putting on a Irrigated Pasture Workshop at Robinson's Indian Springs Ranch on Saturday, April 16th. I will be speaking on soils, pasture irrigation, fertilization, and grazing management. Workshop will be held near the intersection of Indian Springs and Spenceville Roads from 9 AM - Noon. You can register by calling (530) 273-6185 ext. 286 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Spring 2016 (1,637KB)||
|2016 Shepherding School for New and Existing Sheep Owners (558KB)||
UCCE Placer/Nevada is offering a series of hands-on and classroom workshops for new and aspiring sheep producers. These programs are designed to help students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to operate a small-scale commercial sheep operation!
For more information—and to register for workshops—go to http://ucanr.edu/sites/placernevadasmallfarms/
A flyer with the workshop schedule is attached.
Jan 14, 2016
Jan 16, 2016
Mar 5, 2016
May 2016 (exact date TBD)
|Winter 2015 (2,438KB)||
|Upcoming August and September Workshops (1,778KB)||
Information on the following workshops:
August 25th Soil Health Range and Irrigated Pasture Workshop
September 11-13 California Multi-Species Academy
September 26 Getting Started in Beef Cattle Workshop
|2015 California Multi-Species Academy (823KB)||
The California Multi-Species Academy will be held September 11-13 in Auburn, Ca. We still have some spaces available. The academy features hands-on experience with grazing/browsing goats and sheep, electric fencing, ecology, nutrition, reproduction, guard dogs, grazing planning, and monitoring.
You can register by going to here:
|Summer 2015 (4,865KB)||
|Pastured Pig Field Day (1,359KB)||
There will be a pastured pig field day held on Thursday, June 4th at Dinner Bell Farm in Chicago Park. The workshop will run from 6-8 PM. Topics covered include: breeds to consider raising on pasture, breeding, farrowing, processing piglets, weaning, nutrition, pasture finishing, and selling meat.
You can register at the link below. The cost is $5.
|Spring 2015 (2,066KB)||
|Foothill Rancher Upcoming Events (1,530KB)||
This newsletter contains information on upcoming events and the Grazing Regulatory Action Project (GRAP). There is one more event that was left out. It is the National Society of Range Management Meeting being held in Sacramento January 31 - February 6th. Monday, February 2nd features a rancher forum. Tuesday, February 3rd is the California Rangeland Summit. Wednesday, February 3rd features several tours and an all day training on low-stress livestock handling. Scholarship money may be available.
Here is a link for more information:
|Fall 2014 (2,118KB)||
|Farmer to Farmer Breakfast and Upcoming Drought Meetings (250KB)||
I wanted to let you know about three upcoming events:
Farmer to Farmer Breakfast - Wednesday, December 3rd, 7 - 9 AM. Paul Muller, co-founder of Full Belly Farm, will be the speaker. He will speak on Scaling up your Commercial Farm. Full Belly Farm is a 350 acre certified organic farm in the Capay Valley. They have a sheep flock and sell wool as well. While the talk will be more farm oriented, Paul is an interesting speaker and I would recommend attending. A flyer is attached. The cost of the breakfast is $10. You go here and register:
Drought Update Workshops - While we have had a little better fall so far this year, you should still be concerned about drought. There will be two drought update meetings held in December.
Monday, December 8th - prior to the Placer County Ag Commission Meeting
Community Development Resource Agency Planning Commission Room, 3091 County Dr, Auburn
Wednesday December 15th - prior to the Nevada County Ag Commission Meeting
Both workshops will feature updates from NID (both meetings) and PCWA (Dec 8th only) on water supply. I will discuss range and pasture conditions and there will be a crop update as well. You can show for one or both drought meetings.
Please let me know if you have questions at 530-889-7385 or email@example.com
|Drought Monitor Workshop (215KB)||
Drought Monitor Workshop Webcast
PLACER/NEVADA LOCAL WEBCAST
Auburn Creekside Business Park
11641 Blocker Dr. Ste. 110, Auburn, CA
9:30 - 3:00 PM
Workshop is free and lunch will be provided.
You are invited to attend this webcast featuring presentations from the Drought Monitor authors about how the drought location and severity mapping is conducted, how the map is used in determining qualifications for drought assistance, and how on-the-ground California data from rangelands can be included in weekly drought maps.
Agenda Topics Include:
What the U.S. Drought Monitor means for ranchers
Please register at:
A flyer is attached.
|Soil Health Workshop (189KB)||
UC Cooperative Extension and the Natural Resource Conservation Service are holding a Soil Health Workshop on October 25th from 9:00 AM - Noon. The workshop will be held in Penn Valley at Robinson's Indian Springs Ranch.
Here is the agenda:
o Learn how to determine Soil Texture and Structure
o Learn to Estimate Soil Moisture by Feel and Appearance
o Estimating Soil Organic Matter
o Earthworm and Dung Beetle Hunt
o Estimating soil cover
o Understanding the importance of healthy roots in creating and maintaining healthy soils
Bring a soil sample from your ranch to the workshop.
The workshop if free. You can register online at:
Contact Roger Ingram at 530-889-7385 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
A flyer is attached.
|California Multi-Species Academy September 12-14 (856KB)||
The California Multi-Species Academy is scheduled September 12-14 in Auburn, CA. The Academy features hands-on experience with sheep and goats on local ranches. You will learn the following at the Academy: Grazing principles, range and brush ecology, nutrition, guard dogs, reproduction, health, grazing planning, and monitoring.
For mor information and to register, click this link:
A flyer about the Academy is attached. Please pass on to any interested people.
|Pasture Walk Scheduled for June 26th (270KB)||
A pasture walk is scheduled for June 26th at Bruin Ranch in Auburn from 6:30-8:00 PM. During the pasture walk, we will discuss determining carrying capacity, assessing whether stocking rate will match carrying capacity through the fall, culling strategies, body condition scoring, nutrition and supplementation, and a general drought discussion.
Here is a link for on-line registration and more information. I have attached a flyer.
|Summer 2014 (2,034KB)||
|Livestock Management During Drought (49KB)||
Livestock Management During Drought
Monday, March 24, 2014
6:30 – 8:00 PM
UC Cooperative Extension Office
11477 E Ave., Auburn. CA
This workshop will cover a variety of topics related to managing livestock through a drought. While there has been a significant increase in the amount of rain over the last month, we are still in a drought and you need to be thinking about livestock management over the next 9 months. Roger Ingram, UCCE County Director and Farm Advisor will lead the presentations and discussion. Please contact Roger Ingram with questions. You may register online by going to this link, Livestock Management During Drought lYou may also call the office at 530-889-7385.
The workshop will cover grazing planning, how estimate how much feed you have, nutrition, and health considerations during drought.
|Spring 2014 (1,372KB)||
|SFREC Drought Meeting (161KB)||
The UC Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center will host a meeting addressing livestock management during drought on Wednesday, January 29. The agenda and event flyer are attached. The cost is $10 to cover lunch and you can register online at http://ucanr.org/sites/sfrec/.
If you are unable to attend, you can view a live webcast. To view the webcast you must first register and then the login information will be sent to you.
See the attachment for more details.
|Low-Stress Livestock Handling Workshops and Drought (605KB)||
This newsletter highlights two Low-Stress Livestock Workshops coming up. The first is January 11th at UC-Davis. The second is January 22nd as a pre workshop to the 2-14 Eco-Farm Conference held at Asilomar.
There is a graph included of 8 Northern Sierra Weather stations that shows how dry we currently regarding precipitation.
In reviewing rainfall totals for the Auburn weather station:
January 1, 2013 - Dec 12, 2013 = 6.5 inches
January 1, 2012 - December 31, 2012 = 36.2 inches
January 1, 2011 - December 31, 2011 = 29.3 inches
In reviewing rainfall totals for the Browns Valley weather station:
January 1, 2013 - Dec 12, 2013 = 8 inches
January 1, 2012 - December 31, 2012 = 35 inches
January 1, 2011 - December 31, 2011 = 19.7 inches
|Winter 2013 (384KB)||
|Fall 2013 (566KB)||
|Multispecies Academy Has a Few Openings (1,430KB)||
This is a follow-up about the Multi-Species Academy scheduled for September 13-15 in Auburn, CA. The academy will feature hands-on experience with sheep and goats, targeted grazing, nutrition, reproduction, health, guard dogs, grazing planning, and much more. We have a few slots still available for registration.
More information on the academy is attached or you can go to this link:
|K-Line Irrigation and Grazing Workshop Scheduled for July 23rd (1,191KB)||
UC Cooperative Extension will be hosting a K-Line irrigation and grazing workshop on Tuesday, July 23rd from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. The workshop will be held at Elster Ranch located at 12499 Elster Place. Elster Place is just off McCourtney Rd. See attached flyer.
|Upcoming Event (1,191KB)||
Attached is a flyer regarding the 2013 Grazing & K-Line Irrigation Workshop scheduled for Tuesday, July 23, 2013.
Here is the link tor register for the July 23rd workshop.
|Summer 2013 (3,273KB)||
|Upcoming Events (571KB)||
Attached is a flyer for the Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center Field Day scheduled for May 7th.
Here is a link to register for the May 7th Field Day:
There is be an agricultural resource fair on April 24th at the Loomis Vets Hall. Here is a link:
|Upcoming events including California Meat Summit 3.27.13 (248KB)||
Here is a list of upcoming event in March/April 2013:
California Meat Summit, March 27, Placerville, CA
Beginning Farmer Academy, April 5-6, Auburn, CA
California Grazing Academy, April 26-27, Browns Valley, CA
|Spring 2013 (1,609KB)||
|Updated Foothill Rancher Newsletter Winter 2012 (258KB)||
Dear Supporter of Placer County Agriculture:
Due to low registration the organizers of the PlacerGROWN Farm Conference are cancelling this year’s event. Though we are disappointed, PlacerGROWN and UCCE are looking forward to offering a wide variety of events and training for farmers and their supporters in 2013.
|Winter 2012 (2,272KB)||
|Fall 2012 (2,624KB)||
|Coming Livestock Fall Events (1,407KB)||
Upcoming Fall Event:
Preparing Ewes for Breeding Workshop - September 1
California Multi-species Grazing / Browsing Academy - September 14-16
Stockmanship: Low-Stress Livestock Handling Workshop - October 4-5
|Poultry Workshop (464KB)||
WHEN: Friday, August 10, 2012
This Poultry Workshop is designed to provide an overview to those interested in establishing an egg or meat business.
Sinclair Family Farm raises broilers and fryers for meat, and layers for egg production. Both enterprises have access to pasture land. The workshop features a tour of the poultry enterprise conducted by Karin Sinclair including a question and answer session.
Reserve your spot immediately by:
Workshop Discussions Include: Brooding, Raising Layers on Pasture, Raising Broilers/Fryers on Pasture, Dealing with Culls and Replacement,Nutrition, Seasonality of Egg Supply, Health, Egg Handling and Packing,Marketing
Workshop sponsored by UC Cooperative Extension, Sinclair Family Farm, and
|Grazing & K-Line Irrigation Workshop (253KB)||
K-Line irrigation is a series of above ground pods and poly pipe with sprinklers inside the pods. The poly pipe is connected to a central riser and then the pipe and the pods can be moved with an ATV while the sprinklers are running. This type of system is very flexible and cheaper to install than solid set sprinklers. The field day will feature a demonstration of the pod system, soils, electric fencing, grazing principles, and strateries for finishing on grass.
This is a FREE workshop!
Please RSVP and save your space by registering:
Email Roger Ingram at email@example.com
More information on this workshop can be found by visiting July 2012 Grazing_K-Line Irrigation Workshop
This event is sponsored by:
|Summer 2012 (1,206KB)||
|Lamb Carcass Fabrication Workshop (3,624KB)||
Lamb Carcass Fabrication Workshop
|Spring 2012 (3,624KB)||
|Winter 2012 Foothill Rancher (808KB)||
|Fall 2011 (504KB)||
|Summer 2011 (1,404KB)||