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2014 New Call for Positions

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2014 cycle.

Position Details

070 Beef Cattle Herd Health and Production Specialist

Proposed Location/Housing

Veterinary Medicine Extension, School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis.

Proposed Area of Coverage

Statewide coverage in order to address the needs of the California beef industry, including cow-calf, stocker/feeder, seedstock, and feedlot production systems.

Contacts

Associated Documents

Comments

15 Comments

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This is a KEY support position for livestock/ range and natural resource advisors as well as California's beef cattle industry. It is especially important because many parts of the state have limited beef cattle veterinarian services available. This position is of the highest priority to several workgroups that convene under the Range and Forest Program Team as well as the Meat and Food Safety Program Team.
Posted Apr 26, 2014 9:38 PM by Sheila Barry
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The Department of Animal Science at UC Davis views this position as a key partner in our ongoing UCCE extension programs and research efforts. The position also informs the outreach element associated with effective student education; the students are the state's future leaders. Beef cattle are in the top ten commodities in California and having a Cooperative Extension Specialist serving that industry is essential.
Posted May 9, 2014 10:11 AM by Anita Oberbauer
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Housing this position within a department--Vet Med Extension on the UC Davis campus--will maintain and grow that critical connection among research colleagues on campus, county/regionally based UCCE colleagues, and the external constituency such as cattle ranchers and their support networks. As part of the cattle ranchers' support network, the California Farm Bureau Federation (CFBF) endorses this position as a source of unbiased, scientific veterinary expertise to better inform our public policy work affecting the health and welfare of cattle. This specialist will fulfill many important roles, including providing input at meetings with CDFA’s Cattle Health Advisory Task Force and industry trade associations such as ours. CFBF is a staunch advocate of quality assurance programs (QAP), for example, and relies on UCCE and the affiliated academic system to ensure those QAPs remain robust tools to enhance cattle health, protect the environment, and better ensure the future of the ranching economy in California.
Posted May 19, 2014 9:56 AM by Ria de Grassi, Director, Livestock, Animal Health & Welfare, CA Farm Bureau Federation
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May 29, 2014

Dr. Edward R. Atwill
Director, Western Institute for Food Safety and Security
Veterinary Medicine Extension Professor of Epidemiology and Medical Ecology Room 4207 Vet Med 3B
1089 Veterinary Medicine Drive
University of California-Davis
Davis, CA 95616

RE: Beef Cattle Herd Health and Production Specialist

Dear Dr. Atwill,

The California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased to support the University of California, Division of Agricultural and Natural Resources (ANR) call to hire a beef cattle herd health and production specialist to replace Dr. John Maas who recently retired. This position plays a critical role in maintaining a close working relationship between the ANR and California beef producers to advance science-based management practices that improve California beef production.

While California is home to hundreds of specialty crops, beef cattle production remains one of California’s top five agricultural commodities. The beef cattle industry serves as the economic backbone for many rural communities in California and is an important part of ensuring our nation’s food security.

In order to maintain a viable beef cattle industry in California, it is absolutely essential to provide the necessary academic, educational and research tools to advance the beef cattle industry in the 21st century. Specifically, this position assists producers with Beef Quality Assurance, maintaining a high level of animal health and welfare and educating producers on diseases and how to avoid or treat these diseases. In addition, this position assists local extension agents with the University of California Cooperative Extension in maximizing their relationship with local producers and, most importantly, prioritizing those issues the industry needs addressed the most.

California’s ranchers and beef producers are experiencing tough times and will need to adapt their management to successfully navigate their operations through the current drought. The industry depends on ANR and ultimately this position to provide ranchers with the appropriate knowledge base to make those decisions.

CCA was honored to work with Dr. Maas during his tenure, and we are excited to work with a new beef cattle herd health and production specialist. We ask that ANR not delay in filling this position.

Sincerely,

Justin Oldfield
Vice President, Government Relations
Posted May 29, 2014 4:29 PM by Justin Oldfield, California Cattlemen's Association
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I fully support Justin Oldfield and Sheila Barry's comments. This is a critical position for ranchers in Calif. and should be filled ASAP.
Posted Jun 6, 2014 6:14 PM by Darrel Sweet
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This is the highest priority position for serving those in the CA beef industry.
Posted Jun 10, 2014 2:38 PM by Jim Oltjen
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UCCE has the potential for a large impact on food safety with filling this position. Also the University has been working on 2 diseases that the beef cattle industry feels are critical (Foothill Abortion and Pinkeye). This position can provide the needed connection between AES faculty, Advisors and industry to facilitate these issues successfully being addressed.
Posted Jun 16, 2014 11:39 AM by Glenn Nader
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The Shasta County Cattlemen’s Association Board of Directors voted to send comments regarding the Extension Beef Cattle Veterinarian position. Our Association has relied upon this position to provide us with up-to-date information related to beef cattle health and management. For many years, we have held an annual animal health update and the Extension Beef Cattle Veterinarian has been a speaker. Our organization has about 200 members with the majority operating family sized ranches. We feel that having access to objective information allows cattle producer to make informed management decisions. We have also provided funding from our treasurer to support foothill abortion research.

We urge you to allocate and fill this position soon. If you have any questions, please contact me at 530-605-5715.

Sincerely,

Tom Martinez, Chairman
Shasta County Cattlemen’s Association Animal Health Committee
Posted Jul 8, 2014 1:43 PM by Tom Martinez, Shasta County Cattlemen's Assocation
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July 10, 2014

Dr. Edward R. Atwill
Director, Western Institute for Food Safety and Security
Veterinary Medicine Extension Professor of Epidemiology and Medical Ecology Room 4207 Vet Med 3B
1089 Veterinary Medicine Drive
University of California-Davis
Davis, CA 95616

RE: 115 Specialist in Sheep and Goat Herd Health & Production081 Dairy Cattle Production Health Management CE Specialist; 070 Beef Cattle Herd Health and Production Specialist

Dear Dr. Atwill:

As State Veterinarian and Director for Animal Health and Food Safety Services, California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), I am pleased to support the University of California, Division of Agricultural and Natural Resources (ANR) call to hire sheep and goat, dairy cattle and beef cattle herd health and production specialists. These three positions are a critical resource for ranchers and dairy managers because they provide the interface between the latest advances in management and agricultural technology and the reality of what is occurring on the ranch or dairy. Their expertise is also instrumental to CDFA when developing and implementing regulatory policy.

Livestock, including dairy production remain top California agricultural commodities. California is the nation’s number one dairy production state, the markets for sheep and particularly for goats are strong and growing, and beef production remains a top five California agricultural commodity. Importantly, California ranches and dairies also continue to be an economic driver and employment stabilizer in many rural communities in California. As world economic development and concomitant increase in the demand for protein occurs over the next decade, the importance of optimizing livestock production will only grow.

These three livestock positions are needed to maintain this strong production sector as farmers and ranchers seek assistance with improving quality, animal care, environmental stewardship, food safety and production. They will help California maintain its competitive edge related to producing quality livestock and will help the University make significant scientific advancement in food production. The benefit to the University comes both from the scientific contribution of these specialists and also from their ability to tap into real-world livestock production that will benefit other University faculty.

We hope that ANR will act quickly to fill these three positions and we look forward to working with these Specialists well into the future.

Sincerely,
Annette Jones, D.V.M.
State Veterinarian and Director

Posted Jul 10, 2014 10:40 AM by Annette Jones, DVM
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This position is critical for us at the county level to continue to provide a high level of support for our clientele. Out of all of the positions, this is my top priority.
Posted Jul 15, 2014 2:00 PM by Theresa Becchetti
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Dr. Atwill,

I am in agreement with Dr. Jones, Dr. Oltjen and others who are is support of this position. Furthermore, I believe this position offers an essential resource for all cattle producers in the state of California. Education and resources like these are our keys to success. Thank you for your consideration.
Posted Jul 17, 2014 4:37 PM by Tony Toso, cattle producer Mariposa County
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July 18, 2014


Dr. Edward R. Atwill
Director, Western Institute for Food Safety and Security
Veterinary Medicine Extension Professor of Epidemiology and Medical Ecology Room 4207 Vet Med 3B
1089 Veterinary Medicine Drive
University of California-Davis
Davis, CA 95616

RE: Beef Cattle Herd Health and Production Specialist

Dear Dr. Atwill,

The San Joaquin – Stanislaus Cattlemen’s Association is pleased to support the University of California, Division of Agricultural and Natural Resources (ANR) call to hire a beef cattle herd health and production specialist to replace Dr. John Maas who recently retired. This position plays a critical role in maintaining a close working relationship between the ANR and California beef producers to advance science-based management practices that improve California beef production.

While California is home to hundreds of specialty crops, beef cattle production remains one of California’s top five agricultural commodities. The beef cattle industry serves as the economic backbone for many rural communities in California and is an important part of ensuring our nation’s food security.

In order to maintain a viable beef cattle industry in California, it is absolutely essential to provide the necessary academic, educational and research tools to advance the beef cattle industry in the 21st century. Specifically, this position assists producers with Beef Quality Assurance, maintaining a high level of animal health and welfare and educating producers on diseases and how to avoid or treat these diseases. In addition, this position assists local extension agents with the University of California Cooperative Extension in maximizing their relationship with local producers and, most importantly, prioritizing those issues the industry needs addressed the most.

The San Joaquin-Stanislaus Cattlemen’s Association is an affiliate of the California Cattlemen’s Association, a statewide organization representing California’s $1.78 billion beef industry on legislative and regulatory issues.

California’s ranchers and beef producers are experiencing tough times and will need to adapt their management to successfully navigate their operations through the current drought. The industry depends on ANR and ultimately this position to provide ranchers with the appropriate knowledge base to make those decisions.

Many of our members have been honored to work with Dr. Maas during his tenure, and we are excited to work with a new beef cattle herd health and production specialist. We ask that ANR not delay in filling this position.

Sincerely,

David S. Absher
President


























The San Joaquin-Stanislaus Cattlemen’s Association is an affiliate of the California Cattlemen’s Association, a statewide organization representing California’s $1.78 billion beef industry on legislative and regulatory issues.
Posted Jul 18, 2014 7:15 PM by David Absher
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Dr. Edward R. Atwill
Director, Western Institute for Food Safety and Security
Veterinary Medicine Extension Professor of Epidemiology and Medical Ecology Room 4207 Vet Med 3B
1089 Veterinary Medicine Drive
University of California-Davis
Davis, CA 95616

RE: Beef Cattle Herd Health and Production Specialist

Dear Dr. Atwill,

Please accept this correspondence as support for the University of California, Division of Agricultural and Natural Resources (ANR) call to hire a beef cattle herd health and production specialist to replace Dr. John Maas who recently retired. This position plays a critical role in maintaining a close working relationship between the ANR and California beef producers to advance science-based management practices that improve California beef production.

Beef cattle production remains one of California’s top five agricultural commodities. The beef cattle industry serves as the economic backbone for many rural communities in California and is an important part of ensuring our nation’s food security.

In order to maintain a viable beef cattle industry in California, it is absolutely essential to provide the necessary academic, educational and research tools to advance the beef cattle industry in the 21st century. Specifically, this position assists producers with Beef Quality Assurance, maintaining a high level of animal health and welfare and educating producers on diseases and how to avoid or treat these diseases. In addition, this position assists local extension agents with the University of California Cooperative Extension in maximizing their relationship with local producers and, most importantly, prioritizing those issues the industry needs addressed the most.

California’s ranchers and beef producers are in the midst of quite possibly the worst drought in recorded history and we will need to adapt our individual management strategies to survive. Our industry depends on ANR and ultimately this position to provide ranchers with the appropriate knowledge base to assist us in making those decisions.

I personally have worked with Dr. Maas in the past and I look forward to working with a new beef cattle herd health and production specialist in the very near future. We ask that ANR not delay in filling this position.

Sincerely,

Absher Land & Livestock, Inc.

David S. Absher
President
Posted Jul 18, 2014 7:19 PM by DAVID ABSHER
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The California Rangeland Conservation Coalition (Rangeland Coalition) would like to express support for the Beef Cattle Herd Health and Production Specialist position.

The Rangeland Coalition is an unprecedented group of ranchers, environmental organizations, scientists and government agencies who are major California rangeland stakeholders. Together, signatories strive to enhance and preserve private working landscapes. We feel strongly a need for this position to provide science-based recommendations to support herd health and production for small ruminants. Livestock producers in California are not only producing food and fiber but also provide multiple environmental benefits by managing vegetation to improve wildlife habitat, control invasive species and reduce fire fuel loads.

Rangeland Coalition signatories are confident that this position would provide the expertise required to translate research into management recommendations to increase the viability of the ranching industry while protecting rangeland ecosystems in California.


Sincerely,

Pelayo Alvarez
Conservation Program Director
Posted Jul 21, 2014 9:35 AM by Pelayo Alvarez
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This CE Beef Specialist position is unique and critical to our service to the beef industry. It is the only position focused on the knowledge and skills of veterinary medicine in the only school of veterinary medicine in the UC system. Our programs are focused on finding science-based solutions to problems that threaten the vitality of California's animal industries, rather than on clinical issues affecting individual producers. Veterinary Medicine Extension's customers include the general public, public policy agencies, animal-related industries, food producers, commodity groups, consumers of animal products, and the animals themselves. This position fits the ANR strategic plans and the mission of the SVM. Programs vital to the beef industry such as the beef quality assurance program and animal welfare issues are dependent upon the expertise of the proposed position. The outreach and education programs offered to the industry through this position are critical to the translation of the research conducted at UC Davis including sustainable environmental practices to infectious disease control.

Sincerely,

Michael Lairmore
Dean, UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine
Posted Jul 21, 2014 10:59 AM by Michael Lairmore, Dean, School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis

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