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2014 New Call for Positions

2014 URS Call for Positions

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2014 cycle.

Position Details

109 Rangeland Ruminant Nutritional Ecology Specialist

Proposed Location/Housing

Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center

Proposed Area of Coverage



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Filling of this position will allow ANR to build on the impacts that can be generated by their investment in SFREC. Addressing of nutrition and herbivory issues with livestock operations will make SFREC a living laboratory for extending information to livestock, environmental and agency stakeholders.
Posted Jun 16, 2014 11:45 AM by Glenn Nader
June 25, 2014

Dr. Michael Dale Larimore, DVM
Dean, Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology
University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
112 Surge IV
Davis, CA 95616

RE: Extension Specialist in Rangeland Ruminant Nutritional Ecology

Dear Dean Larimore,

The California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased to support the University of California’s call to hire an extension specialist in rangeland ruminant nutritional ecology. University of California extension advisors play a critical role in assisting ranchers and beef producers in the improvement of management practices and operational efficiencies.

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 will focus on providing working knowledge on the feasibility and nutritional value of utilizing byproducts, feed supplements and other grazing management practices to raise beef cattle. This is specifically important during drought years when available feed is short supply and ranchers must seek alternative feed sources to avoid the liquidation of their herds. With rangelands under pressure for conversion to more intensive agricultural uses and the ongoing rising price of hay, ranchers require academic assistance to identify new sources of feed where appropriate and how to more efficiently make use of what is currently available.

Cattle also provide numerous environmental benefits. Many of these benefits are recognized by the conservation community solely based on research that demonstrates the positive role cattle have in managing the health of working landscapes. This position will help advance better understanding of grazing regimes and encourage further collaboration between ranchers, environmental stakeholders and state and federal agencies.

As such, CCA respectfully urges you to fill this position as soon as possible.


Justin Oldfield
Vice President, Government Relations
Posted Jun 25, 2014 11:35 AM by Justin Oldfield, California Cattlemen's Association
This position is necessary in order to provide humane, realistic and real-time advice to ranchers. As regular feed sources become harder to get and more expensive, ranchers will do whatever is necessary to keep their livestock alive and to meet immediate feeding needs. (This is especially true when feed deliveries are cancelled at the last minute or arrive with mold, etc., which happened this past year.) This is inhumane for the cows. It is also insupportable for the long term. We need "boots on the ground" to address emergent issues with feasible, realistic solutions that are specific to each area and its resources.
Posted Jul 1, 2014 9:08 AM by Cindy Hansen
This position fills a critical need for the foothills. There are a growing number of producers who are doing targeted grazing as a business. They need more detailed information on forage, brush, and alternative feed nutrition. In addition, there is a need to better understand the role of secondary compounds on quality and consumption. Being housed at SFREC is a real plus for both research and educational programs that would attract producers from surrounding counties.
Posted Jul 16, 2014 4:41 PM by Roger Ingram
This position is critical for foothill cattle, sheep and goat producers. We need detailed information about ruminant nutrition, grazing behavior, forage quality, toxic plants and alternative feedstuffs. A specialist position would support and enhance the county-based extension system.
Posted Jul 17, 2014 1:38 PM by Dan Macon
The California Rangeland Conservation Coalition (Rangeland Coalition) would like to express support for the position of Rangeland Ruminant Nutritional Ecology Extension Specialist housed at the Sierra Foothills Research and Extension Center in Browns Valley, California.

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. Having scientific information available is essential to our mission. We feel strongly a need for this position that working across disciplines will play an essential role in the development and application of science-based recommendations to maximize the provision of ecosystem services such as forage productivity, wildlife habitat, invasive species control and an adequate and reliable water supply for California. This position will provide critical insights to guide rangeland management, and outreach, along with playing a pivotal role in meeting the objectives stated in the Rangeland Coalition Strategic Plan.

Coalition signatories are confident that this position would provide the expertise required to translate research into management recommendations to protect and enhance rangeland ecosystems in California.


Pelayo Alvarez
Conservation Program Director

Posted Jul 18, 2014 2:08 PM by Pelayo Alvarez

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