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2016 Call for Positions

On December 14, 2016 UC ANR Vice President Humiston announced the the release of 26 CE positions from the 2016 call for a new round of hiring over the next two years. This new release continues the commitment for hiring to exceed projected turnover, thus achieving the goal of academic growth. And, as funding becomes available, UC ANR will consider additional positions.

2016 approved CE positions

January 12, 2016 solicited proposals for Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor and specialist positions in the ANR Update. The call identified positions for strengthening and expanding the UC ANR network to address programmatic gaps and emerging needs. Below this public webpage displays all 138 new CE position proposals (there is a search tool to assist in finding proposals).

The online submittal process was open from January 12 – May 5 (5:00 PM) to allow as much time as possible for internal consultation and external input from UC ANR stakeholders in all program areas. Submissions were accepted from the following official submitter groups:

The Review Phase was completed May 5 – August 1. All proposals were reviewed. The program area and unit reviews were conducted by the Program Teams; geographic groups of County/Multicounty Partnership and Research and Extension Center Directors, and the UC ANR affiliated colleges and school. These groups prioritized and provided rationale for the position proposals under their purview. This input was used to inform UC ANR Program Council’s recommendations and ultimately the UC ANR Vice President’s decisions. More information about the review process is available in the review orientation.

The public comment period was open Jan. 12 through July 11, 2016. Comments can be viewed by clicking the position links below. Comments were reviewed by the review groups, Program Council and the Vice President.

Relevant documents:

If you have any questions, contact Katherine Webb-Martinez at (510) 987-0029 or


2016 URS Call for Positions

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2016 cycle.

Position Details

123 Sheep and Goat Herd Health and Production Specialist

The focus of this statewide specialist position is veterinary medical health, welfare and sustainable production for California’s diverse sheep and goat industries. These diverse livestock production systems include extensive sheep and goats herds for meat production, sheep and goat dairy farms, wool production, periurban grazing herds for vegetation and fire control, 4-H youth projects, and thousands of small and backyard holdings located throughout California that for over 10 years have had no support from a UCCE small ruminant veterinary specialist. The interface between commercial production of sheep and goats and the public through community based farming, fairs (youth projects), rural and urban grazing, and local distribution of meat, milk and cheese creates strong needs for research and extension in the control of zoonotic diseases, pre-harvest food safety, sustainable grazing, and emerging ruminant pathogens. Moreover, produce food safety and water quality concerns due to new FSMA regulations have reduced grazing access to crop residues, orchards, vineyards, and even adjacent lands. This specialist position will fill a critical need in working with UCCE Livestock and Natural Resources Advisors, UCCE Dairy Advisors, Livestock Specialists, sheep and goat producers, practicing veterinarians, regulatory partners, and AES and I&R faculty to lead efforts in sustaining healthy livestock production and solving sheep and goat health issues throughout California. This position will be located in Veterinary Medicine Extension, School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis.

Proposed Location/Housing

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

Proposed Area of Coverage

Statewide (throughout California).


Associated Documents



We raise a small flock (100) of sheep and think this would be a great help. Only been a Shepard for a few years and education is what is most helpful for us right now. Thank you
Posted May 6, 2016 8:53 PM by Deanna Leveskis
Small ruminants tend to be a neglected arena. Sheep and goat producers often do not have the same opportunities for veterinary care and advice so having someone from Cooperative Extension to be able identify health care needs, disease trends, and challenges, such as addressing changes antimicrobial use due to FDA 213 and California's SB 27, is essential. An avenue often not accounted for is the diversity in production and practices within goat and sheep production ranging from cheese production to youth projects to meat goat production. The needs are varied but definitely there for a Sheep and Goat Herd Health Specialist. In speaking with members of our division including the State Veterinarian, they would concur with their being a need for such a position.
Posted May 19, 2016 7:39 AM by Dr. Dennis Wilson- California Department of Food and Agriculture
Small ruminants are able to take advantage of forage in areas of the state that are unable to sustain cattle or crops because of suburban growth and increasing water restrictions, and they will continue to play an important part in the west. This position would give small ruminant producers, like myself and my wife, a much needed source of information and support, and would increase the economic and ecological viability of sheep and goat operations throughout the state.
Posted May 23, 2016 1:59 PM by Spencer Tregilgas
As a small-scale sheep producer, I think this position is long overdue. We are dealing with issues including bluetongue, foot rot, animal welfare, water quality, nutrition, reproduction, etc. - all of which this position would help us address. In addition, this person would help large-scale producers on similar issues.
Posted May 23, 2016 2:02 PM by Dan Macon
As a first time sheep milker, there is no one to talk to about concerns or the procedures and policies to market raw milk! It would be wonderful for a live person to talk to about these issues.
Posted May 23, 2016 2:38 PM by Kathy
I'm surprised this doesn't already exist. Contracted small ruminant grazing and grazing in agricultural applications is becoming more and more common. The health concerns for grazing animals near lawns, vineyards, and orchards is real -- having a resource familiar with the various sprays that may be used and what concentration and time frame is valuable as we look more and more to ecological methods of fire control and weed control.
Posted May 23, 2016 9:53 PM by Marie Hoff
California Wool Growers Association (CWGA) strongly supports the proposed position for a Specialist in Sheep and Goat Herd Health and Production. The California sheep industry could benefit greatly from this position as the sheep industry has been without a Cooperative Extension small ruminant veterinary specialist for more than a decade. As a result, the sheep industry has not had the advice, research, and resources available to help producers remain economically viable. The sheep industry is diverse in regards to operation types and management practices, each of which having specialized needs. Even so, the California sheep industry as a whole faces many challenges and issues regarding animal health and welfare (e.g. bluetongue and scrapie), nutritional requirements, parasite management, reproduction efficiency, and quality assurance in the production of safe and high quality sheep products. Looking ahead, the sheep industry will continue to face these issues and new challenges which will require the expertise and resources provided by this position. Without this position, California sheep producers will not have the tools and resources needed to help improve the efficiency and viability of their operations. CWGA is one of many stakeholders that will benefit from having a Specialist in Sheep and Goat Herd Health and Production in California.
Posted May 30, 2016 3:56 PM by California Wool Growers Association
I operate a commercial goat and sheep dairy and farmstead creamery. As an alumnus of the UC Davis Department of Animal Science (BS and MS), I am grateful to have been aware of UC Davis Goat Day, and have regularly attended in the years since opening operations on our dairy. It is clear that the generation of new research in the field of goats has come primarily from individuals within the School of Veterinary Medicine, and not from within industry (where resources and support are limited). So a dedicated position such as this will help to expand the scope of research produced.for goats. There is also a huge need for herd management and herd health research in the dairy sheep field, particularly with the imminent end of dairy sheep research at the Spooner Agricultural Research Station in Wisconsin. Almost as important as the production of research, is the dissemination of those results, both to practicing veterinarians and to industry. Goat Day has been very successful at reaching a broad scope of producers and youth alike, and the California dairy sheep industry would benefit immensely from a similar outreach effort. As of right now we are mostly limited to referencing information coming out of the Midwest and more often Europe, which is not necessarily comparable to conditions in California.
Posted Jun 1, 2016 10:18 PM by Erika McKenzie-Chapter
Cypress Grove, makers of artisan goat cheeses, strongly, emphatically, supports this position. We have spent over a decade working hard to improve the dairy goat infrastructure in California and have been astounded and not a little disheartened to see how little attention has been paid to goats (and sheep) at any level, including universities. We believe that California is well-positioned to become a leader in goat dairying--lots of interest from consumers, an large agricultural community, a leading animal-focused university in Davis, and the place where trends often take root and spread across the rest of America. But we need some science-based answers to our questions, some well-tested solutions to our problems. Please fund this position!
Posted Jun 19, 2016 12:31 PM by Pamela Dressler
Working in the contract grazing industry for vegetation management, land stewardship and fire hazard prevention, I have seen an increase of businesses raising sheep and goats to answer to the demands on both private and public lands. I feel that as there is more adoption of this valuable land management tool, more support will be needed for the producers in raising healthy and well-managed herds/flocks. I feel that they is also a great opportunity for more public to understand the importance and significance of having carefully managed grazing on our landscapes. I am in great support for this position as I develop my career as a younger agrarian dedicated to the sheep, goat and land stewardship industries.
Posted Jun 20, 2016 4:00 PM by Brittany Cole Bush
The commercial goat dairy industry could significantly benefit from this position. Herd management, farm management, disease management, raising quality replacements, economical nutrition, consistent out of season production, etc. The number of large goat farms in California, Oregon and Nevada is on the rise, and this position will be of much greater value to the goat/sheep dairy industry if the person hired has an established relationship to the financial realities of commercial goat/sheep farming. If the results of the position are not applicable on a commercial scale, the positive effects coming from it will be all but lost. Researching and pulling data from other parts of the world could speed up and improve the effectiveness of this position. Cypress Grove would be very excited to work with someone assigned to this role. The right candidate will be unique. Relating to, and producing positive change in, commercial industries takes as much psychology and economics as it does veterinary science and nutritional expertise. I see the role being half research and half extension out reach. I think the role could effect the lives of tens of thousands of animals.
Looking forward to the opportunity for collaboration.
Posted Jun 22, 2016 4:11 PM by Ryan Andrus
A position addressing sheep and goats is a much needed position and will complement the ruminant grazing position submitted by the Department of Animal Science. Together these two positions will provide statewide leadership for the industry.
Posted Jun 22, 2016 4:11 PM by Anita Oberbauer
Sheep and goats are among the most efficient species in converting roughage into high quality protein. There are only a handful of Universities left that provide research, education and expertise in these species and while it may not be a direct part of your mission - this position will bring great value to both industries throughout the US in addition to immeasurable direct value to California producers. As the Immediate Past President of both the American Goat Federation and the Utah Wool Growers, I strongly encourage you to fund and fill this position with the highest quality candidate obtainable! Thank You for your consideration of this position as well as receiving our public comments!
Posted Jul 1, 2016 9:32 AM by Tom Boyer
It will be a much needed position for the industry. It would also be beneficial if there will be a link between California and other States sheep and goat industries. A National Industry would open up International opportunities with similar industries in other countries.
Posted Jul 1, 2016 7:37 PM by Cabravet
The Herd Health and Production Specialist for Sheep and Goats is a critically needed position to keep moving the industry forward. Sustainability and Animal Welfare are hugely important for industry improvement and also due to the fact of Climate change and customer perceptions of agriculture. With the popularity of goats and interaction of them with the public in many settings, advances need to be made in relation to zoonotic disease control. With the increase of goat and sheep raising on a small scale, safe food production methods need to be taught and promoted via education. Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery, having been a commercial goat dairy since 1968, wholeheartedly supports the need for this position and sincerely hopes to see it become a reality.
Posted Jul 2, 2016 12:57 PM by Jennifer Bice
The American Goat Federation strongly supports this Specialist in Sheep and Goat Herd Health and Production position, and strongly recommends funding and filling this position with the best qualified candidate available. Goat producers face many challenges regarding animal health and welfare, particularly parasite management, and in the determination of accurate nutritional requirements and many face a documented lack of access to knowledgeable veterinarians. Having this type of specialist available would be beneficial to sheep producers as well as goat producers in California as they face many of the same challenges within their operations. AGF appreciates the opportunity to comment on the importance of this position.
Posted Jul 5, 2016 12:12 PM by Anita Dahnke, American Goat Federation
Summerhill Dairy, a commercial goat dairy producing fluid goat milk for retail sale, strongly supports the development of this position. As a leader in the growing goat and sheep industry, California is need of qualified resources, research and the development of procedures and practices specifically applicable to the unique needs of both goat and sheep farmers, as well as their consumers. One the biggest challenges to herd health and herd management has always been the lack of resources and qualified veterinarians knowledgeable in small ruminant animals. The increasing demands of consumers and regulatory agencies requires an increase in knowledge and scientific based information. This position would enable the goat and sheep industries to move forward with additional support and resources benefitting the animals and the industries that come from them. As such, we strongly support the development of this position.
Posted Jul 8, 2016 7:14 AM by Anneke de Jong
The California Artisan Cheese Guild strongly supports the proposed position for a Specialist in Sheep and Goat Herd Health and Production. The heath and welfare of sheep and goat herds are the foundation of many of our artisan cheesemaker members’ livelihoods. Their economic sustainability depends on the ability to produce delicious and safe cheese from the milk of a healthy herd. Work by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UC Davis has already benefited many of our members enormously, extending the life and increasing the productivity of their goats. Continued support from a specialist dedicated to goats and sheep will support herd health and management crucial to the success of artisan cheesemakers. Research and science-based resources for dairy sheep, specific to the climate and conditions in California, will be especially valuable to our members and fill an existing void. With the continued increase of small dairy goat and dairy sheep herds, particularly for artisan cheese production, this is a necessary step for the future of our industry in California.
Posted Jul 8, 2016 8:30 AM by The California Artisan Cheese Guild
I have a small sheep dairy, and I would like to support the proposed position. The number of small ruminant operations in California is increasing and many are new to raising sheep or goats. Veterinary experience in small ruminants is scarce and a CE specialist in small ruminants would be tremendously valuable for our community. When a serious veterinary issue arises, we can experience severe economic loss before finding the veterinary knowledge we need to address the problem. I feel sure that having a small ruminant specialist to call on would avert such crises for many small ruminant operators.
Posted Jul 8, 2016 10:25 AM by Marcia Barinaga
We have commercial range sheep that move to many different locations in California. We often have nutrition, health, production and pasture/feed questions without a reliable resource to turn to for answers. Good nutrition is essential for good health, performance and reproduction and we need a specialist that can help us navigate the knowledge and technology that is ever-changing. Our state has mineral deficiencies in places while having adequate mineral levels in other parts of the state (as documented by the California Animal Health and Food Safety Lab). Copper and selenium are two important minerals which can produce health problems, both deficiencies and toxicities, due to soil and vegetation differences. I emphasize this because deficiencies in just these two minerals alone, selenium and copper, have a wide range of health effects: poor growth, reduced conception rates, poor immune system, poor stringy wool, white muscle disease, infertility, retained placenta and stillbirths. Internal parasites also impact sheep and goat health. A Sheep and Goat Herd Health Production Specialist can help producers with questions or problems involving the health and nutritional needs that touch every aspect of production. Many California producers move their sheep to different feed sources throughout the year which also adds to a list of questions regarding pasture management, nutrition and supplementation especially since many producers may find themselves with new or different feed sources that can be challenging depending on the production stage needs of the sheep or goats i.e. “dry” ewes, pregnant ewes, lactating ewes with baby lambs, weaned lambs, rams, etc. California ranks second in the nation for sheep production, however it has been more than 15 years since our California sheep industry had a Sheep Extension Specialist. Extension Specialists for cattle do not serve the needs of sheep and goat producers. There are new technologies developing in the meat industry and new genetic interests for improvement and that can open new possibilities for us and our industry. A Sheep and Goat Herd Health and Production Specialist can be our “bridge” for bringing much needed knowledge and help from the universities and research community to California producers and especially the new and young producers of tomorrow. California needs a Sheep and Goat Herd Health and Production Specialist.
Posted Jul 9, 2016 11:30 PM by Peter and Beth Swanson
I have worked in the artisanal cheese industry since 2000. During this time, there has been substantial growth within the industry, much of it due to small ruminant dairies producing farmstead cheese. Goat and sheep dairies need the same level of health and production expertise that cow dairies have had for decades to allow artisanal cheese enterprises to thrive.
Posted Jul 10, 2016 7:45 PM by Eric Patterson
The Range Management Advisory Committee ( supports this proposed Sheep and Goat Herd Health and Production Specialist at the UC Cooperative Extension to provide specialized sheep and goat information and assistance to producers. As the use of sheep and goats for fuel management and vegetation treatment grows, specific information about the health of these animals will be vital to ensuring those types of projects are successful from the land management side and the livestock production side.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 8:09 AM by Range Management Advisory Committee
There is high interest in small-scale animal husbandry among Rangeland Resource students at Humboldt State University. Given our remote location, we enjoy a close working relationship with local UCCE advisors, but the addition of a sheep/goat nutrition position would be well-received and appreciated in this corner of the state. I have also been involved with the vibrant 4-H community in Humboldt-DelNorte and there are great opportunities in this arena as well.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 8:16 AM by Susan Edinger Marshall, Humboldt State University
I have been watching the transformation of small ruminant enterprises since the 1980s, as the collapse of the wool market and most large sheep flocks shifted emphasis to growth in small-scale niche markets (specialty wools, milk, and greater expression of ethnic preferences for goat meat). Most lately has been the growth in "vegetation management" enterprises, which potentially expose animals to a variety of health and wellness hazards, including poisonous plants, insect-borne diseases, and the quality of water sources in some brushland sites. As an animal science faculty member at Cal Poly, I've seen a great deal of interest among our students in developing even more enterprises making use of sheep and goats. I think this extension position would be a good investment in supporting what looks like an important present need and future trend in California agriculture.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 9:00 AM by Marc Horney
I fully support the creation of a Sheep and Goat Herd Health Production Specialist. An extension position that caters to these species is critical to the growing and ever-changing small ruminant operations in California. I feel that meat goats, dairy goats and sheep operations have often been overlooked in terms of University outreach efforts, and this will fill a critical void in our mission to provide extension services and support to all aspects of California agriculture. As our view of "traditional" small ruminant production systems shifts, we must stay current with the opportunities and challenges that come with an ever-expanding industry. Meat production, milk production, wool production and rangeland management are just a few examples of areas in which we can engage cooperation between the industries and the UC system to allow these markets to flourish.

From a veterinary perspective, as our use and access to antibiotics for health management moves toward a prescription-only source (CA SB-27), this position will provide an opportunity to interact with producers with regard to herd health and ultimately food safety.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 12:31 PM by Dr. Bret McNabb, DVM, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
The American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners (AASRP) strongly supports the proposed position for Specialist in Sheep and Goat Herd Health and Production with UC Cooperative Extension. California is known for diverse sheep and goat industries and ranks second in sheep and goat production. There are a large and increasing number of small to large flocks/herds and producers working with them. Small ruminant producers often use the internet to search for information or answers to problems. This individual would develop and provide information based on research and science-based resources. Their expertise would provide resources in nutrition, parasite management, reproduction, and quality assurance to provide a healthy animal and safe and wholesome products (milk and meat). It is important to disseminate accurate information to veterinarians, producers and industry. This position can cover this task.
We hope that you will strongly consider supporting this position.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 7:42 PM by Dr. Patty Scharko, AASRP president
Extension specialist in sheep and goat health is strongly needed to address research and outreach as a resource for extension advisors serving throughout the state. With respect to dairy goats, California has an increasing number of goat owners in rural, suburban and even in urban areas, ranging from small family units and youth projects that utilize milk and meat for family use to large scale commercial units in need of expertise to research disease control strategies to optimize health and welfare of the animals and sustainability of the farm or herd. Issues of vaccine availability, mandatory Scrapie identification and traceback, lack of available approved medications for goats and the need best practices guidance for parasite control, infectious diseases and preventing transmission of disease-causing agents like Q-fever agent between animals and to humans are among the many issues facing dairy goat owners which could be addressed by the specialist in this position. California dairy goat owners, youth project members, consumers and the citizens of communities where these animals are raised would all benefit from the sheep and goat health specialist position.
Kristi Bozzo-Baldenegro
American Dairy Goat Association District 8 (California) Director
Posted Jul 11, 2016 7:44 PM by Kristina Bozzo Baldenegro
As the recently retired manager of the UC Davis Animal Science Goat Facility, I can attest to the strong need for a Sheep & Goat Herd Health and Production Specialist. California producers pioneered goat milk products in the US, and created the robust market that exists today. In order to meet the demand, many more dairies are being started or contemplated, as the goat milk processors are in need of more milk. The demand has encompased an interest in "other" milks, and therefore the dairy sheep component has started growing rapidly in California. These are often small-scale farmstead operations, which appeal to a rapidly expanding consumer base.
The goat meat markets are robust in California, due to the diverse population, and along with it, the number of meat goat producers has grown significantly. Meat goat producers can fulfill niche markets such as commercial goats, youth projects, seed-stock breeders, browsing/grazing operations, and supplying restaurants. One of the largest sheep and goat processing plants is located in Central California, providing a valuable resource to producers. These facts demonstrate the robust and growing sheep and goat industries in California. At present, people who are seeking help, in the absence of a CE specialist, will often contact the facility manager of the Animal Science Goat Facility, or one of the Veterinary Medicine clinical faculty members. As much as we would like to help, and have helped as time allows, the need is far beyond what can be accomplished without a dedicated CE specalist. Please consider establishing this position and allow UC Davis to expand it's ability to help sheep and goat producers during this exciting and challenging time of growth.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 7:47 PM by Jan Carlson
I am an extension/field veterinarian in South Carolina and provide information to sheep and goat and beef veterinarians, producers and industry. The majority of my time is spent with small ruminant producers. There are new producers with many questions and there is some inaccurate information out there. Producers who have been in the dairy or meat production business for many years may have sporadic problems and questions that the local DVM cannot answer. It is important to have a contact person who can determine if there is an outbreak occurring on a number of farms and provides accurate and science-based information.
FYI- For 2016 NASS listed inventories, SC is #19 for meat goats, #27 in dairy goats, but not listed for sheep numbers. California is #2 for sheep and dairy goats.
PLEASE- California NEEDS a Specialist in Sheep and Goat Herd Health and Production!
Posted Jul 11, 2016 8:20 PM by Dr. Patty Scharko, Clemson Livestock Poultry Health
Dr. John Glenn held a small ruminant extension position at the University of California at Davis for many years. In addition to his work supporting both the large and small commercial dairies and sheep operations in California, Dr. Glenn was an outstanding resource for veterinarians and producers all across the United States regarding management, nutrition, milk quality, herd health and disease prevention programs for both sheep and goats. Dr. Glenn wrote the first quality assurance and drug residue avoidance pamphlet for the goat industry, and his research and advocacy for copper metabolism imbalances is still an important management tool today. Reinstating and staffing a position for a small ruminant extension specialist would have great impact across the United States in addition to the services provided to California sheep and goat producers.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 9:49 PM by Dr. Joan S. Bowen, Small Ruminant Veterinarian, Goat Producer
As a veterinarian in a state now without an extension sheep specialist we feel a large void! An extention veterinarian is able to provide a life line of vital information to producers.At the present time in our history we are seeing many new sheep and goat producers thirsting for information on management and health issues,which they face. Filling this position will strengthen these industries in your state. Thank you
Posted Jul 12, 2016 8:12 PM by Dale Duerr,DVM

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