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106 Small-to-Industry Scale Poultry Management Systems Specialist

Submitter: James MacDonald (Associate Dean )
Submit Date: 12-Nov-10
Proposal: Small-to-Industry Scale Poultry Management Systems Specialist (Specialist )


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This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2012 cycle.



Over my career in Poultry in California the Industry has relied heavily on poultry extensionists for many important things. Don Bell, for statistics, Ralph Ernest for food safety, Doug kuney for land issues and composting and Francine Bradley for gamr fowl and biosecurity. It will be a great loss to our industry and the state if we do not keep someone involved in poultry and the needs of everyone.
Posted May 16, 2012 11:34 AM by Michael I. Sencer
The proposed position is not only badly needed in a state with one of the nation's largest poultry and egg industries, but on a campus that has been so crucial to the success of all kinds of poultry interests, from backyards to 4-H and FFA development and with some of the largest poultry and egg companies in the nation.
California grows 300 million chickens, 17 million turkeys and billions of eggs annually and is also home to the world's largest squab processing cooperative.
This position is desperately needed for industry, but also for a university that has always been known for its poultry leaders and educators.
Posted May 16, 2012 12:41 PM by Bill Mattos, President, California Poultry Federation
We support the need for this proposed position. Over the past several years we have seen a decline in available help to our Industry from Poultry Extension. Having local, qualified and trusted help has been key to many issues facing our Industry. We need to replace the staff we have lost over these past few years. Please help our Industry by filling this position.
Posted May 16, 2012 1:54 PM by David Will, Chino Valley Ranchers
Please fill this position. We rely heavily on the knowledge and experience of the Poultry Extension, and value this position immensely. Our Industry needs this help now!
Posted May 16, 2012 3:49 PM by David Rubenstein
During the 32 years I have lead the largest Squab (including all specialty (game) species and niche processed mainline species (chicken)) cooperative in the world here in Modesto, I have learned some very important things relating to poultry and food safety. The most important is that small flocks/species/growers without proper knowledge and thus reasonable protections, can cause major human and industry disasters (note: 2002 So.Cal.and earlier Newcastle outbreaks). I have worked with various UC extension Poultry Specialists in the past many years. These specialists have provided critical information, monitoring, and research that has been the reason many above mentioned species growers have not caused cited disasters. We no longer have such a UC resource to offer knowledge regarding strategies necessary to help those small producers, who so much need assistance to keep both human and industry from suffering awful problems. I can further share examples - but most importantly urge that the the poultry position be filled. This position includes both support for animal health, animal welfare, and human food safety safety. These are critical, and need to fill the position is clear.
Posted May 16, 2012 7:40 PM by Robert Shipley
The egg industry has relied on the expertise of extension specialists such as Don Bell, Doug Kuney, Francine Bradley and Ralph Ernst for years in running its businesses and addressing disease, food safety, production and economic issues. It would be important to maintain that knowledge and assistance in normal times but given the impending challenges of Prop 2 as well as the heightened concern over food safety it is doubly so now. Please find a way to fill this position.
Posted May 17, 2012 6:45 AM by Gary Foster
As a fourth generation egg farmer, I can attest to the importance of this position and the value that a poultry specialist brings to our industry. We rely heavily on the assistance from qualified professionals in areas of food safety, disease, production, land issues and economics. Please fill this position for the strength and lasting benefits it brings to our industry. Thank you.
Posted May 17, 2012 7:54 AM by Jill Benson
The poulty industry in California is an exremely vibrant community. There are significant numbers of backyard flocks that are going to experience a very large need in the near future in order to maintain good poultry health. As has been evidenced in the past whenever a significant poultry health challenge confronts the commercial poultry industry the origins of the challenge are found in the small back yard flocks, that are then transmitted to the commercial industry. In egg production California farmers are challenged with providing a healthy, wholesome nutitious food to over 38 million consumers, a sizable task. Over the years the poultry industry has experienced a continuing decline in th number of poultry extension specialists to where at the present time we are down to 1 individual on a part time basis and she is in the process of retiring. I believe that it is in the best interest of all parties concerned, academic, industry and California consumers and residents to provide for at least on full time poultry extension specialist for California.
Posted May 17, 2012 10:16 AM by Arnie Riebli
I have worked for the California poultry industry for the past 15 years. Unfortunately, during this same time period poultry positions within the Cooperative Extension program have been on a study decline. The same cannot be said, however; for the CA poultry industry which includes 20 million egg laying hens, 300 million chickens and 17 million turkeys (not including the numbers of backyard flocks and other avian species such as ducks, squab etc. estimated to be in the millions). With a human population estimated at 38 million - a true melting pot of diversity - you can see the need for a poultry specialist - someone well versed in all areas of poultry education with particular emphasis on biosecurity/disease control (avian influenza, Exotic New Castle disease), poultry welfare, poultry nutrition, poultry rearing and let’s not forget food safety. With the loss of Ralph Ernst and Doug Kuney the poultry industry is crippled…at this point many inquiries from both the general populace and industry go unanswered. We need help…please hire a poultry specialist.
Posted May 17, 2012 5:00 PM by Debbie Murdock/Executive Director Pacific Egg and Poutlry Association/Assoc. of Ca Egg Farmers
As a past poultry producer and current past president of Pacific Egg and Poultry Association, the need for this position is great. We have lost to retirement people like Don Bell, Ralph Ernst and Francine Bradley who were teachers to me of farming practices, values and advances that otherwise will be lost or come to a standstill. California cannot afford to loose it's competitive edge in the vital are of agriculture and farming.
Posted May 17, 2012 5:32 PM by Kurt Allen
Below is but one example of why we need to have someone to assist our industries in developing answers to attempt to keep us on the cutting edge of the technology needed to compete in the future!
First, "What are the minimum Lumens necessary for excellent production of Brown Floor Layers?"
Second question is: "Where is the CA State Poultry Extension person that can help research and provide the correct answer to this question for the future?"
It should NOT be necessary to seek out other State's Extension Service Research and publications to answer questions developed in our own state!
Posted May 17, 2012 5:38 PM by Tom Friend
This position is crucial to the poultry industry as they are our link to research and bird monitoring in the state of California. Avian Influenza is just one disease that is still out there and threatening our country. It is imperative we have someone educated in all aspects of poultry species. Biosecurity and poultry welfare are some of our main concerns and the previous specialists have done an outstanding job of educating all in regards to these areas and many, many others. There has been and will continue to be a dire need for this position to be filled!!!
Posted May 17, 2012 5:43 PM by Kimberley Hernandez
There is no substitute for local knowledge and expertise when dealing with issues relating poultry in CA. With the impeding implementation of Prop 2, poultry management systems will be changing rapidly and dramatically. With an ever increasing emphasis on food safety and environmental stewardship, qualified extension resources will prove invaluable. Please find a way to staff this position.
Posted May 17, 2012 5:48 PM by David Cisneros
Few comodities sit at the intersection of public health, animal health, and environmental health in quite the same manner as poultry. Domestic poultry species serve as pets, commercial livestock, show animals, and prey. No other livestock group sits on both the urban/rural interface and the rural/wildlife interface. Poultry provide income to farmers, food for consumers, and companionship for many. UC Extension has a long history of performing good science to provide valuable answers for the benefit of all - Californians need these resources to address the pressing questions facing all segments of the poultry industry today and into the future.
Posted May 17, 2012 8:01 PM by Nancy Reimers, DVM
As a third generation farmer in the state of California, I have witnessed first-hand the slow elimination of positions that the Poultry Industry depends upon. Our industry is in dire need to fill this position. A poultry specialist is in the unique position to provide valuable knowledge relating to research, disease monitoring,and most importantly, education. Please help keep our industry alive and fill this position immediately.
Posted May 17, 2012 8:32 PM by David Pitman, Pitman Family Farms
The extension service has been vital to our family farm. In a time when changes are coming, we as california farmers will be faced with new and more complex issues related to farming and food safety. We need every resource available to continue providing safe economical food to the california consumers. Our family would greatly benefit from this specialist as well as every other poultry farmer in the state.
Posted May 17, 2012 9:43 PM by Ryan Armstrong, Armstrong Egg Farms
While California may not be the leading State in poultry numbers it has always been a leader in proactive involement. The extention department has worked closely with California producers to insure that we are ahead of the curve with issues such as food safety, animal welfare, and production practices. We as an industry can not afford to lose this vital service.
Posted May 18, 2012 6:46 AM by Don Brown
California has a very strong poultry industry and the extension service has been vital to the success of this industry. The extension program has provided a necessary service to both the commercial producer as well as the back yard farmer. There needs to be a reliable source that producers can go to in order to seek advice. Educating all in biosecurity and food safety should be a priority. Historically, the extension service has filled this need and should continue to fill this need. Please fill the requested position.
Posted May 18, 2012 6:57 AM by Wayne Winslow
During my 30+ years in a specialty poultry business, I have relied extensively on the extension service personnel. That is where you go when you have a general poultry question and you need someone with contacts throughout the state, an extensive knowledge of poultry and an unbiased perspective. Unfortunately that great source of leadership, coordination and knowledge has been dwindling. The industry and consumers in California need that position filled. Thank you.
Posted May 18, 2012 8:24 AM by John Metzer
Ike Keao LTD is an exporter for brown layers, white layers, broilers, ducks, geese, turkey and guinea since June 1968 on a weekly bases. I was not aware of such an organization which I needed very badly especially in the last five years. The export of poultry to French Polynesia grows every year. Since Hy-Line moved from California to Idaho, the shortage of mail brown layers prevented Ike Keao LTD from exporting to New Caledonia, Fiji Islands, Guam and Micronesia Islands. I support the extension services which is badly needed. We also export poultry feed since April, 2009 supplier is Star Milling.
Posted May 18, 2012 8:58 AM by Ike Keao
This position is very, very neccessary for the state of California. Not only does this state have very large commercial operations, but also many, many backyard fowl operations. An Extension Position, which would act as a liason between both, can be very effective in decreasing the cross-over of diseases (some of which can be catastrophic) between them.
Posted May 18, 2012 9:28 AM by Robert O'Connor, D.V.M., M.A.M., dipl., ACPV
In my career of poultry I have countless occasions to work with UC extension from the California Egg Quality Assurance Plan to the exotic new castle disease outbreaks extension has provided the support and answers that the industry needs. At this time of rapid change in our industry it is vital that we fill this position.
Posted May 18, 2012 9:56 AM by Neal Rye
As the number of small flocks (backyard and commercial)in California increase so will the need by those taking on such endeavors for extension support and basic information in the areas of biosecurity, animal health and welfare, epidemiology, and poultry husbandry (to name a few). Poultry outreach has slowly eroded in California to the point where such a position is vital, not only to those raising birds in this sector of the economy, but also to support the ongoing efforts of an increasingly short staffed CDFA. As key individuals that previously held such positions have departed, the identification and engagement with small market producers has been limited and tenuous, thus staffing such a position will also help enhance the outreach in biosecurity and health that is critical to all phases of the commercial poultry industry.
Posted May 18, 2012 10:36 AM by Charles Corsiglia DVM, MAM, Dipl ACPV
Currently in southeren California since the retirement of Doug Kuney we have not had someone from the UC extension close at hand. As one of the smallest family egg farms in California I found that over my career that his position was helpful. Living in San Diego County I am seeing more and more back yard and small flocks. This position is needed for our fine state.
Posted May 18, 2012 1:09 PM by Frank I. Hilliker, Hilliker's Ranch Fresh Eggs, Inc.
UC Extension services are very important to the Poultry industry in California. It is a valuable resource for anyone within the industry whether it’s a small or large operation. We rely on extension services for guidance and education so the industry can thrive and continue to produce safe, wholesome food for the consumer. There are many occasions where their services and expertise are needed to help remedy a problem or concern and without their existence our industry and ultimately the end consumer will be at a loss. Please find the need to fill this position so California farmers, their animals and consumers can benefit from their service. Thank you.
Posted May 18, 2012 2:35 PM by Grant Gilman, Star Milling Co
As a smaller family-farmed poultry operation, we have benefited from the assistance of poultry extension agents in the past few decades. With the retirement of several poultry extension agents the industry and the California community at large have lost valuable resources in the specialized knowledge and expertise poultry extension agents provide. The California populous is the nation's largest consumer group of poultry products and California will continue to be at the forefront of industry challenges in the foreseeable future. It is absolutely critical to fill the now vacated positions to ensure the longevity of California’s poultry industry with access to service, science and expertise that a specialized poultry extension agent provides.
Posted May 18, 2012 2:43 PM by Joyce J., Poultry Farmer
I have been working in the poultry industry for over 20 years, and I have watched the number of poultry industry specialists associated with the UC system plummet dramatically. I am strongly in support of hiring a Poultry Management Systems Specialist as proposed. As a UC Davis graduate, I appreciate the expertise of the UC system and believe this position is critical to the future successes of the industry.
Posted May 18, 2012 3:43 PM by Stephen Gemperle
Local Cooperative Extension offices have almost no resources within UC to refer the public to. This is a real deficiency especially when it comes to disease issues. We really need this position.
Posted Jun 12, 2012 10:43 AM by Maxwell Norton

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