Daniel K. Macon

County Director, Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor
Placer-Nevada Counties
11477 E Avenue
Auburn, CA 95603
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Sutter-Yuba Counties


Dan Macon is the livestock and natural resources advisor for Placer, Nevada, Sutter and Yuba Counties. Prior to becoming an advisor, he was an associate specialist in rangeland science and management at UC Davis, with research and extension activities focused on drought management, predator-livestock coexistence, small ruminant production systems, and water quality. He holds a master’s degree in integrated resource management from Colorado State University and a bachelor’s degree in agricultural and managerial economics from UC Davis. Dan serves as the co-chair of the UCANR Sheep and Goat Herd Health and Production Work Group and the Rangeland Technology Innovation and Practice Work Group. He is a past president of the California Wool Growers Association and the California-Pacific Section of the Society for Range Management.


MAgr Integrated Resource Management, Colorado State University. 2017
B.S. Agricultural and Managerial Economics, UC Davis. 1990



Rangeland livestock production, economics, and management

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Peer Reviewed

  • Sprinkle, James; Arispe, Sergio, et al. (In Press). Determining stocking rates on rangeland. Cow-calf management guide and cattle producer's library. Western Beef Resource Committee.
  • Macon, DK; Snell, L., et al. (In Press). Protecting cattle from predators. Cow-calf management guide and cattle producer's library. Western Beef Resource Committee.
  • Davy, J.S.; Doran, M. (2024). Improving the feeding value of rice straw. California Agriculture. February.
  • Finzel, JA; Brown, AR, et al. (2023). Field demonstration analyzing the implementation of individual animal electronic identification and genetic testing in western range sheep flocks. PLoS ONE. 18:8. August.
  • Macon, DK; Whitesell, C (2022). Are these big white dogs worth the expense? The challenge of determining the costs and benefits of livestock guardian dogs. Western Economics Forum.J. Caudill and D. Hoag. 20:1, 43-5-.
  • Rao, D; Dykier, C, et al. (2022). Managing Small Ruminant Nutrition in Chaparral. UC ANR Publication 8717. UC ANR. October. https://anrcatalog.ucanr.edu/pdf/8717.pdf
  • Woodmansee, G; Macon, D, et al. (2021). On-ranch adaptation to California's historic 2012-2016 drought. Rangelands. 43:6, 223-230. December.
  • Dellinger, JA; Macon, DK, et al. (2021). Temporal Trends and Drivers of Mountain Lion Depredation in California, USA. Human-Wildlife Interactions. 15:1, Article 21. July. https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/hwi/vol15/iss1/21
  • Macon, DK; Whitesell, C (2021). The case for case studies: A new approach to evaluating the effectiveness of livestock protection tools. California Fish and Wildlife. 170:3, 173-183.
  • Macon, DK (2020). A Photo is Worth a Thousand Words. Using Digital Technology in Extension Education eFieldbook.R. Hayden-Smith. eXtension Foundation. August 24.
  • Macon, DK (2020). Paying for the presence of predators: An evolving approach to compensating ranchers. Rangelands. Society for Range Management. 42:2, 43-52. March 13.
  • Macon, DK; Ingram, RS, et al. (2020). Producer-to-producer business school: The importance of peer networks in ranch and farm business planning. Western Economics Forum. 18:2, 76-80. Dec 15.
  • Macon, DK; Stewart, D, et al. (2020). Sample costs to establish or re-establish and produce irrigated pasture - Sierra Nevada Foothills. UC Davis Cost and Return Studies. April 6. https://coststudyfiles.ucdavis.edu/uploads/cs_public/bf/2a/bf2a6a2f-10da-4e01-97fc-7ed8e9bade2f/20pasturesnfhestabtillnotill.pdf
  • Macon, DK; Stewart, D, et al. (2020). Sample costs to produce irrigated pasture: Sierra Nevada Foothill. UC Davis Cost and Return Studies. April 6. https://coststudyfiles.ucdavis.edu/uploads/cs_public/bb/94/bb94edc2-fbfb-4be0-8853-6565b486e032/20pasturesnfhproduction.pdf
  • Macon, DK (2020). The secret lives of livestock guardian dogs: Current knowledge and future research. Proc. 29th Vert Pest Conf.D. Woods. 29. Dec 10.
  • Macon, DK; Lile, DF, et al. (2019). Direct and indirect impacts to ranchers from wolves and other predators: Building a baseline in California. Proc. 28th Vertebr. Pest Conf.D. Woods. 74-76.
  • Shaw, Julea; Gornish, Elise, et al. (2018). Integrating strip-seeding, targeted grazing, and prescribed fire to restore and manage California grasslands. Proceedings of the 2018 Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA, Ecological Society of America. August 6.
  • Macon, DK; Baldwin, R, et al. (2018). Livestock Protection Tools for California Ranchers. UCANR. UCANR 8598. January.
  • Fake, C.; Ingram, R., et al. (2016). Beginning farmers and ranchers 2.0: Scaling up to profitability. 7th National Small Farm Conference.
  • Macon, D.K.; Barry, S., et al. (2016). "Coping with drought on California rangelands." Rangelands 38(4): 222-228.
  • Fake, C.; Ingram, R., et al. (2016). "Local food systems: Consumer attitudes and barriers to buying local." HortScience 51(9): S142.
  • Fake, C.; Ingram, R.S., et al. (2015). Evaluating consumer attitudes toward buying local and consumption of local produce. 78th Annual Rural Sociology Society Meeting.
  • Fake, C.; Filan, T., et al. (2015). "Training the next generation of farmers in the Sierra Nevada foothills." Supplement to HortScience 50(9)
  • Fake, C.; Ingram, R.S., et al. (2014). Assessing the importance of business planning training for beginning farmers and ranchers. 77th Annual Rural Sociology Society Meeting.
  • Macon, D.K. (2014). "The art and science of targeted grazing." Rangelands 36: 31-35.
  • Larsen, R.E.; Horney, M., et al. (2014). "Update of the 2014 drought on California rangelands." Rangelands 36: 52-58.
  • Fake, C.; Ingram, R.S., et al. (2013). Consumer outreach to increase consumption and sales of local produce in the Sierra Nevada foothills. 76th Annual Rural Sociology Society Meeting.
  • Macon, D.K. (1998). "What will the West become?" Rangelands 20: 4-5.

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