Vegetation Reduction Using Sheep and Goats

Meetings will resume with our Oct. 6th meeting and will be via Zoom video conferencing.  Although Zoom meetings have limitations due to the lack of effective informal networking, it also allows us to have presentations that would not otherwise be possible.  Presenters who are located too far away to make an in-person presentation can now join us.  Suggestions for topics of interest that are relevant to our mission statement are welcome.  October’s presentation will actually be a webinar presented by the University of California Cooperative Extension’s (UCCE) California Sheep & Goat Grazing School on Targeted Grazing.  Thanks to Avery Hellman for the topic suggestion.

UCCE Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor Dan Macon will provide an overview of targeted grazing, including grazing management, picking the right grazer for the job, livestock management, and customer relations.  Using sheep and goats to reduce excess fuels in the WUI is a method that is used in many places including the Humboldt-Toiyabe west of Carson City.

Photo by Roger Ingram

Dan Macon is the UCCE livestock and natural resources advisor for Placer, Nevada, Sutter and Yuba Counties and county director for Placer and Nevada Counties.  His research and extension priorities focus on climate resilience in rangeland agricultural production systems, livestock-predator coexistence, targeted grazing management, and ranch business viability.  Dan also provides administrative oversight for the 4-H Youth Development Program in Placer and Nevada Counties.  Prior to accepting this position, he was an associate specialist in rangeland science and management at UC Davis.  He was also the founding executive director of the California Rangeland Trust (a land trust established by the California Cattlemen’s Association).

Dan is also a partner in Flying Mule Sheep Company, a small-scale commercial sheep operation in Auburn, California.  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.  He is a past president of the California Wool Growers Association and the California-Pacific Section of the Society for Range Management.

The October meeting it will be Tuesday October 6th at 6:00 pm via video conference, but will be slightly different from our normal schedule.  The webinar is scheduled from 6:00 – 7:30 pm, and our business meeting and participant updates will begin as a separate Zoom meeting on conclusion of the webinar.  It is advisable to check in a few minutes early in case of technical glitches.  The Zoom meeting for our business meeting and participant updates will be open at 7:00 pm, but won’t actually start until the webinar is finished.  However participants should be able to see and chat with each other after 7:00 pm.

Links for the targeted grazing webinar are:

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Links for the ABC business meeting are:

Topic: ABC October Meeting

Time: Oct 6, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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