Livestock and Natural Resources
Livestock and Natural Resource Advisor
Serving Kern, Tulare and Kings counties
At the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley sit Kern, Tulare and Kings Counties. The tri-county area encompasses a wide variety of bioregions including hot deserts, forests, mountain meadows, annual grasslands, oak savannahs and salt bush scrub. The variable geography and ecosystems of the area make it a rewarding place to live and raise livestock.
On average, 26% of the land in each of the three counties is considered rangeland. Overall, about 43% of the cattle and calves and 30% of the lamb and sheep produced in the state of California are produced in Kern, Tulare, and Kings Counties.
- Evaluating fecal pathogen shedding in cattle to update risk assessments
- California Ranch Stewardship Project which seeks to compile information from ranchers on the lessons they have learned after years of living and working on the land
- Measuring vegetation growth and providing drought severity estimates to supplement drought insurance designations
Julie grew up in the L.A. area visiting and working on her family's cattle ranch near Bishop, CA where she developed her interest in ranching and natural resource management. She attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where she earned her bachelor's degree in Animal Science with a concentration in Range Management. After spending some time in the work force, Julie went back to school at the University of Idaho where she earned a Master's of Science degree in Rangeland Ecology and Management.
Current Topics in Livestock and Range
Sensible environmentalism...from a self-titled Greenpeace dropout
Posted 11/27/2013 - A recent editor blog from BEEF magazine focused on the views of a self-titled Greenpeace dropout. Follow the link below to read about Patrick Moore's refreshingly practical outlook on "Sensible...
Defining Sustainable Beef
Posted 8/5/2013 - On June 10, 2013 an article titled "Defining Sustainable Beef: truly a global effort" was printed in the Western Livestock Journal (have I mentioned recently that I'm a little bit behind on my reading?). The article talked about a committee formed...
Tax Breaks for Ranchers Forced to Destock due to Drought
Posted 7/30/2013 - As made available from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, here is a summary of potential tax breaks for the producer to avoid paying capital gains when forced to destock large numbers of livestock due to...
Blogging about a Blog!
Posted 7/25/2013 - The California Beef Council has been showcasing Beef Checkoff dollars at work in the CCA magazine. In the May 2013 issue (I'm a little behind in my reading!), a blog called "The Beef Factor" was highlighted. Registered dietician Katy Tenner posts at...