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Julie Finzel
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.

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About Julie:

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.



Julie Finzel