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2021 Summer Newsletter
NEW - Small Farms Seminar
July 29, 2021 at Quincy Fairgrounds

UC Cooperative Extension would like to invite you to a Small Farms Seminar on Thursday, July 29, 2021 from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at the Quincy Fairgrounds. The featured speaker presentations will start at 5:30 pm. Following presentations there will be educational booths with additional resources and an opportunity to ask speakers more questions that will go until 7:30 pm. 

The event is focused on small farm goat and sheep producers, youth livestock producers (e.g. 4-H and FFA member) and those interested in using grazing animals on their property to reduce fire hazards. 

The event is FREE to attend, but please register EARLY TO WIN DOOR PRIZES!!!

Click here to REGISTER -
Feature Presentations and Informational Booths: 
  • Goat and Sheep Herd Health Tips - Roselle Busch, DVM, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Grazing to Reduce Fire Fuels - Tracy Schohr, UC Cooperative Extension Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor
  • Fire Resilient Property - Ryan Tompkins, UC Cooperative Extension Forestry and Natural Resources Advisor
  • Predator Protection Tools - Bill Watkins, US Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services Nonlethal Specialist
  • Wildlife & Livestock Interactions - Stacy Anderson, California Department of Fish and Wildlife Biologist
  • Poisonous Plants and Weed ID - Tom Getts, UC Cooperative Extension Weed Ecology and Cropping Systems Advisor
Plant Identification Booth - Do you have a plant growing on your property you would like identified? Bring the plant to the seminar and we will be providing plant identification and management tips!! 
For questions or additional information please contact Tracy Schohr, Plumas-Sierra-Butte Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension at 
Grazing For Change - Using Managed Livestock Grazing to Reduce Fire Fuel Loads

UC Cooperative Extension is excited to share with you a new publication titled "Grazing For Change - Using Managed Livestock Grazing to Reduce Fire Fuel Loads" and a companion website focused on using grazing for fire prevention.  

This project is a collaborative effort of many UC Cooperative Extension advisors, specialists, local grazers and community organizations. The Grazing for Change publication can help landowners and property managers take an active part in creating a more fire resilient landscape protecting homes, businesses, communities, and natural resources. 

"Managed livestock grazing with goats, sheep, and cattle is one tool homeowners, land managers, communities and public agencies can utilize to reduce fire fuel loads that can lead to catastrophic fires," states Garrett Sjolund, Assistant Chief, CAL FIRE - Butte County. "Myself and other firefighters value livestock grazers to reduce the severity, continuity, and size of wildfires."

Copies of the booklet are available by contacting UC Cooperative Extension at or you can read the booklet online at Grazing for Change
Drought Resources and Adaptation Strategies for Ranchers - Workshop Highlights

Ranchers are facing unprecedented drought conditions with limited forage growth, stock ponds never filling and streams never running. UC Cooperative Extension, Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Farm Service Agency came together to provide two workshops for ranchers in Plumas and Sierra Counties in June of 2021 focused on drought resources and adaptation strategies. Click here for resources, presentations and presenter contact information from event. 

We have a limited number of drought resource booklets printed that are available to livestock producers. If you are interested in a printed booklet please email

Drought Conditions May Lead to Toxic Hay

Drought conditions may increase the chances for risky levels of nitrate in forages. Many growers may have cut their grain fields for hay, however, that may cause some concerns for ruminant livestock if forage nitrate (NO3) levels are not monitored closely since drought stress can cause nitrate accumulation in forage plants. The inverse relationship between nitrate accumulation and water availability makes dryland hays more susceptible to high levels of nitrate. Testing hay and forage for nitrates is the only way to ascertain if a problem really exists, but keep in mind that forage concentrations are variable, so proper sampling is important.  Click here to learn more. 

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