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Northern Cooperative Extension Advisors Serve Ranchers from the California Beef Cattle Improvement Association This article is the second in a series to showcase individuals within the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) who bring practical, science-based answers to ranchers across the state. This article showcases the UCCE advisors in Northern California. Over a century ago, Humboldt County established a Cooperative Extension Department, with the appointment of the state’s first farm advisor. Since 1913, UCCE advisors stationed at counties across the state have been dedicated to support productive farms and ranches along with healthy environments and prosperous communities. This article features the 10 Northern California advisors who work with ranchers to address animal welfare, livestock production and rangeland management issues to build prosperous ranching businesses. We are excited to introduce you to the specialists of Northern California below, with contact information and areas of specialty, along with highlights from one of their recent projects. 1 Humboldt/Del Norte: Jeff Stackhouse Phone: (707) 445-7351 E-mail: jwstackhouse@ucanr.edu Office Location: 5630 S. Broadway, Eureka, CA 95503 Area of Specialty: Range ecology and management; wildlife resources; and natural resources management. Current Research and Topics of Interest: Currently working on creating a smart phone application “BeefTracker” for cattle producers to track livestock grazing and pasture utilization, livestock transactions, field observations and ranch

improvements. 2. Siskiyou: Carissa Koopmann Rivers Phone:(925) 216-0615 E-mail: ckrivers@ucdavis.edu Office Location: 1655 South Main Street, Yreka, CA 96097 Area of Specialty: Livestock management; animal husbandry; and natural resources. Current Research and Topics of Interest: In the process of conducting a comprehensive analysis on the relationships between livestock production, water pollutants and water quality conditions on rangelands. The analysis will cover primary water pollutants of concern on rangelands, examine hydrologic transport and fate dynamics of pollutants, along with identifying range and livestock risk factors and management practices to protect water quality. 3 Modoc: Laura Snell Phone: (530) 233-6400 E-mail lksnell@ucanr.edu Office Location: 202 W 4th St., Alturas, CA 96101 Area of Specialty: Rangeland monitoring and health; water quality; natural resource management; and fire and rangeland interactions. Current Research and Topics of Interest: Monitoring wild horse utilization of springs on the Devil’s Garden Management Area of the Modoc National Forest. Specifically, she is analyzing the interactions between wild horses, wildlife and domestic livestock. 4. Shasta and Trinity: Larry C. Forero Phone: (530) 224-4900 E-mail: lcforero@ucanr.edu Office Location: 1851 Hartnell Avenue, Redding, CA 96002 Area of Specialty: Beef cattle production; irrigated pasture; and livestock grazing management. Current Research and Topics of Interest: Launched this year the “Ranch to Rail” program designed to improve California beef cattle producers' understanding of the feeding and carcass attributes of their cattle. Ranchers who participate in the project receive feedlot performance and carcass data associated with their cattle. This data includes average daily gain, feed intake (pen basis), cost of gain and carcass data. To date, over 100 head of cattle have been analyzed, working with 8 producers. The program is still accepting participants. 5. Lassen: David Lile Phone: (530) 251-8133 E-mail: dflile@ucanr.edu Office Location: 707 Nevada St., Susanville, CA 96130 ..CONTINUED ON PAGE 22

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