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Ecology & Management of Grazing - An Online Course

The California Rangeland Research and Information Center at UC Davis is now offering all four modules of its online science-based course entitled the “Ecology and Management of Grazing.”  This online course is organized in four modules that can be taken separately or in sequential order. The modules are 1) Introduction to Ecology and Grazing, 2) Foraging Behavior and Livestock Distribution, 3) Forage Quality and Grazing Animal Nutrition, and 4) Ranching and Grazing Systems.  Each module is introduced by a documentary quality high definition video followed by a series of narrated PowerPoint presentations. There are reading assignments and practical exercises. Each module is self-paced and will take 10 to 20 hours to complete.  Outlines for each module can be accessed via the online course registration page: 

http://californiarangeland.ucdavis.edu/Grazing%20Management/online_course.htm

Course registration fees are $200 per module or $600 for all four modules.  Registration fees can be reduced for groups of more than 10 people.  Contact Mel George (mrgeorge@ucdavis.edu, phone 530-752-1720) for group discounts. Each module is approved by the Society for Range Management for 16 CEUs.

Posted on Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Livestock Transport - the 28 Hour Law

The USDA Food Safety Inspection Service recently released a notice on the 28 Hour Law. Basically this law deals with humane treatment of animals that are being transported to a federally inspected harvest facility and provides Inspection Program Personnel (IPP) with instructions on how to enforce it. Here is what the 28 Hour Law says:

TWENTY-EIGHT HOUR LAW

A. Under the Twenty-Eight Hour Law, transporters are required to stop to provide animals with food, water, and rest. Transporters who have deprived livestock of food, water, or rest for more than 28 hours are in violation of the Twenty-Eight Hour Law (49 USC 80502).

B. If livestock arriving on a transport vehicle appear exhausted or dehydrated, IPP are to ask establishment management whether the truck driver stopped within 28 hours to provide the animals rest, food, and water. If the truck driver or establishment is unwilling to provide information, or if IPP believe the condition of the animals could be the result of being deprived of rest, food, and water for over 28 hours, IPP are to contact the APHIS, Area Veterinarian-in-Charge, via their FSIS chain of command, so that APHIS can conduct an investigation.

The full copy of the USDA FSIS Notice can be read at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISNotices/06-10.pdf.

Posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 3:01 PM

UCTV Video: Out of the Past A Journey Through the Landscapes of Livestock Production

Out of the Past - A Journey Through the Landscapes of Livestock Production
 is a 55 minute video that will enlighten you on the role of livestock grazing, ecology and how, through buying local, we can help maintain this important resource management tool. Several of my colleagues from around the state and at UC Davis were involved in its production. You can view it here.

Posted on Monday, January 25, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Local Meat Harvest & Processing Feasibility Study Released

This long awaited study, funded by the Mendocino County Economic Development and Finance Corporation and worked on by me and my colleagues around the state and at UCD, is now available for the public to download and read. The purpose of this study was to revitalize our local North Coast livestock industry. The link is shown below. 

Meat Industry Capacity and Feasibility Study of the North Coast Region of California   NOTE: This is a 1 MB file and may take a while to download. Printed copies are available from the Mendocino County Economic Development and Finance Corporation (MCEDFC) at a cost of $20. The full plans and technical specifications for the facility are also available from MCEDFC at a cost of $100.

I'm happy to respond to questions concerning this study through this BLOG.

Posted on Monday, January 25, 2010 at 1:42 PM

U.S. Food Market Estimator

Have you ever wondered how much beef or lamb is consumed in Mendocino or Lake Counties daily, weekly, monthly or annually? Or how much is produced?  Would you like to know how much is produced in other counties or in the whole state of California?

Well, thanks to the The
Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University you can now find out. The Center has developed a unique tool known as the U.S. Food Market Estimator.  The tool has a series of drop down menus that will give you lots of information about the food market but it's not just about meat. Other foods such as vegetables, fruits and nuts are listed too. This tool would be useful to our niche meat producers looking at capturing a share of the traditional market or finding out what the potential of "going local" would really mean. Take a look and play with it for a while. You'll be amazed!
 

Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 3:42 PM

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