The Schmidt family: Joe Spencer, Tina Jolly Schmidt, Brian Schmidt, Walt Henzi, Crystal Henzi, Kathy Spencer, Rick Schmidt, Stacey Swenson, Janis Schmidt, and Greg Schmidt. Photo courtesy of Karminder Brown.

Agriculture

San Benito family receives Excellence in Range Management Award

The award recognized the Schmidt family for maintaining outstanding ranch management and land stewardship practices across distances and generations.

Haze and burned shrubs from the CZU fire. Photo taken on Sept. 14, provided by Devii Rao.

Agriculture

New study to investigate influence of cattle grazing on particulate matter and greenhouse gas emissions from wildfires

Preliminary results expected by the end of August 2021.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Agriculture

The benefits of cattle grazing for reducing fire fuels and hazard

The California Cattle Council recently funded a UC Cooperative Extension project to evaluate how much fine fuel (grasses and other plants) are eaten by cattle on rangelands, and how this may affect wildfire behavior.

Horses at Dreamweaver Ranch. Photo courtesy of Shelby Martin.

Ag

Local horse ranch opens its doors to evacuated animals

An ewe gives birth to three lambs during its stay.

Photo provided by UCCE.

Agriculture

UC Cooperative Extension to host virtual meeting on grazing and prescribed burning for fire safety

One-hour workshop will also provide updates on two grants.

Stockers grazing in Paicines in springtime. Photo provided by SBALT.

Agriculture

It’s stocker season in San Benito County

While some ranchers run cattle year-round, others run cattle for part of the year before shipping them to another location.

Photo provided by Devii Rao.

Agriculture

UCCE to study livestock impact on fire fuel reduction

Study to estimate how much fuel livestock consume across California and whether grazing decreases wildfire speed and intensity.

Paicines Ranch hosts events related to agriculture and land management. In-the-field classes make use of the whole ranch, giving participants a hands-on experience. Photo by Leslie David.

Agriculture

Rancher to Rancher Field Day

Free workshop and information sharing for ranchers and livestock managers at Paicines Ranch on April 11.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Agriculture

Madison Andrade of San Juan Bautista wins livestock judging award

Placed first in hogs, second in sheep and goats.

4-H and FFA members sold their animals on Oct. 6 during the Junior Livestock Auction at the San Benito County Fair. Photo by Blaire Strohn.

Agriculture

Livestock auction teaches youth

4-H and FFA members learn the value of hard work and letting go.

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Agriculture

Improve Your Livestock Business Through Technology

Ranchers would rather be outside than sit in front of a computer. But computers and mobile devices are powerful tools that can help take the livestock business to the next level. Learn how to take advantage of these tools in a relaxed setting.

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Agriculture

Pre-Fair Horse Show and Junior Rodeo this weekend

Horse Events and some livestock judging starts this weekend, Fair kicks off next week

(left to right) Devii Rao, Dr. K. Satyanarayan and Dr. Jagadeeswary at the Veterinary University in Bengaluru with beautiful scenes of agricultural life depicted above us on the wall. Photo credit: Daniel George.

Agriculture

Small farmers make big contributions: Dairy production in India

Devii Rao, University of California Cooperative Extension Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor for Santa Cruz, San Benito, and Monterey counties, recounts a recent trip to India

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Agriculture

U.C. Cooperative Extension to offer sheep and goat workshop

June 13 event is an opportunity to learn about sheep and goat management

Goats showing food preferences.

Agriculture

Input sought on sheep and goat producer survey

UCCE will be hosting a goat/sheep workshop and would like input from producers about topics that are most important to them