Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center
Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center
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Researcher Spotlight: Managing Rangelands for the Bad Times as Well as the Good

Figure 2. Total cover and biomass responses to rainfall and grazing legacy over three years (± SE). Dark squares indicate a legacy of moderate grazing – which created a diverse mix of grass and forb species - and light circles indicate a legacy of low grazing – which shifted the community to only dominant grasses.

Over the last few years Californians have grappled with how to manage lands during times of both drought and plentiful rainfall. At SFREC and on Central Valley rangelands, one question is whether management that promotes high forage in wet years alters...

Posted on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 8:23 AM
  • Author: Lauren Hallett
  • Author: Katharine Suding

Successful "Low-Stress Handling" Workshop at SFREC

Participants learn about low-stress handling before going out into the field

On October 21st and 22nd, UCCE Farm Advisor, Roger Ingram and the Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center hosted a Low-Stress Stockmanship School taught by Steve and Susan Cote. Steve has 27 years of experience as a range-soil conservationist for...

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 at 10:46 AM
  • Author: Clint Tipton
Tags: Cattle (2), Low-Stress Stockmanship (1), Range Management (5), SFREC (53), UCCE (19)

Irrigated Pasture Forage Production Project

Figure 1: H11-21, Cage B, 4-6 inches treatment on the left and Total Forage Production treatment on the right. Photo credit: Nikolai Schweitzer

The Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center in Browns Valley, CA utilizes 130 acres of summer irrigated pasture for cattle grazing. SFREC's irrigation water is supplied by a local water district via pipelines and open ditch distribution...

Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 11:06 AM
  • Author: Nikolai Schweitzer

Beef and Range Field Day

Congressman Garamendi gives keynote address to high school students

On Wednesday, October 5th, SFREC hosted over 170 high school students enrolled in FFA and 4-H programs across six counties for the 3rd Annual Beef & Range Field Day. Students had the unique opportunity to engage with UC researchers and...

Posted on Monday, October 10, 2016 at 9:53 AM
Tags: Beef Cattle (22), Education (28), Outreach (29), Ranchers (29), Range Management (5), UCANR (40), Workshop (18)

Research Spotlight: Chico State, Sierra Nevada Brewery and SFREC partner on byproduct utilization as a supplement for grazing beef cows

Cows enjoying the wet brewers grain.

Over the past 15 years there has been an increase in the craft beers trade and contruction of micro-breweries throughout the North State. One of the byproducts of the brewing process is wet brewers grain (WBG), which must be disposed of in a biohazard...

Posted on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 10:28 AM
  • Author: Rebecca Swanson, CSU, Chico Undergraduate Research Assistant
  • Author: Kasey DeAtley, Assistant Professor of Animal and Range Science

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