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ARBA New Board Meeting 10-18-2020

by Site Admin on November 22, 2020

Attending via Zoom: JoAnn Mast, secretary, and board members Penny Swearingen, Zane Van Horsen, Ken Gossard, Anne McIntyre Lahner, Patricia Sanville, Don Burgess, Emma Morton Rogers, Rick Trojanoski, Carol Pasheilich, Charlene Carlisle, Melissa Wubben and guest Phillip Simmonds. The meeting was called to order by Don Burgess, President, at 4:04 p.m. EDT, October 18, 2020. Attendance was taken and all were welcomed to our first meeting of the newly elected board. As with previous meetings of the weekend, Zoom was used to connect for this business meeting. This method has been working well, with only limited technical concerns regarding connecting and stalling a bit.

Please download this PDF for the complete minutes of the meeting.

ARBA Annual Meeting 10-17-2020

by Site Admin on November 22, 2020

The 2020 Annual Membership Meeting of the American Romney Breeders Association was called to order, via Zoom, by President Don Burgess at 4:12 p.m. EDT on Saturday, October 17. Don welcomed all participants and shared his hope that 2021 would find us meeting face to face in Puyallup, Washington. People joining the meeting include board members Burgess, Anne McIntyre Lahner, Charlene Carlisle, Penny Swearingen, Nicole Murray, Allison Seyfert Streaker, Carol Pasheilich, Emma Morton Rogers, and ARBA secretary/treasurer JoAnn Mast. In attendance were newly elected board members Melissa Wubben, Patricia Sanville, Zane Van Horsen and Ken Gossard. Also joining the meeting were members Marianne DiTaranto, Janet Keply, Theresa Walker, Phillip Simmonds and Sara Tomis.

Please download this PDF for the complete minutes of the meeting.

ARBA Old Board Meeting 10-17-2020

by Site Admin on November 22, 2020

President, Don Burgess, called the meeting of the American Romney Breeders Association board to order at 1:08 p.m. EDT on Saturday, October 17, 2020. Although scheduled as part of the annual meeting weekend, due to restrictions in travel surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting was conducted via ZOOM. Don welcomed all in attendance, and asked for introductions. Joining the meeting were board members Burgess, Anne McIntyre-Lahner, Scott Culver, Charlene Carlisle, Emma Morton Rodgers, Allison Seyfert Streaker, Penny Swearingen, Carol Pasheilich and secretary/treasurer JoAnn Mast. Also attending were newly elected board members Zane Van Horsen, Patricia Sanville and Ken Gossard. Unable to participate were board members Rick Trojanoski, Betsy McPherson and Nicole Murray.

Please download this PDF for the complete minutes of the meeting.

Herd In The News 10/19/2020

by Site Admin on October 20, 2020

 
 
ASI Annual Convention 

ASI moves their annual convention to an online platform for 2021.
The ASI officers and staff will meet and gather in person in Denver to present a virtual two-day event during the last week in January 2021
 
ASI Accepting Officer Nominations.

Producers that are interested to serve on the ASI officer board as Secretary or Treasurer should submit a letter of interest, including leadership experience in the sheep industry by November 25, 2020.

These submissions can be sent to ASI President Mike Corn at mwc1983@roswellwool.com or ASI Executive Director, Peter Orwick at porwick@sheepusa.org
 
Wool for Specialty Markets webinar on October 28-29, 2020.

  • ASI is presenting a webinar to discuss Wool for Specialty Markets.
  • Oct. 28 and 29, beginning at 6 p.m. mountain time each day.
  • The webinar will be available through Zoom.
  • Registration is available now and limited to 100 participants.
  • Recordings will be available at SheepUSA.org after the webinar is completed. Be sure to register ahead of time! 
 
 
UCANR: Protecting California’s natural resources
A Rancher’s Fire Safe Council for the Sierra Foothills
 
Author: Dan Macon
Published on: October 8, 2020
  
Like many of you over the last several weeks (and indeed, over the last several years), I’ve read heartbreaking accounts of ranchers losing livestock in this latest round of devastating wildfires. I’ve talked to neighboring ranchers who helped friends evacuate livestock, and who moved their own animals to safe zones. And I’ve constantly watched the horizon for new smoke, and the sky for fire planes and helicopters. I’ve wondered what we can do as a ranching community to address our unique concerns and needs in the face of increasingly dangerous wildfires.

According to the California Fire Safe Council,
“Fire Safe Councils are grassroots, community-led organizations that mobilize residents to protect their homes, communities, and environments from catastrophic wildfire. A local Fire Safe Council is often sparked by a catalyst – perhaps a recent fire or a group of neighbors eager to spread a fire-safe message – then embraced by the community, which turns that initial interest into a committed group that finds ways to empower the residents to do their part to make the community safe.”

Most of these local Fire Safe Councils are formed by geographically related communities – counties, towns, or neighborhoods. But what about communities of interest? What about the ranching community? Our needs, when it comes to preventing and responding to wildfire, can be very different than a residential homeowner’s needs.

Ranching in the Sierra foothills is unique. Many of us operate on multiple parcels, some leased, others owned. These ranches are dispersed throughout the community – they may be surrounded by residential communities or public lands. Some of us still take livestock to the high country, while others rely on irrigated pasture during the summer months. Many of us have livestock at multiple locations.

Because these ranches are grazed (or in fire terms, because the fine and ladder fuels are modified), ranches may provide areas where fire behavior changes – where firefighters can attack a fire directly. Ranches that include irrigated pasture may provide additional firebreak benefits. Some ranches have ponds or other water sources that maybe helpful to firefighting efforts.

Rancher needs during a wildfire may also differ from the surrounding communities. Unlike backyard livestock owners, commercial ranchers often have more livestock than can be evacuated by a single truck and trailer – making evacuation difficult even with enough warning. Ranchers with leased pasture may have difficulty accessing property and livestock during an emergency due to roadblocks. And ranchers typically have first-hand, on-the-ground knowledge – and oftentimes equipment – that may be helpful in the initial response to wildfire.
All of this brings me to an idea:

  • What if we created a Rancher’s Fire Safe Council?
  • What if we formalized our efforts to inventory the equipment and expertise that could help protect ranch lands and the surrounding community?
  • What if we formalized our relationships with CalFire, law enforcement, and other emergency services?
  • What if we could train ourselves (and our neighbors) on things like safe evacuation and fire behavior?
  • What if we formally became a resource for protecting our ranches and our communities?

I’d like to invite you to a meeting to explore this idea in more detail. And please feel free to invite other ranchers to participate. I envision this group being comprised of commercial producers – ranchers who have more livestock than could be evacuated in a single trailer, who are raising livestock as a business.
 
WHEN: Wednesday, October 28, 2020 – 6-7:30 p.m.
WHERE:
Via Zoom – link will be provided once you register
 
Tentative Agenda
  • What is a Fire Safe Council?
  • Are there other ways to address the fire prevention, response, and recover needs of the ranching community?
  • What could a Rancher’s Fire Safe Council do? What are our top priorities?
  • Who should be involved in this effort?
  • Next steps
 
I look forward to hearing from you! What do YOU think a Rancher’s Fire Safe Council could do? Leave a comment to this blog, or email me directly at dmacon@ucanr.edu.
 
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