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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.
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.

2021 Lambing School

by Site Admin on October 16, 2020

Sponsored by Oregon Sheep Growers Association

TIME: 8 am to 5 pm
LOCATION: Mont Alto Ranch, 2800 French Creek Rd, Glide, Oregon

This is an excellent opportunity to learn how to increase your odds of getting live lambs on the ground and off to a good start! This school will be held in a commercial sheep lambing barn, so there will be ample hands-on opportunities.

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: Monday, January 11, 2021

Please see this flyer for more details and registration form

Exciting Junior Event for the 2020 Annual Meeting

by Site Admin on October 7, 2020

The Education and Youth Committees have put their virtual imaginations together in an attempt to provide something fun and educational for our Junior Members. It has been a tough year with minimal shows or person to person contact. It is our hope that this activity will fill that void a little, nothing will replace the thrill of the showring, or the fun of laughing with your friends while working on Romneys or eating pizza in one hand with your hand trimmers in the other, but it is our desire to at least help you meet some of the other juniors from across the US. None of us are in this alone and just maybe, learning a little about members from other districts will bring us closer together, and close the distance between us. A more detailed out line will be developing as it gets closer to ARBA’s Annual Meeting weekend (October 17th and 18th, 2020). Everything will be virtual this year, so bear with us as we work out all the details.

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NAILE Wool Show Has Been Cancelled

by Site Admin on October 2, 2020

Romney Breeders: The wool show promoted and planned to be held during NAILE has been cancelled. Any entries submitted will be returned. Thank you to all who worked to make this a successful show, and to all who have sent entries or were planning to do so. Please keep this event in mind for your 2021 sheep and wool events.