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2018 Forage Production Results for San Benito, Monterey, and Santa Cruz Counties

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In 2018 I clipped and weighed forage production (grasses and forbs) from four ranches in San Benito County, two ranches in Monterey County, and four ranches in Santa Cruz County. The goal is to do this during peak forage production, which is when the...

Posted on Monday, August 6, 2018 at 10:17 AM

Summer is pinkeye season

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(this article is adapted from an article by the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and is based on the work of John Angelos, DVM, PhD; Dr. Angelos provided additional editing) Pinkeye—or infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis—is...

Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 10:29 AM

Selenium Deficiency and White Muscle Disease in California Beef Cattle

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Selenium deficiency is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies in beef cattle in California1. It can cause diarrhea, reduced weight gain/loss of weight and can cause vaccines to be less effective2. Cows may not expel the placenta in a timely...

Posted on Friday, June 15, 2018 at 1:25 PM

Computers for Cattlemen Workhsop - May 17 in Hollister

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Are you a rancher who is frustrated with computers? Join us on May 17 to learn some fun and easy ways to use computers and mobile devices to improve your business. Date: Thursday, May 17, 2018 Time: 8:00 am to 11:00 am Location: Hollister Veteran's...

Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 4:40 PM

Backcountry Horsemen: Weeds and Grasses

Last week the Backcountry Horsemen of California had their Rendezvous at the Paso Robles Event Center.  It was a wonderful event with great people and fun activities. In case you missed my talk on toxic plants and forage value of grasses, here's my...

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Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 8:05 PM

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