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Ventura ranchers thank UC Cooperative Extension

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The Ventura County Cattlemen's Association publicly thanked UC Cooperative Extension and other organizations for their support during the devastating wildfires of late 2017.

In the space of 12 hours, the Thomas Fire ripped through vital grazing land that cattle rely on for their daily feed. Some animals were also killed in the fire. In a letter to the Ventura County Star, Beverly Bigger, president of the Ventura County Cattlemen's Association, said UCCE livestock and range advisor Matthew Shapero, the Ventura County agricultural commissioner and representatives of Ventura County animal services established an emergency program to supply five days of hay until ranchers could get on their feet.

UC Cooperative Extension also served as a one-stop location where ranchers could meet with representatives from multiple agencies to apply for assistance programs.

"We want to thank and recognize them for helping us in our time of need. We look forward to returning to our passion: managing and improving the land and continuing Ventura County's ranching heritage," Bigger wrote.

When rangeland burns, ranchers must scramble to feed their cattle. In Ventura County, UC Cooperative Extension stepped in to help after the Thomas Fire. (Photo: Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 10:49 AM
Tags: cattle (9), Matthew Shapero (2), rangeland (12), wildfire (79)
Focus Area Tags: Economic Development

Comments:

1.
Good to hear about this. I've also been helped by UC Extension reps in the past and know that they are often under appreciated in what they do. Thank you.

Posted by Kevin Cannon on January 31, 2018 at 10:32 PM

2.
We're glad to hear that UC Cooperative Extension has helped you, Kevin. Thank you for your kind comment!

Reply by Pamela Kan-Rice on January 31, 2018 at 10:38 PM

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