Introduction to Sheep and Goat Grazing Management
Grasp the basics of managing a grazing herd of sheep or goats. Including grazing site evaluation, selecting an appropriate type of animal, identifying nutritional needs and basic healthcare. Determine the different types of electric fence available for specific needs and how to deal with predators. Learn the details of potential career opportunities in animal centered vegetation management and fire mitigation. Class is outdoors so dress appropriately. This class is a precursor to the new Cuesta Ranch Education classes. Bring your own lunch, water and coffee provided.
DATES: 1 Saturday: September 16, 2023
TIME: 9:00am - 4:00pm
LOCATION: 75 Acres, 3535 Education Dr.
MODE OF DELIVERY: In-Person
INSTRUCTOR: Beth Reynolds and Robert Rutherford
QUESTIONS: Contact Shelly Ingram firstname.lastname@example.org or 628-888-4012
|Meet the instructor|
Beth Reynolds & Robert Rutherford
Beth Reynolds is an animal science lecturer and the Supervisor of the sheep center and goat enterprise at Cal Poly, SLO. She also brings her unique experience of owning and operating a vegetation management business in San Luis Obispo since 2005. Focused on promoting the use of sheep and goat herds as effective land management tools, Beth has obtained jobs ranging from firebreaks around housing developments, targeted grazing of noxious weeds for environmental projects, clearing creeks for flood control, in addition to providing vegetation management to a multitude of private, institutional and governmental agencies. Beth is also hired as a consultant to setup and help manage goat herds owned by local vineyards, ranches, and homeowners.
Robert Rutherford is a Holistic Management Certified Educator and a graduate of UC Davis with a Bachelor of Science and Standard Secondary Teaching Credential for Ag Education and a Master of Science in Agriculture at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly). Rob retired after serving for 39 years as a Professor of Animal Science at Cal Poly. Within that position, as well as teaching and advising students, he was charged with managing the sheep operations on campus, which entails grazing management in order to enhance resource function and productivity.