August 14, 2023

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CDFW Confirms New Wolf Pack in Tulare County
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) released a press release on Friday confirming that a new wolf pack has settled in Tulare County, more than 200 miles south of any other wolf packs currently known to CDFW.
According to the press release, the wolf pack consists of at least five wolves. The pack’s breeding female is descended from OR-7, which became the first modern wolf in California after it crossed into northern California from Southern Oregon back in 2011. CDFW has also confirmed at least four offspring, including two males and two females. While CDFW has not identified a breeding male, genetic profiles of the four offspring suggests the breeding male is from California’s Lassen Pack.
CDFW was initially tipped off to the wolf pack last month based on a reported sighting within the Sequoia National Forest. In addition to photographic evidence, the Department was able to collect scat and hair samples to assist in confirming the wolf pack.
This is the fourth recognized wolf pack in California, joining Siskiyou County’s Whaleback Pack, Plumas County’s Beckwourth Pack and the Lassen Pack, which straddles Lassen and Plumas counties. CDFW has also acknowledged sightings of at least two other “groups” of wolves in Tehama and Lassen counties. It is unclear whether the Tulare pack may be related to either previously-identified “group.” At present only two wolves – both from the Whaleback Pack – are fitted with functioning GPS collars, complicating efforts to track dispersing wolves which may mate and establish packs.
Some Tulare County ranchers may now be eligible for CDFW grants to offset costs of implementing non-lethal deterrents or to provide payments to compensate for the impacts of wolf presence upon livestock (“pay-for-presence”). Information and application materials for those grants are available at the CDFW website, here
Any Tulare County ranchers and others with questions or concerns about gray wolves may contact Kirk Wilbur in the CCA office.
Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order to Prepare for the Next Wet Season
On August 4, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order aimed at streamlining debris removal and levee repairs in regions of the state hard hit by the series of severe winter storms that battered the state between late 2022 and early 2023. According to a press release issued by the Governor’s office, the executive order is “ In anticipation of another possible wet season with record rain and snowfall.”
The order seeks to streamline debris removal and levee repair projects by exempting them from various environmental laws, including those pertaining to lake and streambed alteration agreements, water quality certification and review under the California Environmental Quality Act. The order is effective for the San Joaquin River, the Tulare Lake Basin, the Salinas River, the Pajaro River and for tributaries to those rivers. 
New Episode of Stories from California Cattle Country
Stories from California Cattle Country Agritourism, Long Horned Cattle and Inspirational Quotes in Nicasio w/ Melissa Daniels of Cow Track Ranch” is out now.  To listen to the episode click hereStories from California Cattle Country is produced by The California Cattlemen’s Foundation with support from the California Cattle Council. If you want a glimpse into our travels, follow the podcast’s Instagram account @calcattlecountry.

Infection in Equine in Eight California Counties Consistent with Vesicular Stomatitis Virus 
From the California Department of Food and Agriculture
Multiple cases of concerning oral lesions and vesicles in horses consistent with Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) infection have recently been reported and confirmed in California, Texas and most recently Nevada. Clinical signs of VS include excessive salivation, vesicles (blister-like lesions), erosions or ulcerations around the mouth, tongue, nostrils, teats, feet and coronary bands. As VS is highly contagious among susceptible species (primarily equids and cattle, but also camelids and small ruminants, and occasionally swine) as well as potentially zoonotic, ensuring proper personal protective equipment and biosecurity measures are in place on your facilities is essential to prevent spread. While VS is rarely fatal, it is highly contagious and can cause severe discomfort and significant production losses in affected individuals. The lesions are clinically very similar and indistinguishable from those associated with the devastating Foot and Mouth disease. Vector mitigation (specifically black fly and sand fly control) is critical in containing a potential VS outbreak. Please ensure adequate fly protective measures are in place on your facilities; such as insecticide use on animals and around facilities, manure management and reduction of fly breeding areas. Any suspect lesioned animals should be immediately isolated upon detection. As VS can also be transmitted via contaminated surfaces; extra precautions should be in place on dairies to avoid transmission of VS to other animals or personnel during milking.

Please reach out to your local CDFA district office for additional information on vector mitigation strategies, biosecurity recommendations and movement requirements. Please notify your CDFA district office immediately if animals with consistent lesions are observed. To learn more about VS, click the following links. Vesicular Stomatitis, USDA Factsheet, USDA.

Applications Due August 31 for FARMER Program to Replace Ag Equipment in 15 Air Districts
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) recently announced that applications will be accepted through August 31 for CARB’s Funding Agricultural Replacement Measures for Emissions Reductions (FARMER) program in 15 air districts. The FARMER program will be distributing up to $5.4 million in funding to replace older agricultural vehicles and equipment with newer, cleaner equipment that “helps reduce emissions of harmful diesel exhaust and greenhouse gases and improves local air quality,” according to CARB. For more information, see last week’s edition of Legislative Bulletin or the FARMER Shared Allocation Pool webpage.

2023 CCA Scholarship Applications Now Available 
Applications for the 2023 CCA Scholarships are being accepted now through October 1, 2023. CCA awarded $59,000 in scholarships to students studying agriculture, although scholarship amounts and quantities vary year to year. Current CCA members (producer, feeder or YCC) that are currently enrolled at a university or college are eligible to apply. Past recipients of her CCA scholarship program may also apply again this year. For a complete list of awards and to download the application visit calcattlemen.org/scholarships. Contact Maureen in the CCA office at maureen@calcattlemen.org with any questions.

CCA Seeking Applications for a Membership and Events Coordinator
CCA is hiring a Membership and Events Coordinator to be responsible for managing the organization’s membership programs and coordinating events. This role involves promoting membership benefits, recruiting new members, organizing events and activities, and providing excellent customer service to members. See the full job description and details on applying at https://calcattlemen.org/careers.

Tune into RTAP’s Climate Issues Update for Ranchers Webinar
Tune in to the Climate Issues Update for Ranchers Webinar on Tuesday, Aug. 15 at 5:00pm. The Rancher Technical Assistance Program’s (RTAP) Jack Rice and Noah Lopez will cover carbon market updates, local climate action plan updates and CCA’s Vice President of Government Affairs Kirk Wilbur will provide a legislative climate update. To register for the webinar, click here.

Upcoming CCA Events

CCA Cattle-PAC Auction + Dinner
Sept. 16, Paso Robles, CA
Get your tickets and reserve your sponsorships now for the 2023 Cattle-PAC Auction and Dinner at Jimmy’s Watering Hole at the Mid-State Fairgrounds. To purchase tickets or reserve a table click here. To view the sponsorship packet, click here. For information on the Cattle-PAC event, click here.

107th CCA + CCW Annual Convention and Industry Tradeshow
Nov. 29 – Dec. 1, The Nugget Casino Resort, Sparks, Nev.
A tentative schedule is now available on our website. To view the schedule, click here

Upcoming Industry Events

2023 Public Lands Council Annual Meeting 
Sept. 5 – Sept. 8, 2023, Pendleton, OR
Join the Public Lands Council in Pendleton, OR for their annual meeting. To register for the meeting, click here. To view the agenda, click here.

CalVTP in Practice: Lessons Learned From the Urban Interface in San Mateo County Parks 
Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023, 9:00 am – 11:45 am, Webinar
Learn about collaborative forest health and fuel reduction project at Huddart and Wunderlich County Parks, in Silicon Valley’s wildland-urban interface (WUI). To register for the webinar, click here.

2023 UC Davis Young Cattlemen’s Association Fall AI Clinic 
Wednesday, Sept. 13 – Friday, Sept. 15, 2023, UC Davis Feedlot and Beef Barn
The UC Davis Young Cattlemen’s Association are hosting their biannual Fall AI Clinic at the UC Davis Feedlot and Beef Barn, Sept. 13 – Sept. 15. Space in the clinic is limited and is recommended to fill out the application ASAP before spots are filled. Cost includes daily hands-on practice, AI Certification and lunch. To learn more and apply to attend, click here.

CCA in the News

California Rancher Urges Congress to Address Wildfires Through Livestock Grazing and Effective Land Management Tools Drovers “Today, Dr. Dave Daley, a leader in the California Cattlemen’s Association, Public Lands Council, and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association testified before the House Natural Resources Committee in a field hearing titled ‘Conservation in a Crown Jewel: A Discussion About Wildfires and Forest Management.’” To continue reading, click here.

Industry News

NCBA Slams Presidential Overreach in Latest Antiquities Act Designation National Cattlemen’s Beef Association “The Antiquities Act gives the President of the United States broad power establish national monuments from existing federal lands. These designations are especially harmful to rural communities that rely on federal lands for their livelihood, such as public lands ranchers. Public lands ranching has existed since the early days of exploration in the West and is governed today by the Taylor Grazing Act of 1934. Nearly 40% of cattle spend their time on public lands and public lands ranchers protect water sources, safeguard open space, promote forage growth, limit invasive species, and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires.” To continue reading, click here.

Bureau of Land Management unveils plan to reduce wildfire risk in California, northwest Nevada Lake County News “The Bureau of Land Management on Tuesday unveiled what it called an ambitious and coordinated approach to tackle high wildfire risk through an accelerated process for creating fuel reduction projects on millions of acres throughout California and northwest Nevada.” To continue reading, click here.

Cal Fire is adding a powerful new tech tool this season to help predict how fires spread San Francisco Chronicle “The technology, built by researchers at San Jose State University, is called the Weather Research Forecasting System and will be one of the tools Cal Fire uses this season to help the agency get the jump on fire spotting. The critical differences will be the ability to predict where firebrands, or embers, from a fire might land and ignite new hotspots, and to better understand how the hot and dry winds swirling around a conflagration will influence and even create the weather around it in real time.” To continue reading, click here.

Sorting through the last month of the 2023 legislative session w/ Kirk Wilbur

A new episode of Sorting Pen: The California Cattleman Podcast is out now! CCA’s VP of Gov. Affairs Kirk Wilbur provides an update on all that CCA’s government affairs team has been working on in Sacramento in the 2023 legislative session. To listen to the episode click here

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