What Can A Livestock Producer Do?

Attached you will find an ODFW guideline for how producers can address wolves in Oregon while being in accordance with the law. To view guidelines on wolves, click here.

Drought Resources

Below you will find a link to a website with compiled resources for combating drought. While this site was originally created to benefit those experiencing drought in California, we believe some of the advice may be applicable and helpful to Oregon as well.
To view the drought resources list, click here!

Oregon Cattlemen’s Association Reward Policy

Be it resolved that the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association will pay a cash reward, not exceeding the sum of $1,000 for information and evidence resulting in the arrest and conviction of any person stealing, damaging or driving away cattle or property belonging to any member of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association under these conditions:

  1. The “Assured Member” whose property is damaged or stolen must have paid OCA dues current at the time that the said property was damaged or stolen.
  2. A sum not exceeding $1,000 will be paid in each case. If more than one informant is eligible to a reward then the amount will be divided.
  3. The OCA Board of Directors will decide to whom and in what amount the reward will be paid. This decision is final.
  4. The reward is not payable to any officer of the law, brand inspector, or owner of the property involved.

The reward can be revoked at any time without notice by the OCA.

Reward signs are free and can be ordered through the OCA online store.

Oregon Habitat Monitoring Program

The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association’s (OCA) members are ranchers who graze livestock on lands that are also managed for the protection of wildlife habitat, riparian vegetation, clean water, and Endangered Species Act species critical habitat. Due to Oregon’s intermingled patterns of public and private lands, the coordination of information is essential for sustainable grazing management and protection of wildlife habitat and healthy grazing lands.

OCA has been awarded an Oregon Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Innovation Grant for the Oregon Habitat Monitoring Program; the primary goal of this effort is to develop an innovative, standardized, co-operative monitoring program between federal and state regulatory agencies and producers. The monitoring program is intended to provide a scientific sampling and analysis database that is affordable and usable for ranchers on their private property as well as permitted grazing use on federal land. Many hours have been invested in coming to agreement among the agencies and producers that the selected monitoring methods will provide credible data as part of a permittee data record, as part of individual private land records and to inform evaluations of agricultural water quality plans (SB 1010) compliance which require managed riparian and upland grazing.

The program was initiated in 2012 and designed for a 3-year period. Progress thus far has produced a multi-stakeholder supported OREGON RESOURCES MONITORING GUIDE.

We are currently in the second year of the program and have:

  • Completed field testing of the monitoring guide protocols
  • Finalized the monitoring guide and are close to finalizing the letter of support to be signed by co-operators (i.e. BLM, USFS, ODA, DEQ, ODFW, OWEB, NRCS, OACD)
  • Started scheduling 2014 Monitoring Training Workshops from April-October. Please contact OCA if you are interested in scheduling a workshop

The Oregon Resources Monitoring Guide’s protocol field tests were conducted between June and September 2013 on five different plant communities in five counties. There were a total of 65 participants from the Forest Service, BLM, NRCS, SWCD, ODA, ranchers and OCA. The field testing provided information about the methods favored by ranchers and participants that will work best for the different situations out on the ground.

What was learned from field testing the proposed protocols in the guide?

The Landscape Appearance Method had broad ranges in estimates of use at all locations. This method seemed to be the most confusing for people, because they were uncertain how to make a call for each category and where to look along the transect.

The Residual Vegetation Method, using random plots and a hoop for a sampling unit, and a ruler to measure the vegetation heights resulted in data within ½ to 1 inch of each participant, was very accurate between observers. Participants also understood why the method would be preferred over a “look and see” regarding livestock use.

The Sequential Pole Method required measuring vegetation and a yes or no answer whether the stubble heights were above or below a 4-inch mark on the bottom of the pole. This method resulted in similar answers as the hoop sampling at each site and there were no conflicts in the final answers. This method was quick and easy for everyone.

There was agreement among participants that site photos and utilization maps would be very useful. There was agreement that the draft guide needs to provide clear, usable instruction in a convenient size.

Why monitor?

  • To identify necessary modifications of your grazing strategy to optimize your pasture health and maximize production
  • To establish a credible baseline (collect data at least 2 years in a row) for environmental risk management, i.e. ag water quality and endangered species
  • To participate in telling producers’ good stewardship story through this pro-active program!

Once again, if you are interested in having a monitoring training workshop in your area please contact the OCA office at 503-361-8941 or jerome.rosa@orcattle.com.

Beef Quality Assurance

Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) is a national program started in 1987 that provides management guidelines for beef cattle production. Food safety and quality are the most important consumer benefits of a quality assurance program. Producers have embraced BQA because it is the right thing to do; but they have also gained through increased profitability. The BQA influences the management of more than 90% of cattle. As an educating program, BQA helps producers identify management processes that can be improved. www.BQA.org

The Western Regional BQA Program comprises partners from 12 western states to provide a core curriculum for Beef Quality Assurance trainers and producers. Who is this program for? All segments of the industry including cow/calf, feedlot, dairy, veal, and non-fed beef producers can benefit from this program. http://www.bqa.wsu.edu/

To become BQA certified in a face-to-face meeting contact on of our state coordinators:

Cory Parsons, MS, PAS
2610 Grove St.
Oregon State University
Baker-City, OR 97814
(541)523-6418
cory.parsons@oregonstate.edu

Dr. Reinaldo Cooke
67826-A Hwy 205
Burns, OR 97720
(541) 573-4083
reinaldo.cooke@oregonstate.edu