COIN Livestock Working Group

California, Oregon, Idaho, and Nevada (COIN) is a livestock working group made up of University Extension faculty from the above states, as well as other Western states. "This annual event keeps professionals informed about the many issues facing the livestock industry," says coordinator Ron Torell, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension livestock specialist. "The educational program exposes the specialists to new industry technologies and successful programs from around the West - all for the benefit of livestock producers."

The COIN group also maintains a subscription email system, where users have instant access to questions and answers from more than 100 agriculture specialists from the four states. This information base is available to ranchers through their local Extension specialist. For more information on this service or the training, contact Torell, at 775-738-1721, or torellr@unce.unr.edu

Annual Tour Summaries

(Click on a title below to see the tour's events & pictures)

 

COIN Tour 2007

Oregon State University Extension Service hosted the 2007 tour of Douglas County, Oregon

 

COIN Tour 2006 (No tour).

 

COIN Tour 2005

University of California, Davis, Cooperative Extension hosted the 2005 tour.

COIN Tour 2004

Oregon State University Extension Service hosted the 2004 tour.

COIN Tour 2003

University of Nevada, Reno, Extension Service hosted the 2003 tour.


Last updated: 9/21/2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


COIN Tour 2003

University of Nevada, Reno, Extension Service hosted the 2003 tour.

The topics discussed at the 2003 training included: a hands-on software program, “Ranching With Risk;” use of Ultrasound technology in the feeding industry; GIS use for rangeland monitoring and range resource management; update on Selenium fertilizers now approved for use in Oregon; futures and options used in Extension programs; county of origin labeling (COOL); animal identification technology; confined animal feeding operations (CAFO) regulations; Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD) update; and animal behavior patterns as related to forage palatability. The Extension professionals also learned about Nevada’s and Idaho’s “Inside Beef” retained ownership program, and viewed cattle consigned into the program by producers from western states.

Here are links to pictures from a feedlot we visited in May 2003:
Squeeze chute Locating image Steer in headgate 2 Locating image 2
Electronic ID reader Image output Steer in headgate 3 Locating image 3
Scale output Scale output 2 Steer in headgate slobbering Image output 2
Crowding pen Steer in headgate Squeeze Chute 2 Feedlot cattle
Oil Gun Electronic ID ear button Scale house TMR
Oiled steer Hydraulics on squeeze chute Oil gun 2 Feedlot cattle 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


COIN Tour 2004

Oregon State University hosted the 2004 tour.

COIN Tour 2004 Topics & Daily Review (pdf) - Find photos attached to blue print in this pdf.
Here are links to pictures, webpages, & email from the tour in May, 2004
DAY 1 (May 11)
DAY 3 (May 13)
Oregon State University Easter Oregon Agricultural Research Center, Union, Oregon

OSU EOARC - Virtual Tour

The Union Station consists of 600 acres of farmland as the base property just outside of Union & the 2,000-acre Hall Ranch located 8 miles east on Catherine Creek. The mission of the Union Station is to develop agricultural & natural resource strategies that maintain or enhance intermountain forest & shrub steppe ecosystems for the benefit of present & future generations. Research priorities include forage crop & alternative livestock systems, environmentally compatible livestock systems, & restoration of wild land systems.

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Biotech & Beef Genetics Update - DNA, MAS, SNPs, and GMOs - "Making Sense of Biotech Babble" Dr. Alison L. Van Eenennaam, UC Davis
Commercial Genetic Marker Analysis - Ingenity L Merial Ltd. Mr. Gary Veserat, MS, PAS

OSU Hall Ranch Tour - Research Focus at EOARC

  • Riparian Grazing Issues
  • Cattle Distribution & Range Utilization
  • Livestock Grazing & ESA Issues
  • Off-stream Water Development
  • Winter Beef Cow Nutrition
DAY 2 (May 12)
National Animal ID Program, Dr. Jim Oltjen, UC Davis
Thomas Angus Ranch, Baker City
Ranch philosophy & system (Mr.Rob Thomas)

State Reports (California, Oregon, Nevada, Reno)

Acknowledgements: The COIN group thanks Dr. Jim Thompson, OSU Extension Livestock Specialist, for hosting our tour this year!

USFS Starkey Experimental Forest & Range
"Long-term studies of Elk, Deer, & Cattle - Examining the Effects of Ungulates on Ecosystems"

Elk Facilities 1

 

Elk Facilities 2

 

Elk Facilities 3

 

Elk Facilities 4

 
Riparian Grazing Studies on Meadow Creek 1  
Riparian Grazing Studies on Meadow Creek 2  
Riparian Grazing Studies on Meadow Creek 3  
Riparian Grazing Studies on Meadow Creek 4  
   
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


COIN Tour 2005

University of California, Davis, Cooperative Extension hosted the 2005 tour.

COIN Tour 2005 Topics & Daily Review (pdf) - Find photos attached to blue print in this pdf..
Here are links to pictures, webpages, & email from the tour in May, 2005
DAY 1 (May 23, 2005)
DAY 2 (May 24, 2005)
Vandenberg Air Fource Base - Tour grazing lands & cattle operations Cattle ID - Dr. John Maas, UC Davis
1. Entrance Gate

Harris Marketing Program, Dr. Jim Oltjen, UC Davis

2. Main Gate View/Discuss Central Coast Home Grown Meat Alliance Mobile Slaughter Facility
3. Bus Gate 37. George Work, San Miguel, CA
4. Visitor's Center 38. Modified Feather-Lite Trailer 1
5. Missile Silo 1 39. Modified Feather-Lite Trailer 2
6. Missile Silo 2 40. Discussion.
7. Range Con for the base (left) 41. Cradle
8. Forage Plant 42. Rail
9. Discussion 1 43. Wash lines
10. Discussion 2 44. Wash sink
11. Discussion 3 45. Inspection 1
12. Discussion 4 46. Inspection 2
13. Oceanfront site 47. Refrigeration fans
14. Range site 48. Rail ends
15. Beef Facilities 49. 10-carcass capacity
16. Dairy Facilities
DAY 3 (May 25, 2005)
Hollister Ranch, Gaviota - Early land development concept & management of a cattle cooperative.

Speedling Nursery, Nipomo, CA - producer of vegetable transplants for commercial vegetable production.

17. Ranch manager, John McCardy 50. Speedling Nursery Inc.
18. Oceanfront explanation of ranch 51. Tourists
19. Ranch bulls on beach hill 52. Graham Wright, Nursery Manager
20. Lunch at Hollister Ranch 53. Planting & germinating seeds.
21. H.Q. Tour & Demonstration 54. Thousands of seedlings for farming industry
22. Calves from Mexico 55. Fertilizer wagon 1
23. Cutting horses are part of the ranch income, 56. Fertilizer wagon 2
24. . . . work, & pleasure. 57. Trucking prepared transplants
25. Demo 1

California State University, San Lois Obispo

Host - Dr. John Becket, Beef

26. Demo 2 58. Animal Science Programs
27. Demo 3 59. Cal Poly SLO Bull Test - various ranches
28. Demo 4 60. Bull Test Pens (water on hilltop, feed at the base)
29. Demo 5 61. Working Facilities
30. Demo 6 62. University expansion necessitates move
Drive-by of Neverland Ranch (Michael Jackson's place) 63. Following DR BEEF
31. Hills above highway entrance 64. Site for new beef facilities
32. Fans at front gate
DAY 4 (May 26, 2005)
Rancho Sisquoc - Cattle, Vineyard, and Winery Operation Hearst Ranch Cow Tracking Project - Dr. Mel George, UC Davis (mrgeorge@ucdavis.edu)
33. Winery Attraction SPACE COW
34. Ron Davis/Ed & Mary Holt(Long-time Family Members Predicting Beef Cattle Growth & bocy composition to give valueable tools for beef cattle management -
Far Western Guadalupe - Dinner & Program, Santa Barbara County Cattlemen's Association - Land use issues in SB County

Application to French beef production systems - Ms. Florence Garcia, UC Davis visiting scientist.

Clermont-Ferrand-Theix Centre, INRA, France

35. Andy Mills. Update on National Animal ID Plan - Mr. Victor Valiz, CA Dept. of Food & Agriculture
36. Willy Chamberlin. Biotech & Beef Genetics Update - Dr. Alison L. Van Eenennaam, UC Davis
  Effects of Modern Cattle Production on Environmental Quality - Dr. Frank Mitloehner, UC Davis
  Acknowledgements: The COIN group thanks Mr. Wayne Jensen, Livestock & Natural Resource Farm Advisor, Santa Barbara County, for hosting our tour this year!
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