Researchers and veterinarians working with the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) system are hoping California ranchers who have suffered wildfire losses can help them.
“Right now, we have no good estimate of the real cost of wildfire to livestock producers in California,” said Rebecca Ozeran, UCCE livestock and natural resources advisor for Fresno and Madera counties.
“Existing UCCE forage loss worksheets cannot account for the many other ways that wildfire affects livestock farms and ranches. As such, we need producers’ input to help us calculate the range of immediate and long-term costs of wildfire.”
The California Cattlemen’s Association has joined with UCCE personnel in circulating a producer survey. The online survey is estimated to take 15-30 minutes to fill out and will help quantify the impact fire has had on producers in California. Anyone who has raised livestock and experienced wildfire on their property in the past 10 years is asked to participate.