Professor Dave Daley and student Jeremy Ballard look over Herefords new to the University Farm.
Research in Crossbreeding Leads to Start of Hereford Program at Chico State
Dave Daley, associate dean and University Farm administrator, conducted a three-year cross-breeding study and found an economic advantage to using Hereford bulls over Angus bulls in a predominately straight-bred Angus cow herd. The research, funded by the Agricultural Research Initiative, the American Hereford Association (AHA), Lacey Livestock, Harris Feeding Co., and Harris Ranch Beef Co., found improvements in feed efficiency and animal health. As a result of the study, the AHA donated cattle and embryos to help launch a Hereford breeding program at CSU, Chico.
Professors Study 30 Years of Grass-fed Beef Data
In collaboration with colleagues at UC Davis, Cindy Daley and Patrick Doyle studied 30 years of grass-fed beef research and found that grass-fed beef is higher in a number of antioxidants than conventional, grain-fed beef. The results were published in “A Review of Fatty Acid Profiles and Antioxidant Content in Grass-fed and Grain-fed Beef,” Nutrition Journal, Vol. 9, No. 10, 2010, and also in a March 11, 2010, post on the New York Times’ Well blog.
High Honors for CSU, Chico Discussion Meet Team
The Discussion Meet Team took home the gold at the California Young Farmers and Ranchers statewide Discussion Meet competition in Anaheim, Calif., in December 2009. Team members finished in the top eight competitors, with Jen Beretta placing second, Ryan Amaral placing fourth, and Brian Kim placing eighth.
Faculty Research Issues of Water Efficiency and Supply
College of Agriculture faculty are using Agricultural Research Initiative funding to explore timely issues of water supply and efficiency in the North State.
Mike Spiess received support from HydroPoint Data Systems, to test the use of evapotranspiration controllers, which use weather information to schedule and operate irrigation systems in orchard environments. Spiess has also received $500,000 from the Bureau of Reclamation to continue research into new technologies in measurement and control that lead to water conservation.
Rich Rosecrance is working with the California Olive Ranch and UC California Cooperative Extension to study the effects of regulated deficit irrigation on fruit production and oil quality in high-density olive orchards in Northern California.
Eric Houk is leading a study funded by the Bureau of Reclamation to estimate the impact on agriculture production, farm income, and the regional economy when water deliveries to farmers are reduced.