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Survey gauges livestock smoke exposure

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Cattle graze amid smoky skies in Siskiyou County, Calif., in 2018.
UC, OSU to gauge the impact of the 2020 wildfires on grazing livestock health and production.

The University of Californnia, Davis and Oregon State University are teaming to survey ranchers on the impact of the 2020 wildfires on grazing livestock health and production.

The survey seeks to better understand to what extent cattle, sheep and goats have been impacted by direct exposure to wildfires or by indirect exposure to smoke inhalation during the fire season, the California Cattlemen's Association explains in a members' newsletter.

Gaining this knowledge will enable researchers to better anticipate impacts of future wildfires on livestock and prepare outreach materials that help increase resilience to these disasters, the CCA says.

The voluntary survey, which focuses on the period between May and December 2020, should take about 3 to 5 minutes to complete. All livestock producers, large and small, in the Western states are encouraged to participate.

Take the survey here.

 

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