Field Days, Workshops, and Programs
The Center does not host an annual field day, but rather hosts a variety of educational opportunities throughout the year according to local needs and available resources.
Among the events hosted by the Center are the following:
These trials occur annually at Hopland, usually on Veteran’s Day weekend. The public is invited and welcome to attend and watch these fabulous and amazing dogs in action in the open field. See our calendar for more information! Forms are here. Fillable forms must be opened with Adobe Reader to fill out online. Then, please print and sign them before mailing to HREC SDT, 4070 University Road, Hopland, CA 95449.
2016 Sheepdog Trial Guidelines and Information
2016 Open Trial Entry Form Fillable Open with Acrobat Reader.
Handler Survey Open with Acrobat Reader.
Sheep Shearing School
Organized by the UC Cooperative Extension office in Mendocino County, the shearing school typically takes place in late April or early May (usually the first and/or second week of May). taught by certified instructors of the National Shearing Program. This 5-day hands-on course, jointly sponsored by the National Sheep Shearing Program and UC Cooperative Extension in Mendocino County, is intended for both the beginner as well as the advanced shearer. The shearing school occurs in years when demand is adequate; this is determined by means of an annual survey, usually initiated in January. If you would like to be on the list to participate in the survey, please click here.
Annual Public Deer Hunt
Controlled public deer hunting at the HREC is conducted the first three weekends of the usual North Coast region (Zone A) rifle deer season. These dates are determined annually by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Our public hunt is conducted in association with long-term research efforts to improve the management of Columbian black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus) herds. The hunt is only for legal (forked-horn or better) bucks, and is in accordance with all Fish & Wildlife regulations. It is the responsibility of hunters to have a valid hunting license and deer tags, and understand all applicable state game regulations.
Forms needed for the Annual Deer Hunt (SUBMIT IN MAY 2016):
These forms must be opened with Adobe to enter information.
Once both forms are completed, print, sign and mail with your hunting license(s) to UC Hopland REC, 4070 University Road, Hopland, CA 95449.
Past Workshops and Programs
On January 29, 2014, HREC in conjunction with UCCE Mendocino County hosted the webinar “Mitigating Drought: Optimizing Pasture, Supplemental Feed, and Managing Risk”. This workshop originated at the Sierra Foothill R & E Center and focused on drought strategies for livestock producers. Attended by more than 25 landowners, this event in Shippey Hall featured a discussion with local resource persons including Katie Delbar (USDA Farm Service Agency) and Carre Brown (1st District Supervisor, Mendocino County). View the agenda from this webinar. To view the individual presentations originating from Sierra Foothill R & E Center, see the SFREC You Tube channel.
Wool Production School
A workshop on wool production, emphasizing management of sheep for optimum wool production in Northern California, was held in Ukiah and Hopland, CA on April 3-5, 1992. Presentations made during this workshop were compiled and published as follows:
Dally, M. R., J. M. Harper, and P. J. Tinnin (Editors). 1992. Wool Production School. Hopland Field Station Publication 103, Univ. of California, Hopland, CA. 93 pp.
Columbian Black-Tailed Deer Workshop
A workshop on the management of Columbian black-tailed deer was held in Kelseyville and Hopland, CA, on April 13-14, 1991, emphasizing deer management strategies pertinent to Northern California. Workshop participants were provided the following compilation of publications and presentation summaries:
Schmidt, R. H., R. M. Timm, G. A. Giusti, and P. J. Tinnin (Compilers). 1991. Columbian Black-Tailed Deer Workshop. Hopland Field Station Publication 102, Univ. of California, Hopland, CA. 274 pp.
Predator Management in North Coastal California
A workshop on predator management, emphasizing native predators of livestock such as coyotes and mountain lions, was held in Ukiah and Hopland, CA on March 10-11, 1990. Presentations made during this workshop were compiled and published as follows:
Giusti, G. A., R. M. Timm, and R. H. Schmidt (Editors). 1990. Predator Management in North Coastal California. Hopland Field Station Publication 101, Univ. of California, Hopland, CA. 95 pp.
Sheep Breeding School
A workshop on sheep breeding, emphasizing optimum breeding strategies for sheep and lamb production in Northern California, was held at Hopland on June 19-20, 1987. Presentations made during this workshop were compiled and published as follows:
Proceedings: Sheep Breeding School (M. R. Dally, Coordinator). 1987. Hopland Field Station Publication 103, Univ. of California, Hopland, CA. 53 pp.