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Recently, the Mid Valley Cowbelles, a Cattlewomen organization, prepared, cooked and served lunch for a California Rangeland Conservation Coalition seminar. Hosted in late February at the Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center in Stockton, the seminar lasted all day with speakers from ranches, industry and government throughout California covering rangeland and fire issues. There are 34.1 million acres of grazed rangeland in California. The state is home to 5.2 million cows and calves. California ranks fourth in the nation for cattle and second in the nation for sheep. It was also reported at the seminar that livestock accounts for 27 percent of the state’s agriculture revenues. Among the group members helping serve attendees were, from left, Helga Zuber, Candy Peterson and Pat Shepherd.

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