Groundwater Sustainability Plans May 16th, 2018 Marcus Trotta from Sonoma County Water Agency spoke to the group about the Groundwater Sustainability Plan for the Santa Rosa Plain, Petaluma Valley, and Sonoma Valley. He explained how Sonoma County Water Agency has been coordinating with the state of CA and developed a Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) for each area. In turn, the GSA must develop a plan for groundwater sustainability by 2022 that will demonstrate that ground water sustainability will be achieved by 2042. The agencies will be considering scientific data as well as stakeholder input in developing their plan, which will then be reviewed by the California Department of Water Resources. Mr. Trotta answered questions from the group and addressed concerns about the metering of wells. He restated that each agency would be developing a specific plan that best suited that agency’s area and may or may not consider metering wells. He advised that concerned citizens keep themselves informed about the opportunities for stakeholder input in their regions.
Biosecurity March 21, 2018 Dr. Katie Flynn, DVM from the USDA came to speak with us about biosecurity. Dr. Flynn has an enormous amount of experience and knowledge and has dedicated herself to this specialty. Her area of interest is equine infectious diseases, epidemiology and biosecurity.
Round Table Discussion: The Fires and How They Affected Us as BRONC Members November 15, 2017
The group met at Sweetwater Farm and talked about the fires and how they affected us. The most poignant aspect of the meeting was our own Shawna DeGrange, who was so gracious and generous to share her story with us, including what she would do in the future to help her better prepare for fire. Thank you so much Shawna.
Digestive Health Speaker: Dr. Claudia Sonder September 20, 2017
We met at Sanbar Dressage where Dr. Claudia Sonder spoke to us on all aspects of digestive health, from nutrition, to older horses and their systems, ulcers and colic. Dr. Sonder is a veterinarian out of Napa Valley Equine. Dr. Sonder completed her DVM on the equine track at UC Davis in 1995. In 2013, Dr. Sonder took on the position of the Director of the Center of Equine Health at UC Davis. Her goal in taking this job is to be able to improve horse care and medicine on a larger scale. Dr. Sonder has been very involved in UC Davis' equine disaster preparedness program. She has quite a few speaking engagements regularly and is an excellent speaker.
BRONC Social July 19, 2017 Our annual social was a small, intimate gathering with the yummiest of food. Mavi Acosta, our social chair and newest board member catered the social with her amazing food from her restaurant, Plaza Tequila. Everyone enjoyed having time just to hang out with fellow BRONC members and friends. It was a lovely evening and everyone who attended was very happy to have been there. Thanks so much, Mavi for such a spectacular evening!
Little Things to do to Keep Clients Happy/Keep a Harmonious Atmosphere May 17th, 2017 This round table discussion focused on sharing the little things we each do that help keep both clients and employees happy and keep harmony in our facilities. We shared tried and true tips from fellow BRONC members on the small, but meaningful things that help keep our clients peaceful and happy.
Round Table Discussion: Pricing/Services Structure March 15th, 2017 Probably our most popular round table discussion about the services each of our barns offer as well as our pricing structures. Come find out what your fellow barn member offers and what they charge.
Dr. Claudia Sonder, DVM Speaking on Digestive Health January 18th, 2017 Dr. Claudia Sonder spoke to us on all aspects of digestive health, from nutrition, to older horses and their systems, ulcers and colic. Dr. Sonder is a veterinarian out of Napa Valley Equine. Dr. Sonder completed her DVM on the equine track at UC Davis in 1995. In 2013, Dr. Sonder took on the position of the Director of the Center of Equine Health at UC Davis. Her goal in taking this job is to be able to improve horse care and medicine on a larger scale. Dr. Sonder has been very involved in UC Davis' equine disaster preparedness program.
Round Table Discussion - Disaster Preparedness as it Relates to BRONC Members November 16th, 2016
Our round table discussion of disaster preparedness within our own barns and organization began with Sandy reporting about a few of the things Elizabeth Palmer had spoken about at the Sonoma Horse Council meeting about Disaster preparedness, concluding that the SCHC is still in the planning stage. The SHC asked BRONC to help by using its membership to count both commercial and private barns in their area to establish a head count and location of the county’s horses. Sher added that Elizabeth had also suggested that BRONC members could make a list of what amenities they could individually offer in the case of emergencies (empty stalls/paddocks/pasture, trailers/water buckets/ etc.). Marie brought up the possible issue of emergency stabling of horses without vaccination records and the need for isolation areas. A suggestion was made to investigate potential barn partners for emergency assistance and making sure all barns have emergency books listing phone numbers of all staff and a diagram of the barn. Microchipping horses was mentioned and a possible clinic in the future by Dr. Claudia Sonder. Julie Atwood who was attending the meeting was asked to hit the high points of the Halter program, which focuses on disaster preparedness for rural livestock.
Sonoma County Equine Disaster Preparedness September 21st, 2016
County-wide Equine Disaster Preparedness presented by Elizabeth Palmer, president Sonoma County Horse Council Elizabeth Palmer came and updated us on the progress the Sonoma County Horse Council is making on their county-wide equine disaster plan. Although progress has seemed slow and there have been a number of obstacles to overcome, the Horse Council has begun to work toward certifying first responders and is also in the process of working toward certifying other volunteers. Join us at the next meeting at Willowbrook Stables where we will discuss this topic again as it relates to BRONC membership.
Socialize! Socialize! Socialize! August 17, 2016 Our annual social was a small, intimate gathering with the yummiest of food. Mavi Acosta, our social chair and newest board member catered the social with her amazing food from her restaurant, Plaza Tequila. Everyone enjoyed having time just to hang out with fellow BRONC members and friends. It was a lovely evening and everyone who attended was very happy to have been there. Thanks so much, Mavi for such a spectacular evening!
Round Table Discussion: Employee / Boarder Relations July 20, 2016
We had a great round table discussion which not only included employee/boarder relations but also people's policies on dogs at their facilities. People brought both problems and solutions to the meeting. We had a lively discussion and people walked away with ways to new ways to handle the issues that we all seem to run into. All in all, it was a very helpful discussion.
Barns / Fencing: Real Solutions on a Dime May 18, 2016
Ryan Giannecchini, President and CEO of SC Barns shared with us the various challenges of building or renovating a facility as well as the differences in definition between commercial and non commercial facilities. We also discussed the best designs when building a facility and the materials that would be most likely to withstand the punishment from a horse.
Round Table Discussion: Products/Supplies, Doing Business on a Dime March 16, 2016
Members shared about products and supplies that worked and don't as well as where the best deals are. Some of the items that were discussed: bedding for stalls - shavings vs. pellets, hauling out of manure - who does it? Resources for procuring the rock were from Canyon Rock, Shawna mentioned another option, which included hauling: Bramham 707-887-2218.
The group also discussed solutions for erosion control. Some recommendations included road cloth (textile cloth) with road base. The construction fabric helps with drainage and maintaining current ground – helping to prevent erosion. The topic of manure management and removal was discussed. Dago trucking was mentioned as a solution for that need. It was recommended to contact local wineries to see if they had a need for manure. The group discussed the value of interlocking mats $40 = 4x6 section. One member recommended Linear Rubber, which provides large rolls, they are located in the mid-West. The topic of pest control came up and one solution provided was Rat Dogs: Jordan Reed for $75 has dogs that help alleviate pest control. The group discussed the policy of sick leave as of January 1st. There were questions as to whether or not it rolls over. We discussed if this applies to seasonal or full time workers
Vaccines: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly + Dental Work: Why and When January 20, 2016
Dr. Robert Steere of Artaurus Veterinary Clinic gave very informative information at our last meeting in January at Sanbar Dressage. He spoke about the vaccines that he normally recommends to facility owners for bio-security and herd protection. He also shared information about the varying vaccines and how they effect horses, including negative reactions that can occur. He spoke about the importance of dental care, showing us a skeleton of a horse's head/jaw/mouth and gave us great information on the anatomy of the horse's mouth. It was a super helpful presentation, well worth the time and effort.
Dr. Robert Steere is the owner and one of two practicing veterinarians for Artaurus Veterinary Clinic in Petaluma. Dr. Robert, as he is affectionately known, grew up locally in the veterinary environment of his father, Dr. James Steere who was the founder of Artaurus Veterinary Clinic. He received his doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and practiced first in Southern California before returning to his hometown to practice at Artaurus. Dr. Robert runs a full practice for horses and specializes in dentistry. Thank you, Dr. Robert for your wonderfully informative presentation.
'Barn Party' Social Event September 16, 2015
Jim & Jeanette Bell hosted BRONC at their beautiful Flying Cloud Equestrian & Event Center for a BBQ dinner and social. This was a great opportunity to meet and hob nob with other barn owners and see what BRONC is all about in an amazing venue.
Members and guests enjoyed BBQ Salmon, Tri-tip and chicken along with scrumptious side dishes and deserts prepared by members. Previous speakers, Tito Sasaki and his wife Jane; Sonoma County Horse Council President Elizabeth Palmer and our upcoming speakers attended the dinner.
No Hoof, No Horse with Bill Merfy, Farrier July 15, 2015
William (Bill) Merfy, CJF (the certification comes from the American Farriers Assoc.) will be speaking about horse shoeing, footing, and environment as it pertains to horses' feet.
He currently is the farrier for UC Davis, which includes teaching the farrier science class to the vet-med students. He's been at UC Davis appox. 15 yrs. and as you can imagine he's pretty much seen it all (and then worked on it all and tried to solve it all) Bill began working as a farrier in the desert, for 20 yrs., which included working alongside Gene Ovnicek researching the wild horses.
Contracts & Risk Management May 20, 2015 with Elizabeth Palmer, Attny
Back by popular demand, Elizabeth Palmer will discuss the important details necessary in boarding, training and liability contracts and agreements to avoid unnecessary legal repercussions and expense.
Elizabeth Palmer, Sonoma County Horse Council board president, is a director in the law firm Dickenson, Peatman & Fogerty, specializing in business transactions, taxation, and equine-related matters. She is also a dressage enthusiast, occasional trail rider and life-long horse lover. In addition to the Sonoma County Horse Council board, she sits on the boards of the Wild Horse and Burro Sanctuary, in Shasta County (1999 to present) and the American Red Cross, California Northwest Chapter, which represents Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt, and Del Norte Counties (2000 to present, board chair from 2004 through 2006). She has also served as the Sonoma County Horse Council’s legal advisor for over a decade.
If It's Broken, We'll Fix It March 18, 2015 Business Round Table Discussion
This informal meeting format is designed for members to bring their questions or problems and utilize the vast expertise and experience of fellow business owners in finding solutions.
Besides the mission of education, networking and support are also a part of our goals. The popular Round Table discussions provide a wonderful way to get to know other Barn Owners and receive support that you won't find anywhere else.
So even if you don't have any questions or problems, there is something for everyone to enjoy, share and learn at these events. We are all in this industry together and the more successful each of us are, the more horses and clients we will have in the North Bay! _____________________________________________________________________________ Riparian Ordinance & Groundwater Management Act January 21, 2015 Tito Sasaki, Past President Sonoma County Farm Bureau
The new county zoning code prohibits construction and cultivation within 25 feet to 200 feet from the top of the bank of streams. Check on http://www.sonoma-county.org/PRMD/docs/riparian_corridor/20140828_exhibit_c_ozd_tbl.pdf with your Assessor’s Parcel Number, and see if there is a notation RC. If it says, for example, RC 100/25, it means you cannot build within 100 feet but can have agricultural operation up to 25 feet from the top of the bank. We will discuss more details at the meeting.
The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act went into effect this January 1. By 2017 each affected groundwater basin must form an agency that prepares and implements a sustainability plan. Sonoma Valley, Petaluma Valley, and Santa Rosa Plain are subject basins. For the boundaries, visit http://www.water.ca.gov/groundwater/casgem/pdfs/CASGEM_BasinPrioritization_N-CentralRegion.pdf. More detailed maps for the Sonoma Valley and Santa Rosa can be found by Googling “Sonoma County Water Agency groundwater management projects.” If your property is within these basins, sooner or later you will be required to report your groundwater usage and be assessed fees for having wells and using groundwater. Details of the Act and the probable future development will be discussed at the meeting.
Tito Sasaki, grape grower and owner of Sasaki Vineyards, s the Past President of the Sonoma County Farm Bureau and President of the North Bay Agriculture Allliance.During his tenure as SCFB president, Tito represented Farm Bureau members at hundreds and hundreds of meetings, traveling thousands of miles in his olive green Jeep to be the voice of common sense on issues like water and land use. He is a strong advocate for the rights of property owners and a staunch supporter of our farm youth. As a Sonoma Valley grape grower, scientist and businessman, Tito always brought a reasoned, scientific perspective to issues. He focused on key points, formulated resolutions and then relentlessly fought to implement them. Tito's educational background is fascinating and explains his skills as a thinker, writer and leader in the complex arena related to land use and planning. He holds advance degrees from the Royal College of Art in London and an advanced degree in Ekistics, which is the science of human settlements related to regional and community planning - all with a view to the physical environment. In addition, Tito did post graduate studies at U.C. Berkely and the Scripps Institute at U.C. San Diego. He believes that agriculture's very future is at stake because of growing urban and environmental pressure in the San Francisco Bay area. Tito has said, "Unless we find a way of peaceful co-existence on every front, but mostly in environmental regulations, we may be forced to surrender."
Ground Water Management November 19, 2014 Jay Jasperse of Sonoma County Water Agency
Clean Water Act, Ground Water Management Regulations… how does this affect you? If you have a well, pond or creek, then laws have been inacted that affect your property and how you management. Drought conditions has accelerated legislation to protect and control water in the various forms. As landowners and stewards of the land, come learn about what is happening and how it affects you.
Mr. Jasperse is the Chief Engineer and Director of Groundwater Management for the Sonoma County Water Agency. Mr. Jasperse received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of California at Davis and a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of California. Prior to joining the Water Agency, he worked as an environmental engineering consultant specializing in groundwater resource characterization and remediation. He is responsible for the Water Agency’s capital projects program and resource planning and management activities. Mr. Jasperse has been a member of NATO and NSF delegations in Egypt and South Korea, respectively. He is an author of published journal articles and book chapters on topics such as surface water-groundwater interactions, natural filtration processes, riverbank filtration, and integrated water resource management.
Lyle Smith, President of Martin Ranch Supply Want to know the latest on automatic waterers? How about slow feeders, gates & fencing, trailers & equipment, plus much more… Martin Ranch Supply is the one stop shop for anything a barn or ranch owner may need, including knowledgeable advise. Lyle Smith will answer any question regarding equipment and products that you may have and give you the scoop on the latest invention. Lyle Smith, President of Martin Ranch Supply in Rohnert Park which is a favorite of barn and ranch owners, will discuss new products, how they work, the pros and cons. Lyle, horseman and rancher, contributes much of his time and resources to Sonoma County agribusiness. He serves on the Agribusiness & Wine Studies Advisory Committee at Santa Rosa Junior College, teaches Equine Facility & Management in the SRJC Equine Science program, and is a strong supporter of various Non-Profit organizations and events.
Ann Gillis, DVM will address how to safely integrate a new horse to your stable to avoid biosecurity concerns and review vaccine protocol. This was to be the topic the last time Dr. Gillis spoke to our group, but the outbreak of EHV just hit Sonoma County so she punted and changed the topic to the timely topic of biosecurity preparedness.
Ann was born in Oakland and trained at UC Davis. She was a Regents Scholar and a National Deanís List honoree, and also received the George Hart Scholarship, and the Merck Manual Achievement Award. Ann has run a nutrition lab at the University of Idaho, and a mammalian physiology lab at UC Davis. In her day-to-day practice Dr Gillis specializes in Equine Health, priding herself on providing outstanding ìgeneral equine care.î Ann consults for the California Veterinary Medical Board, and sits on the Large Animal Practitioner Advisory Board for UC Davis. She is currently being considered for the Human-Animal Bond Committee of the American Veterinary Medical Association.. She has been practicing in Sonoma County for over twenty years.
Danny Winters, President & CEO of North Bay Hay & Grain returns to address the current state of the hay market. Between the drought and the export of hay overseas, this year will be one of the most challenging in terms of hay availability and pricing. The potential for a hay shortage could be a reality that barn owners need to plan for now.
Danny Winters began his humble beginnings in Alturas California, the most Northeastern corner of California. At the age of 15 he began working as a ranch hand at Alturas Ranches, then known as Lyneta Farms, one of the biggest suppliers of hay in Northern California. In 1988 Danny met Petaluma native, Susan Froberg. They married in 1990 and have raised four daughters together. Danny founded North Bay Hay & Grain in Petaluma in 2009. In 2012 Danny and Susan purchased 172 acres of premium land in the Sacramento Valley and named the ranch D & S Ranches, which houses four 24,000 sq. ft hay barns allowing for a capacity of 10,000 tons of hay storage.
Regulations that you didn't know about with Steve Burchfield
Wednesday, November 20thDo you haul client's horses? What class driver's license do you need for towing your trailer? When does your truck become commercial? You can face hefty fines and be uninsured if you don't have the answers. Don't risk being pulled over by the CHP for not having the adequate licensing required for specific uses and size of your rig. Steve Burchfield will explain the in's and out's of trailering regulations.
Speaker Steve Burchfield grew up in Sonoma County, a graduate of Rancho Cotati High School, Santa Rosa Junior College and then to Berkeley majoring in law enforcement and teaching credentials. He has been in law enforecement for 26 years, retired from the CHP and is currently working with GEICO as a fraud investigator.
Steve is the President of the Sonoma County Regional Parks Mounted Assistance Unit, serving eight years in that capacity and has been the recipient of numerous awards - Sonoma County Volunteer of the Year, California Parks Volunteer of the Year and the Sonoma County Horse Council's Equus Award.