CDFA Secreteary appoints Tyler Ribiero of Tulare to first-ever California Cattle Council


SACRAMENTO – A local dairyman is among the first-ever appointees to the newly formed California Cattle Council.

Tyler Ribiero of Tulare and 10 others up and down the state were appointed by California Department of Food & Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross to the council on June 27. Ribiero is a fourth-generation dairyman who graduated from Fresno State in 2010 with a degree in agribusiness. He helps oversee the milking of 1,500 cows at the family business, Rib Arrow Dairy in Tulare.

The council was implemented by CDFA at the industry’s request on April 8, following a vote of industry members. The council is authorized to carry out research on cattle production and beef nutrition, and to develop consumer or other educational programs. Program activities are to be funded by a $1 refundable assessment per head of cattle, paid by cattle producers.

The board is made up of 11 members and 11 alternates, with each group consisting of three range cattle producers, three cattle feeders, three dairy producers, one processor, and one public member (open).

The appointees were selected from nominations made by the cattle industry over a six-week nomination period and represent the diversity of cattle producers around the state, as required by the California Cattle Council Law.

California Cattle Council Board members are: Jesse Larios, Imperial County; Mike Smith, Fresno County; William Brandenberg, Imperial County; David Daley, Butte County; Jacob Parnell, Sacramento County; Julie Morris, San Benito County; Cody Nicholson-Stratton, Humboldt County; Jennifer Beretta, Sonoma County; Tyler Ribiero, Tulare County; and Sarah Mora, Humboldt County.

Alternate members are Roger Guess (Tulare), Brad Peek (Tehama), Julie Belezzuoli-Hathaway (Kings), Sheila Bowen (Kern), Beverly Bigger (Ventura), Sam Avila (Fresno), Xavier Avila (Tulare), Lauren Reid-Acevedo (Fresno), Brad Scott (Riverside) and Brian Coehlo (Fresno).

The first meeting of the board is scheduled for July 16 in Sacramento. The agenda is being prepared and will be posted to the CDFA Web site at by July 6, as required. The board roster and background information on the origins of the program are also available on the site.

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