A livestock and natural resources adviser who worked nearly 34 years for University of California Cooperative Extension retired Wednesday.
Born and raised in Madera County, Neil McDougald earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from California State University, Fresno and a master’s degree in range management from UC Davis.
“Rangeland has always been a passion for me — rangeland and livestock,” he said. “I like what grows there. I like the relationships. I’ve always understood it. I don’t care if it’s public land or private land, if it’s rangeland, I’m all in.”
McDougald spent the first 10 years of his career as a rangeland manager for the Forest Service, then joined UC Cooperative Extension in 1978 as an adviser in Madera County for livestock and natural resources. He was also the director of UC Cooperative Extension in Madera County and the manager of the nearby San Joaquin Experimental Range...