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Shasta Farm

Name Steve Ayala Email [email protected]
    Steward(s) Selected Canessa Rendueles –  –
Training Start Date July 1, 2018 Training End Date September 1, 2018
Steward Training Hours per Week 40  
Compensation (Stipend or Wage) Yes If Yes, how much/how often? $4000/month
 
Non-Monetary Compensation and Estimated Value 0
Name of your Workers’ Compensation Carrier Berkshire Hathaway
Will your Workers’ Compensation policy cover the Steward? Yes
Number of Employees at training location 86
Number of Interns/Trainees/Apprentices at training location 0
Annual Revenue $25 Million or More
 

[Phase 1]

Phase Name Cattle & Sheep Focus
Start Date of Phase July 1, 2018 End Date of Phase July 22, 2018
Primary Supervisor during this phase John Paul Thompson Supervisor Title Director of Cattle
Email steve.aya[email protected] Phone Number 6033189804
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase

Supervision: Trainee is to report to the trainer each morning for a daily opening lesson.
Both will proceed to the area of work selected for that day. Trainer will work
with the trainee through lunch time. If allowable, the trainee will continue the
work with other members of the farm. If the situation is more advanced the
trainee will remain with the trainer the entire day.
Interaction: Trainer and trainee will meet daily to discuss and review new information as
well as any questions from the prior day(s). Trainer and trainee will also work
side-by-side for a variety of situations where hand-on training is the best
method of learning.
Instruction: It is estimated that the trainee will spend the first hour of the day being
instructed by the trainer as to the lesson of the day. The trainee will spend
the next few hours shadowing the trainer with the remainder of the day spent
hands-on working.

2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase

To learn real life pasture rotation practices for both cows & sheep. The purpose
of the rotation is to provide optimal grazing opportunities for purely pasture
raised animals thus using only grass to fatten these animals while still creating a
desirable and good tasting final product.

3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications

Mr. Thompson has substantial experience raising organic pasture fed cattle and sheep. He currently serves as Director of Cattle at Belcampo Farms, including the Shasta Farm, where he has been employed for over 3 years and currently manages a herd of over 3,000 livestock. He is a graduate of Chico State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science.

4. What plans are in place for the Trainee/Steward to participate in cultural activities while in the United States?

Training will provide more focus on the organic, pasture intensive nature of farming. In addition, this intensive focus will be spread across three different animal types and poultry. This provides the trainee with more rounded but in-depth knowledge as well as hands on experience not readily accessible to people entering this field. The added benefit of learning techniques in the US provides a more diverse base of knowledge and experience that increases the value and skill level of the trainee.

Outings to local neighboring towns including Mt. Shasta, CA, Redding, CA and the university town of Ashland, OR will allow the trainee to get a feeling for three distinctly different cities. The trainee will be accompanied by both the host and/or members of the farm team conducting the training. The Mt. Shasta area offers exceptional outdoor recreational opportunities while the city of Ashland offers cultural and dining experiences.

5. Specific knowledge, skills, or techniques to be learned during this phase?

To learn real life pasture rotation practices for both cows & sheep. The purpose
of the rotation is to provide optimal grazing opportunities for purely pasture
raised animals thus using only grass to fatten these animals while still creating a
desirable and good tasting final product.

6. How specifically will this knowledge, skills, or techniques be taught? Include methodology of training and chronology/syllabus.

Supervision: Trainee is to report to the trainer each morning for a daily opening lesson.
Both will proceed to the area of work selected for that day. Trainer will work
with the trainee through lunch time. If allowable, the trainee will continue the
work with other members of the farm. If the situation is more advanced the
trainee will remain with the trainer the entire day.
Interaction: Trainer and trainee will meet daily to discuss and review new information as
well as any questions from the prior day(s). Trainer and trainee will also work
side-by-side for a variety of situations where hand-on training is the best
method of learning.
Instruction: It is estimated that the trainee will spend the first hour of the day being
instructed by the trainer as to the lesson of the day. The trainee will spend
the next few hours shadowing the trainer with the remainder of the day spent
hands-on working.

7. How will the Trainee/Steward’s acquisition of new skills and competencies be measured?

Trainee will receive weekly review as to the progress of the trainee. The host will
also receive weekly updates from the trainer.

8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)
 

[Phase 2]

Phase Name Poultry & Swine Focus
Start Date of Phase July 22, 2018 End Date of Phase August 12, 2018
Primary Supervisor during this phase Devan Green/Manolis Spanakos Supervisor Title Director of Swine/Poultry Division Director
Email [email protected] Phone Number 6033189804
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase

Supervision: Trainee is to report to the trainer each morning for a daily opening lesson.
Both will proceed to the area of work selected for that day. Trainer will work
with the trainee through lunch time. If allowable, the trainee will continue the
work with other members of the farm. If the situation is more advanced the
trainee will remain with the trainer the entire day.
Interaction: Trainer and trainee will meet daily to discuss and review new information as
well as any questions from the prior day(s). Trainer and trainee will also work
side-by-side for a variety of situations where hand-on training is the best
method of learning.
Instruction: It is estimated that the trainee will spend the first hour of the day being
instructed by the trainer as to the lesson of the day. The trainee will spend
the next few hours shadowing the trainer with the remainder of the day spent
hands-on working.

2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase

To learn the optimal habitat for raising organic swine and poultry including the
use of pasture grass as a supplemental food source to create a healthier and
better tasting end product. This also includes optimal living space and structures
and the effect of cohabitation of the two.

3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications

Devan Green and Manolis Spanakos have a substantial amount of experience raising organic swine and organic poultry, respectively. Devan Green currently serves as Director of Swine for Belcampo Farms, including Shasta Farm, which involves management of approximately 800 pigs. Prior to working with Belcampo, Mr. Green owned an organic hog operation in Iowa and previously worked for various pastured swine operations and processing facilities in Iowa. Mr. Green graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. Manolis Spanakos has worked for Belcampo Farms, including Shasta Farm, for close to 4 years as the Poultry Division Director. Prior to this role, Mr. Spanakos was employed in similar capacities with the Department of Poultry Science at the University of Arkansas, S&G Poultry, Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy, and Whiting Farms. Mr. Spanakos graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences, and he later graduated from the University of California – Davis with a Master of Science in Animal Sciences.

4. What plans are in place for the Trainee/Steward to participate in cultural activities while in the United States?

Training will provide more focus on the organic, pasture intensive nature of farming. In addition, this intensive focus will be spread across three different animal types and poultry. This provides the trainee with more rounded but in-depth knowledge as well as hands on experience not readily accessible to people entering this field. The added benefit of learning techniques in the US provides a more diverse base of knowledge and experience that increases the value and skill level of the trainee.

Outings to local neighboring towns including Mt. Shasta, CA, Redding, CA and the university town of Ashland, OR will allow the trainee to get a feeling for three distinctly different cities. The trainee will be accompanied by both the host and/or members of the farm team conducting the training. The Mt. Shasta area offers exceptional outdoor recreational opportunities while the city of Ashland offers cultural and dining experiences.

5. Specific knowledge, skills, or techniques to be learned during this phase?

To learn the optimal habitat for raising organic swine and poultry including the
use of pasture grass as a supplemental food source to create a healthier and
better tasting end product. This also includes optimal living space and structures
and the effect of cohabitation of the two.

6. How specifically will this knowledge, skills, or techniques be taught? Include methodology of training and chronology/syllabus.

Supervision: Trainee is to report to the trainer each morning for a daily opening lesson.
Both will proceed to the area of work selected for that day. Trainer will work
with the trainee through lunch time. If allowable, the trainee will continue the
work with other members of the farm. If the situation is more advanced the
trainee will remain with the trainer the entire day.
Interaction: Trainer and trainee will meet daily to discuss and review new information as
well as any questions from the prior day(s). Trainer and trainee will also work
side-by-side for a variety of situations where hand-on training is the best
method of learning.
Instruction: It is estimated that the trainee will spend the first hour of the day being
instructed by the trainer as to the lesson of the day. The trainee will spend
the next few hours shadowing the trainer with the remainder of the day spent
hands-on working.

7. How will the Trainee/Steward’s acquisition of new skills and competencies be measured?

Trainee will receive weekly review as to the progress of the trainee. The host will
also receive weekly updates from the trainer.

8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)
 

[Phase 3]

Phase Name Equine Focus
Start Date of Phase August 12, 2018 End Date of Phase September 1, 2018
Primary Supervisor during this phase Samuel Gemeahlich Supervisor Title Shasta Farm Horse Program Manager
Email [email protected] Phone Number 6033189804
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase

Supervision: Trainee is to report to the trainer each morning for a daily opening lesson.
Both will proceed to the area of work selected for that day. Trainer will work
with the trainee throughout the entire day
Interaction: Trainer and trainee will meet daily to discuss and review new information as
well as any questions from the prior day(s). Trainer and trainee will also work
side-by-side for a variety of situations where hand-on training is the best
method of learning.
Instruction: It is estimated that the trainee will spend the first hour of the day being
instructed by the trainer as to the lesson of the day. The trainee will spend
the next few hours shadowing the trainer with the remainder of the day spent
hands-on working.

2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase

To learn the western method of riding and training horses for work with cattle.
Included will be learning about western tack and required maintenance, work
on ground training and round pen training and identifying and correcting
behavioral problems.

3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications

Samuel Gemeahlich as the Shasta Farm Horse Program Manager has over 40 years of experience with the western method of riding and training horses for work with cattle, including western tack and required maintenance, work on ground training and round pen training, and identifying and correcting behavioral problems.

4. What plans are in place for the Trainee/Steward to participate in cultural activities while in the United States?

Training will provide more focus on the organic, pasture intensive nature of farming. In addition, this intensive focus will be spread across three different animal types and poultry. This provides the trainee with more rounded but in-depth knowledge as well as hands on experience not readily accessible to people entering this field. The added benefit of learning techniques in the US provides a more diverse base of knowledge and experience that increases the value and skill level of the trainee.

Outings to local neighboring towns including Mt. Shasta, CA, Redding, CA and the university town of Ashland, OR will allow the trainee to get a feeling for three distinctly different cities. The trainee will be accompanied by both the host and/or members of the farm team conducting the training. The Mt. Shasta area offers exceptional outdoor recreational opportunities while the city of Ashland offers cultural and dining experiences.

5. Specific knowledge, skills, or techniques to be learned during this phase?

To learn the western method of riding and training horses for work with cattle.
Included will be learning about western tack and required maintenance, work
on ground training and round pen training and identifying and correcting
behavioral problems.

6. How specifically will this knowledge, skills, or techniques be taught? Include methodology of training and chronology/syllabus.

Supervision: Trainee is to report to the trainer each morning for a daily opening lesson.
Both will proceed to the area of work selected for that day. Trainer will work
with the trainee throughout the entire day
Interaction: Trainer and trainee will meet daily to discuss and review new information as
well as any questions from the prior day(s). Trainer and trainee will also work
side-by-side for a variety of situations where hand-on training is the best
method of learning.
Instruction: It is estimated that the trainee will spend the first hour of the day being
instructed by the trainer as to the lesson of the day. The trainee will spend
the next few hours shadowing the trainer with the remainder of the day spent
hands-on working.

7. How will the Trainee/Steward’s acquisition of new skills and competencies be measured?

Trainee will receive daily oral review as to the progress of the trainee.

8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)