University of Wyoming Extension News

Six Wyoming youth among 28 traveling to Mongolia

Kristy Armstrong, right, of Lyman tastes milk tea with her host sister, Sugarjav, during last year's trip to Mongolia.

Six Wyoming youth will be among 28 from 10 western states experiencing the deserts, tundra forests, snowcapped mountains and ancient nomadic cultural heritage of Mongolia through a youth exchange program administered by the University of Wyoming Extension.

The youth, accompanied by four adults, will leave June 30 and return July 19 and spend time in Ulaanbaatar, the capital city, and various rural locations. The visit is through the American Youth Leadership Program funded by the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

“The program will provide an opportunity for students to explore global issues common to the western United States and Mongolia,” said Warren Crawford, UW Extension youth development specialist. “Students will also gain real-world experience learning about and living in a culture different from their own.”

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UW Extension equine specialist offers 4-H’ers training in Cody

Equine specialist Amy McLean

Western horsemanship, showmanship and English equitation instruction are topics at an all-day workshop for 4-H’ers Thursday, June 7, in Cody.

University of Wyoming Extension equine specialist Amy McLean will assist 4-H’ers. The session starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Boot and Bottle Club. Participants should provide their own lunch, said Kelsey Roop, Park County 4-H educator.

McLean will discuss American Quarter Horse Association show rules and equine health beginning at 6 p.m. during a session open to everyone in the EOC room in the Park County Courthouse.

McLean coaches the national award-winning University of Wyoming Collegiate Horse Judging team.

The Park County 4-H Council is sponsoring the event.

UW training helps pest control personnel learn to ID, control West Nile virus carrier

Meghan Blair of the Teton County Weed and Pest Control District learns to identify the carrier of West Nile virus.

There’s a correct way to dip in Wyoming and it doesn’t concern tobacco – and the only possible dance involved is to keep from falling into water.

Twenty-five people from towns and weed and pest control districts across Wyoming learned correct larvae sampling dipping etiquette and how to identify the West Nile virus carrier Culex tarsalis during the annual training session this month on the UW campus in Laramie.

Participants also learned larval and adult control techniques of Cu. tarsalis. Four West Nile virus cases were reported in Wyoming by July in 2010, but only one last year by the same month.

Despite reduced news media attention, the public should keep aware of the threat, said Scott Schell, assistant extension entomologist and one of the instructors.

“A case of West Nile virus that turns into a serious neuroinvasive form can be as debilitating to a person’s health as a stroke,” said Schell.  Extension entomologist Alex Latchininsky, city of Laramie mosquito crew supervisor Keith Wardlaw and Tom Janousek of Pest Consulting Services of Omaha also led the course.

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UW Extension hosts drought management workshop in Wheatland

The economics of drought management alternatives and production systems will be examined during a workshop for livestock producers Thursday, June 7, in Wheatland.

Sessions are 2-5 p.m. at the First State Bank Conference Center, 1405 16th St.

Cattle liquidations have already begun in earnest because of the exceptionally dry late winter and spring, said Dallas Mount, UW Extension educator for southeast Wyoming.

“Spring precipitation is critical to our rangeland especially,” he said.  “We want to provide livestock producers with an update on the status of the drought emergency declaration and drought.”

Panelists will evaluate management alternatives. They include Roger Schroeder, Chugwater rancher; Tim Weaver, CPA; Steve Paisley, UW Extension beef specialist; and Mount. An audience discussion with the panelists will follow.

No RSVP is required, and the workshop is free. For more information, call the Platte County extension office at (307) 322-3667 or e-mail Mount at dmount@uwyo.edu.

University of Wyoming study reveals robust Wyoming sheep industry

Wyoming has a robust sheep industry, and sheep production will likely remain a vital part of the state’s agricultural economy for the foreseeable future, according to a study conducted by University of Wyoming researchers.

Published in April, the State of Wyoming Sheep Industry reveals that many Wyoming ranchers still earn a large portion of their income from sheep production.

“Livestock is an important industry for the state and provides a lot of jobs and revenue,” said Brenda Alexander, assistant professor in the Department of Animal Science in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.  “There are certainly many places in the state that are particularly suited for sheep production.  In Wyoming, there is also a strong sheep heritage.”

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