University of Wyoming Extension News

UW students producing bred-heifer sale in Laramie

Scott Lake

University of Wyoming students are producing a sale of 50 head of consignment and UW-bred commercial and seedstock heifers Saturday, Oct. 13, in Laramie.

The sale is at the Cliff and Martha Hansen Teaching Arena about three miles west of Laramie on Hwy. 230. Activities begin with educational cattlemen’s topics and heifer viewing at 10 a.m.

Students in the beef leadership and heifer marketing course are in charge of the first-ever sale created to provide hands-on experience for students and as seed money.

Scott Lake, University of Wyoming Extension livestock specialist, said money left after expenses will help fund the next course.

“The support is really toward keeping the program running,” said Lake, an assistant professor in the Department of Animal Science, and who teaches the class.

The class is new.

“We would like to make this a two-part course, with one semester focused on leadership. We envision that course to be a little bit more of a travel course than a traditional classroom lecture. We hope to get students in front of a lot of different industry leaders and organizations.”

The emphasis this semester is heifer selection.

“The focus of the class is really about putting on a production sale,” Lake said, “which includes selection of heifers, arranging facilities, marketing and advertising the heifers and sale and preparation for the sale. The students have been in charge of every aspect.”

There will be discussion areas prior to the sale that include reproduction, artificial insemination and efficiency, among others, said Lake.

“People can wander and listen to whatever they want and look at what they are interested in,” he said.

For more information, contact Lake at 307-766-3892 or at, or Travis Smith at 307-399-7674 or at

Scott Lake