High Plains Ranch Practicum takes applications for classes in Laramie, Riverton, Kimball

Examining pasture forage.
Examining pasture forage.

A national award-winning livestock extension program is again being offered for 2014-2015 beginning in June and ending in January.

The High Plains Ranch Practicum School is an in-depth, ranch management school hosted jointly by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension and University of Wyoming Extension.

Classes are in Laramie, Riverton and Kimball, Neb.

“If you have ranched all your life, or if you are new to ranching, this school will teach valuable, necessary skills for running a successful ranch,” said UW Extension educator Dallas Mount, an instructor in the program. “Dad taught us how to build a fence and feed a cow, but he didn’t teach us how to build a business that generates an economic profit and supports the people who are building the fence and feeding the cow.”

Enrollment is limited to 35. Participants must submit an application by May 5.

For additional information or to obtain an application, contact Mount at 307-322-3667 or dmount@uwyo.edu, or visit the website at http://HPRanchPracticum.com.

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UW Extension hosts preparing for animal, plant, food disasters course

Educator Scott Cotton
Educator Scott Cotton

Preparing for and responding to incidents involving animals, plants and food are the focus of a Department of Homeland Security certified course in Casper Wednesday, May 21.

University of Wyoming Extension is hosting “Preparing Communities for Animal, Plant, and Food Incidents: An Introduction” offered by the National Center for Biomedical Research and Training (NCBRT) 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Agricultural Resource and Learning Center, 2011 Fairgrounds Rd.

The focus is to train in-state instructors so the course can be duplicated across the state, said Scott Cotton, UW Extension educator coordinating the class. The UW Extension Disaster Education Team, Wyoming Homeland Security and NCBRT are sponsors.

The extent to which accidental, intentional and naturally occurring incidents can affect daily operations in the food and agricultureindustry is examined, Cotton said. Those attending will learn to recognize food industry threats and vulnerabilities.

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Pet owners advised to vaccinate against rabies

Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory scientists are urging pet owners – especially those in Laramie and Goshen counties – to have pets vaccinated against rabies.

Forty-one of 66 tests of animals from the two counties this year have been positive, said Myrna Miller, a virologist with the University of Wyoming’s WSVL. Thirty-seven skunks and one fox from Goshen County and three skunks from Laramie County have been positive. All have been from the South Central rabies strain.

“It is important for pet owners to vaccinate their pets against rabies,” said Miller in the Department of Veterinary Sciences, which manages the WSVL. “Even if the animal does not usually have contact with wildlife, rabid skunks and foxes have been known to climb into outdoor dog kennels and attack large dogs and even humans.”

Miller advised pet owners to contact their veterinarians if rabies is suspected and report allanimal bites to their doctors.

Most cases of rabies in Wyoming have been in skunks and bats, but other animals include cats anddogs, horses and cattle, squirrels and foxes, she said.

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Tree give-away, indoor nature walk to celebrate Arbor Day in Cody

More than 2,000 trees will be given away and a kid’s indoor nature walk with a visit from Smokey Bear are part of the Arbor Day celebration in Cody Saturday, April 26.

Events are 9 a.m-noon at the Cody Auditorium.

The Cody Lion’s club donated $2,500 to purchase 22 different tree species to be given away partnered with University of Wyoming Extension, the city of Cody and the U.S. Forest Service, said Bobbie Holder, Park County UW Extension horticulturalist.

Holder said the nature walk is geared toward ages 5 to 10, but there’s something for everyone including information, adult and children’s door prizes and, of course, trees.

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UW Extension hosts Management-intensive Grazing School near Glenrock

Jim Gerrish, who will lead the school, at a previous grazing session near Wheatland.
Jim Gerrish, who will lead the school, at a previous grazing session near Wheatland.

A four-day school to coax more out of pastures, extend grazing seasons and reduce or eliminate the need for harvested feed is being sponsored in Glenrock by the University of Wyoming Extension.

The Management-intensive Grazing School is June 2-5 at the Duncan Ranch near Glenrock. Each day consists of classroom work in the morning followed by hands-on applications of concepts on the ranch.

Participants will learn how to design and implement a Management-intensive Grazing program focused on profitability and pasture production.

Author Jim Gerrish, who operates a grazing operation near May, Idaho, and is a contributing writer for the Stockman Grass Farmer, will lead the school, said Dallas Mount, extension educator in Wheatland.

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