UW professor explores Wyoming producer 2014 Farm Bill participation

farm billThe 2014 Farm Bill eliminated prior farm safety net programs and introduced a suite of new ones.

A new publication from the University of Wyoming Extension reviews how the new programs work and possible benefits to producers.

Author Nicole Ballenger, a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, looks at safety net program elections by Wyoming producers. She also examines whether or not Wyoming growers are taking advantage of these programs to provide some degree of price or revenue protection for their businesses.

“Price and revenue protection in the 2014 Farm Bill: Update for Wyoming,” B-1274, is available by going to www.uwyo.edu/uwe and clicking on Publications on the left-hand side of the page. Type the bulletin name or number into the search field to access the bulletin. Clicking on the title provides access to the bulletin’s website or pdf.

Goats, drones, getting better prices topics at Farm and Ranch Days in Riverton

Frank Galey, dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, visits with Lois Herbst during last year's Fremont County Farm and Ranch Days.
Frank Galey, dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, visits with Lois Herbst during last year’s Fremont County Farm and Ranch Days.

Alternative meat cuts, cold-climate fruit trees and legislation affecting raw milk sales give farmers, ranchers, and small-acreage owners ideas to chew on during the 32nd annual Fremont County Farm and Ranch Days in Riverton.

Free, concurrent sessions are Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 10-11, in the Armory Building at the Fremont County Fairgrounds. Sessions both days start at 9 a.m., and the last sessions begin at 3 p.m. The Fremont County office of University of Wyoming Extension sponsors the annual event.

Drones in agriculture and diseases in brew barley are among the 38 sessions offered. The schedule is at bit.ly/2016farmranch. Sponsors provide free lunches both days.

Private applicator pesticide training is Wednesday, and Chris Jones of the National Weather Service is Thursday’s featured lunch speaker. Jones is the warning coordinator meteorologist for western and central Wyoming.

Experts from the University of Wyoming, Montana State University, USDA and state and local agencies will present topics for improving land, herds, safety, operations and profitability.

Sessions address subjects including cattle valuation, genetics and reproduction; sheep vaccination and residual feed intake; post-fire rehabilitation; sage grouse and brucellosis updates; farm and ranch management and estate planning; and wild horse and wildlife conflicts.

For more information, contact UW Extension educator Chance Marshall at 307-332-2363 or cmarsha1@uwyo.edu.

UW Livestock Judging team posts best scores since 1995 at National Western Stock Show

Back, from left, Mike Day, animal science department head, Tyler Mackey, assistant, Nolan Woodruff, Molly Diefenbach, Kasey Miles, Caleb Boardman, coach. Front, Bill Dalles, Bobby Dorvall, Sadie Yates, Tate Chamberlain, BW Ochsner.
Back, from left, Mike Day, animal science department head, Tyler Mackey, assistant, Nolan Woodruff, Molly Diefenbach, Kasey Miles, Caleb Boardman, coach. Front, Bill Dalles, Bobby Dorvall, Sadie Yates, Tate Chamberlain, BW Ochsner.

The University of Wyoming Livestock Judging team posted its best scores since at least 1995 in all categories at the National Western Stock Show en route to its sixth-place finish among 24 teams, according to coach Caleb Boardman.

The Denver competition Jan. 14-15 was the second over the holiday break. The team finished third among seven teams at the Arizona National in Phoenix on New Year’s Eve, said Boardman, who added he only has records dating back to 1995.

Students returned from break on Dec. 28 and were on the road until Jan. 16.

“While most other students were enjoying Christmas break, students on the livestock judging team were hard at work preparing for the team’s first two contests,” Boardman said.

The team travelled almost 4,000 miles, judged over 100 classes of livestock and gave over 50 sets of reasons, he said.

“The hard work definitely paid off as the team got off to a great start for the year,” he said.

The team finished second in reasons and sheep/goats, and third in cattle and hogs at the Arizona competition.

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Goshen County 4-H team reserve champion in Denver meats judging competition

Coach Mike Olsen, Shelby Schainost, Anna Schmick, Makenna Greenwald, Skyler Miller and Coach Mai Lee Olsen
Coach Mike Olsen, Shelby Schainost, Anna Schmick, Makenna Greenwald, Skyler Miller and coach Mai Lee Olsen

One team member was top overall individual and two others ranked in the top 10 as the Goshen County 4-H Meats Judging team earned reserve champion honors at the Western National Roundup in Denver.

The competition is in conjunction with the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo.

Texas won with a score of 2,162 followed by Wyoming with 2,132. Also competing were teams from Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas, Wisconsin, Colorado, Montana, Indiana and Mississippi, according to Megan Brittingham, Goshen County 4-H educator. Mike and Mai Lee Olsen volunteer as team coaches.

Makenna Greenwald was top overall individual, scoring 20 points more than the nearest competitor, said Brittingham. Greenwald had a perfect score in retail identification. Teammate Skyler Miller was 5th, and Anna Schmick was 8th high overall.

Meats judging classes include retail identification, ranking various cuts of meat and defending placings using oral reasons.

The team earned the trip to Denver by winning reserve champion in the Wyoming State 4-H contest last April.

For more information, contact Brittingham at 307-532-2436.

Wyoming 4-H’ers compete in National Western Stock Show catch-a-calf action

Colby Stockton of Cheyenne corrals a calf during the Catch-a-Calf program at the National Western Stock Show in Denver.
Colby Stockton of Cheyenne corrals a calf during the Catch-a-Calf program at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. (Photo courtesy Ty Stockton)

Wyoming 4-H’ers recorded first and seconds among other finishes in the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) Catch-a-Calf program Jan. 8-10 in Denver.

Jaycee Hendrickson of Kemmerer earned a first in showmanship, Lane Barker of Evanston a second in live placing and Brooklyn Salo of Laramie a second in record book.

This year’s participants also included Burgandy Mackey of Cokeville, Karl Brennecke of Cheyenne and Morgan Sanchez of Bear River, said Molly Keil, program superintendent.

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