Cheyenne horse tests positive for rabies

Myrna Miller

A Cheyenne horse has tested positive for rabies, adding to the four cases of skunk rabies found in Laramie County so far in 2018, reported by the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory in Laramie.

Many people associate rabies in domestic animals with dogs and cats and only consider these animals for vaccination, said Myrna Miller, veterinary virologist with the WSVL.

“But in Wyoming, cattle are the most common domestic animal diagnosed with rabies followed by horses, dogs and cats,” she said.

The WSLV determined 11 cases of skunk rabies for all of 2017 in Laramie County, said Miller.

Owners should be aware livestock and horses can be infected with rabies, and any animal showing abnormal behavior may be infected, she said.

Vaccinating pets is important to prevent infection should a rabid animal bite them, said Miller. Vaccination for rabies may also be considered for horses and livestock with close contact with humans.

Miller said the WSVL and Wyoming Livestock Board support free testing for rabies in animals.

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Bee Girl, scary movies featured at Wyoming Bee College

A honey bee hive at the Converse County Extension office.

University of Wyoming Extension offers the 2018 Wyoming Bee College Saturday and Sunday, March 17-18 at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne.

Bee College is for everyone, from new and aspiring beekeepers to advanced and master beekeepers and those interested in gardening for pollinators, said UW Extension educator Catherine Wissner.  The $85 conference fee includes a dinner and two lunches. There is no charge for Bee Buddies ages 7 to 15 accompanied by an adult.

The pre-conference Bee University Friday, March 16 is an all-day advanced program. Participants may choose tracks on apitherapy – the hive as medicine chest; making honey wine; raising your own queens; or a course on becoming a master beekeeper.

To learn more about Wyoming Bee College and University, special hotel rates and registration, go to bit.ly/BeeCollege.

“This year’s event is bigger, and we have three great keynote speakers,” Wissner said.

Opening Saturday is Bee Girl founder Sarah Red-Laird with the latest on education, research and a university collaboration to save bees.

Saturday night, Raymond Cloyd presents Hollywood and Entomology, a history of the 1950s “big bug” science fiction movies.

The topic Sunday morning is American foulbrood disease with Sandra Hope of Brigham Young University.

These and other regional and national experts present five concurrent tracks on Saturday and four on Sunday. Speakers and workshop leaders bring long-time beekeeping experience and expertise in conservation and habitat development. Participants learn best management practices, how to avoid pitfalls and building their business through new products (honey money). Hands-on demonstrations help new or aspiring beekeepers learn the basics.

For more information, contact Wissner, the “dean” of Wyoming Bee College, at 307-63­3-4383 or cwissner@uwyo.edu.

 

Wyoming 4-H Foundation awards $62,000 in scholarships

More than $62,000 in scholarships was awarded by the 4-H Foundation/State 4-H Office scholarship committee to 4-H’ers attending the University of Wyoming or a Wyoming community college this coming school year.

Approximately $31,000 was presented to first-time winners this year, said Steve Mack, 4-H Foundation director.

Past Ella Schloredt scholarship recipients, with a grade point average of at least 3.0 and meeting academic progress, are eligible to continue receiving the scholarship for up to four years. He said 19 continuing scholarships were awarded ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 for the fall 2018 academic year.

The scholarships, counties, names and amounts are:

Ella E. Schloredt first-year awards ($1,700)

Albany – Christina Hewlett, Hannah Powers

Lincoln – Kaycee Linford

Natrona – William Stewart

Park – Emily Sweet

Sublette – Dawson Hoover

 

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