Smart feeders, meat lab technology among UW presentations at wool growers meeting

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Former University of Wyoming student Marie McClaren helps load rams following the annual ram test in April at the Laramie Research and Extension Center. Fleece and weight gain data are compiled during the test, which usually starts in October and ends in late March or April.

Using electronic identification and smart feeders and making money through selection are among topics University of Wyoming Extension specialists are presenting at the Wyoming Wool Growers Association summer meeting in Laramie.

The association meets Tuesday, Aug. 7. Registration and agenda information is at the WWGA website wyowool.com.

“It’s exciting to host our Wyoming sheep producers at their university to highlight the great work being done to strengthen lamb and wool industries in our state and region,” said Whit Stewart, extension sheep specialist. “When we have this kind of opportunity to host our industry organization and engage in interactive programming, great things result.”

Presentations by College of Agriculture and Natural Resources specialists are among those of state resource and animal experts.

Those attending will tour the university’s meat lab for demonstrations that include fresh meat packaging and food safety interventions, and then move to the Laramie Research and Extension Center for hands-on workshops. Workshops include making money through selection, modern lamb cuts from a commercial perspective and estimating the carrying capacity of rangeland.

Lexi Julian, president of the Collegiate Wool Growers Association at UW, will discuss developing young producers.