Meat cutting information session part of Evanston’s Wyoming-Utah Ag Days

Warrie Means explains cuts of meat during last year’s Wyoming-Utah Ag Days in Evanston.

Meat cutting, types of cuts and  degree of doneness within meat are part of a session by the University of Wyoming Extension meats specialist at Wyoming-Utah Ag Days in Evanston.

The conference has more than 18 sessions Wednesday-Thursday, Jan. 30-31, at the Roundhouse. More information about all the sessions and conference is at

Warrie Means, interim associate dean in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, will also cover the degree of doneness within meat, the types of marbling and the basic anatomy of the animal. His session is Jan. 31.

Meat cutting processes are now more driven by muscle characteristics than they used to be, said Means, an associate professor for meat science and food technology in the Department of Animal Science.

With a large interest in knowing where food comes from, understanding meat cutting and how to do it is becoming increasingly important, he said.

“We need to educate people more on the conversion of muscle to meat,” Means said.

Modern cuts

Modern cuts of meat aren’t necessarily new but the trend of the meat cut has become increasingly popular, said Means.

He said the flat iron steak in beef might be considered a modern cut. The cut is in the front end of the beef carcass and is very labor intensive to get out. Once the connective tissue is removed, the meat is very tender and has characteristics of steak rather than a chuck roast.

Modern beef cuts also include bone in rib, boneless ribeye, boneless flat cut roast, point cut boneless brisket, porterhouse steak, boneless strip loin and a top sirloin butt center-cut seamed on the dorsal side.

A few pork cuts that might be considered modern are country style ribs, blade chop, ribeye chop, T-bone chop, porterhouse chop and sirloin chop.

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Big Horn Basin students can access academic, career opportunities at Worland event

Man and youth stand in front of a frame holding writing paper.
Extension educator Chance Marshall assists a student during a previous WESTI Ag Days career night.

         Big Horn Basin students can gain information from agricultural and non-agricultural businesses and from four community colleges and the University of Wyoming during the Youth Career Event Tuesday, Feb. 12, in Worland.

The event is 5:30-7:30 p.m. and is part of WESTI Ag Days Feb. 12-13 at the Worland Community Center Complex, 1200 Culbertson Ave. The detailed WESTI Ag Days schedule is at

Dinner is provided, and registration is requested by Feb. 11, said Amber Armajo, UW Extension youth educator in Washakie County. Call 307-347-3431 to register.

Businesses representing animal science, sales, seed production, welding, bee keeping, agronomy, aviation and research are scheduled to be present. Officials from UW, Northwest College, Sheridan College, Casper College and Central Wyoming College will answer questions and provide information.

Armajo said the event has grown each year. Convenience is probably one reason, she noted.

“One, all of the colleges are right there,” she said. “You can get information from the four community colleges and the University of Wyoming. And two, if the students are unsure what they want to do, this is a great opportunity to visit and get real-life advice from people in a business or having worked in that area as a career.”

Armajo said businesses may have opportunities for internships or be willing to have students spend a day at their facilities.

WESTI Ag Days keynote speaker and guest presenter Andy Junkin will also attend the event, said Armajo. Junkin specializes in improving how farm families make decisions together and increase profitability.

Contact Armajo at 307-347-3431 for more information.

Albany County 4-H’er wins Denver stock show catch-a-calf competition

Catch-A-Calf champion Kara Reynolds of Laramie with, from left, her father Dan, mother Sherry, brother Darryn, and sister Taylor holds the banner.

An Albany County 4-H’er won the Catch-A-Calf competition last week at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, and nine other 4-H’ers from across Wyoming will receive calves for the 2019-2020 competition

Kara Reynolds of Laramie and her market steer entry topped 40 other 4-H’ers and entries from Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and Wyoming.

Reynolds attends Laramie High School and is the daughter of Sherry and Dan Reynolds of Laramie. She is a member of the Critter Creek 4-H Club. This is the second consecutive year a 4-H’er from the club has won the competition.

“I would say she is probably the hardest working young woman I know,” said Mary Louise Wood, Albany County 4-H educator. The 4-H program is part of the University of Wyoming Extension. “She worked every day with that calf and took it to the Wyoming and Colorado state fairs and the NILE (Northern International Livestock Expo) in Montana.”

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Fremont County volunteers sought for health, wellness advocate training

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Fremont County nutrition and food safety educator Laura Balis

         Participants are being sought in Fremont County for a new volunteer-based program to receive training through University of Wyoming Extension on how to be an advocate for health and wellness.

Volunteers will gain new skills and knowledge through in-person and online trainings, said Laura Balis, University of Wyoming Extension nutrition and food safety educator.

Volunteers will learn how to assess community needs, market and teach workshops and programs, staff health fair booths and participate in community health coalitions.

“I’m excited to bring a new volunteer opportunity to Fremont County,” said Balis, “Master Volunteers who complete this training can help improve the health of our communities.”

The in-person trainings are 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays from Feb. 5 until March 19 at the Lander or Riverton extension offices. The online portion will take two hours each week.

The course costs $10 per person. Register at For more information, contact Balis at 307-332-2363 or

UW wool judging team grabs National Western Stock Show crown

Members of the wool judging team are shown with their ribbons and trophy.
Members of the champion UW wool judging team are, standing, from left, assistant coaches Bryce McKenzie and Katie Hazlewood, Wilson Renner, Grace Corrette, Zach Davis, Megan Proctor, Amy Newman, Courtney Newman, coach Whit Stewart. Sitting, from left, Juan Gavette, Dallin Brady, Laurel Rigby, Dylan Laverell.


      The University of Wyoming’s wool judging team won the competition and a team member was overall champion at the National Western Stock Show in Denver Thursday.

UW competed against Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Angelo State University in Texas and Kansas State University. Each had two teams in the competition. UW had Gold and Brown teams competing. The Gold team was overall champion. Gold team members also claimed firsts in various categories.

This was the team’s first competition and was UW’s first wool judging championship at the show since 1997. UW has not had a wool judging team for 16 years.

“Everyone was pretty ecstatic about the win,” said team coach Whit Stewart, an assistant professor in the Department of Animal Science and UW Extension sheep specialist.

Gold team member Laurel Rigby of Ronan, Mont., was overall individual champion, first in the grading rail competition and was seventh in placings. Dallin Brady of Kimberly, Idaho, was third overall, first in placings and reasons, and ninth in the grading rail contest.

The Gold team was first in grading rail and third in placings.

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