Meat processing facility, BeefChain on Fremont County Farm and Ranch Days agenda


Padlock Ranch CEO Trey Patterson

The president of the Ranchester-based Padlock Ranch will present “Ranching With a Purpose” during lunch Wednesday and pairing the right dogs to the right predators is the Thursday lunch topic during Fremont County Farm and Ranch Days Wednesday-Thursday Feb. 6-7 in Riverton.

This year’s event at the Fremont County Fairgrounds has 30 sessions over two days, plus private pesticide applicator classes all day Thursday. Sessions begin 9 a.m. and end 3:45 p.m. each day. Free lunches are prepared by the Fremont County Cattlewomen and provided by event sponsors.

The Lander and Riverton Fremont County extension

Author, rancher Cat Urbigkit

offices plan and coordinate the annual event.

Fremont County extension educator Chance Marshall said planners hope to have something exciting for everyone at this year’s conference.

“This tradition will be 35 years old this year, and there’s lots to talk about with agriculture in Fremont County and Wyoming,” said Marshall. “The two-day educational expo will consist of over 30 educational presentations and a bigger-than-ever trade show of mostly local vendors.”

Padlock Ranch CEO Trey Patterson is scheduled 12:45-1:45 p.m. following lunch Wednesday. Patterson, a former extension beef specialist for South Dakota State University, joined the ranch in 2005. The Padlock Ranch is a family-owned, integrated cow/calf feedlot and farming operation.

Cat Urbigkit’s keynote lunch address about guardian dogs is the same time Thursday. Urbigkit lives on her family’s working sheep ranch in western Wyoming. She is a full-time non-fiction book author, photographer and blogger and is co-owner and editor of The Shepherd magazine.

          Wyoming State Veterinarian Jim Logan starts sessions Wednesday discussing risks of algae blooms to livestock producers. Various Wyoming agencies collaborated to determine bodies of water that potentially have algal blooms that are harmful to livestock. Logan will talk about confirmed cases in Wyoming and what producers should watch for.

Other topics Wednesday include the Genuine Meats meat processing facility in Riverton, BeefChain, Central Wyoming College and economic development for Fremont County agriculture, small-scale farming soil management and ag markets.

Thursday sessions include making beef jerky, a producer brucellosis meeting, potential for hemp production and regulations in Wyoming, working horse care, wool quality and selection, Wyoming weed watch list, grasshopper management, creating a grazing plan and ATV safety.

           For more information, contact Marshall at 307-682-7281 or

UW Extension offers southeast Wyoming pesticide applicator training

UW Extension educator Caleb Carter

         Several trainings to obtain or renew pesticide applicator licenses are being offered across southeast Wyoming in February and March by the University of Wyoming Extension.

The training includes integrated pest management, how to properly read and understand the label, types and use of personal protective equipment and federal reporting requirements.

Four hours of continuing education credits are available to any commercial pesticide applicator license holders.

Applications will be submitted to the Wyoming Department of Agriculture for approval and issuance of licenses upon course completion.

Obtaining a private pesticide applicators license allows individuals to purchase and apply restricted use pesticides for private use.

County, dates, times and locations for the trainings are:

Goshen County: Please RSVP to Caleb Carter, Goshen County extension educator, at 307-532-2436. All sessions are in the Goshen County 4-H Building at the Goshen County Fairgrounds. Continue reading UW Extension offers southeast Wyoming pesticide applicator training

UW Extension hosts range beef cattle nutrition workshop in Gillette

Portrait of Blaine Horn
Extension educator Blaine Horn

Join the University of Wyoming Extension for a workshop to learn more about meeting the nutritional needs of range beef cattle Tuesday-Wednesday, Feb. 5-6, at the Campbell County Library Pioneer Room, 2101 South 4J Road, Gillette.

The workshop was created to help cattle ranchers improve their understanding of rangeland pastures as a source for feed energy and how to optimize supplement feed costs to help maximize profitability, said Blaine Horn, a UW Extension rangeland educator for northeast Wyoming.

“This workshop is to help ranchers appreciate how the land can be the only source of feed energy for their cowherd,” said Horn.

The workshop is limited to 20 participants. This is a highly interactive workshop and includes discussions of the topics and opportunities for questions and answers, said Horn. The workshop includes hands-on activities and exercises to stimulate learning and understanding the material.

Workshops are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. Tuesday includes postpartum interval (PPI) and length of breeding season, body condition, day length at calving, and nutrition before and after calving effects on the PPI, energy and the net energy maintenance systems; energy components in feed and forages; dry matter intake; energy content of northeast Wyoming rangeland forage in relation to beef cow production needs; cow body weight gain or loss and how a rancher can minimize winter feeding costs.

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UW college of agriculture teams compete at Denver National Western Stock Show


Chart shows the yearly attendance figures from the Denver Western Stock Show
Source: Denver National Western Stock Show

Teams and individual contestants from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming will test their skills at the Denver National Western Stock Show (NWSS) now through Sunday, Jan. 27.

Established in 1906, the NWSS is the leading livestock, rodeo and horse show in the nation. A 16-day event of western heritage and entertainment attracts over 650,000 visitors every year from Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming and surrounding areas.

The UW collegiate livestock judging team will compete Thursday, Jan. 17, starting at 8 a.m. in the Denver Coliseum. The UW wool judging team will also be competing at 9 a.m. that day at the Adams County Fairgrounds. The UW meats judging team will contend in the meats contest at the JBS facilities in Greeley Jan. 20 at 8 a.m.

UW will have a presence at every rodeo in the coliseum as part of the university’s partnership with NWSS. The pro-rodeo Wednesday, Jan. 23, is UW night, and spectators are encouraged to wear their brown and gold.

A few UW rodeo team members will compete individually throughout the stock show. Tyler Corrington, the UW rodeo team rough stock coach, will be saddle bronc riding on Jan. 18 and 19. Jake Fulton, a senior form Valentine, Neb., will be steer wrestling in the performance round on Jan. 21 and in the slack on Jan. 22.

Jase Staudt, a junior from Nathrop, Colo., is team roping and tie down roping Jan. 18 and JC Flake, a sophomore from Mesa, Ariz., will also be team roping Jan. 23. Dusty Taylor, a junior from Craig, Colo., will be competing Jan. 21 and Jan. 22 in the team roping contest.

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UW livestock judging team wins championship


Photograph of Logan Despain's face
Logan Despain was the overall champion individual at the Phoenix competition.

The University of Wyoming livestock judging team won champion team overall and a team member won high individual overall at the Livestock Judging Classic in Phoenix Dec. 31.

They also won champion team in swine and champion team in sheep/goats. There were nine teams and 73 contestants.

“There’s definitely no better way to start the year than with a win, so I’m very proud of the group and their work leading up to the contest,” Caleb Boardman, livestock judging coach, said.

Logan Despain from Laramie was high individual overall, first in swine, second in reasons, fourth in beef and fifth in sheep/goats.

Zackery Schumaker from Sweet Springs, W.Va., was third overall, fifth in swine and fifth in beef.

Justin Terry from Grants Pass, Ore., was fifth overall, and Alexi Goodnow, from Craig, Colo., was ninth overall.

“Without question it is a reflection on the talent this group of individuals has and makes the prospects of the year to come exciting, but more importantly, their work ethic and how coachable they are is what makes me believe they could have a special year,” Boardman said.

On Thursday, Jan. 17, the team will compete at the National Western Stock Show in Denver.