UW Livestock Judging Team records best finish in 30+ years

Team members and coaches with award ribbons, plaques, banners trophies and one silver bowl
From left, Colby Hales, assistant coach; Connor Madsen, Wheatland; Kyle Cavey, Berthoud, Colorado; Kassi Renner, Lovell; Zane Mackey, Torrington; Amanda Hartman, Denton, Montana; Garrett Barton, Poway, California; Ty Shockley, Wheatland; Paige Aylward, Dickens, Nebraska; Tyler Bauer, Johnstown, Colorado; Lucas Stalcup, Ashland, Montana; Caleb Boardman, coach

The 2017 University of Wyoming Livestock Judging Team finished 8th at the North American International Livestock Exposition in November in Louisville, Kentucky. This marks the first top-10 finish at the National Championship in at least 30 years Coach Caleb Boardman said.

“We have records of scores dating back to 1993, and from visiting with past team members through the late 80s, we can say this is the best finish for the program at the International in a very long time,” said Boardman.

Nationally, 138 contestants represented 29 universities at the contest. In addition to earning 8th overall, the team finished 5th in performance cattle, 6th in swine, 8th in overall beef and 9th in reasons. The total scores posted, as well as those in cattle, hogs and reasons are the highest on record for UW.

The team was led by Zane Mackey and Garrett Barton, who both finished in the top 30 overall. Barton tied for 2nd in swine reasons and was 5th overall in swine.

Earlier in the fall, the team finished 8th at the National Barrow Show, AKSARBEN and the Flint Hills Classic contests and finished 9th overall at the American Royal in Kansas City, Missouri, at the end of October.

“Although the team was hoping for higher finishes at both Kansas City and Louisville, by being top-10 at both contests, they became one of six universities that finished in the top 10 at every national contest this year. That is a great accomplishment, and we’re very proud of them,” said Boardman, who is assisted by graduate student coach Colby Hales.

Individually, Tyler Bauer led the team at the American Royal with a 6th-place finish out of 122 contestants. He was also 4th in cattle and 11th in both sheep and reasons. The team finished 9th in each of the beef, sheep and reasons categories and 10th in hogs out of 25 teams.

“This marks the end of a chapter for these students, and while this team has helped establish UW as a nationally competitive program, I’m more excited to see what they accomplish in their future endeavors,” said Boardman. “A long line of successful alumni have come through this program over the years, and my goal is that these students will continue that legacy of making an impact in whatever they do.”

Boardman extended thanks to the producers who allow the team to practice with their livestock, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Department of Animal Science and private donors who support their travel throughout the year.

The UW judging programs include the livestock, horse and meats judging teams

Ty Shockley named to All-American team

Young man wears suit and glasses, hold award plaque
Ty Shockley

Ty Shockley, member of the University of Wyoming Livestock Judging team, was one of 11 college seniors named All-Americans at the 112th National Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky, November 14.

The All-American program recognizes students who have made a commitment to livestock judging and have excelled in academics, university and industry activities and community service. Shockley, from Wheatland, Wyoming, judged competitively at both Casper College and UW.

Along with owning and managing his own cattle company, he has served as president and adviser for the Wyoming Junior Angus Association. On campus, he serves as a justice with the University of Wyoming Judicial Council and was named outstanding senior in the College of Business. Shockley is also the treasurer of Alpha Kappa Psi, accounting tutor for Beta Alpha Psi and member of UW transfer student advisory committee.

Shockley served during summer 2017 as a White House intern for vice presidential operations. After graduating in May 2018 with bachelor of science degrees in accounting and agricultural business, he hopes to become a certified public accountant.

His further goal is to continue his education with a joint MBA/JD degree and pursue a career in politics in Washington, D.C.

The University of Wyoming was one of only five universities to have a team member named as an All-American. In 2016, BW Ochsner became the first named from UW.

For more information, contact livestock judging coach Caleb Boardman at caleb.boardman@uwyo.edu or 307-766-2159.

UW bulletin details vegetation mapping at Rogers Research Site

Picture of the bulletin cover, which shows a map with vegetation colored in. A pre-fire vegetation mapping project at the University of Wyoming’s Rogers Research Site (RRS) in southeast Wyoming will help future researchers, land managers and others assess changes in land cover and wildlife habitat at the mountainous site and surrounding lands.

The project is detailed in RRS Bulletin 4: “Vegetation Mapping of Rogers Research Site, north Laramie Mountains, Wyoming, Using High Spatial Resolution Photography and Heads-Up Digitizing.”

Bulletin 4 and others in the series can be downloaded at bit.ly/UWEpubs. Enter Rogers Research Site into the search bar.

“With good luck and fortune, the mapping work was completed prior to the 2012 Arapaho Fire,” said lead author Mathew Seymour. “Thus, our project will help forest managers and those conducting research in the area examine various vegetation as it existed pre-fire and whether post-fire habitats are transitioning back to pre-fire states or are trending toward alternative ecological states.”

The high-intensity wildfire burned ponderosa pine and other vegetation across nearly 100,000 acres in the area of Laramie Peak, including the 320-acre RRS.

The site was bequeathed to UW in 2002 by Col. William C. Rogers, who stated in his will that it be used, in part, for educational purposes and research relating to the improvement of forestry and wildlife resources.

The vegetation mapping work was completed by Seymour in 2006 while he was finishing two bachelor’s degrees at UW. His research and other studies at RRS are now being published in peer-reviewed bulletins by the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station (WAES), which manages the site in northeast Albany County.

“The vegetation map will assist researchers and those who manage private and public lands in the north Laramie Mountains regarding land management for socioeconomic and other benefits,” said Seymour, who went on to earn master’s and doctorate degrees at universities in Iceland and Switzerland before taking a postdoctoral research position in the Molecular and Fisheries Genetics Laboratory at Bangor University in Wales.

The map shows that in 2006, RRS was predominantly ponderosa pine forest (80 percent), with mixed grass and shrub lands (10 percent), quaking aspen (4 percent) and other features, including human development.

“When our map and an aerial image of RRS and surrounding lands taken the same year are compared to an aerial image taken in 2015, the dramatic effects of the Arapaho Fire on vegetation are easily seen,” Seymour said.

The lightning-caused wildfire occurred during an extreme drought, and it burned so hot it left many areas completely devoid of vegetation.

The bulletin is co-authored by Ken Driese, a senior lecturer in the UW Department of Botany who mentored Seymour during the mapping project, and WAES editor Robert Waggener.

Driese said the map will help researchers answer many questions about post-fire changes.

“How will shrubs and trees, including ponderosa pine, which once dominated the landscape, respond to the fire?” Driese asked. “Will trees return naturally in great numbers, or will the landscape remain dominated by grasses and shrubs because of climate change, changes in soil due to the fire’s intensity or the establishment of invasive species?”

Additionally, he questioned, “Can humans play a role in managing the soil and vegetation and, ultimately, their effects on wildlife, water and air quality?”

Preliminary findings from a ponderosa pine restoration study and pre- and post-fire soils research will be detailed in upcoming bulletins.

For more information about research at RRS and the bulletins, call John Tanaka at 307-766-5130 or email jtanaka@uwyo.edu.

Researchers needing a high-resolution version of the bulletins or figures within the bulletins should contact the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center at 307-837-2000 or sarec@uwyo.edu.

Gillette Saturday Farmers’ Market named one of nation’s best

Vendors are set up under pop-up canopies, customers browse.
Local vendors, fresh food – including Flathead cherries and goat milk ice cream – and special activities are hallmarks of the Gillette Farmers’ Market.



The Gillette Saturday Farmers’ Market was named one of the best in the country through American Farmland Trust’s 9th annual Farmers Market Celebration.

“The Celebration encourages market customers, family farmers, community members – anyone who believes they’ve got the best farmers market in the country – to endorse their market in five categories,” said Susan Sink, vice president of development and external relations for American Farmland Trust.

The Gillette Saturday Farmers’ Market earned tenth in People’s Choice, Focus on Farmers, Healthy Food for All and Pillar of the Community and 11th in Champion for the Environment. Voting was through the website markets.farmland.org.

“Our volunteer-run market has grown so much since we started in 2010, and being named as one of the top ten means so much to our customers, volunteers, and vendors,” said Erin Galloway, co-market manager.

“There’s something for everyone at market,” said co-market manager Megan McManamen.  Examples are free cooking demonstrations, a SNAP incentive program, a customer loyalty program and kids’ activities. The summer market at the Gillette Tech Center runs every Saturday until mid October.

“While farmers markets have been growing in popularity, keeping family farmers on farmland remains a nationwide challenge,” Sink said. “Many family farmers are struggling to stay afloat and face pressure from development to sell their land. Farmers markets provide an opportunity for family farmers to sell directly to consumers and to help make a living on their land.”

Logo says Saturday Farmers' Market, Gillette, Wyoming and Live, Eat, Grow LocalUniversity of Wyoming Extension Master Gardeners of Campbell County are among those who help with the market. According to Campbell County Extension horticulture program coordinator Hannah Johnson, the Gillette Farmers’ Market promotes the development of a regional food system, supports local farmers, ranchers, producers, and artisans and makes high-quality food available to community residents.

“What you put on your fork matters” was the message behind American Farmland Trust’s 9th annual Farmers Market Celebration. The national nonprofit seeks to save farmland for the next generation.

For more information, contact Johnson at 307-682-7281 or HJH10@ccgov.net.

UW bulletin details research, teaching opportunities at Rogers Research Site

UW bulletin details research, teaching opportunities at Rogers Research Site
Rogers Research Site and nearly 100,000 acres surrounding Laramie Peak burned during the 2012 Arapaho Fire, which dramatically changed research and instructional potential there and on neighboring lands.

Research, extension and instructional opportunities relating to forestry, wildlife and other natural resources await University of Wyoming faculty, staff, students and outside collaborators, according to a new bulletin published by the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station (WAES).

The bulletin details the potential for such activities at the UW-owned Rogers Research Site, a 320-acre parcel in the Laramie Mountains near Laramie Peak in southeast Wyoming.

Bulletin 3 and others in the series can be downloaded at bit.ly/UWEpubs. Enter Rogers Research Site into the search bar.

Williams said RRS along with adjacent State of Wyoming-owned parcels provide more than 1,000 acres of mountainous land for potential research and teaching.

“The RRS is being developed to specifically address forestry- and wildlife-related issues,” he said.

Short- and long-term goals for the site are also detailed in RRS Bulletin 3, “A Conceptual Framework to Guide Research and Teaching at Rogers Research Site, north Laramie Mountains, Wyoming.”

The bulletin, co-authored by WAES editor Robert Waggener, also contains a story about the late Col. William C. Rogers, who bequeathed the land to UW in 2002.

The property and nearly 100,000 acres surrounding Laramie Peak burned during the 2012 Arapaho Fire, which dramatically changed research and instructional potential at RRS and neighboring lands.

“The investigations at RRS are now focused on regeneration of forests post-fire,” said Williams, who has led much of the early planning and research at the site in extreme northeast Albany County. “RRS is also positioned ecologically and politically to address other land-management issues related to water, soil erosion, invasive species, recreational use, climate change and management of nutrients in soil, to name a few.”

RRS is under management of WAES and one of its four research and extension centers, the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture R&E Center (SAREC) near Lingle.

“The research plots that were established on regeneration of the forests, pre- and post-fire soils comparisons and other baseline information collected will provide the basis for learning for decades to come,” said UW Professor John Tanaka, director of SAREC and associate director of WAES.

Many people, both within and outside UW, were involved in early planning at RRS, including former SAREC director Jim Freeburn.

“Working with the neighbors and people interested in the Rogers Research Site was one of the most rewarding experiences of my career with UW,” Freeburn said. “The residents of that area care about their neighbors and the natural resource base in the Laramie Mountains.”

A vegetation mapping survey at RRS, preliminary findings from a ponderosa pine restoration study and pre- and post-fire soils research will be detailed in upcoming bulletins. UW students and their faculty mentors, along with outside collaborators, have been involved in the projects.

For more information about research at RRS and the bulletins, call John Tanaka at 307-766-5130 or email jtanaka@uwyo.edu.