New bulletin examines marketing costs when deciding which livestock market to use

Livestock producers should consider both marketing costs and price when looking at market options, according to a new bulletin from the University of Wyoming Extension.

Market prices tend to be considered first, but shrink and commission fees can be up to 90 percent of marketing costs for livestock, the authors stated.

Three different marketing options are shown with example costs and prices to help show producers which market might be best to their bottom lines.

“Which market gives me the best price for my cattle? Think about marketing costs as well as price!” B-1303, is available for viewing and free download by going to and clicking the Find a Publication link. Type the name or bulletin number into the search fields. The bulletin is available in PDF, HTML or ePub formats.

UW Extension offers training, tests for new commercial pesticide applicators

Jeff Edwards, extension pesticide applicator training coordinator
Jeff Edwards, extension pesticide applicator training coordinator

Registration for new commercial pesticide applicator training is now open, said University of Wyoming Extension pesticide training coordinator Jeff Edwards.

The training is Monday-Friday, Dec. 11-15, in Laramie. All sessions are at the Albany County Fairgrounds, said Edwards. The program starts 1 p.m. Monday. Anyone applying pesticides (restricted use or not) and receiving payment is required to have a commercial applicators license.

Class registration fee is $250 per person.  Electronic registration is preferred at

The program prepares participants for the commercial applicator examinations.  Those attending have the opportunity to complete the examination and receive temporary licenses that Friday, Edwards said. Their official licenses will be issued at a later date from the Wyoming Department of Agriculture.

Topics covered include core materials, state statutes, application procedures, weed and insect identification and other license category-specific information, he said.

“This course is specifically designed to educate individuals who are new to pesticide application,” he said. “It may also assist individuals looking for career advancement as it will provide 24 CEUs to anyone who participates with a current active license.”

The core examination must be passed, and a minimum of one category examination with a 70 percent or better is required to receive a license.

Edwards recommends acquiring and reading training manuals prior to class.  Details on which training manuals needed are at

To purchase printed manuals, contact the UW Extension Office of Communications and Technology at 307-766-5157 or by email at

International outlook, grain price forecasts start Range Beef Cow Symposium

Beef cattle specialist Steve Paisley 

Factors influencing livestock and grain costs and price forecasts and the international trade outlook start the Range Beef Cow Symposium Tuesday-Thursday, Nov. 28-30, in Cheyenne.

All events are at the Little America Hotel and Resort. See the list of speakers and preregistration information

Greg Hanes with the U.S. Meat Export Federation offers the international trade forecast.

“With the rules for beef trade to China finalized this past June and trade agreements such as NAFTA being reviewed, this is a critical time for beef producers and industry organizations to be aware of international trade opportunities and challenges,” said Steve Paisley, University of Wyoming Extension beef cattle specialist and a conference organizer.

Jim Robb with the Livestock Marketing Information Center will examine market data and influences on livestock and feed grain prices.

South Dakota Red Angus breeder Craig Bieber will share management decisions his family operation has made to adapt to drought. Also from South Dakota, cattleman Troy Hadrick will present the genetic tools he uses for selection and marketing.

Other Tuesday subjects include insight on range mineral nutrition, a debate on genetic testing versus visual evaluation, a meat cutting demonstration, and a meat science presentation by Warrie Means, University of Wyoming Extension meats specialist and associate professor.

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Extension financial specialist recommends actions following Equifax breach

Cole Ehmke

Freezing credit and signing up for free credit monitoring are among strategies a University of Wyoming Extension specialist recommends in response to the massive hack of the consumer credit reporting agency Equifax.

Information for about 145 million people was compromised, potentially exposing names, addresses, birthdates and Social Security numbers.

Equifax has taken a few steps to help people protect their identities, said personal financial management specialist Cole Ehmke. All Americans can sign up for free credit monitoring at at the Equifax Cybersecurity Incident link. The monitoring is effective for all three credit bureaus, including Experian and TransUnion. Enrollment ends Nov. 21.

Equifax has also promised to waive the fee to freeze credit reports through the end of January.

A credit freeze limits access to a credit report, limiting potential creditors from accessing credit files, so the creditor is less likely to issue credit, said Ehmke.

“The end result is that identity thieves are less likely to open an account in your name,” he said.

There is a charge each time a credit report is frozen and also when the freeze is lifted. The cost in Wyoming is $10.  Equifax has waived this fee until the end of January, said Ehmke.

He recommended freezing credit at all three agencies – Equifax, Experian and TransUnion – as the best identity theft protection.

“You’d need to do it with each of the main credit reporting agencies for both yourself and for a spouse,” said Ehmke. “Remember that you’ll have to “unfreeze” your report temporarily if you want to open a new line of credit yourself.”

He said Equifax has announced a new service called a credit lock, which they say will launch by Jan. 31.

“Offering a credit lock is a more significant offer than Equifax’s previous ones of one free year of credit monitoring or its promise to waive the fee to freeze your credit through the end of January, since it is free for life, but it offers slightly less than a credit freeze,” Ehmke said.

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UW scientists part of regional $6 million biofuel, carbon capture modeling project

Selena Gerace

Agricultural economists at the University of Wyoming will generate models of what economies in the Upper Missouri River Basin might look like if raising biofuels and carbon capture technologies were implemented.

UW is part of the four-year, $6 million National Science Foundation project working with Montana State University and the University of South Dakota to determine if changes in commodity production and capturing carbon are sustainable, or even feasible, in the basin.

The group includes more than 31 private, state and federal institutions and more than 50 people. Project organization began last year. The project’s website is

Each university is receiving $2 million. UW’s role is developing the economic models, said Selena Gerace, UW Extension outreach coordinator for the project.

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