University of Wyoming Extension News

Goshen County 4-H team reserve champion in Denver meats judging competition

Coach Mike Olsen, Shelby Schainost, Anna Schmick, Makenna Greenwald, Skyler Miller and Coach Mai Lee Olsen

Coach Mike Olsen, Shelby Schainost, Anna Schmick, Makenna Greenwald, Skyler Miller and coach Mai Lee Olsen

One team member was top overall individual and two others ranked in the top 10 as the Goshen County 4-H Meats Judging team earned reserve champion honors at the Western National Roundup in Denver.

The competition is in conjunction with the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo.

Texas won with a score of 2,162 followed by Wyoming with 2,132. Also competing were teams from Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas, Wisconsin, Colorado, Montana, Indiana and Mississippi, according to Megan Brittingham, Goshen County 4-H educator. Mike and Mai Lee Olsen volunteer as team coaches.

Makenna Greenwald was top overall individual, scoring 20 points more than the nearest competitor, said Brittingham. Greenwald had a perfect score in retail identification. Teammate Skyler Miller was 5th, and Anna Schmick was 8th high overall.

Meats judging classes include retail identification, ranking various cuts of meat and defending placings using oral reasons.

The team earned the trip to Denver by winning reserve champion in the Wyoming State 4-H contest last April.

For more information, contact Brittingham at 307-532-2436.

Wyoming 4-H’ers compete in National Western Stock Show catch-a-calf action

Colby Stockton of Cheyenne corrals a calf during the Catch-a-Calf program at the National Western Stock Show in Denver.

Colby Stockton of Cheyenne corrals a calf during the Catch-a-Calf program at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. (Photo courtesy Ty Stockton)

Wyoming 4-H’ers recorded first and seconds among other finishes in the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) Catch-a-Calf program Jan. 8-10 in Denver.

Jaycee Hendrickson of Kemmerer earned a first in showmanship, Lane Barker of Evanston a second in live placing and Brooklyn Salo of Laramie a second in record book.

This year’s participants also included Burgandy Mackey of Cokeville, Karl Brennecke of Cheyenne and Morgan Sanchez of Bear River, said Molly Keil, program superintendent.

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4-H educator starts Dec. 7 in Converse County

Stacey Fitzgibbons

Stacey Fitzgibbons

A 4-H educator will join the Converse County office of the University of Wyoming Extension Monday, Dec. 7.
Stacey Fitzgibbons earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science with a business concentration from the University of Wyoming in 2014. She most recently worked as the livestock show coordinator for the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo and had completed an internship with the extension rangeland and livestock programs in Platte County.
Fitzgibbons, who grew up in Meeker, Colo., is a former 4-H’er.
“It is my goal to promote the development of our youth through an organization that shaped me at a very young age,” she said.

Residents invited to learn what UW Extension offers in Carbon County

An energy trailer demonstrating on-grid and off-grid solar, wind and geothermal approaches for stock watering, and home heating are among topics at the open house of the Carbon County office of University of Wyoming Extension.

The event is 4-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at the Jeffrey Memorial Community Center, 315 W. Pine St., in Rawlins.   

 “We are trying to make Carbon County residents more aware of the extension system and the resources we offer to individuals, families and producers,” said extension educator Abby Perry, who serves southeast Wyoming.

More than a dozen UW specialists, area educators and county educators are providing information about sports nutrition, food safety and 4-H, and addressing topics such as eating well for less, integrated pest management, grazing management, irrigation and community and economic development.

            Perry, who specializes in rangeland economics and monitoring, said, “We also hope the community will walk away feeling like they have had the opportunity to share their interests and needs.”

            Bret Hess, director of the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station, and Doug Zalesky, director of the Laramie Research and Extension Center, will present current research and solicit input for future projects. 

            Milt Geiger, energy extension coordinator, uses the energy trailer to spark discussion about renewable energy and interactions between energy, environment and economy.

Cathy Craig is the 4-H and youth development educator in Carbon County, providing opportunities for youths to learn, connect with the community and gain leadership skills.

“The event is come-and-go and informal,” said Perry. Refreshments will be served.

The Peterson Farm Brothers show farming cool, help raise money for state 4-H

They rock, rap and bale. They produce corn, cattle and videos.

The Peterson Farm Brothers – Greg, Nathan and Kendall – have gone viral on YouTube.

Now the Kansas brothers are coming to Laramie.

The Albany County 4-H Foundation is presenting the Peterson Farm Brothers at the Cliff and Martha Hansen Teaching Arena, 460 Highway 230, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, to raise money for scholarships and support 4-H teams traveling to state and national competition. Tickets can be purchased at the Albany County office of the University of Wyoming Extension, at the door or online at

The Peterson brothers’ music videos, shot primarily on their family’s thousand-acre farm near Assaria, Kan., are parodies of popular songs that provide first-hand perspectives on modern agricultural production.

According to their website,, their video “I’m Farming and I Grow It,” a parody of the song “I’m Sexy and I Know It” by LMFAO, received more than 5 million views in more than 200 countries in two weeks in 2012. Continue reading