University of Wyoming Extension News

State forage field day June 14 at Sheridan research center

Extension forage specialist Anowar Islam

Extension forage specialist Anowar Islam

Forage production and management and tools to help alfalfa and forage growers produce the best possible yield and quality are part of the Wyoming Forage Field Day Tuesday, June 14, at Sheridan.

The fifth-annual event is 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Sheridan Research and Extension Center (ShREC) at Sheridan College. Registration, encouraged by June 3 to ensure a free lunch, is free, and the event is open to the public.

University of Wyoming Extension forage specialist Anowar Islam said the event is farmer-focused, “especially for those who want alfalfa and improved forages in their cropping/animal production systems and improve yield, quality and profitability.”

Full program details are at bit.ly/forageday.

There are more than 13 presentations, ranging from 10 to 40 minutes. A panel of producers is in the afternoon and machinery and equipment demonstrations end the day.

Register by calling ShREC at 307-673-2856 or at shrec@uwyo.edu, or contact Islam at 307-766-4151 or mislam@uwyo.edu.

UW Extension offers resources for staying safe before, during, after flooding

Resources to help prepare for flooding and its aftermath are available from University of Wyoming Extension.

Experts say what people do before, during and after flooding can make a difference in health, safety and recovery.

The following offer resources to help residents weather flooding events in 2016:

·         Extension Disaster Education Network (UW Extension site at bit.ly/Edenflood)

·         Guide to post-disaster restoration for a safe and healthy home (Department of Housing and Urban Development site at bit.ly/restorehome)

·         Recovering from Natural Disasters (UW Extension at bit.ly/Recoverfromdisaster)

·         Agriculture-related post-flooding resources (Extension Disaster Education Network at bit.ly/Edenagflood)

Among guidelines the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers those working in flooded areas are:

  • Do not walk through flowing or standing water.
  • Do not drive through a flooded area.
  • Seek immediate first aid treatment or medical evaluation for any injuries or illnesses.
  • Get immunizations or be sure they are current, e.g., tetanus.
  • Wash hands often, using hand sanitizer or soap and clean water.
  • Keep safe, potable water on hand for drinking and washing. Consider all water unsafe until the public water supply is officially declared safe.
  • Use insect repellant and sunscreen.
  • Wear watertight, slip-resistant boots with steel toe and insole (not just steel shank).

FEMA warns of dangers from slippery and unstable surfaces; sharp or jagged debris; electrical hazards and chemical exposures; and contact with airborne microorganisms and microbial growth (bacteria and fungi) and animal remains. Continue reading

High Plains Ranch Practicum taking applications for 2016 session

Dallas Mount and participants in a prior ranch practicum.

Dallas Mount and participants in a prior ranch practicum.

A livestock program that provides producers skills and management expertise is again being offered beginning in June and ending in November.

The 2016 High Plains Ranch Practicum tools are needed in today’s complex ranching industry, said Dallas Mount, University of Wyoming Extension educator.

The eight-day, hands-on program is hosted by UW Extension in partnership with Laramie County Community College in the Cheyenne area. Enrollment is limited to 35, and participants must apply by June 3.

“Whether you have ranched all your life or are new to ranching, this school will teach you valuable skills for running a successful ranch,” said Mount, an instructor in the practicum.

“Dad taught us how to build a fence and feed a cow, but he didn’t teach us how to build a business that supports the people who are building the fence and feeding the cow,” said Mount.

The course provides ranchers tools to understand and integrate four areas of ranch management: range and forage resources, integrating nutrition and reproduction, cost-of-production analysis and family working relationships.

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4-H volunteer development expert joins state program office

Sarah Torbert

Sarah Torbert

A 4-H volunteer development specialist is joining the Wyoming State 4-H Office at the University of Wyoming May 16.

Sarah Torbert earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and a master’s degree in training and development from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Wyoming 4-H has more than 1,750 volunteers working with over 6,600 youth members.

Torbert has 14 years experience working with 4-H volunteers through extension programs in Wisconsin and Missouri, said Kim Reaman, University of Wyoming Extension federal relations and staff development coordinator.

Torbert also worked with volunteers in the Girl Scout program in Wisconsin, Reaman added.

4-H is the youth arm of University of Wyoming Extension, and its state offices are in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

UW Extension hosts management-intensive grazing school near Glenrock

Cows watch management-intesnsve grazing participants watch them during a previous MIG school near Wheatland.

Cows watch management-intensive grazing (MIG) participants watch them during a previous MIG school near Wheatland.

A four-day school to coax more out of pastures, extend grazing seasons and reduce or eliminate the need for harvested feed is being sponsored near Glenrock by the University of Wyoming Extension.

The Management-intensive Grazing School is Monday-Thursday, June 6-9, at the Duncan Ranch near Glenrock. Each day consists of classroom work in the morning followed by hands-on applications of the concepts on the ranch. Registration deadline is May 24.

The school teaches participants how to design and implement a management-intensive grazing program focused on profitability and pasture production. 

Author Jim Gerrish, who operates a grazing operation near May, Idaho, and is a contributing writer for the “Stockman Grass Farmer,” will lead the school, said Dallas Mount, extension educator based in Wheatland.

The difference between high-profit and low-profit cow-calf operations can usually come down to the amount of harvested feed the operation uses, said Mount. He said the school teaches a way to reduce the cost of harvesting and feeding and improve pasture productivity. Continue reading