The University of Wyoming’s wool judging team won the competition and a team member was overall champion at the National Western Stock Show in Denver Thursday.
UW competed against Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Angelo State University in Texas and Kansas State University. Each had two teams in the competition. UW had Gold and Brown teams competing. The Gold team was overall champion. Gold team members also claimed firsts in various categories.
This was the team’s first competition and was UW’s first wool judging championship at the show since 1997. UW has not had a wool judging team for 16 years.
“Everyone was pretty ecstatic about the win,” said team coach Whit Stewart, an assistant professor in the Department of Animal Science and UW Extension sheep specialist.
Gold team member Laurel Rigby of Ronan, Mont., was overall individual champion, first in the grading rail competition and was seventh in placings. Dallin Brady of Kimberly, Idaho, was third overall, first in placings and reasons, and ninth in the grading rail contest.
The Gold team was first in grading rail and third in placings.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.