University of Wyoming Extension News

Extension bulletin breaks down livestock vs. wildlife grazing competition

b1260A new bulletin from the University of Wyoming Extension covers livestock and wildlife grazing competition and the facts leading to dietary overlap.

“Dietary Composition and Conflicts of Livestock and Wildlife on Rangeland” explains the distinctions between types of roughages and the physiological reasons why animals prefer grazing on certain plant types.

Derek Scasta, assistant professor and extension rangeland specialist, said, “The interaction of livestock and wildlife on rangeland is an issue of concern not only for ranchers and wildlife managers, but the general public.”

He explained wild horses and their impact on rangelands have recently raised additional considerations.

 “In particular, competition for food resources can help guide decisions for grazing timing, duration and location, ” he said.

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Beef production, profitability focus at November convention in Torrington

Caleb Carter

Caleb Carter

Workshops covering issues affecting profitability of livestock producers are part of the Southeast Wyoming Beef Production Convention Tuesday, Nov. 18, in Torrington

The convention is 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Goshen County Fairground’s Rendezvous Center hosted by the Goshen County University of Wyoming Extension office and the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center near Lingle.

Presentations begin with northern Montana producer Dirk O’Conner, who is combining grazing, no-till and cover crops to increase production and boost soil health, and conclude with Jim Rob from the Livestock Marketing Information Center on the market outlook.

Concurrent sessions feature agricultural professionals, extension specialists and educators and other UW faculty members. Additional topics include poisonous plants, cornstalk grazing research, annual forages, risk management, sexed semen, replacement heifer budgeting and soil moisture.

  trade show and panel discussion are also scheduled.

Cost to attend the convention and trade show is $20 and includes lunch. Student tickets are $10.

Registration is requested by Nov. 12 and can be found along with a detailed schedule and more information at

For more information, contact Goshen County extension educator Caleb Carter at 307 532-2436 or

Wyoming range management school bolsters grazing plan development

Each day of the school has a different focus.

Each day has a specific focus. See story for  subjects.

More than 27 sessions during the 2014 Wyoming Range Management School are designed to help increase understanding of premises used to develop grazing management plans.

The school, presented by the Wyoming Section Society for Range Management, is June 24-27 at the South Lincoln Training and Event Center in Kemmerer.

In general, morning sessions are at the center, and afternoon sessions are field trips to surrounding areas.

“The school has been modified from prior years to include presentations about assessing riparian areas, the economics of managing for rangeland and livestock health and allotment management planning,” said Windy Kelley, University of Wyoming Extension educator and president-elect of the Wyoming Section of SRM.

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UW bulletin highlights crop, cattle, sheep and weed research

Assistant Professor Axel Garcia y Garcia describes sunflower irrigation research.

Assistant Professor Axel Garcia y Garcia describes sunflower irrigation research.

Cattle, sheep, traditional and alternative farm crops, weed control and specialty crops including vegetables are among the research projects covered in the third annual Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station (WAES) Field Days Bulletin.

“The WAES Field Days Bulletin is not intended to be a comprehensive report of each experiment; rather, it demonstrates the vast array of activities that may be of interest to a wide variety of citizens in Wyoming,” said WAES director Bret Hess.

“Authors of this peer-reviewed bulletin are requested to address the high points of their specific project and provide contact information in case readers wish to receive more in-depth information about a particular topic,” he added.

Each article lists the respective author’s phone number and email address, and citizens with questions about the research are encouraged to contact the scientists.

This year’s bulletin highlights approximately 80 research projects that were either completed in the past year or are underway at theUniversity of Wyoming’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources; WAES research and extension (R&E) centers near Laramie, Lingle, Powell and Sheridan; at participating farms and ranches; or elsewhere in Wyoming.

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Saratoga, Laramie host drought management sessions for producers

Drought management options for livestock producers will be discussed in Saratoga Monday, July 16, and Laramie Thursday, July 19.

Both sessions are 7-9 p.m. The Saratoga session is in the Saratoga High School Multi-purpose Room. The Laramie session is at the Albany County Fairgrounds south of Laramie.

A Farm Service Agency and county drought disaster designation update and implications for producers start the sessions.

An economic and production system evaluation of alternative management practices and tax implications will be followed by an audience-panel discussion.

Panelists include University of Wyoming Extension educators Dallas Mount of Platte County and Mae Smith of Carbon County. Tax implications will be discussed by a representative from Mader Tschacher Peterson & Co. of Laramie. John Ritten, an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wyoming, will join panelists at the Saratoga session.

No reservations are required. For more information, contact the Carbon County extension office at 307-328-2642.