Smart feeders, meat lab technology among UW presentations at wool growers meeting

Picture of woman and sheep
Former University of Wyoming student Marie McClaren helps load rams following the annual ram test in April at the Laramie Research and Extension Center. Fleece and weight gain data are compiled during the test, which usually starts in October and ends in late March or April.

Using electronic identification and smart feeders and making money through selection are among topics University of Wyoming Extension specialists are presenting at the Wyoming Wool Growers Association summer meeting in Laramie.

The association meets Tuesday, Aug. 7. Registration and agenda information is at the WWGA website

“It’s exciting to host our Wyoming sheep producers at their university to highlight the great work being done to strengthen lamb and wool industries in our state and region,” said Whit Stewart, extension sheep specialist. “When we have this kind of opportunity to host our industry organization and engage in interactive programming, great things result.”

Presentations by College of Agriculture and Natural Resources specialists are among those of state resource and animal experts.

Those attending will tour the university’s meat lab for demonstrations that include fresh meat packaging and food safety interventions, and then move to the Laramie Research and Extension Center for hands-on workshops. Workshops include making money through selection, modern lamb cuts from a commercial perspective and estimating the carrying capacity of rangeland.

Lexi Julian, president of the Collegiate Wool Growers Association at UW, will discuss developing young producers.

University of Wyoming brings Western experiences to Cheyenne Frontier Days

Actually, lamb is very tasty! Pick up some recipes July 27 and 28 during Cheyenne Frontier Days.

Visitors to Cheyenne Frontier Days can build a ranch, change a stream flow, meet Wyoming’s most (un)wanted outlaw weeds, eat a beef stick from UW Cowboy Branded Meats and test their wool grading skills.

The University of Wyoming College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is presenting displays and interactive activities at the Western Experience area of Cheyenne Frontier Days Park, July 21-22 and July 24-28. Hours are 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Look for them next to the BLM horses.

July 21 and 22, visitors can explore native grasses, measure soil pH, gain perspective on the state’s rainfall, and learn what it means to be a headwaters state for three major river basins.

July 24 and 25 are beef days. Highlights include beef trivia, build-a-ranch, meet your meat and free giveaways.

July 26, visitors can view plants and insects and try their hand at determining which are friend and foe.

July 27 and 28 are sheep days. Highlights include sheep trivia, “not your grandmother’s wool,” meet your meat and key qualities of different fleeces.

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources students, staff and faculty members will be on hand. Partners for these activities are the Wyoming Beef Council, Wyoming Wool Growers Association and Laramie County Conservation District.

Other organizations offer demonstrations of horsemanship and training, rodeo and other Western experiences.

For more information, see Western Experience at

UW Extension sets sheep production workshop in Wright

Whit Stewart

A sheep production workshop is 1-4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at the Wright Community Center, 201 Wright Blvd.

Topics at the University of Wyoming Extension event include:

“Trace Mineral Supplementation” – Whit Stewart, UW Extension sheep specialist.

“Matching Ewe Nutritional Requirements to Range Resources” – Barton Stam, UW Extension rangelands educator.

“Body Condition Scoring, Bagging, and Mouthing” (hands-on demo) – Stewart

“Sheep Market Outlook” – Bridger Feuz, UW Extension marketing specialist.

“Internal and External Parasites” – Stewart.

RSVPs are requested by April 17 by calling 307-283-1192.

Evanston hosting second-annual Wyoming-Utah Ag Days


Bridger Feuz, extension livestock marketing specialist
Bridger Feuz, extension livestock marketing specialist

Topics ranging from the cattle market outlook to sage grouse and deworming sheep are among topics at Wyoming-Utah Ag Days Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 23-24, in Evanston.

Sessions are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. each day at the Evanston Roundhouse, 1500 Main St., said Bridger Feuz, University of Wyoming Extension educator. Lunch is served each day if participants RSVP before 9 a.m. Jan. 22.

This is the second year for the program.

“The workshops are full of powerful presenters and timely and relevant topics,” said Feuz.

Day 1 topics include irrigation of forages, why grow relationships with the next generation, cattle market outlook, raising backyard chickens, rancher rules of thumb, backyard livestock production, winter livestock feeding and irrigated alfalfa variety performance.

Day 2 topics are weed identification and control, sage grouse and grazing, quantifying deworming in Wyoming sheep, litigation between the Western Watersheds Project and federal land management agencies, landscape-based riparian grazing, beekeeping 101, modern meat cuts (hands-on demonstration) and a question-and-answer session about meat and meat cutting.

Feuz said Cat Urbigkit, co-owner and editor of The Shepherd magazine, will speak about guardian dog use in large carnivore country during her keynote during lunch Tuesday. Urbigkit owns a western Wyoming sheep and cattle ranch. Feuz said she raises working livestock guardian dogs and travels the globe learning about guardian dog use in large carnivore country.

“People can come for the whole time on both days or pick and choose individual topics they wish to attend,” said Feuz.

For more information or to RSVP, contact the Uinta County Extension office at 307-783-0570.

Why are these teens all smiles?

Bright-faced teens outside, 3 males in back, three females in front.
Gavin Simmons, Ian Siegusmund, Morgan Sanchez, Lukas Simmons, Mishelle Frame, and Torree Spatig of Uinta County are among the first enrolled in ANSC 1009. The UW course is open to all Wyoming 4-H’ers in high school.

They’re honing their animal production skills (and earning college credit) in a new University of Wyoming course, Introduction to Animal Science (ANSC 1009), which connects high school students with UW via field experiences, extension workshops, online content, and Zoom conference calls with animal science professors. To read more and learn ways UW Extension connects with Wyoming, see CONNECT 2017.