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Inside the June 24, 2017 Roundup

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Here's a preview of the June 24 edition of the Wyoming Livestock Roundup.
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Wildlife and ranching

Garrett Ranch Company develops the landscape to benefit cattle, enhance wildlife

Casper – South of Casper in the Bates Hole area, Garrett Ranch Company works to improve the habitat on their ranch. Their work has improved streamflow and water quality, improved rangelands for cattle grazing, mule deer and sage grouse and overall increased the functionality of the ranch.

            This year, the Garrett Family, led by Pete and Ethel Garrett, received the Wyoming Stock Growers Association (WSGA) and Wyoming Department of Agriculture (WDA) Environmental Stewardship Award and Leopold

Conservation Award, recognizing their work in and dedication to conservation.

            “This is the 23rd year of the WSGA and WDA Environmental Stewardship Award and the seventh year that we have partnered with Sand County Foundation to award the Leopold Conservation Award,” said Jim Magagna, WSGA executive director, during a June 21 tour of Garrett Ranch.


Ventenata, medusahead headlight invasive weed tour

Sheridan – For the first time, ventenata grass and medusahead were discovered outside the Great Basin last year in Sheridan County. Both grasses are invasive and present problems that outweigh the impacts seen from cheatgrass in the state.

            “When I speak to weed scientists in Idaho, Oregon and part of California, they say they would trade every acre of ventenata and medusahead to get cheatgrass back,” said Brian Mealor, director of University of Wyoming’s (UW) Sheridan Research and Extension Center.

            On June 14, the Northeast Wyoming Invasive Grass Working Group hosted a tour where over 80 weed specialists, landowners and others from five states gathered to learn more about the two unique and concerning invasive species.



            In a webinar hosted by the National Drought Mitigation Center, South Dakota Climate Office, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and United States Department of Agriculture on June 21, experts focused on the current drought situation in the Northern Plains Region, particularly throughout North and South Dakota, Montana and northeastern Wyoming.



            Sixth generation dairy farmer Joseph Shumway and his father Jody own and operate Shumway Farms in Star Valley with the help of their families. Shumway explains his family has been in the dairy business in Star Valley since 1885.


Also inside the Roundup this week:

  • Grizzly bear delisting announced.
  • Ag leadership program cultivates leaders for agriculture.
  • County fairs kick off for 2017.
  • Wyoming competitors see success at 2017 College National Finals Rodeo.






Ag Hall Of Fame Applications

Written by Emilee Gibb

Nearly 60 Wyomingites have been recognized since 1992 as the cream of the crop in Wyoming’s agriculture industry through their induction into the Wyoming Agriculture Hall of Fame. After recognizing Dennis Thaler of LaGrange and former U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis of Cheyenne last year, the Wyoming Livestock Roundup is searching for the next individuals or couples to be inducted in 2017.

“Now’s the time to really showcase those in the agriculture industry who have played a strong role in agriculture through support, volunteerism and industry leadership – both on the farm and ranch and in their community,” says Dennis Sun, Wyoming Livestock Roundup publisher. “Nominate friends, neighbors and others who epitomize what it means to be a Wyoming agriculturalist.”

Nomination forms are available at or by contacting the Roundup at 307-234-2700 or roundup@ The nomination form includes a list of the nominee’s agriculture and civic achievements, volunteer activities and recognitions.

After nominations are submitted, a panel of three independent judges will be selected to review applications and select the winners. Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at the Wyoming Ag Hall of Fame picnic, scheduled to be held on Aug. 16. At the picnic, nominees will receive a commemorative poster and belt buckle.

Nominations are due by June 12. Forms can be mailed to Wyoming Livestock Roundup, PO Box 850, Casper, WY 82602 or e-mailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Feel free to include any supplemental information with the nomination form, including letters of support. Call 307-234- 2700 with any questions.

Application form available here.

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