Inside the January 7th RoundupWritten by WyLR
Here's a preview of the January 7th edition of the Wyoming Livestock Roundup.
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Improving the ranch
Garrett’s work to improve ranchland earns them Environmental Stewardship Award
Bates Hole – Just south of Casper on Highway 487, Garrett Ranch has a long tradition of ranching, and in the last 40 years, they have focused on improving the habitat on their ranch to improve grazing for both wildlife and livestock.
This year, they were recognized with the 2017 Environmental Stewardship Award, which is presented by the Wyoming Stock Growers Association and Sand County Foundation.
“My dad, granddad and uncle started in 1937 up the creek from here, and we moved down to our current headquarters in the winter of 1948,” says Pete Garrett, the ranch owner, who notes that they have gradually expanded their operation to offer more opportunities for their children to come back to the ranch.
Just over 20 years ago, Garrett Ranch acquired the Sneur Ranch, where Pete’s son Steve currently lives.
2017 brings new priorities for Wyo ag industry
With the new snow falling across Wyoming, the agriculture industry is also facing a new set of priorities in 2017, and industry groups have set their focus at the beginning of the year on the 2017 General Session of the Wyoming Legislature.
The Wyoming Stock Growers Association (WSGA), Wyoming Farm Bureau (WyFB) and Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts (WACD) are all actively working during the new year on a variety of priorities that impact producers around the state.
For most ag groups, the year starts with the general session of the 64th Wyoming Legislature.
“There aren’t a lot of issues this year so far,” comments Brett Moline, government affairs specialist for WyFB.
During their Sept. 15 meeting, the Wyoming Livestock Board (WLSB) passed changes to their Chapter Two rules related to brucellosis testing. The new rules changes the age requirement for all heifers for testing from 18 months of age to 12 months of age.
In a region of the country where wind can reach over 100 miles per hour, investing in windbreaks in range situations can not only improve cow and calf health, but also can improve performance and ultimately, a producer’s profits.
Also inside the Roundup this week:
- Dickinson earns award.
- A look toward 2017 for the meat industry.
- Farmers united in our resolve for reform in 2017.
- Jenkins: Pasture lease agreements must be in writing to protect all parties.
- Cow/calf business 2017 projected economics.
- Wyoming state ag agencies plan ahead for activities, priorities in 2017.
- Wyo sees increased basin snowpack resulting from recent snowfalls.
- 2017 starts with record snowfall, record cold for Wyoming.
- National Western Stock Show draws top livestock, competitors for 111th
- Alternatives to winter range can be economical for backgrounding calves.
- Line 1 Herefords created through linebreeding to ‘fix’ desirable traits.
- Wyo agriculture industry groups prepare to promote priorities during 2017.