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Inside the May 13, 2017 Roundup

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Selecting the top
DNA testing may be useful, economical for female selection in commercial herds
Casper – "Everything starts with a bull, right? That's our genetic driver," said Austin Buzanowski of Zoetis Animal Genetics.
           As a way to improve accuracy of expected progeny differences (EPDs) and increase the amount of information producers have about their animals, Zoetis uses a DNA test called the i50K test for Angus cattle.
          "That way, when we look at a bull, what we see there in the pen and what we see on paper is what we're going to get when we get home," he continued.
          In addition to being useful in sire selection, Buzanowski discussed the practicality and benefits of using DNA testing for female selection in commercial herds.

Water Development Office provides updates to Joint Ag Committee
Hulett – May 9-10 brought the Wyoming Legislature’s Joint Agriculture, State and Public Lands and Water Resources Committee to provide updates on rule revisions, as well at the Platte River Recovery and Implementation Program (PRRIP).
          “The PRRIP is a program that has been running for 10 years successfully,” said Wyoming Water Development Office Director Harry LaBonde. “It has a 13-year life, so it is scheduled to expire at the end of 2019. I’m starting the process now of looking at extending program.”
          LaBonde explained program is jointly run by Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming, the Department of the Interior (DOI) specifically for the recovery of four threatened or endangered species in Nebraska.

Trends
          In a webinar for the Center of Food Integrity Food Influencers series in late April, Motivindex Co-Founder and CEO Ujwal Arkalgud discussed the study, focusing specifically on the consumer group named peak performers.

Nominations
          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 into the Ag Hall of Fame in 2017. More information can be found at wylr.net/medias/surveys/take_survey/1-wyoming-agriculture-hall-of-fame.

Also inside the Roundup this week:

  • Rustic, western roses appeal to many occasions.
  • Wyo Ag in the Classroom announces bookmark winners.
  • Readers tickle our funny bone in contest.
  • Now is the time to fix your soil.
  • Spring snow storms bring increased moisture to an already wet Wyoming.