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2016 Fall Cattlemen's Edition

Written by Emilee Gibb

Inside the October 15th Roundup

Written by WyLR

Here's a preview of the October 15 edition of the Wyoming Livestock Roundup.
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Ending a tradition
Thoman sheep leave Upper Green for final time
Kemmerer – Domestic sheep flocks have grazed the Upper Green River region of western Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest for more than 100 years, but when flocks belonging to W&M Thoman Ranches came out of the mountains at the end of September, the book closed for domestic sheep in this northern portion of the Bridger-Teton.
          Long pressured by environmental groups and federal officials, the Thomans at last conceded this week, waiving their Elk Ridge Allotment Complex grazing permit back to the Bridger-Teton National Forest without preference to another livestock producer.
          The deal involved a buyout of an undisclosed sum of the allotments and was orchestrated by the Wyoming Wild Sheep Foundation. The Thoman’s fine-wooled Rambouillets had grazed this range for 40 years.


Western Sugar facility to transition to storage, shipping
Torrington – Western Sugar Cooperative officially announced their plans to cease processing sugarbeets at their facility in Torrington with the expansion of facilities Nebraska and Colorado.
          The co-op will continue to store and package sugar in Torrington and will be maintaining approximately 22 positions in Torrington.
          “The expansion of our Nebraska and Colorado facilities is really a key project for us to serve our customers and remain competitive,” says Western Sugar Cooperative Vice President and Director of Media Relations Heather Luther.
          The Torrington sugarbeet processing facility is scheduled to be scaled back as Western Sugar Cooperative expands their operations at facilities in Scottsbluff, Neb. and Fort Morgan, Colo. this season.
          Layoffs are currently planned to occur sometime this year, says Luther.


Soil health
          During a recent cover crop field tour in Boelus, Neb., soil experts addressed the importance of soil health, particularly in regard to the relationship between plant matter and water infiltration.

Ag women
          From the rolling hills of Scotland to the mountainous landscape of Pinedale, Murdock Cattle Company co-owner Madeleine Murdock continues to embody the courageous, hardworking and caring nature that is common to women in the agricultural industry.



Also inside the Roundup this week:

  • Wyoming rated top for business again.
  • Advocates of ESA abuse continue to stifle reform.
  • Cheney looks toward support of Wyoming way of life in House.
  • Northern International Livestock Exposition sets full schedule.
  • Wyoming producers insured fewer acres in 2015.
  • Why should you care about the Worker Protection Standard?
  • Wyoming performs well at Forage Superbowl and sees strength in youth.
  • University of Wyoming ACRES Student Farm hosts Graze Day.