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‘Tools for the Endangered Rancher’ theme of Wyoming Stockgrowers winter meeting

The 2015 Winter Roundup, hosted by the Wyoming Stock Growers Association (WSGA) will be in Casper at the Parkway Plaza Nov. 30 – Dec. 2. The theme, “Tools for the Endangered Rancher,” will lead into an educational and exciting convention for cattlemen and women across the state.

The convention focuses on education and networking for ranchers across the state with discussions on agricultural, environmental issues and family succession planning.

“Sage grouse, wolves, grizzly bears–the list goes on. Understandably, ranchers in the West often feel that we are the truly endangered species,” states Jim Magagna, WSGA Executive Vice President. The 2015 WSGA Winter Roundup aims to provide you with tools for survival and success. By being informed and working together, we will prevail!”

Pre-registration for the event is open until Nov. 25 with full registration being available from Nov. 25 – 30.

“Sage grouse, wolves, grizzly bears — the list goes on. Understandably, ranchers in the West often feel that we are the truly endangered species.” Jim Magagna, WSGA executive vice president

The convention begins on Monday with the Progressive Rancher Forum where various topics like Transferring Management Skills, Risk Management and Insurance Options, Livestock Disease Impacts and Keeping Safe on the Family Ranch. The Make it With Wool Luncheon starts at 12:15 p.m. and is followed by the Branding Iron Bar and Reception at 6:30 p.m. The convention continues on Tuesday with a continental breakfast and Opening General Session where we welcome WSGA President, Niels Hansen and Key Note Speakers Troy and Stacy Hadrick of South Dakota.

Troy and Stacy Hadrick are pioneers in the agricultural advocacy movement. They have traveled the world helping people involved in agriculture find their voice and confidence to share their story. Troy and Stacy know first-hand how busy people in agriculture are. Currently, they farm and ranch in north central South Dakota with Troy’s family.

Continuing sessions of WSGA committee meetings start at 10:15 a.m. and conclude after lunch at 5:45 p.m. The day concludes with the Belly-Up Bar & Auction on Tuesday Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. where Live and Silent Auction items from across the state will be up for bid. If you are interest in these items, please visit the live auction list online at http://www.wysga.org/ under the Member Center tab and 2015 Live Auction Preview.

Wednesday starts with the Legislative Breakfast where State Treasurer Mark Gordon is invited to speak along with Senator Bill Landen and Representative Steve Harshman. The Closing General session will follow with topics ranging from Tips to Prevent Livestock Rustling from Wyoming Livestock Board Director, Steve True and panel discussion titled, “Black Feet & Black Tails” discussing the Black Footed Ferret. WSGA Luncheon and Banquet starts at 12:15 p.m. and will feature the Wyoming Game & Fish/Wyoming Department of Agriculture Landowner Access Awards, special information from Dan Currah about the successful “Hunting with Heroes – Wyoming” program, a WSGA Special Recognition program and the announcement of the 2016 Leopold Conservation Award finalist recognition.

The mission of the WSGA is to serve the cattle industry by protecting its economic, legislative, regulatory, judicial, environmental, customs, and cultural interests.

“WSGA has been serving Wyoming’s cattle industry since 1872.” said Haley Lockwood, WSGA Communication, Publications and Programs Director “As the industry continues to face many age-old issues and new opportunities; we seek to bring a fresh approach to addressing them and we hope that this year’s theme will help many of our members gain the confidence to tell their agricultural stories.”

For more information on pre-registration or to sign up for a booth at the trade show or become a generous sponsor please visit http://www.wysga.org and click on Events under the Member Center tab

For more information or to pre-register, call (307) 638-3942 or visit http://www.wysga.org.

–Wyoming Stockgrowers