Livestock Genetics



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Wyoming’s diverse geography and climate create a rather harsh environment for raising beef cattle and sheep. From the high mountain pastures in the west to the dry, arid deserts to the rolling hills and plains of eastern Wyoming, cattle and sheep thrive. Wyoming seedstock producers have been working for many years developing quality genetics that will survive in these environments as well as perform well in the feedlots of surrounding states. As a result, calves and lambs from Wyoming are always in high demand.

Breeding stock from Wyoming can adapt to almost any environmental situation found throughout the western US or the world for that matter. The Wyoming Business Council’s Livestock Genetics program is designed to assist Wyoming seedstock producers in marketing and promotion of their superior quality livestock at local, state, regional, national and international marketplaces.


The different aspects of the Livestock Genetics Program include:


  1. Promotion of Wyoming’s seedstock at local, statewide, regional, national and international trade venues.

    Included at some of these trade shows is the opportunity for Wyoming seedstock producers and related industry partners to display, free of charge, their operation or organizations promotional material. Some of these display venues attended annually include the Wyoming State Fair (WSF), Northern International Livestock Expo (NILE) in Billings, MT and the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver, CO. Others are considered on a year to year basis.

  2. Marketing and promotion assistance and program facilitation for the breed associations and livestock organizations in Wyoming.

    Assistance has been provided to the Wyoming Hereford Association in developing a Feed Efficiency (RFI) test at the UW SAREC Research Station in Lingle in conjunction with Dr. Steve Paisley, UW Beef Extension specialist; the Wyoming Beef Cattle Improvement Association (WBCIA) in strategic plan development; other participation with the Wyoming Angus Association, Wyoming Red Angus Association, Wyoming Stock Growers Association (WSGA) and Wyoming Wool Growers Association (WWGA). All Wyoming organizations with key emphasis on livestock genetics are welcome to inquire about assistance opportunities.

  3. International trade opportunities.

    The Wyoming Business Council is a member of United States Livestock Genetics Export (USLGE). This organization annually distributes funds from USDA Foreign Ag Service (FAS) Market Access Program (MAP) to member organizations for the promotion and development of foreign livestock genetics markets. Much of Wyoming’s activity has centered in South American opportunities, but interest in the Mexican and Eastern Europe markets are also under consideration.

  4. Marketing Plan Development programs.

    This includes working one-on-one with breeders to assist in the analysis and development of specific marketing plans. Included in this service is the opportunity to attend training seminars as they arise related to different marketing aspects. Breeders desiring to evaluate their current marketing activities or develop a more comprehensive marketing plans are encouraged to consider this unique service.

  5. Livestock Genetics website link access.

    The website www.wyolivestockgenetics.com developed by WBC provides seedstock producers and associated industry organizations an opportunity to link their existing websites or develop web pages that can be accessible through a single web location. Simply contact the program manager with your request to be linked to this site.

  6. Wyoming Livestock Genetics on Facebook.

    Our page allows producers from all over Wyoming and throughout the world to access information related to all kinds of events and activities. They can post their own information, activities and programs on the page. They also can have the opportunity to communicate one-on-one with other “friends” of the site.

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For further information contact:
Scott Keith, Livestock Genetics Program Manager
Phone: 307.259.3274