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Wool Judging Coaches


Whit Stewart

Dr. Whit Stewart

Wool Judging Head Coach

Assistant Professor of Sheep Production
Extension Sheep Specialist
Email: whit.stewart@uwyo.edu 

 

Why should students participate on the Wool Judging Team?

Wyoming ranks 4th nationally in total sheep numbers, 3rd in breeding sheep and 1st in both total wool production and value (USDA-NASS, 2017). In an era where consumers want to know where their food and fiber comes from; Wyoming has an important story to tell when it comes to lamb and wool.

Students who enroll and participate in the wool judging program develop translational skills in analytical thinking, effective communication, team work, and personal improvement. Additionally the inter-collegiate wool judging format teaches industry-based wool evaluation techniques that translate into marketable skills within the industry. Past participants have used wool evaluation skills in sheep production and selection, wool buying, and state fair wool exhibitions. Team members also have the opportunity to work with WY 4-H and FFA wool judging teams assisting in clinics and invitational contests on campus and throughout the state.


 

Amy Newman

Assistant Coach

Hometown: Fort Collins, CO

Why should students participate on the Wool Judging Team?

The sheep and wool industries serve as an important piece of Wyoming’s agriculture sector and the University of Wyoming’s legacy. Whether students are looking to learn more about wool, prepare for another judging team, or simply need an extra class to take, UW’s wool judging program is second to none. Team members get to learn valuable lessons about the wool industry while getting to work along side the country’s best Sheep Specialist, while making life-long connections along the way!

 

Amy Newman

Courtney Newman

Courtney Newman

Assitant Coach

Hometown: Fort Collins, CO

Why should students participate on the Wool Judging Team?

Not only are the sheep and wool industries a staple in Wyoming Agriculture, but the wool industry remains a legacy at the University of Wyoming. Students who take part in Wool Judging gain invaluable skill sets that will have a positive impact in all aspects of life. Team members will get to experience many aspects of the sheep and wool industry, meet industry leaders and make connections with like-minded individuals.

 


Dylan Laverell

Assistant Coach

Hometown: Big Timber, MT

Why should students participate on the Wool Judging Team?

I participated on the Wool Judging Team my freshman year. Since then, I learned so much about the importance of the sheep and wool industries domestically and internationally. Being on this competitive team also forced me out of my comfort zone and ultimately helped me strive here at UW. I have made lifelong friendships and connections with industry leaders that have had a big impact on my life. I highly encourage anyone interested to join.   

Dylan Laverell

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