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Wool Judging Coaches


Whit Stewart

 

Dr. Whit Stewart

Head Coach

Contact Info: whit.stewart@uwyo.edu  

Assistant Professor of Sheep Production

Extension Sheep Specialist


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 translation 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

Head Coach

Contact Info: anewman8@uwyo.edu 

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

Head Coach

Contact Info: cnewman4@uwyo.edu 

Hometown: Fort Collins, CO

Why should students participate on the Wool Judging Team?

Students wanting a career in the agricultural industry should compete on one of our 4 judging teams during their time at the University of Wyoming. Judging teams equip students with very valuable skills like decision making, leadership and public speaking. Not only will students gain a further understanding of the wool industry, but they will understand what makes wool unique, the opportunities in the sheep industry, walk away with skills employers are looking for and make lifelong friends. We encourage you to reach out to our team of coaches if you’re interested, we would love to have you!

 


Dylan Laverell

Assistant Coach

Contact Info: dlaverel@uwyo.edu 

Class Standing: Research Assistant/ M.S. Candidate

Why should students participate on the Wool Judging Team?

Students wanting to grow their professional skills, like decision making, oral reasoning and presentation skills should strongly consider participating in any of the Department of Animal Science judging teams. Wool judging is an avenue for students refine these "soft" skills and to participate in the greater campus community. No experience is necessary in either judging or wool, just a willing-to-learn attitude! 

 

Dylan Laverell

Tessa Maurer

Assistant Coach

Contact Info: tmaurer1@uwyo.edu  

Why should students participate on the Wool Judging Team?

Wool judging gives students a unique perspective on the sheep industry and provides a lot of hands on and educational opportunities. We get to travel across the western US for contests and create meaningful friendships with teammates and coaches. Judging also expands communication and reasoning skills as well as building one's work ethic and character. Without wool judging, I wouldn't be where I am today!

 


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