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Livestock Show Features Student Competition

October 21, 2009 — Students in the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture will compete against each other during the 68th Little International Livestock Show Friday, Nov. 6, in Laramie.

The competition is sandwiched between a barbecue dinner at 5 p.m., and the Ag Olympics, which begin after the competition. A dance from 9 p.m. to midnight caps the event.

All events are at the Cliff and Martha Hansen Livestock Teaching Arena west of Laramie. Tickets are $4 at the door.

Students, from the Department of Animal Science, use techniques learned through the semester preparing, showing and answering a judge's question about their animals.

"The students have the whole semester to halter break, fit and compete with the other students on strictly a showman basis," says Kalli Koepke, Block and Bridle Club member and chair for the event. "It is a great opportunity for students to work with animals they have never worked with before, and for those who have never competitively showed."

"With so many students not having a farm or ranch background to draw upon anymore, the event serves as a good introduction to working with livestock and animal handling techniques," says professor Doug Hixon, head of the Department of Animal Science.

"It also gets many of our new students out to the farm, to meet our people and see some of our facilities and research being conducted," says Hixon. "It is sometimes a diversion for first-semester students to get away from the typical classroom environment."

Posted on Wednesday, October 21, 2009

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