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Annual Cowboy Youth Classic June 17-18 in Laramie

May 25, 2011

Beef, goat, hog and lamb fitting and showing clinics begin the annual Cowboy Youth Classic in Laramie Friday and Saturday, June 17-18.

The annual show/clinic is at the University of Wyoming's Cliff and Martha Hansen Livestock Teaching Arena approximately three miles west of Laramie on Highway 230.

Current 4-H and FFA members take part.

"Youths who participate enhance their fitting and showing skills by doing hands-on workshops that better prepare them to compete at shows later on this summer," says Lance Miller, UW livestock judging team coach and who directs the classic. "Participants will get immediate feedback on their fitting and showing techniques. They can then make improvements to better prepare them for other shows. It's nice to see participants who attend our Cowboy Youth Classic at their county fairs later in the summer, or as repeat attendees of the classic, and witness their improvement."

Started in 1997 by the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Department of Animal Science, the event expanded in 2003 to include market lambs and hogs, and market goats were added in 2009.

The event draws about 60 to 80 youths. Contestants are required to attend their choices of mandatory workshops on Friday that include sessions on swine nutrition and management, livestock quality assurance, food safety and financing livestock projects.

"We hope these workshops add to the participants' knowledge and understanding about their projects and the associated areas in animal agriculture they are a part of," says Miller.

Livestock shows start 9 a.m. Saturday. They are, in order, beef, market lamb, market goat and market swine.

Preregistration is required by June 8. An online form and a mail-in form are available at .  

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