Imagine a world where cattle were sold right from your smart phone. Wait a minute, there is no need to imagine. Currently, there is a way to sell and buy cattle from any smart phone, tablet and/or computer. A new technology has become the chatter of the agriculture community this summer and that technology is AgriClear. AgriClear is a membership based community that gives livestock producers and buyers, the opportunity to get the best deal in the cattle market.


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Reported on the AgriClear’s webpage, the new technology has many benefits and expands markets. Producers can market their cattle throughout the United States and Canada using the web. As buyers, AgriClear has options to specifically search and select cattle based on breed, weight, type, condition, location, feed programs and health certifications. Buyers can watch for their preferred suppliers through online updates.  The data that sellers place online allows for many opportunities that were never available in the sale barn. Sellers can set their own price and conditions using the AgriClear features. Photos, videos, health and other information about individual cattle can be provided. The seller gets to pick the best offer and negotiate a mutually satisfactory price. After the cattle are sold and both the producer and buyer are happy, shipping details will be specified through the online site.

AgriClear is supported by two companies called the TMX Group and NGX, both with valuable roles in the agriculture industry. TMX Group is a financial business that operates markets such as equities, fixed income and energy. NGX provides electronic trading and data services to the North American natural gas and electricity markets. The ultimate goal AgriClear would like users to understand is, “this online platform allows members of the AgriClear community to streamline the marketing process and expand opportunities to both buy and sell cattle across the U.S. and Canada—of all breeds, types, and attributes.”

Buying and selling cattle just became easier. Imagining a world where cattle producers bought and sold cattle on their phones is here! With AgriClear the solutions to expanded markets, lower transaction costs and payment assurance shouldn’t have to be imagined because it is a reality.

For more information follow the links below:

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Written by: Kadi Davis, WSGA Intern

Week five quickly came around the corner for the WSGA Rangeland Intern, Josiah. At the beginning of the week he got the chance to shadow John, one the working hands on the ranch. They did a wide variety of jobs like monitoring areas along the Sweet Water River, doing some plant identification and fence planning.

At the end of the week Josiah also got the opportunity to enjoy an old fashioned cattle drive through beautiful mountains. The drive was all on horseback which gave Josiah lots of time to learn more about riding horses and with the other riders helpful tips Josiah became a more confident rider.

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As the week wrapped up Josiah had got real excited that his family is coming to visit. Josiah explains that it, “makes him happy to see family” and that he looked forward to their visit all week.

Have a good weekend with your family Josiah, we look forward to hearing from you again next week!

The first week of February I had the opportunity to travel to Texas and attend the 2015 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trade Show as a member of the 2015 National Beef Ambassador Team. This was my first time attending this event, and I cannot wait to go back! It is so exciting to interact with over 8,100 attendees that share the same passion for the beef community.

ag providesOne of the big highlights for me was the Cattlemen’s College. I was able to attend sessions that interested me and were along the lines of what I want to do. I am fascinated with international agriculture trade, so I attended workshops on beef exports. The biggest take away from this was that we truly are feeding a global consumer. Several items, such as the liver, tongue, and variety meats will most likely end up on the other side of the world thanks to international trade.
In one of the meetings we attended for the American National Cattlewomen, we had the opportunity to hear from Nina Teicholz, author of The Big Fat Surprise. I was really surprised to learn more about how the dietary guidelines for our country actually are created. The process is filled with biases. I thought it was very ironic that the rate of obesity increased so drastically after the first dietary guidelines were released for Americans. Fat plays a crucial role in a healthy diet, as many vitamins are fat soluble, meaning you need fat in your system to absorb them effectively.

Obesity_USAdultsWe also had the opportunity to hear from Chef Erickson, the mind behind the upcoming documentary True Beef. Most consumers do not know where their food comes from, so this documentary will help close the gap from gate to plate. When Chef Erickson started this project at the high school he teaches at, ten of the eleven students had never even visited a farm before. To me that number is just staggering. There is a huge disconnect between producers and consumers that it is crucial to keep in mind that what is normal to you might be fascinating to a consumer. People want to know why we do the things we do to keep our animals healthy.

My favorite part of this event was the opportunity to interact with cattle producers from all over the United States and the world. The hard-working men and women that produce such a safe and wholesome product are what motivate me to promote beef.

Rachel Purdy, University of Wyoming Student and National Beef Ambassador team member, has been involved in agriculture since she was a child on her family’s operation in eastern Wyoming. Please follow the links below to follow the national team!
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Cattle don’t usually give birth to twins, and we’ve found that it is best to leave just one calf with its momma, and take the other one away. This one will be bottle fed until a new mother can be found for him. He’s always very insistent and you have to be careful! He will butt you and the bottle, a natural action which would stimulate milk in his mother’s udder… but, it can bruise you if you don’t watch out! Check out for more action on the ranch!

From REAL RANCHER: Carol Greet

We are excited that March will bring the first day of spring along with National Ag Week. Starting March 23rd – 29th National Ag week will be in full swing, but we decided why just start on the 23rd? So our contest is starting March 17th and will end March 28th. We want to gain as much participation as possible from you, your neighbors and friends. Let your friends know!

If you would like to learn more about National Ag Week please follow this link for more information:

Contest Date: March 17th – March 28th (National Ag Week: March 23rd-29th, special recognition to March 25th as National Ag Day!)

Contest Options:

Cutest Kids in Ag

Young cowboy riding miniature bull at the Wyoming State Fair during Star Spangled Banner

Photo by Liz Lauck of Wheatland, Wyo.

  • Do you want to share how cute your kids are? Take photos of your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews or friends out on the ranch or farm
  • Send them into Haley Lockwood ( and she will post them to the RealRanchers Facebook page
  • The photo with the most ‘Likes’ at the end of the contest will win an agricultural related children’s book

WYO Calf Watch 2014

Whose got the cutest calf crop this year? We'll let you be the judge!

Whose got the cutest calf crop this year? We’ll let you be the judge!

  • Calving season is in swing and we want to see your calf crop for 2014! Take photos of the new babies while you are out calving, checking, doctoring or just admiring their cute faces.
  • Send photos to Haley Lockwood ( and she will post them to the RealRanchers Facebook Page
  • The photo with the most ‘Likes’ at the end of the contest will get a chance to pick from a selection of Wyoming Stock Growers Merchandise

The Rancher and Farmer: How I work in Ag

Rancher Nikki Marincic watches the Price-Sommers cattle during fall gather near Pinedale, Wyo.

Rancher Nikki Marincic watches the Price-Sommers cattle during fall gather near Pinedale, Wyo.

  • For ALL Ranchers and Farmers
  • Submit your agricultural story and tell us how you work in agriculture and why it is important to you!
  • Story may have up to 5 photographs included
  • We ask that stories be no longer than a page in length
  • Story due: March 21st 
  • Submit story, and photos, to Haley Lockwood at
  • Story will then be judged by the WSGA staff  and the selected  Rancher and Farmer will win a one year Membership to the Wyoming Stock Growers Association
  • We will then post the winner’s story to the RealRanchers blog during National Ag Week!

Wyoming History Quiz Bowl

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How much do you think you know about Wyoming? 

  • Every other day starting March 18th we will post history questions related to anything Wyoming on the RealRanchers Facebook page! ( March 18, 20, 24, 26, and 28th)
  • First correct answer will win a special prize related to Wyoming

We look forward to your participation in the National Ag Week contests and if you have any questions please contact Haley Lockwood at!

I left Cheyenne early last Saturday morning to drive to Buffalo, Wyo. for the Johnson County Cattlewomen’s Rancher Relief Benefit. I first heard of the event over social media, specifically Facebook, and knew that I wanted to help. Little did I know that it would also not only help the CattleWomen, but also create lasting ties to a great group of ladies and the community of Buffalo.

Several weeks before the event was to be held, I called up my closest girlfriends, who are also closely tied to the agricultural industry, to help me. They, of course, were more than happy to help for the cause. We met that Saturday afternoon to start setting up in one of the coolest buildings I’ve seen in a long time. An old feed mill was our stage for the night and we had a great time decorating and creating an inviting atmosphere to the locals of Buffalo.

A wide array of silent and live auction items were donated and proudly displayed for all to see. Anything from home décor, stallion services, and hunting trips were available to a willing bidder, and there were many willing bidders. Many of the live auction items went for over one thousand dollars adding to the funds accumulated over the course of the night.


The Wyoming Stock Growers Agricultural Resources Center Basket – Donated by: Wyoming Stock Growers Association, Wyoming Beef Council and Wyoming Stock Growers Agricultural Land Trust


Community members look over silent auction items donated by individuals near and far.

After Blizzard Atlas hit, many producers and those with ties to the agricultural industry were in shock. The aftermath left around 20,000 cattle dead, fences down, and hearts broken. It’s a loss that no one can fathom, but some had to face this reality. Pictures on local news stations and newspapers depicted the sight of strange black dots strewn along faraway fences, draws, and the landscape. It was hard to imagine all of these far-off “dots” were dead cattle and the reminisce of one producers livelihood. Any business who suffers a 50 percent loss is going to have a hard time coming back, and what happens to those who had a loss of 70 percent or more? Absolutely devastating.

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Photo by: Rapid City Journal

Funds were immediately put into place to counter act the destruction that was left behind. It was amazing to see the outpour of help over the course of several weeks, but there was more to combat here than just the destruction. There were misconceptions and scrutiny from the American public, who are several generations removed from agriculture. I remember reading a post online asking, “Why do you care about these people. You don’t even know them?” My first reaction was shock. After any other natural disaster, a flood of help and ways to donate nationally are plastered at gas stations, online, at the grocery store and on the news. What’s the difference?

As far as I’m concerned, it’s synonymous. We take care of our own and understand loss on a deeper level. It’s not just a monetary loss, but one that digs to your core. These are animals you care for on a daily basis and you rely on them as much as they do you. Seen from generation to generation, we help our neighbors in any way possible. Whether it be the ranch wives coming together to plan supper for the branding crew or saddling up to move yearlings that escaped; we are always there for each other. Working toward a common goal and livelihood that we hold dear. This camaraderie left many of us wanting to do more for these producers and we did just that.

Live Auction Items

Several of the live auction items went for over $1,000 easily.

That night of November 16th the Johnson County CattleWomen raised $26,000 for the Rancher Relief Fund. My girlfriends and I were amazed, but not surprised that this community came together so willingly to help those in need. I’ve come to realize that we need more selfless giving in America and in the world. The girls and I didn’t get paid to help, we were paid in new friendships and a delicious beef dinner; much like the brandings every year.


The old feed mill near downtown Buffalo, Wyo. was filled to capacity during the benefit dinner and auction.

As we welcome in the Thanksgiving Holiday, I can honestly say that I am thankful for a lot more things than before and I already have a lengthy list. I have faith that our close-knit agricultural community will thrive in years to come and that not even Mother Nature can stop us. Disasters like this may hinder us, but if nothing else, make us fight harder for our livelihoods and each other.


Highlighting Three Wyoming Bloggers

Over the past two years of blogging on, we’ve also discovered some fantastic Wyoming rural blogs we like to follow as well. We want to introduce you to some of these great Wyoming blogs and the people behind them.

O.L. Shepp, Writing of Life's Humor, Northern Wyoming

Ondi Shepperson

O.L. Shepp (Ondi Shepperson) is the ranch wife and mom behind Writing of Life’s Humor. A lover of words and writing, O.L. Shepp entertains with her colorful perspectives. “I write about life, people and sometime a horse or two,” she says. Her posts come from her real life on the ranch, and the stories she dreams up. She has shared a few of her blog posts on and we encourage you to get lost in her prose at Blog Posts by O.L. Shepp: The Good Mama Blues & Cowboy Entertainment, Bessey’s Equality

Heather Hamilton, Double H Photography, Eastern Wyoming

Heather Hamilton

Another regular contributor to our blog posts is Heather Hamilton of Double H Photography. At her real-life experiences as a rancher in Eastern Wyoming are brought to life with her beautiful photography. “I love my life, and enjoy sharing the real story of what happens on the production side of Agriculture through my photos and posts. I am very blessed to do what I love, and enjoy the opportunity to share it with you!” Blog Posts by Double H Photography: Cry Babies, Flooding, All Aboard the Hay Train, Fighting Fire, Hard to Be Humane, Winter Water, Pulling A Calf, Cattle Pot, Winding Straps

Pat & Sharon O'Toole, Ladder Ranch, Little Snake River, Wyoming

Pat & Sharon O’Toole

Based in Southern Wyoming, the Ladder Ranch shares the ag and rural experiences of the O’Toole Family at The stories shared about raising sheep, cattle and family will draw you in and you’ll learn about the heart and soul of this six-generation family ranching operation. Pat and Sharon are involved in many activities and topics and share their broad perspectives “from the mundane to the fabulous”on the blog.

From RealPartner Liz Lauck, Wyoming Stock Growers Association


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