Last year brought tough losses for Wyoming Cattle Producers. An estimated 41,000 head of cattle were lost in 2010. This years Wyoming Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show will be held in Laramie. A number of topics will be discussed and presented on various issues that are facing the cattle industry. The convention will run Wednesday through Saturday morning.

The convention is hosted by the Wyoming Stock Growers Association. If you are not a member of the association you are still welcome to attend. This years theme for the convention is "Opportunity for Growth." It will include presentations and discussions on issues facing the cattle industry.

In 2010 the cattle industry lost over 41,000 head of cattle and calves. The total value of the cattle and calves lost is approximately $24 million. In Wyoming alone the U.S. Agriculture Department reported that that state lost 3,900.

Wyoming's rough winter and unstable weather contributed to 26% of the cattle and calf losses. 10% of losses were due to predators. The USDA reports that about half of the total predator losses are attributed to coyotes. Wolves and mountains lions were also attributed to predator losses.

This weeks convention will touch on all major issues concerning the Wyoming Cattle Industry. Members of Wyoming's congressional delegation as well as Governor Matt Mead have been invited to speak.

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