(Laramie, WY) – The Y Cross Ranch Endowment at the University of Wyoming, which aims to ensure the future of agriculture and ranching in Wyoming and beyond, continues to provide significant support to University of Wyoming Y Cross Scholars, and among those students is Dubois native Robert Finley.
The Y Cross Ranch Endowment supports undergraduate scholarships to attract the best and brightest to disciplines within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources; internships in animal science, meat science, and farm and ranch management; and stipends for graduate students conducting applied research on real-world issues of ranching, farming and natural resource management.
“The Y Cross Ranch Endowment is not only the largest endowment in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, but also one of the largest for the University of Wyoming,” says Barbara Rasco, dean of UW’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
“In 2021-22, it has funded 23 undergraduate and 11 graduate students. Its impact on research important to meeting needs of the ranching community is transformational.”
Specifically, the fund supports hands-on, experience-based learning opportunities outside the classroom for undergraduates and graduate students.
These may include practical internships in livestock management, beef production, meat science, and laboratory and field research on issues important to Wyoming agriculture.
Current graduate student research includes: the use of blockchain in the sheep industry and to incentivize conservation; weed science in a rangeland setting; the use of cover crops to improve soil and forage quality; sustainability in the beef industry; assisting land managers with rangeland management and restoration; food fraud; the livestock supply chain; new invasive species; non-chemical methods of controlling pests; parasites in commercial cattle operations; brisket disease and congestive heart failure in cattle; statistical and spatial analysis of diseases in ecosystems; metabolites in cattle; forage productivity and carbon capture; reproductive physiology; and prescribed burns.
The 50,000-acre Y Cross Ranch is located at Horse Creek in Laramie County.
This working ranch was donated in 1997 to UW and Colorado State University by the Patten-Davis Foundation (formerly the Courtenay C. Davis Foundation).
The purpose of the gift was to help address problems and questions inherent to Western cattle ranching operations and, in doing so, to help sustain family ranching in the West.
Since it was established in 2016, the Y Cross Ranch Endowment has had a remarkable impact on the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
In addition to providing scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students, it has funded internships at the National Western Stock Show; supported hands-on activities such as the college meat judging team; provided a solid foundation for a new undergraduate internship initiative; established the Cowboy Branded Meats Program; and helped restart the meat judging program.
Y Cross undergraduate and graduate scholarship and stipend recipients for the 2021-22 academic year, listed by hometown, are:
Arvada, Colo. — Clara Ritchie
Bhaktapur, Nepal — Chandan Shilpakar
Big Timber, Mont. — Dylan Laverell
Blacksburg, Va. — Olivia Bowers
Buffalo — Hannah MacCarrie Fraley
Casper — Jordan Vanetti
Centennial, Colo. — Miles Deantoni
Cheyenne — Ella Bishop-Heil, Garrett Hartigan and Kayla Kersh
Cleveland, Tenn. — Lauren McKinney
Colorado Springs, Colo. — Joseph Duncan
Denver, Colo. — Hana Rae Fancher
Downey, Calif. — Kathleen Bracken
Dubois — Robert Finley
Fort Collins, Colo. — Victoria Crowe and Courtney Newman
Gaithersburg, Md. — Nathan Wade
Galeton, Colo. — Hallie Carroll
Ione, Calif. — Marcella Hernandez
Julesburg, Colo. — McKenna Carnahan
Laramie — Julia Bulick
Naples, Fla. — Bevin McCormick
Norwalk, Ohio — Lindsay Rinner
Oologah, Okla. — Jodie Crose
Reno, Nev. — Erin Schwalbe
Salem, Ala. — Grace Gullatt
Sidney, Neb. — Brodie Sutton
Spring Branch, Texas — Libby McGrath
Thermopolis — Aron Markow
Visalia, Calif. — Gunnar Malstrom
Westford, Mass. — Michaela Forty