RIVERTON, Wyo. — A dedicated group of individuals saw their hard work come to fruition on Saturday, August 29 as the first annual Rendezvous City Beef Roundup welcomed more than 100 people to the Central Wyoming College campus to visit with Wyoming meat producers.
Producers visited with consumers about the beef production process, the challenges and rewards of being a producer in Wyoming and why there has recently been such a high demand for locally produced beef.
CWC’s Mobile Meat Science Unit was on the premises with faculty to explain the new meat science program and plans for the future Rocky Mountain Complex for Ag and Equine Sciences. A portion of the ticket price will support a new meat science scholarship at CWC.
The culinary program students were busy throughout the day grilling samples of local beef from participating producers for the public to sample while they had the opportunity to listen to presentations from speakers such as Representative Tyler Lindholm on the new Herd Shares Act.
“It was certainty a team effort to bring this event to fruition,” said Beth Monteiro, Executive Director of the CWC Foundation.
“Tyler McCann and his family were the real drivers for the day’s success, but this couldn’t have been possible without the help of folks like Eric and Tara Carr, our CWC food service, the other folks who work at the Foundation and our wonderful faculty who spent the day sharing their excitement for their programs.”
A small committee of community members along with McCann and CWC worked to coordinate the event, aligning speakers, facilities, advertising and more.
“This was two years in the making, and we think it will become a model for other states to follow,” said Carr. “We were excited to be a small part of the event. Wyoming is at the forefront local food opportunities, and being a part of providing consumers with Wyoming beef is exciting. Thank you to Tyler McCann for the vision and CWC for the support.”
Following the presentations and booth, 50 VIP ticket holders participated in a Beef Challenge event where they were asked to rank ten producers’ steaks on several parameters including texture, smell, tenderness and flavor with the winning producer, Wyoming Legacy Meats, receiving a custom buckle made by GIST and a belt made by B.J. Griffin Leather Design.
Event organizer Tyler McCann was particularly pleased with the number of producers who contacted him and came to the event, and he is excited about the opportunity it provided to bring producers and consumers together.
“We even had a producer from Nebraska who wanted to participate in the challenge event, which we limited to just Wyoming producers this year,” said McCann. “They still decided to attend and bought VIP tickets so they could see how they could have this kind of event in Nebraska to promote local beef. We had folks from Chesapeake, Va., Seattle and Wisconsin as well. Wyoming beef was on both coasts by Monday morning!”
During the Beef Challenge, McCann began the event by thanking producers for their hard work, acknowledging that ranching is not an easy profession, and typically involves the entire family, with long hours spent to make a living.
“I had an older producer and generational rancher say that he was just blown away and honored to have a roomful of people thanking him for producing beef for them,” said McCann.
Jack Schmidt, CWC’s local food and agriculture liaison, and keynote speaker, Joel Salatin, will be joining CWC’s mobile meat processing unit at the upcoming Slow Foods in the Tetons Farm-to-Fork event on Oct 2-3, 2020. Stay tuned for more details!
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