By Jeff Rebitski, Staff Writer

Governor Mark Gordon made new friends before the Water For Wildlife banquet dinner at the Lander Community Center Thursday evening. Cocktail hour was held before the dinner with items up for silent auction. Photo by Carl Cote.

RIVERTON – Last weekend, Central Wyoming College hosted one of the largest gatherings of beef producers in the west to discuss and taste the finest beef in the world. The event drew folks from all over the country to see and hear about the beef industry and the programs that are being offered at Central Wyoming College. 

The event highlighted several of the college’s departments, from culinary to cattle management and the tour of the Equine Center was exciting, says College President Brad Tyndall. His perspective of the event includes the community of beef producers who brought their very best beef cuts to sample and be judged on and the future of the industry in our region. 

The culinary team was responsible for the cooking and serving and each judge was allowed a substantial taste of each sample. Numbers were assigned to each sample and blind judging took over. “The meat was prepared exactly the same way with minimum seasoning. Salt and pepper, I think?” says Tyndall. “The meat spoke for itself and was simply delicious.” Tyndall says it was difficult to pick a winner as they were all delicious.

The latter part of the day was dedicated to the new Rocky Mountain Equine Sciences Complex, or, according to Tyndall, the Rustler Center, or something to that effect. He states that we believe that the name should represent the college and community. In the afternoon, the college hosted a more formal affair with the Wine and beef pairing seminar. People were invited to learn about the proper wine to serve with beef under different circumstances. 

With all the events of the day, Tyndall felt the event was a “complete success” and hoped to host it again. The college, in the last two or so years has really changed the approach to rural education and is now leading the way in many respects in the agricultural industry. The programs are impacting the industry and making a global impact with how people are eating and producing food, consuming it locally instead of importing it from other states. The focus will continue to be towards local food sustainability through education of not only the young, but the old as we introduce the concept of small farm and ranch food production along with local marketing.   

On October 1st, there will be a new farm to table market in Riverton located on Main Street where fresh produce will be available along with meat and poultry.