May 17, 2012 - By Joshua Scheer, Staff WriterThe Wyoming Angus Association's annual tour of Angus operations is happening this weekend in Fremont County.
Shoshoni area rancher Bob Pingetzer is serving as the tour chairman for the event.
He believes this is the first time the tour has ever been held locally.
The tour, which is open to the public, leaves at 10:30 a.m. Friday from the Holiday Inn in Riverton. Pingetzer asks people to arrive early. He believes individuals from the eastern part of the state and possibly Montana will be joining the tour.
"We're going to cover a few miles and see a lot of cattle," he said.
He said a bus has been commissioned to drive the tourists around the county, but individuals are welcome to carpool or follow in their own vehicles.
The first stop will be at Wyoming Custom Meats in Hudson, where the group will get to see the processing facilities. Shoshoni Future Farmers of America will provide lunch, featuring some of Wyoming Custom Meat's products.
Over the course of the afternoon, the tour will visit Angus operations near Lander (Gary Frank), Crowheart (Jim Buline) and Riverton (Angel Angus).
"They're going to see several different operations with different theories, a little different goals," Pingetzer said of what tour-goers could expect.
He said each operation faces unique challenges and runs things differently.
A social gathering, banquet and auction at the Holiday Inn begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Pingetzer said there will be silent auction items available for bidding. The proceeds of the auction will go toward sending Wyoming Junior Angus Association members to national conventions and shows.
The tour continues at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, leaving the Wyoming Beef Cattle Improvement Association bull test station about 12 miles north of Riverton at Pingetzer's personal operation.
Gardner's Heart Dot Angus and Lucky 7 Angus operations near Shoshoni will be visited Saturday morning as well.
Lunch will be served by the Fremont County Cattlewomen Association at 11:30 a.m. back at the bull test station.
Following lunch, a tour of Pingetzer's operation will wrap the weekend's events.
He said there are no requirements that anyone must attend all of each day's tours. People are allowed to come and go as their schedules dictate.
"(There's) no cost," Pingetzer said. "It's all put on by donations."
He added that there is also no cost for the meals or to attend Friday's banquet.
"If somebody wants to donate to the cause, we'll accept it," he said.
Pingetzer is on the association's board and has been part of the organization since 2001.
According to its website, the Wyoming Angus Association "was formed with these objectives: To encourage and extend the influence of Angus cattle. To promote the interests of its membership by creating better trade opportunities. To promote closer relations between the membership and breeders and to stimulate greater activity among them."
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