Cowboy Joe Club's Steer-A-Year Program Continues to Grow

Nov. 10, 2003

Laramie, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming Cowboy Joe Club Steer-A-Year (S-A-Y) program, in its eighth year, generated more than $117,000 for in-state student-athlete scholarships, the UW rodeo team and the UW Department of Animal Science judging teams in 2003.

With donations of steers, feed sponsorships, cash and other entities, the S-A-Y memberships neared 300 last year and with hopes of attracting 350 for 2004. During the first week in November, volunteers from throughout the state rounded up more than 200 steers and transported them to Y6 Feeders near Meriden, Wyo. A majority of the steers will be fed until slaughter, where carcass data will be provided to each rancher who donated a steer.

"The Steer-A-Year Program has steadily increased its membership each year of its existence and this year looks to be the best yet," says Jared Newland, UW athletic development officer. "It just goes to show the kind of support and dedication that Wyoming residents and fans have towards this program and this university. The agricultural community is very important to this state and we appreciate everyone's support."

During the Wyoming\Kansas football game last September, the Cowboy Joe Club presented awards to Ray and Debby Hunkins of the Thunderhead Ranch in Wheatland, Wyo., for the heaviest steer (initial weight); Stan and Madeleine Murdock of Murdock Cattle Company in Pinedale, Wyo., for both the steer with the best rate of gain and for the greatest carcass value; and Curt Blount of Douglas, Wyo., was named the S-A-Y Volunteer of the Year for his efforts.

"A positive sign that the program is on the rise is that a growing number of members aren't even from the agricultural community," Newland says. "Many of the members buy calves from area ranchers or donate cash equivalents. We also have three members each from the states of Illinois and Utah and eight from Colorado."

The Cowboy Joe Club would like to say thank you to all of the volunteers, ranchers, truckers and brand inspectors who make this program what it is today and especially to Arlowe Hulett of Laramie for his hard work and dedication.

For more information on the Steer-A-Year Program, contact the Cowboy Joe Club at (307) 766-6242 or email