Blake Hauptman began March 1 as a University of Wyoming Extension area educator in northeast Wyoming.
Hauptman is based in Sundance and serves Campbell, Crook, Johnson, Sheridan, and Weston counties.
Hauptman was raised on a 1,000-head cow/calf operation in Montana his father managed for over 10 years, notes Kim Reaman, extension federal relations and staff development coordinator. He was heavily involved in 4-H enrolling in sheep, swine, cattle, horse, welding, and woodworking projects.
Hauptman earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science and a master’s degree in animal and ranch science from Montana State University. After graduating, he worked for the American Simmental Association educating producers about cattle breeding and genetics.
He worked on ranches in Montana, where he helped manage winter feedlot and summer yearling operations and the sustainable management of rangelands critical to the yearling operations and the wildlife that populated the ranches, says Reaman.