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Riske named state 4-H livestock coordinator

Ellie Riske

CASPER, Wyo. — The University of Wyoming Extension recently appointed Ellie Riske as the state’s 4-H youth livestock coordinator. Previously, Riske served as an office associate at UW Extension’s state office in Laramie.

Earlier this month, she transitioned to her new role on the state 4-H team, UW Extension said in a news release.

“This transition is a re-alignment of positions within the state office to better serve volunteers, families and youth,” said Mandy Marney, senior associate director of UW Extension.

Riske has a strong background in animal science and livestock. Riske has taught classes on or raised animals in all the main livestock classes, including sheep, goats, pigs, cows, rabbits and poultry. She has also judged livestock competitions and served as a 4-H volunteer for more than a decade in Oregon, Wyoming and Colorado.

Riske earned a bachelor’s degree in animal and veterinary sciences from the University of Wyoming. During her undergraduate education, she was involved in the beef and sheep programs on campus and at the Laramie Research and Extension Center. Riske is working toward a master’s degree in animal and veterinary science.

“We are thrilled that Ellie has joined the state 4-H team as the youth livestock coordinator,” Marney said. “Ellie has a strong understanding of animal science programming and positive youth development, which will allow her to act as a resource for programs, events and activities.”

Riske looks forward to working with youth across the state, as well as educators, volunteers and parents connected to animal science programming. She can be contacted at 307-766-5679 or eriske@uwyo.edu.