Sheep ranching in the American West produces some of the best lamb and finest wool in the United States and around the world. But, daily, it faces the challenges of volatile markets, imports without quotas, high cost of production, death losses from predators, loss of traditional public land grazing and public hesitancy to cook or serve lamb.
In 2014, the Trailing of the Sheep Festival began a three-year program “Celebrating Generations” with a goal of listening, learning, sharing and saving the memories of our western sheep ranching families who live and work the land and are the keepers of open space.
The first year, we honored the visionaries, those first families who found a piece of western land that matched their dreams. They made it home, made it their life’s work, cared for it and fed the country from its bounty. Last year, we followed families into the hardworking second and third generations, the landowners of today. This year, we look at the next and future generations.
Why would one choose the life of a rancher? Yet, they do, generation after generation as it is a family affair. Join us to hear from the next generation and why they not only stay in the family business, but take on these odds to save lamb and wool for future generations. Hear of their experiences, challenges, opportunities and why they stay and how they intend to make the generations-old family sheep operation of their childhood into their own.
Refund Policy: Refunds for the Presentation will be issued until 12:00 noon on September 1, 2016. A $5 fee will be assessed and only the ticket cost (but no original processing fees) will be refunded. Contact us through firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Thank you.