The Next Generation and the Future of Sheep Ranching in the American West
Friday, October 7, 2016
NexStage Theatre, Ketchum, $20 adults
Hal Cannon - Host
until Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 11:59 pm.
Registration at the nexStage in person
on Friday, October 7 until sold out.
Sheep in the American West produce some of the best lamb and finest wool in the United States and around the world. But, daily, its producers face the challenges of volatile markets, imports without quotas, high costs of production, death losses from predators, loss of traditional public land grazing and public hesitancy to cook or serve this remarkable product.
Why would one choose the life of a sheep rancher? Yet, they do, generation after generation. It is a family affair.
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 2014, 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, 2015, we followed families into the hardworking second and third generations, the landowners of today. This year we will listen to the next and future generations.
Join us to hear why they stay in the family business and take on these odds to save lamb and wool for future generations. Hear of their experiences, challenges and opportunities. Listen to their hopes to make the generations-old family sheep operation of their childhood into their own.