|Looking Forward to Meeting the Industry’s Producers
(March 1, 2013) As your new president I would like to introduce myself to all the sheep producers who I have not had the opportunity of meeting. It is my goal to get to know as many producers as possible, so if I am attending one of your meetings, or you are attending one of the American Sheep Industry Association meetings, please take the time to introduce yourself and tell me about your operation. It is impossible for me to represent people if I do not know their issues or concerns.
Our livestock (yes, we keep a few cows around just to give ourselves a daily reminder of the differences between cowboys and sheepmen) are wintered on a low-elevation, desert sage pasture from November to May near the very small town of Ione. In May, they are moved about 200 miles by truck to our summer, high-elevation pasture in the very northeast part of Oregon near the town of Enterprise to stay through the fall.
Maureen and I are blessed to have our son Cameron and his wife Erin as partners in Krebs Livestock. We employ four very talented young people, both domestic and guest workers from Peru, who agreed to let me take the time off from the ranch to represent all of the sheep industry. In fact they said, “You don’t do anything when you are home anyway, so you might as well be gone.”
I know I have a lot to learn about the sheep industry, and maybe just about life in general, so as I learn things I will try to pass them on to my fellow producers, hopefully every month. This month, I learned from an old Montana sheepman that on the east slope of the Rockies in the fall of the year, it is important to wear two sets of long underwear. Apparently, the wind can blow so hard there it is necessary to take your coat off and put it over the tail end of your horse to keep from blowing the bit out of his mouth.