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Riata Little
Editor of Tri-State Livestock News
Little Ranch headquarters in resent years, site of the original Little homestead. Courtesy photo/Little Ranch Co.

As the new editor of the Tri-State Livestock News, I bring my experience of growing up on my family ranch near Leiter, WY. In addition to cattle and sheep, we have irrigated farm land used primarily to raise alfalfa hay. We raise Charolais-Angus cross cattle and have a commercial Rambouillet sheep operation. In the summer we run our sheep on the Big Horn Mountains above Sheridan, WY. My brothers and I comprise the fourth generation working hard to maintain the ranch and agriculture as a viable industry.

In the early 1900s my great-grandmother emigrated from Ireland to the Sheridan, WY, area. At that time in history, most women were not allowed to file on a homestead and she was one of the lucky few, homesteading on part of what is now my family’s ranch. My great-grandfather was born to Irish immigrants in Omaha, NE. As a young man he traveled to northeastern Wyoming, following the railroad that delivered cattle to Nebraska for sale. He purchased a small homestead at the site of what is the family headquarters. Eventually my great-grandparents met, married, and joined together to start what is now a fourth generation cattle and sheep ranch.

My early school years were spent in a small, 12- to 18-student country school in Arvada, WY. I went to school there through the fifth grade and for most of those years, I was the only individual in my grade. Beginning in my sixth grade year we “camped” in town during the week for school and I graduated from Buffalo High School in Buffalo, WY. I then attended the University of Wyoming where I received a bachelor of science degree in agricultural communications with a concentration in farm and ranch management, and a minor in history.

I have extensive experience working with horses, cattle, and sheep on the ranch. But, I also showed sheep and horses in 4-H and participated in a few local youth rodeos. During my final years in 4-H, I dedicated time to helping younger members learn how to get their animals ready to show and I also trimmed and showed sheep for a couple producers in the open class at the Wyoming State Fair.

My knowledge and heart is in the agriculture industry and I have a deep desire to contribute to a strong source of information serving the agricultural community. I believe in the importance of delivering up to date news to the hardworking farmers and ranchers who make a living from this industry. Tri-State has given me the opportunity to join a growing newspaper that continues to increase its value to readers. I look forward to working with a great group here at the paper and with others throughout the region.

I also believe in listening to readers. I hope you reach out to me if you have story ideas or feedback on how to improve our publication or website. Feel free to contact me at or by phone, (877)347-9103 (office).