Sheep station celebrates 100- year anniversary
Sheep Station Celebration Second To None
For 100 years, the American sheep industry has counted on valuable research performed at the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station, so it came as no surprise that the station celebrated its milestone anniversary by offering an educational experience second to none on Aug. 24-25 in Dubois, Idaho.
“I was tickled that we were fortunate to get top-notch people who wanted to come speak and help us celebrate this special anniversary,” said J. Brett Taylor, Ph.D., with the Agricultural Research Service, USSES. “The support of the sheep industry that we’ve seen the last three years has just been incredible. The industry continues to prove its commitment to making sure we stay in business. Hopefully, we can continue to give them the information and the tools they need to improve their profitability in this industry.”
The station’s next 100 years is certainly up in the air as it awaits a decision on its future (expected to come from ARS officials in the next month), but that didn’t stop dozens of former USSES researchers from making the trip to eastern Idaho to reminisce about the role they each played in the station’s history.
“It really hasn’t changed a whole lot,” said John Walker, Ph.D., of Texas A&M AgriLife and a former USSES rangeland scientist. He left the station a decade ago. “A few little things are different, but most of the buildings are still here. That’s the great thing about this place, it doesn’t have to change much to continue to serve the sheep industry.”
Scientists, educators, sheep producers and political staffers joined in the two-day celebration that saw discussion on topics ranging from bighorn sheep and sage grouse to targeted grazing and wool quality. It wasn’t the first time such topics have been studied and discussed at USSES, and hopefully it won’t be the last.
–American Sheep Industry