Sheep shearing demonstrations are just one fixture at the National Western Stock Show.
Cattle And Ranching
The National Western Stock Show features all types of farm animals, including the exotic zebu cattle breed.
Terry Nash is an award-winning cowboy poet who draws from his own experience as a rancher on the Western Slope.
Mesa County rancher Janie VanWinkle is one of the workshop organizers. She has already had to sell off 10 percent of her herd.
While dry summers aren’t new, a winter and spring with little snow and rain have pushed parts of the state to get drier, faster.
The family is the subject of a new book, "The Last Cowboys," written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Branch.
"We do not believe the bison population level is too high or that any scientific studies would substantiate that," Superintendent Dan Wenk says.
"It’s just a good place to expand our ranching and provide opportunities to our ranchers to utilize Boyer Ranch and Wolf Springs," says president Russell Begaye.
Connie Theos has been sheep ranching near Meeker for most of her 72 years. This year she was named Colorado Wool Grower of the Year.
Kathryn Grahn tells how her grandmother survived tuberculosis, drove a mule team on a frontier mail route and staked out her claim to land in Prowers County that is now the 5,000 acre Rocking 7K Ranch.