Dubois Sheep Station Celebrates 100 Years
June 17, 2016

The U.S. Sheep Experiment Station in Dubois, Idaho, has been serving the U.S. sheep industry for 100 years. To acknowledge this milestone, the station is hosting a three-day event celebrating sheep and range research - Aug. 23-25. The celebration will take place in Idaho Falls, Dubois and at the station headquarters, 6 miles north of Dubois.

Beginning in 1915 and 1916 and continuing through 1922, Presidents Wilson and Harding set aside more than 45,000 acres of land in Intermountain West to establish the USDA U.S. Sheep Experiment Station. These lands were devoted to scientific research focused on sheep genetics and rangeland science and the sustainable integration of livestock production and rangeland management systems. In the 1940s, the sheep station joined efforts with the University of Idaho, which further strengthened the unit's research efforts.

Discussions comparing the last 100 years of research to the next 100 years are scheduled, as well as production applications for improving sheep production efficiency. Range tours are planned for Thursday, Aug. 25, where sessions pertain to bighorn sheep, grizzly bear delisting, sage grouse policy and non-traditional grazing resources.

Everyone is welcome to attend all events and sessions; however, pre-registration, which runs through Aug. 5, is required. Program information, along with the registration materials, are available from the www.sheepusa.org home page by clicking on the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station link. Contact information for local hotels is included in the brochure.