The Shepherd magazine begins its 57th year of publication in a new environment. The national monthly sheep industry magazine is making the move from Ohio to Wyoming this month, with the purchase of the magazine by Long Draw Publishing of Farson.
Long Draw Publishing is a Wyoming corporation owned by western Wyoming sheep producers Pete Arambel of Rock Springs and Cat Urbigkit of Pinedale. The business partners believe that Wyoming is a logical host for a sheep industry magazine, since the industry has such significance to Wyoming rangelands, both in the past and today.
Arambel is the owner and operator of a large, 100-year old range sheep operation in western Wyoming. His Basque family has extensive reach in the sheep industry. Arambel's business expertize enabled Long Draw Publishing to launch a new business venture in a short amount of time when it became apparent in December 2011 that the magazine was available for purchase.
Urbigkit is a small sheep producer with a long-standing commitment to educating the public about agriculture. She writes and photographs award-winning agricultural books for kids. Her previous experience as a newspaper publisher helped to ensure the subscribers have the new issue of the magazine in their hands the first week of March.
Annual subscriptions to The Shepherd are $25 and should be sent to P.O. Box 168, Farson, WY 82932. For more information, contact The Shepherd at 307-389-3385 or firstname.lastname@example.org.