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DENVER, Colo. - Ken Wixom of Blackfoot, Idaho, was elected to represent Region VII on the American Sheep Industry Association's (ASI) Executive Board at the 2014 ASI/National Lamb Feeders Association (NLFA) Convention in Charleston, S.C., Jan. 23-25.
Wixom got his start in the sheep business just as he was graduating with a degree in Animal Science from Brigham Young University in 1971.
"I used what money I had to buy 60 old ewes at $20 apiece, and that was where it started," said Wixom, who today runs 4,000 ewes and 600 mother cows. He also grows hay and crops on about 1,000 acres. "Back at the start we had a really small farm, but we rented some land and just kept working hard."
Wixom formerly served as president of the Idaho Wool Growers Association.
ASI's Region VII includes Montana and Wyoming, as well as Wixom's home state of Idaho. He said he looks forward to working with the rest of the executive board to help the sheep industry grow and thrive.
"Above all else, I'm interested in helping," he said. "There are some areas I am particularly interested in, such as natural resources and labor issues. But there are a lot of things we need to work on, and I'm looking forward to helping out and doing my part, and of course representing my region."
ASI is a national trade organization supported by 46 state sheep associations, benefiting the interests of more than 81,000 sheep producers.
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