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DENVER, Colo. - Milt Ward of Paris, Idaho, was elected to represent the lamb feeders 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.
Ward was born and raised on a cattle ranch in the rural southeastern Idaho town of Paris, where he still resides. In 1979, he went to work for C.D. Ranches, owned by Calvin and Alicia Dredge, and headquartered in Rupert, Idaho. In 1990, Ward purchased his own ranch but continued working part-time for C.D. Ranches. In 2000, following the passing of Calvin, Ward gave up his operation and went back to working full-time with Alicia.
Today, C.D. Ranches runs 6,000 ewes, 250 mother cows and 200 yearlings. The ewes spend the fall and winter grazing on the border of southern California and Arizona, returning to Idaho for the spring and summer. The ranch also operates a small lamb feedlot in Idaho.
"The lamb business is my livelihood," said Ward. "In my term on the ASI executive board, I hope to be able to offer valuable ideas that will help promote the industry. I believe the Let's Grow initiative came about at a time when industry promotion was critical and I hope we can continue to provide incentive to grow as a whole."
In additional to his membership with the NLFA, Ward is a member of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, U.S. Cattlemen's Association, Idaho Farm Bureau, California Wool Growers Association and is a director for the Idaho Wool Growers Association.
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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