Gov. Herbert hits mountains, hears of ranchers’ woes, wins


CROYDON, Morgan County — Prolonged drought and an unpredictable market are tough challenges for those in the ranching and farming industry, but the Wilde family in Croydon is making it work, in it for the long haul at six generations so far.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, who visited the Wild Valley Farms on Thursday for a tour, said for some, there is a magnetic pull to work the land.

“For a lot of people, it is a pretty good lifestyle,” he said.

Steve Griffin, Deseret News

State Rep. Logan Wilde, R-Croydon, Gov. Gary Herbert, fifth-generation sheep farmer John Toone, 77, and Albert Wilde, Logan’s brother, talk near the top of Pine Canyon in Morgan County on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. The Wildes run about 2,800 sheep on the land.

Edwin Wilde, one of a trio of brothers who with their father Eric run the operation, couldn’t have agreed more.

Steve Griffin, Deseret News

Albert Wilde carries a lamb that his children are raising at his home in Croydon, Morgan County, on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018.

“I was a car salesman for 16 years,” he said, but quit to return to ranching so he could spend more time with his eight children.

The choice was either to spend long hours away from home and his family, or spend long hours on the ranch with them. There was no competition, he said.

Herbert visited Morgan County as part of his annual pledge to get to all of Utah’s 29 counties and in particular, here, to learn about rural challenges and the agricultural industry.

Rep. Logan Wilde, R-Croydon, hosted the governor as one of the three brothers who are part of a network of ranchers who manage 33,000 acres in the Lost Creek area.

The Wildes run 3,000 sheep and 300 head of cattle on the property …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Business News

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