Sheep Ranching in the 1930′s

Sheepherder Fenton Allred, employee of DeRuwe, with Australian shepherd sheep dogs and camp wagon, Southeastern Washington, circa 1930s Courtesy Milan DeRuwe

Sheepherder Fenton Allred, employee of Milan DeRuwe, with Australian shepherd sheep dogs and camp wagon, Southeastern Washington, circa 1930s

We had as many as 25 dogs on the ranch. Usually a full-band herder would have two or more dogs with him throughout the year. Often he would also have a puppy in training by following another dog. The puppy would also learn discipline from the herder. On our ranch we found the Australian Shepherd breed were the best and most reliable sheep dogs. They were a fast, medium-sized dog that could work day and night without getting tired. ” – Milan DeRuwe. The rest of the story originally published in The Pacific Northwesterner, Vol. 45, No. 2 (October 2002), from an issue titled “Gone Forever: The Sheepherding Life of the 1930s.”

See also: Sheep Ranching on the Open Range:

https://stockdogsavvy.wordpress.com/2010/04/16/sheep-ranching/

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Notes:

1. The rest of the story originally published in The Pacific Northwesterner, Vol. 45, No. 2 (October 2002), from an issue titled “Gone Forever: The Sheepherding Life of the 1930s” can be found at:

http://www.washington.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=8971

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