Old Deseret Live Stock Company: A Stockman's Memoir by W. Dean Frischknecht

By W. Dean Frischknecht

Within the excessive nation of the northern Wasatch Mountains, lies what's left of 1 of the West’s biggest ranches. Deseret stay inventory corporation was once reputed at a variety of occasions to be the biggest deepest landholder in Utah and the only largest manufacturer of wool on the earth. The ranch all started as a sheep operation, yet because it discovered luck, it additionally ran livestock. included within the Nineties via a few northern Utah ranchers who pooled their assets, the corporate used to be on the peak of profitable operations within the mid-twentieth century while a tender Dean Frischknecht, bearing a up to date measure in animal technology, landed the activity of sheep foreman. In his memoir he recounts intimately how Deseret controlled large herds of cattle, great lands, and wealthy flora and fauna and remembers via full of life anecdotes how stockmen and their households lived and labored within the Wasatch Mountains and cranium Valley’s desolate tract wintering grounds.

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It was a mighty fine house. An oil company paid $20,000 to lay pipeline across company property, so Mr. Dansie and the Deseret directors decided to use that money to build a house they could be proud of. Mr. Dansie liked to have cattle buyers stay there when they were making a deal on the cattle for sale. Will and I planned to eat noon dinner there that day, and I wanted to take a tour through the house. It had a big dining room, and some of the hired men ate there. Ralph Moss always kept a good cook.

With all the lambs separated out of the herd, the old blue-dot ewes went into a different corral. Although they had been mouthed at shearing time, Will Sorensen explained to me that we should mouth them again in order to determine those that had teeth good enough for another winter on our western ranges. Those with teeth that were not good enough would be culled and shipped to an “order buyer” in Omaha, Nebraska, who would again mouth these old ewes and send the “gummers,” those with no teeth, to the slaughter plant.

Dansie. These reports from each herder showed areas having excessive death losses from coyote attacks, or from any other causes. The company was in the process of building a fence completely around the outside perimeter of the 250,000-acre ranch. Cedar posts and wire were used in the lower elevations, but in the high country, the fence was constructed of logs. “Log and blocks” was the common name for such a fence. Logs used in the fence were cut from dead trees, either quaking aspens or conifers.

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