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Sheep Rancher Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Stanley T. Boyd spent his child- hood in North Powder, Oregon, on the family sheep ranch. His father, Tom Boyd, was an active sheep- man, trading and selling lambs and wool across the West.

Stan and his two brothers, Steve and Dave, were in charge of taking care of the animals and the farm early on while Dad was gone for days on business.

Stan graduated from Baker High School and attended Oregon State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in business administration and a Bachelor of Science in agricultural economics.

In 1978, Stan was hired to be- come the executive director of the Idaho Wool Growers Association (IWGA). From that time forward, Stan devoted his life to Idaho agriculture.

While he was executive director of the IWGA, Stan also became the secretary of the Idaho State Predatory Board and secretary of the Idaho Sheep Commission.

Within a few years, Stan began lobbying for the Idaho Cattle Association, the Idaho Horse Breeders Association, the Idaho Elk Breeders Association, Idaho Horse Racing Association, Bear World, Ridge Line Energy and many short- term lobbying contracts.

Stan loved his time spent in the Idaho State Capitol. Stan has a passion for all ag issues but especially for the sheep industry. As the general manager of the Rocky Mountain Sheep Marketing Association, Stan is responsible for marketing and shipping over 70,000 lambs in Idaho and the surrounding states.

Stan works closely with major lamb processors, brokering the best prices available and securing lucrative contracts for Idaho sheep producers. Stan continues to promote and market Idaho lamb through his restaurant, The Refuge Restaurant and Lounge, which exclusively sources all its lamb from Idaho.

Stan and his wife, Anne, have three children: Jake (deceased), Regan – a lawyer, and Sam – an accountant who also helps Stan with shipping lambs.

Even after serving the Idaho sheep industry and Idaho agriculture for 38 years, Stan’s

work is still not done. “Retirement” is a loose term for Stan, as he continues to be a lifelong advocate for all of Idaho agriculture.



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