Oregon rancher to lead American Sheep Industry Association
Krebs plans to handle ASI business from his ranches
By JAN JACKSON
For the Capital Press
SALEM -- Clint Krebs, a sheep and cattle rancher from Ione, Ore., has been elected president of the American Sheep Industry Association.
"I was overwhelmed at the support and thanks I'm getting from my family and my fellow sheep producers during a very successful convention," Krebs said during the 2013 ASI/National Lamb Feeders Association Convention in San Antonio, Texas.
"Even though we are in the middle of an upset market where income is down by 50 percent and costs up by a 100 percent, we set an attendance record on San Antonio," he said. "Many in attendance, including some of the 25 first-time young people came forward and volunteered to help make our industry grow. Out of the nine members of this year's executive board, six were new."
Krebs, who holds a bachelor's degree in agriculture economics from Oregon State University, is a member of Krebs Livestock Co. Along with his wife, son and daughter in-law, he runs cattle, range ewes and operates a lamb feedlot.
Prior to becoming ASI president, he represented Washington, Oregon, California and Hawaii on the ASI executive board and served two years in each of the vice president and secretary-treasurer positions.
He has served as chair of ASI's Re-build the Sheep Industry Committee, co-chair of the ASI Resource Management Council and has been a director for the National Lamb Feeders Association. He is past president of the Oregon Sheep Growers Association and past chairman of the Oregon Sheep Commission.
"I feel positive about the sheep industry and the producer members' commitment to grow their flock size," Krebs said. "They are excited about raising sheep and are willing to donate their time in behalf of the industry."
Though Krebs will be spending a lot of time traveling for the industry, he will also be able to handle a lot of the ASI business from his ranches.
"Thanks to technology, we will do a lot teleconferencing and emailing," Krebs said. "However, when it comes August and September, forget it. We will all be working with the sheep."