This week the Wyoming Livestock Roundup turned 25 years old. We’re proud as punch about it, and we hope you are too. We are humbled that we are part of Wyoming and surrounding state’s agricultural community. We are also very proud that, as a weekly agriculture newspaper we are still growing and are committed to the standards and values that one finds in agriculture and the Code of the West.
From Alaska and Hawaii to our eastern shores of Manhattan and Washington, D.C., the Roundup arrives weekly by mail or over the internet, but as you know, its main territory is in numerous mailboxes throughout Wyoming and the surrounding region. “Did you see that in the Roundup?” is a phase one hears often in the hills and valleys of its reader’s homes, businesses and pickups.
What started as a dream 25 years ago in Worland and the Big Horn Basin is now an established business in Casper. It has grown through three owners, numerous managing editors and staff that had agriculture, Wyoming and the West running in their blood. A weekly deadline was something you didn’t question or miss. Others and myself have realized that the story was not the important part, but rather, getting the story right was top priority. I have heard numerous times from persons interviewed after reading the proof of the article that, “They may have not said it that way, but that was what they meant.” Every issue in the last 25 years was developed with pride, 52 times a year.
We thank the readers for subscribing to the Roundup. Our readers invite those who wish to place an ad and spend their well-earned dollars with us, and we especially thank our advertisers. Every ad is meaningful. From a set of bulls to farm machinery to financial businesses, all are there for a good purpose – to improve our lives. We also thank those who send in classified ads, even the one for the used rain gauge. It amazes me every time people tell me they read the whole classified section every week looking to see what’s for sale.
We thank those who allow us on their farms and ranches to do stories for the special editions and the weekly paper. There is a story down every road in Wyoming. Thank you for telling us about them. We always look forward to the calls telling us about a good story somewhere, and we really like the calls about Wyoming’s youth doing well in agriculture and sharing a parent’s or grandparent’s pride is something we are proud to do. On a sad note, we also appreciate when you send in obituaries or notices of a death to share with our readers.
At times, I’ve said I have a lot to be modest about – the Roundup is not one of them. Thanks to Del Tinsley for allowing me to become an owner, and Jennifer Womack for making the transition so easy. The team here, both past and present, is and has been comprised of some of the smartest, dedicated, most hard working individuals I’ve ever seen. The Roundup you receive each week is built with pride, 25 years worth. Looking forward to the next 25 years.