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Old Deseret Live Stock Company: A Stockman's Memoir
by W. Dean Frischknecht
Utah State University Press, 2008
Cloth: 978-0-87421-711-7 | Paper: 978-1-64642-158-9 | eISBN: 978-0-87421-712-4
Library of Congress Classification SF375.32.F75A3 2008
Dewey Decimal Classification 636.301097922


In the high country of the northern Wasatch Mountains, lies what is left of one of the West’s largest ranches. Deseret Live Stock Company was reputed at various times to be the largest private landholder in Utah and the single biggest producer of wool in the world. The ranch began as a sheep operation, but as it found success, it also ran cattle. Incorporated in the 1890s by a number of northern Utah ranchers who pooled their resources, the company was at the height of successful operations in the mid-twentieth century when a young Dean Frischknecht, bearing a recent degree in animal science, landed the job of sheep foreman. In his memoir he recounts in detail how Deseret managed huge herds of livestock, vast lands, and rich wildlife and recalls through lively anecdotes how stockmen and their families lived and worked in the Wasatch Mountains and Skull Valley’s desert wintering grounds.

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