The key to success to is start before your ready or even know it. That is exactly what our June Women of Wool feature did. Carolyn Bitner jumped in feet first when she married Brian Bitner, a 4th generation rancher, and became part of a ranching family. She was baptized by fire when, as a newlywed, her new husband cut up a mutton on their kitchen table. There isn’t much she hasn’t done after being in the industry for over 40 years from keeping everyone fed to nursing lambs back to health and becoming a better driver hauling a trailer than most men. She raised six kids to be hard workers and is now a proud grandma of 10 grandkids (with three on the way!), all who love to work with the sheep and learn the family legacy. Carolyn was happy to have sheep and ranching as an integral part of her family’s life as it taught them life skills such as hard work and determination as they problem solved and developed grit to overcome whatever life threw at them. Although she grew up a city girl, she is now a ranching mama through and through and loves nothing more than being out herding the sheep and being in the peaceful mountains. She supports her husband in all of his adventures and is proud of the business they have grown from just a couple herds to now an operation of over 7,000 sheep. Her contagious laugh keeps everyone smiling and we are grateful for her calm, steady presence as we navigate through this ranching family life! Thanks for all you do Carolyn!