The historic Imperial Stock Ranch (est. 1871) created Imperial Yarn in 1999, in response to a collapsing U.S. wool market and diminishing textile infrastructure. They had been selling wool as a commodity since the early 1870's, but made the shift to value-added wool products and began building a following of customers which has grown steadily over the years. Today, Imperial Yarn operates as a separate business from the ranch, and under new ownership since the winter of 2015. Imperial Stock Ranch supplies wool to the Imperial Yarn business, and supports the continued success of this American yarn story.
Imperial Stock Ranch is a family owned and operated ranch located in north central Oregon's beautiful high desert. It is on that landscape that the stewardship practices — of the land, of the animals and of the Carver family — are cultivated and the strong foundation forged, for their leadership and reputation in sustainable agriculture.
You may not be familiar with the amount of historical preservation the Imperial Stock Ranch is involved in or the educational efforts it has been a part of. Countless hours have been, and continue to be, devoted to preserving the agricultural production of the ranch as well as original homestead buildings, roads and the headquarters complex. Sharing that history, the story of the ranch and that of the families who have owned it — through tours, lectures, presentations and folks just stopping by — is also extremely important.
The Imperial Stock Ranch works closely with numerous public and private agencies on projects ranging from sustainable practices to wildlife restoration and preservation to help create an even healthier ranch environment. Sharing information about the challenges and benefits of current practices is an integral part of their philosophy.
And when they're not seeding, haying, tending livestock, harvesting, preserving, restoring or educating, they can probably be found working any number of municipal type jobs neccessary for running a small town. Essentially, they are a small town. They are their own road, utility, building, landscape, fire, police and medical departments, plus whatever else might come along.
Ever wonder why a rancher’s work is never done?