Raised on a family cow/calf operation and farm in the Rigby area, this 2019 inductee, Carl Lufkin has continued the tradition of family cattle ranching. After marrying his wife Robin in 1979, the family operated various ranches in Idaho and Montana, eventually settling down in the Salmon area.
Considered to be an excellent operator, Lufkin has been a leader in the beef cattle industry for many years. He has donated many hours to activities that benefited producers and permittees on federal range. He has also built a good seed stock herd and produced bulls which are reported to be practical and efficient for his customers in the range cattle business.
Currently, the Lufkins reside at the Swanson Ranch at Price Creek which they purchased in 2013. The following year they also purchased an adjacent smaller ranch. After building a sale barn, Lufkin conducted his first bull sale on his current ranch in 2017. In addition to owning their ranch, Lufkin operates on the Bureau of Land Management Baldy Creek range and pasture leased ranches at Leadore and Sandy Creek.
Lufkin has been involved with leadership in the Idaho Cattle Association. He has served on the board of directors and as president of the organization since 2011. He has also served on the board of directors for the Lemhi County Cattle and Horse Growers Association.
He has served on the District 292 school board at Leadore and on the Lemhi County Fair Board. He was awarded the Idaho Governor’s Award for Excellence in Agriculture Environmental Stewardship and Rancher of the Year by the Lemhi County Cattle and Horse Growers Association, both in 2018.
He and Robin are the parents of three children.