The Drift – An American Cattle Drive


“The Drift: An American Cattle Drive” follows the seasonal cycles of ranching, and along the way the riders and ranchers open up about their lives. As they reflect on the past, the present, and the future, we get a deeper look at the gritty reality of a way of life that, for people all over the world, defines the American West.

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For over a century, ranchers along Wyoming’s Green River have been saddling up and driving their cattle into the high, open country of the Rocky Mountains. It’s a journey by hoof and horseback that can run as long as 100 miles, and it’s been going on for over 100 years. It takes the livestock to the largest Forest Service grazing allotment in the United States, where thousands of Drift cattle graze during the summer and fall. They share the wild country with grizzly bears, wolves, and a small number of backcountry riders. But the ranchers and their livestock are under siege. The modern world — highways, real estate development, and drilling rigs — is encroaching. And there are challenges that have been there for a century: grizzly bears and wolves, unpredictable weather, and the age-old problem of getting a younger generation to commit to a dangerous, demanding way of life.

Caldera Productions, 2016