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New series highlights women leading regenerative ranching movement across the West

When you think about how meat is raised across the country, you may picture cramped feedlots on sprawling industrial livestock operations. It’s no secret that there are many issues with the American industrial meat system — from environmental impacts, to treatment of workers and the animals themselves. But across the West, women are reimagining the way we raise meat.

This is the premise of Ashley Ahearn’s new podcast, “Women’s Work,” from Boise State Public Radio. Ahearn is an independent audio producer and storyteller who lives in rural north-central Washington. She spent months visiting women ranchers who are changing the ways we manage land and livestock. She learned about their dreams and daily challenges — from keeping cattle safe from wolves, to establishing food sovereignty on Native reservations. She even visited a rancher in Colorado Springs who is using pigs to improve the health of the land.

Ahearn joins us to talk about her podcast series, and how these innovative cowgirls are leading the regenerative ranching movement across the West.

Colorado Edition is hosted and produced by Erin O'Toole (@ErinOtoole1). Web was edited by digital editors Ashley Jefcoat and Jackie Hai.

The mission of Colorado Edition is to deepen understanding of life in Northern Colorado through authentic conversation and storytelling. It's available as a podcast on iTunesSpotifyGoogle PlayStitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.

You can hear the show on KUNC, Monday through Friday at 2:30 and at 6:30 p.m.  Colorado Edition is made possible with support from our KUNC members. Thank you!

Our theme music was composed by Colorado musicians Briana Harris and Johnny Burroughs. Other music in the show by Blue Dot Sessions.

As host of KUNC's Colorado Edition, I work closely with our producers and reporters to bring context and diverse perspectives to the important issues of the day. And because life is best when it's a balance of work and play, I love finding stories that highlight culture, music, the outdoors, and anything that makes Colorado such a great place to live.
KUNC's Colorado Edition is a daily look at the stories, news, people and issues important to you. It's a window to the communities along the Colorado Rocky Mountains.