Traces the development of animal agriculture and the Fancher family over a period of 10,000 years. The first part of the book reflects the point of view of Nicholas Cop, a professor at Sorbonne University, who gave the speech which triggered the rise of Protestantism in France. It details the odyssey of man and livestock from the time of Adam through 1532 A.D. The second part of of this book is more specific to one family ( Faucher, Fancher) and their interfaces with history from 1532 to 2000 A.D. It is viewed through the eyes of 92-year-old Judd Fancher as he passes family history to a new generation. The book describes the family's struggle through religious persecution, wars and migration to find better grazing lands.
Burr Fancher is a native of the Arkansas Ozarks. He spent his young life trapping skunks, driving livestock, catching bullfrogs, and working mules. After a stint in the infantry in the Pacific, he served as a movie cameraman in post-war Germany. Burr Taught agriculture to veterans and completed a B.S. degree in Agriculture and an M.S. degree in Animal Science. In 1958, he moved to Oregon to work as a shepherd. The desire to teach led him back to school for a B.S. in Agricultural Education and a Ph.D. in Vocational Education. His life experiences ranged from Wyoming ranch hand to international consultant. Burr 's leisure interests include hunting, fishing, and spinning yarns to anyone who cares to listen.