In pictures: California's Basque shepherds

Uncertain future

This century-old way of life may soon disappear as California's sheep industry has been hit by grazing restrictions and tough competition globally.

Young generations of Basques are also losing interest in the traditional family business.

"I will just have to see what my 15-year-old boy wants to do," says Phil. "This type of hard work just doesn't seem to appeal to that generation."

Photos and words: Micah Albert

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