Raising sheep has been a tradition for generations in Martin “Tine” Auza’s family. His father, Frank, emigrated from Spain in 1915 at the age of 10, and just two years later was herding sheep in Northern Arizona. Frank later married Elsie, and together they raised eight children who were all involved in the sheep industry. Tine and his brothers Frank, Pete and John ran sheep together in the Yuma, Arizona area until 1988.
Tine and his wife, Shirley, raised three children—Martin, Jr., Andrea, and Rachel. The children helped their parents care for the sheep from a very young age. Tine and Martin, Jr., continue the Auza family tradition today, raising sheep on the lush alfalfa fields of the Imperial Valley.