Rocky Mountain Pharmaceutical's annual Salmon River rafting trip, held June 28-29, was once again a success. The event was well-attended by dairy families and calf raisers from Idaho's Treasure and Magic Valleys.

Owner Jami Gaver explains that they have hosted the rafting trip for six years now.

“Every year is a lot of fun,” Gaver says. “The trip is basically open to all of our customers. The whole purpose of the trip is to serve as an appreciation from Rocky Mountain Pharmaceutical for their patronage.”

The event began with a prime rib and salmon dinner Thursday night, as guests met at host Jami Gaver's home in Salmon, Idaho.

Editor's note: For even more photos of this unique event, click here to view the 2011 recap, and click here to view information and photos from 2010.


Following dinner, a group discussion covering vaccination products and strategies, including modified versus live vaccines, application timing and more. The group also discussed current problems in the industry and the problems that these producers had on their farms and the best ways to manage them.


The next morning, at around 9 am, they drove nearly 20 miles away from Salmon to the place where the group would launch into the river.

Refreshments were provided during a stop close to Shoup, Idaho. During the break, producers and guests were also treated to a gold mine tour, where they learned about the history of gold mining in that part of Idaho.

“The gold mining explanation, panning, history and demonstration were very interesting,” Staci Leavitt says.

The group continued its trek down the river until they reached the place where lunch would be served. Rawhide Outfitters, a family-owned and operated professional outfitting service, provided a tri-tip lunch followed by several choices of desserts and ice cream.

This group provided the transportation, guided raft trip, refreshments and lunch for all of the attendees.

“The group launched on three rafts,” Leavitt says. “We saw beautiful scenery and experienced some good rapids and a lot of water fights!"

Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, bald eagles and high, jagged mountain peaks were among other points of interest on the scenic float.

“We had good food and relaxing company with a few water fights interspersed to lighten things up,” Leavitt says.

The trip concluded on Friday evening. After spending the day out on the rafts, the group was invited to a local restaurant for dinner. PD