Monthly Archives: October 2014
It’s time to load the lambs onto semis so they can go off to the feedlot in Pine Bluffs, Wyoming. They will spend a few months there eating locally grown corn, and gaining around fifty pounds. It is sort of like going on a cruise, only without the tugboats and humidity. Richard Drake will look out for them and determine when they are ready to become lamb chops. It makes for noisy nights around our headquarters, since we separate the lambs from the ewes the night before they load onto the trucks. It is less stress for both lambs and truckers if they are “empty”–off feed and water–when they load. When they arrive at the feedlot, Richard is ready with plenty of feed, water and good conditions so the lambs will thrive. The ewes call for a day or so. My Dad always said that it is so the other ewes will know they are good mothers. The ewes then settle down, and get ready for the winter months.
Along Wyoming Highway 70 between Encampment and Savery, the Battle Creek Overlook provides a spectacular place to view the mountains. Just west of the Sandstone Ranger Station in the Medicine Bow National Forest is a paved road heading south. In a half mile or so, the Overlook is right off the road. The highway passed by here until the great slide in 2010.
Each fall, we check the buck sheep for fertility and general health. Luckily, we have Geri Parsons of Optimal Livestock Services to provide her expertise. We intimately examine each and every mature ram that we have on hand to determine his worthiness to hang out with the ladies in December. Look at how green the alfalfa field is below Battle Mountain.
Aunt Halli came to help watch the kids while Megan and Eamon traveled to Washington D.C. for an American Farmland Trust Board meeting.
Good thing she can rope!
October 1st is our off date for the cows on the Medicine Bow National Forest grazing allotment. We have had a blessedly wet summer, so we are leaving plenty of feed behind. The days have been warm, so the cows see no reason to leave to Forest. Still, we have to gather them and trail them into Sheep Mountain, our contiguous private land pasture. Good grass awaits them there. The next project is to work the cows and calves.