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The King of the Ranch

Rhen in charge

Rhen in charge

 

So today, an interviewer from the Department of Interior came to the ranch. He is charged with collecting views on public land grazing. He even interviewed Rhen, 3.

Interviewer: “What’s your favorite thing on the ranch?”

Rhen: “Riding horses”

Interviewer: “What’s the most important thing on the ranch?”

Rhen: “Well, if Grandpa is at a meeting, and my Dad is at a meeting, and my Mom is at work, I’m the King of the Ranch!”

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2016 in Family, Folks

 

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Working sheep on the Red Desert

bringing up the ewes

bringing up the ewes

 

We have been working the ewes, getting ready for the spring trail to Badwater, where we plan to shear the ewes. We then head south to the lambing grounds. Pepe, Walter, Leo, Meghan, Maeve, Tiarnan and Sharon worked Leo’s bunch on a relatively warm day, just before another snowstorm gave us more much needed moisture.

Tiarnan and Pepe at the chute

Tiarnan and Pepe at the chute

 

Maeve and Tiarnan with flags

Maeve and Tiarnan with flags

Meghan turning the ewes out of the corral

Meghan turning the ewes out of the corral

 

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Easter baby

Ben shaves the heifer

Ben shaves the cow

 

Today, Easter Eve, Chad found a prolapsed very pregnant cow. We called the local vet, Ben Noland, who came up to help. After assessing the situation, he recommended a cesarean section in an attempt to save both calf and cow. Ben and his wife Hallie, also a vet, recently opened the Sage Veterinary Clinic near Baggs, and we are really happy to have them in the community. We have a happy ending, so far.

 

 

 

 

Ben scrubbing the incision site

Ben scrubbing the incision site

the incision

the incision

Chad and the peanut gallery: Maura, Maeve and Tiarnan

Chad and the peanut gallery: Maura, Maeve and
Tiarnan

Ben and Chad draw out the calf.

Ben and Chad draw out the calf.

Chad tickles the calf's nose so she will breathe.

Chad tickles the calf’s nose so she will breathe.

My coat goes to a good cause

My coat goes to a good cause

Ben stitches the incision back together

Ben putting the innards back together

the stitches

the stitches

Easter Eve after the birth

Easter Eve after the birth

 

 
 

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On the move–must be Almost Spring

 

 

The elk are checking out the high country.

The elk are checking out the high country.

 

 

The elk are starting to check out the feed which is opening up as the snow melts. These elk crossed the road just as we were heading home. They have wintered well, partly due to raiding our haystacks!

One bull appeared to be white, although not albino. Go figure.

Elk hanging out near the Little Cemetary.

Elk hanging out near the Little Cemetery.

The white elk

The white elk

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2016 in Animals, Nature and Wildlife

 

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Red Desert Sheep

photo by Meghan Lally Red Desert Sweetwater County Wyoming

photo by Meghan Lally
Red Desert
Sweetwater County
Wyoming

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2016 in Animals, Nature and Wildlife, Sheep

 

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Some are lambing, some are still pregnant

Enjoying the sunshie

Enjoying the sunshine

ewes, lambs and bulls

ewes, lambs and bulls

Pregnancy testing ewes on the Red Desert

Pregnancy testing ewes on the Red Desert

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2016 in Animals, Cattle, Sheep

 

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Equinox sunset

Squaw Mt. sunset equinox

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2016 in Nature and Wildlife

 

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The almost Equinox snowwoman

Sharon, Seamus, and Maeve gathering snow

Sharon, Seamus, and Maeve gathering snow

Today, we decided to take advantage of the new snowfall, and build another snowman. Maeve, 7, said that since we had already built a snowman, it was time to build a snowwoman. The snow was stickier than when we built the snowman, so this made the construction easier. Seamus, 9, studied the complexities with the analytical talents he has learned from building Lego structures, and figured out how to make buttons (from my Mom’s vintage button box) work for lips and eyes. Maeve helped me gather up pink and purple accessories.

Girl Power!!!

Girl Power!!!

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2016 in Family, Folks

 

Almost Spring lambs

Pregnant ewes waiting

Pregnant ewes waiting

We have started lambing the purebred ewes at Powder Flat. They are the moms of our future bucks and many replacement ewe lambs, and we lamb them earlier so these lambs will be older when it’s time for them to become working sheep. Our hard-working crew of Peruvian employees are supported by frequent visits from Meghan and her crew.

 

Rambouillet ewe looks after her twins

Rambouillet ewe looks after her twins

Here's looking at ewe.

Here’s looking at ewe.

Tiarnan with a Hampshire lamb

Tiarnan with a Hampshire lamb

Hampshire ewes and lambs hanging out by the heifers

Hampshire ewes and lambs hanging out by the heifers

Tiarnan and Siobhan playing in the corn

Tiarnan and Siobhan playing in the corn

Antonio, Meghan, Siobhan and Oscar

Antonio, Meghan, Siobhan and Oscar

 

 

 

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