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working ahead of the storm

18 Nov
Bringing the ewes up the chute

Bringing the ewes up the chute

 

We are on the trail, headed for winter pastures on the Red Desert. Most of the ewes are at the Badwater Pasture, about 100 miles north of our summer country, and 40 or 50 miles from the Cyclone Rim and Chain Lakes allotments, where they winter. These are the yearling ewes, who are getting a fresh brand and a squirt of insecticide to ensure good health.  It was a windy day, with a winter storm predicted. We were working hard to finish so that we could all hunker down. It did snow some, but the storm went to the north. We are waiting for some snow on the ground so that we can trail on to the Red Desert. We don’t have much live water there, and the sheep depend on eating snow. We pray for some storms–just not big ones!

the yearling ewes

the yearling ewes

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showing off their fresh brands

Pepe and Meghan, hard at work

Pepe and Meghan, hard at work

Walter jumping the fence

Walter jumping the fence

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Maria is hanging out with the bucks

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Maria is hanging out with the bucks

 
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