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Winter lilacs

Sunset

 

Lilac blooms will come

Lush, fragrant, heralding spring…

Now red with sunset.

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2018 in Nature and Wildlife, Poetry

 

Cows on the Laramie Plains

 

 

Many of us may not think of Laramie as the ideal wintering grounds, but for our cows, it is…Laradise!

Laradise

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2018 in Animals, Cattle

 

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What goes in must come out

The bucks have finished their winter work.

 

It’s a buck’s life. These boys only work six weeks a year, but it’s an important six weeks. Without them, we would have no baby lambs in the spring. Of course, it falls to the ewes to be pregnant for five months, and then to spend another five months or so raising lambs.

As for the bucks, they are ready for some rest. In a few weeks, they start looking for something to do, which usually involves trying to escape wherever we want them to be. They were glad to see the ewes on Cyclone Rim in mid-December, but now it’s time for them to leave the ewes and return to their bachelor ways. They go home the same way they left–one horsetrailer at a time.

Guillermo, Tiarnan, McCoy, Rhen and Seamus bringing the bucks up

up the chute

Oscar and Guillermo loading the trailer

Oscar and Guillermo and the loaded trailer

last buck jumping out

Home at last! Here are the bucks with fresh hay in the Mouse Pasture.

 

 
 

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