Sagebrush humped under
albino buffalo robes–
Waiting out winter.
Lilac blooms will come
Lush, fragrant, heralding spring…
Now red with sunset.
Many of us may not think of Laramie as the ideal wintering grounds, but for our cows, it is…Laradise!
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.