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In Like a Lion

ewes in front of drift

Ewes eating hay on the Red Desert

 

March is here, but still thinks it’s winter. Lander Lil (Wyoming’s version of Puxatawny Phil) definitely saw her shadow, maybe two shadows on Prairie Dog Day. All our sheep are close to the Red Desert winter camp. Usually, they are separated by many miles on our winter BLM grazing permits. This year, we asked for an emergency declaration so that they can stay close to the corn and hay which is sustaining them. Most years, we only give corn until about February 1st, when most of the ewes have been bred. This year, we see no end in sight, although we are hopeful. We, the sheepherders and the sheep are all happier when they are out walking around and grazing. In the meantime, we bring feed in on the one plowed road into the permit.

two camps on the Red Desert_edited-1

Winter quarters

unloading hay at Chain Lakes

Unloading hay

Oscar ands Tiarnan unloading hay

Oscar and Tiarnan with the stack

 

Tiarnan on haystack

Oscar loading bucks

Oscar loading the bucks

 

door of sheep wagon_edited-2            Home Sweet Home

Border collie in winter

Border collie looking for work

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2019 in Events