North to better pastures

16 Jan

ready to leave LaClede

Our decision to move most of the ewes north was not an easy one. We have never not kept them (relatively) close to home on desert sagebrush steppe grazing permits. Last February, our sheep were trapped by bad weather and roads. When this winter started early and hard, we bought extra feed and hauled it to them daily, hoping for a thaw. We did not have back-to-back blizzards like last February, but it has just kept snowing and getting colder. Eamon found sugar beets which had frozen in the ground in the Big Horn Basin. After lots of phone calls and planning, we started loading ewes, and rams, on trucks and moving them to beet fields and crop aftermath in the north part of the state. Most of them had never seen a truck.

morning wagons

Meghan bringing them up



northward bound

Pat and Pepe at Cyclone Rim

unloading the trucks in the dark

the next day

where’s the beets?

the first day of the rest of the winter



Posted by on January 16, 2020 in Animals, Dogs, Family, Folks, Peruvian sheepherders, Sheep


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4 responses to “North to better pastures

  1. Paula Milby

    January 17, 2020 at 5:26 AM

    Even if they don’t know where they are, I’ll bet they’re glad to see earth instead of snow. Best of luck to you.

  2. ellie kennedy

    January 17, 2020 at 7:51 AM

    How many head di you move by trucks? How many miles did you truck them?

  3. jennifer

    January 17, 2020 at 10:43 AM

    you have an awesome responsibility for those sheep. I sure hope it works out. thank you for taking good care of them.

  4. Martha Kennedy

    January 17, 2020 at 3:33 PM

    I love it up there. I hope it turns out well for the sheep.


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