Safe and sound, but still snowy

16 Feb

hanging out on the snowdrift

The sheep, herders, dogs, and horses are all safe and sound on our hay meadows near Dixon. All the grass is still buried under snow, but we can get to them with feed every day, and bring alfalfa and cake to them (except when the highways are closed, which is pretty often). It took several more days to ferry all the sheepwagons, panels and other equipment off the Red Desert and to the Dixon ranch headquarters. It continues to be especially brutal in the area we evacuated the sheep from, on the Chain Lakes allotment. Hay prices are high due to demand from impacted livestock producers and state game agencies. These historic winter conditions stretch through northern Nevada, Utah, northwestern Colorado and southern Wyoming. Wyoming’s Governor Gordon has declared an emergency. Spring still looks like a long ways away!

sheep on the plowed lot

guard dog still on the job

ewes, drifts and Muddy Mountain


Posted by on February 16, 2023 in Animals, Dogs, Sheep


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2 responses to “Safe and sound, but still snowy

  1. Martha Kennedy

    March 4, 2023 at 11:41 AM

    I’m so glad you got everyone home safe and sound.

  2. thecrazysheeplady

    March 6, 2023 at 7:08 AM

    I really enjoy your posts. Thanks for sharing!


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