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About Ladder Ranch

I am a rancher and writer who lives in Wyoming

Doings at Chain Lakes

Scott, Pat and Matt at the #2 Well at Chains Lakes

 

We lease grazing from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department on their Chain Lakes Wildlife Habitat Management Area northeast of Wamsutter. It is a wonderful area, with healthy rangeland. Part of our lease is an agreement to maintain historic water developments to benefit both wildlife and livestock. Here we are with Scott from Pronghorn Pumps and Matt from the Game and Fish, making plans to repair this long-time watering site.

British Petroleum is drilling new oil and gas wells on the same landscape.

 
 

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Solar Well

Heifers watering at Powder Flat

 

 

Sunshine does the work
Drawing up ancient water
Slaking heifers’ thirst

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2018 in Animals, Cattle, Poetry

 

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Open winter

Today on the Red Desert
photo by Oscar Payano

 

Almost out of snow,
Last summer’s grass gives nurture,
Corn–but no water.

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2018 in Poetry, Sheep

 

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Sun rising

Sunrise over Flattop

St. Francis and Sheep Mountain

winter

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2018 in Events

 

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In Winter

sheep and llamas in Cow Pasture Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2018 in Animals, Cattle, Llamas, Poetry, Sheep

 

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Guard dog and puppies

taking a break from guarding the sheep

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2018 in Animals, Dogs

 

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Jumping for joy

ram heading for work

The rams hang around for ten and a half months, waiting for the day when they are called to go to work, fathering lambs for the next season. We put the bucks in over a period of days and weeks. We figure that the first bucks to go in with the ewes are getting tired, so we send reinforcements. They sometimes resent being worked through the chutes, but are happy to jump out of the trailers to join the ladies. When we were loading them, I said, “Hop in boys–all the corn you can eat.” Meghan said, “All the ladies you can breed!” I added, “…and all the wind you can tolerate.” Such is the life of a buck in the winter.

through the chute

Siobhan and Sadie facing a reluctant ram

Avencio

guard dog on the job

guard dog watching his ewes

Avencio, Pat and Oscar

Guillermo and Pat

Leo

Oscar with the dogs jumping for joy

on his way!

Oscar too!

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2017 in Dogs, Family, Folks, Horses, Peruvian sheepherders, Sheep

 

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