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Ready to brand

Bringing in the cows and calves


It finally stopped raining long enough to allow us to brand some calves. Clouds were threatening, but with lots of good help, we got through them. They were, as my Dad used to say, “Big enough to get ahold of.”



cows checking the clouds

Eamon watching Jeff chase the errant cow

Jeff bringing her in

Jeff and Mike watching the calves


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Shearing 2019

ready for the shearers



heading up the chute

Alejandro helping ewes up the chute

bucks ready for a fleecing

shearing with skill


down the ramp

Ten pounds lighter!

shorn sheep


Cora with wool packer

wool ready to pack

Oscar and Meghan

Pepe processing ewes

all hands and the cook




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Calving in the Desert

desert calviing

photo by Eamon O’Toole


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Posted by on April 19, 2019 in Events


Horses heading for the meadow

horses coming down road


Posted by on April 6, 2019 in Events


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.

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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


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Border collie in winter

Border collie looking for work





Posted by on March 4, 2019 in Events



sunirse with the cookhouse bell

the big kids’ table at Thanksgiving

sunrise over Flattop and Lucky Butte

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Posted by on November 22, 2018 in Events, Family, Folks, Nature and Wildlife


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Fall Gather

Bringing the cows and calves home



In the fall, the cows and calves are gathered into private pastures near the Home Ranch. They have spent the summer months grazing on National Forest permits. It takes several “back rides” to make sure that all the critters have come down from the summering ground, and we collect them into pastures where they can graze and hang out until it is time to sort them. Here are some views of our family, friends and employees moving cows and calves closer to home. Soon it will be time to load the calves onto trucks to their new homes, and the cows onto trucks to go to winter pastures and cornfields where they will ruminate and gestate until spring.

The cows and the sheep have been sharing the Sheep Mountain pasture.

Trailing past the sheep camp.

Avencio and the sheep are staying behind.

Heading past the reservoir

trailing along the ditch

a ewe and lamb came along

crossing the Little Snake River bridge

Will and Micah heading for the gate

Eamon counting cows through the gate

the fishermen were not disturbed


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