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Battle Creek structures

rock structure in Battle Creek

rock structure in Battle Creek

We have worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife program to improve the habitat for fish in Battle Creek. The structures, which are engineered to guide the flow of the creek through high water and low, and to prevent erosion. The structures also help with our flood irrigation system which also provides habitat for birds and other wildlife.

waterfall

waterfall

Confluence of Battle Creek and the Little Snake River

Confluence of Battle Creek and the Little Snake River

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2015 in Nature and Wildlife

 

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New Year’s Day at Powder Flat

Winter cows at Powder Flat

Winter cows at Powder Flat

Pat and I celebrated New Year’s Day by visiting our employees, cows, horses, dogs and birds at Powder Flat (the sheep were a little father out). We could do this because we spent New Year’s Eve partying hardy with Pat’s Mom Marie, 98; Maeve, 8, McCoy, 4; and Rhen, 2. The cows are enjoying the bounty brought by last summer’s rain. They are still grazing, and looking fat and happy in spite of a couple of 30 below nights. We also admired two–count ’em two, litters of Livestock Guardian Dog puppies–seven each. That means puppies for sale! We also visited with last summer’s colts and a lot of birds who are enjoying the corn and hay.

Antonio and Tiarnan check out guardian litter number one

Antonio and Tiarnan check out guardian litter number one

Four noses:  Tiarnan, Antonio, guardian dog Mom, pups--litter 2

Four noses:                                                                      Tiarnan, Antonio, guardian dog Mom, pups–litter two

Antonio, Pat, Oscar, Tiarnan and Eduardo at Powder Flat

Antonio, Pat, Oscar, Tiarnan and Eduardo at Powder Flat

Mother and child reunion

Mother and child reunion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Future cavvy

Future cavvy

Birds of a feather

Birds of a feather

 

 

 

Battle Mountain and Baker's Peak from the west

Battle Mountain and Baker’s Peak from the west

 

 

 

Baker's Peak and Mount Oliphant

Baker’s Peak and Mount Oliphant

Winter grazing at Powder Flat

Winter grazing at Powder Flat

Powder Flat headquarters with Powder Mountain to the north

Powder Flat headquarters with Powder Mountain to the north

 

And on the way  home--the ones that got away, from the hunters

And on the way home–the ones that got away, from the hunters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grandkids, 4-H steers and the pregnant cows

We never forget what a privilege it is to be raising children alongside our cows, sheep, horses, dogs, llamas, etc.  Today, the three “big kids” (8, 6, and 4) went out to work with Siobhan’s 4-H steers, check the cows who are about to calve, and just play in the slush and snow.

Siobhan with Salt and Pepper (Sal y Pimiento), her 4-H steers

Siobhan with Salt and Pepper (Sal y Pimiento), her 4-H steers

Salt, at rest in high value hay

Salt, at rest in high value hay

Seamus, Siobhan and Maeve--checking the pregnant cows

Seamus, Siobhan and Maeve–checking the pregnant cows

Pregnant cows in the Big Meadow

Pregnant cows in the Big Meadow

moving the remuda

moving the remuda

Seamus, Siobhan and Maeve in the playhouse

Seamus, Siobhan and Maeve in the playhouse

birds of a feather

birds of a feather

"Granda, listen!"  Birder friends--what are these?

“Grandma, listen!” Birder friends–what are these?

Bridget--ready to check to pregnant cows

Bridget–ready to check to pregnant cows

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2013 in Animals, Cattle, Family

 

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Images from the winter solstice

happy as pigs in slop

happy as pigs in slop

Eamon and Pat in winter

Eamon and Pat in winter

Siobhan, Maeve and McCoy with Salt and Pepper--Siobhan's 4-H steers

Siobhan, Maeve and McCoy with Salt and Pepper–Siobhan’s 4-H steers

Squaw Mountain with flag

Ladder heifers

Squaw Mt, bales, flag

Squaw Mountain with bales

birds of a feather

birds of a feather

almost like partridges in a pear tree

almost like partridges in a pear tree

 
 

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