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the calf at the end of the rainbow

Eamon sorting calves for shipping

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2017 in Animals, Cattle, Family, Folks

 

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New babies at Powder Flat

Coco and her filly--a half sister to Dirte's new colt

Coco and her filly–a half sister to Dirte’s new colt

 

 

Meanwhile, back at the Powder Flat ranch…new babies keep arriving. They gladden the heart!

heifers and calves at Powder Flat

heifers and calves at Powder Flat

 

Pat with the heifers and ewes

Pat with the heifers and ewes

lambs snacking on alfalfa

lambs snacking on alfalfa

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2016 in Animals, Cattle, Family, Folks, Horses, Sheep

 

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Easter baby

Ben shaves the heifer

Ben shaves the cow

 

Today, Easter Eve, Chad found a prolapsed very pregnant cow. We called the local vet, Ben Noland, who came up to help. After assessing the situation, he recommended a cesarean section in an attempt to save both calf and cow. Ben and his wife Hallie, also a vet, recently opened the Sage Veterinary Clinic near Baggs, and we are really happy to have them in the community. We have a happy ending, so far.

 

 

 

 

Ben scrubbing the incision site

Ben scrubbing the incision site

the incision

the incision

Chad and the peanut gallery: Maura, Maeve and Tiarnan

Chad and the peanut gallery: Maura, Maeve and
Tiarnan

Ben and Chad draw out the calf.

Ben and Chad draw out the calf.

Chad tickles the calf's nose so she will breathe.

Chad tickles the calf’s nose so she will breathe.

My coat goes to a good cause

My coat goes to a good cause

Ben stitches the incision back together

Ben putting the innards back together

the stitches

the stitches

Easter Eve after the birth

Easter Eve after the birth

 

 
 

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Dog paddle, calf paddle

Chica bringing a calf across the Little Snake

Chica bringing a calf across the Little Snake

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2015 in Animals, Cattle, Dogs

 

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Springtime reflections

Bulls and Sandhilll cranes by Battle Creek

Bulls and Sandhilll cranes by Battle Creek

Blue Heron in flight

Blue Heron in flight

Heron at sunset

 

Cows in the Lemmons Place, Sheep Mountain

Cows in the Lemmons Place, Sheep Mountain

 

A new calf sporting a new eartag

A new calf sporting a new eartag

Young bull in the willows

Young bull in the willows

Old fence in the Big Meadow

Old fence in the Big Meadow

Willow reflected

Willow reflected

 

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2014 in Animals, Cattle, Events, Nature and Wildlife

 

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Hereford baby

Another baby on the ground

Another baby on the ground

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2014 in Animals, Cattle

 

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Spring Work

Sunset

Sunset over Flattop and Squaw Mountain

It always feels like we dive down the rabbit hole on about April 15th, and don’t come out until after the Fourth of July.  By mid-April, we were well into calving, and getting set to trail the ewes south from their Red Desert wintering grounds.  Since they start lambing around May 8th, it is important for them to be sheared before then.  We also need to fit in several brandings for the calves.

This year has been especially challenging because we are very short-handed.  For an unknown and possibly unsolvable reason, the American Embassy in Lima, Peru, turned down two of the herders we were counting on for lambing, including our longest term employee, Oscar Payano.

We were a little late getting on the trail with the sheep because two major storms “blew out” the sheep, meaning that the wind blew so hard that the sheep just walked before the storm and scattered over many miles.  Twice they mixed with a neighboring band of sheep.  This all had to be sorted out before we could start the 90-mile trail to the lambing grounds.  It did give us snow to trail on, since most of the reservoirs were dry.  (Sheep can survive by eating snow in lieu of fresh water.)

We also had the adventure of working with a new sheep shearer.  Our old shearing contractor, Rod, sold his business and retired to New Zealand with his wife, three-year-old daughter and newborn twin sons.  The new shearer proved to be less than ideal during the 2012 shearing (conscientious, but slow).  For this season, Meghan engaged a reputable shearer, but that crew also ran late due to the April storms.

In the meantime, we shanghaied our in-laws and recruited our friends and neighbors so that we could raise branding crews.

The excellent news is that we have been gifted with timely spring rains–not too cold, not too stormy.  The grass is growing and life is good (except for the absence of Oscar).

McCoy, Peanut and Peanut

McCoy, Peanut and Eamon

Maria. 17 ,months old, nursing

Maria. 17 ,months old, nursing

Maeve with Daisy's colt

Maeve with Daisy’s colt

Dot and Salomon

Dot and Salomon

horses on the feed line

horses on the feed line

Maeve, Tiarnan and Filo, with twin lambs

Maeve, Tiarnan and Filo, with twin lambs

Raelyn with kissing lambs

Raelyn with kissing lambs

Baldie cow with black ca

Baldie cow with black calf

 

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