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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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This fall when the work’s all done…

Cows and calves in the Lower Meadow

Cows and calves in the Lower Meadow

It’s that time of year when we bring in the livestock–the cows and calves, the ewes and lambs–the time when we finish our summer’s work and prepare for the winter season. We sell most of the calves, and send many  of the cows to less snowy pastures for the winter. Some of the cows will go to our friends’ ranch near Laramie (where the snow is horizontal rather than vertical), Some will go to Nebraska. This means we bring them all in to the Home Ranch, work them, and load some of them on trucks.

First, we need horses

First, we need horses

Ready to bring them in

Ready to bring them in

And we need a crew--Eamon

And we need a crew–Eamon

Meghan and Peruanito

Meghan and Peruanito

Siobhan and Taylor

Siobhan and Taylor

McCoy checking things out

McCoy checking things out

Rhen on the job

Rhen on the job

Megan and Jeff

Megan and Jeff

 

Our neighbor John may be a belts and suspenders kind-of-guy

Our neighbor John may be a belts and suspenders kind-of-guy

calf on the lookout

calf on the lookout

ready to load

ready to load

Rhen supervising the truck

Rhen supervising the truck

Eamon watching the calves

Eamon watching the calves

 

 

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No Bull!

Cows gather at the Elephant corrals

Cows gather at the Elephant corrals

 

 

Each June, we artificially inseminate a selected group of cows to famous bulls–or at least their “on ice” reproductive avatars.

Crew at the ready

Crew at the ready

 

Thanks to Eamon’s crew, including his cowhand sidekicks Jeff (his father-in-law), Mike and Karen Buchanan (who have returned to cow work after retiring), intrepid ranchhand Brittany, and Eamon’s wife, Megan (on-site medic). The AI crew included his sister-in-law, Halli. And not to be forgotten is his mother-in-law, Georgia, who wrangled McCoy, 4, and Rhen, 2.

cow in chute

so WHERE’S the bull???

Oh wait--it's Alan!

Oh wait–it’s Adam!

Megan from the AI crew (left) and Megan from the Ladder crew (right)

Megan from the AI crew (left) and Megan from the Ladder crew (right)

feeling pregnant

feeling pregnant

McCoy

the real McCoy

Georgia with Rhen

Georgia on the job with Rhen (dirty job but somebody has to do it!)

 

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Lambs off to the feedlot

Lambs, ready to laod

Lambs, ready to load

It’s time to load the lambs onto semis so they can go off to the feedlot in Pine Bluffs, Wyoming. They will spend a few months there eating locally grown corn, and gaining around fifty pounds. It is sort of like going on a cruise, only without the tugboats and humidity. Richard Drake will look out for them and determine when they are ready to become lamb chops. It makes for noisy nights around our headquarters, since we separate the lambs from the ewes the night before they load onto the trucks. It is less stress for both lambs and truckers if they are “empty”–off feed and water–when they load. When they arrive at the feedlot, Richard is ready with plenty of feed, water and good conditions so the lambs will thrive. The ewes call for a day or so. My Dad always said that it is so the other ewes will know they are good mothers. The ewes then settle down, and get ready for the winter months.

McCoy surveys the lambs in the corrals

McCoy surveys the lambs in the corrals

lambs heading for the semi

lambs heading for the semi

Pat pushing lambs with a flag

Pat pushing lambs with a flag

Lambs and horses

Lambs and horses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eamon, Jeff, Rhen, lambs

Eamon, Jeff and Rhen bringing them up

Siobhan, Rhen and Seamus providing child labor

Siobhan, Rhen and Seamus providing child labor

Rhen and Jeff

Grandpa Jeff Stocklin and Rhen supervise the operation

Yanush on the job

Yanush on the job

Sorted, inspected, loaded, and ready to roll.

Sorted, inspected, loaded, and ready to roll.

 
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Summer Love: A.I. for the cows

 

Cows waiting in the Elephant Corrals

Cows waiting in the Elephant Corrals

Not all of our cows find Mr. Right Bull in their forest pastures in the summer months. Some of them meet Mr. Artificial Inseminator just before they trek to the National Forest grazing permits. After studying the bull catalogs and deciding on the future fathers of many of next year’s calves, Eamon orders semen and sets the wheels in motion.The process is complicated, but the day arrives, and the AI crew  arrives, and the chosen cows are ready to conceive. This allows us to use better quality bulls than we can afford to buy, and means that we don’t need to keep as many live bulls on hand throughout the year. The bulls aren’t too disappointed though. They go to the Forest with the cows, and breed those who didn’t conceive or are in the natural breeding group.

The AI techs prepare the semen

The AI techs prepare the semen

This is romantic? No bull!

This is romantic? No bull!

McCoy and Eamon working the chute

McCoy and Eamon working the chute

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family labor:  Georgia, Jim, Rhen and Jeff

Family labor: Georgia, Jim, Rhen and Jeff

McCoy and Megan bringing up the cows

McCoy and Megan bringing up the cows

The bull team

The bull team

Ready to ride

Ready to ride

 

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