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Tiarnan bonding with the guard dog

the dynamic duo

the dynamic duo

 
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Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Animals, Dogs, Family, Folks

 

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more of Still Winter

Icicle and Battle Mountain

Icicle and Battle Mountain

I spoke too soon when I said the winter was just about right, and that we wouldn’t need more additional feed on the Red Desert. We have since had lots of snow and wind. In the mountains, where we live, we have had LOTS of snow. On the Red Desert, where most of the sheep are wintering, we’ve had snow and wind. This is usually a good combination, since the wind  opens up the underlying grasses, but this year we’ve had enough snow to cover up the feed.  At the Home Ranch, we’ve had enough snow that the tractors have been getting stuck, making it hard to feed the cows. Today, Eamon hauled extra feed to the ewes, and we’ve had folks in to unstick the tractors. All the animals have been fed, thanks to lots of time of effort on the part of family and valued employees.

Sheep Mountain

Sheep Mountain

Guard dog looking out for elk

Guard dog looking out for elk

feeding the Central Boiler

feeding the Central Boiler

You can see where the elk have been lovin' our haystack!

You can see where the elk have been lovin’ our haystack!

summer wagons under snow

summer wagons under snow

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2016 in Dogs, Events, Nature and Wildlife

 

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Winter Work

cows with hay feeder

Cows following the hay feeder

We now swing toward the winter solstice.  Days grow shorter and nights grow longer. The time for caring for livestock is well and truly upon us. The cows need sustenance to nurture the calves growing within them. For the ewes and rams, it’s the breeding season, and good nutrition is essential. All of us–man and beast, domestic and wild–are hunkered down and hoping for a “just right” winter. We need snow, but not too much. We need wind, but not too much. We need sun and grass and corn. We will rejoice when the world turns and the days grow longer.

The cows grazing at the Powder Flat headquarters

The cows grazing at the Powder Flat headquarters

McCoy chopping ice for the cows

McCoy chopping ice for the cows

 

Mcoy striking a blow while Marley and Belle watch

McCoy striking a blow while Marley and Belle watch

winter cows

winter cows

ewes near Ace in the Hole

ewes near Ace in the Hole

Romance is in the air

Romance is in the air

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2015 in Animals, Cattle, Dogs, Family, Folks, Sheep

 

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Guard Dog on the job

Hard at work

Hard at work

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2014 in Animals, Sheep

 

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Sorting the guard dog

sorting the guard do

sorting the guard dog

 

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2013 in Animals, Sheep

 

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