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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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Posted by on October 12, 2014 in Animals, Sheep

 

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Views from the Battle Creek Overlook

Looking southeast toward the Zirkles

Looking southeast toward the Zirkles

Along Wyoming Highway 70 between Encampment and Savery, the Battle Creek Overlook provides a spectacular place to view the mountains. Just west of the Sandstone Ranger Station in the Medicine Bow National Forest is a paved road heading south. In a half mile or so, the Overlook is right off the road. The highway passed by here until the great slide in 2010.

Bears Ears from the Overlook

Bears Ears from the Overlook

Those are our sheep along Battle Creek

Those are our sheep along Battle Creek

 

 

 

Orange aspen grove above Haggerty Creek

Orange aspen grove above Haggerty Creek

View to the south

View to the south

Battle Mountain through the oak brush

Battle Mountain through the oak brush

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2014 in Events, Nature and Wildlife

 

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Geri and the bucks

Each fall, we check the buck sheep for fertility and general health. Luckily, we have Geri Parsons of Optimal Livestock Services to provide her expertise. We intimately examine each and every mature ram that we have on hand to determine his worthiness to hang out with the ladies in December. Look at how green the alfalfa field is below Battle Mountain.

Tim and Jedidiah checking a ram

Tim and Jedidiah checking a ram

McCoy bringing the rams up the chute

McCoy bringing the rams up the chute

McCoy tugging on the pulley rope

McCoy tugging on the pulley rope

Tim, Jedidiah and Hallie check out the ram

Tim, Jedidiah and Halli check out the ram

Geri teaching Sadie how to check semen under the microscope

Geri teaching Sadie how to check semen under the microscope

Up the chute

Up the chute

Who ya gonna call?

Who ya gonna call?

 

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Aunt Halli’s babysitting techniques

Aunt Halli roping the children

Aunt Halli roping the children

Halli looking to keep the kids under control

Halli looking to keep the kids under control

Halli's got the kids lassoed--but looks like Rhen is getting away!

Halli’s got the kids lassoed–but looks like Rhen is getting away!

Aunt Halli came to help watch the kids while Megan and Eamon traveled to Washington D.C. for an American Farmland Trust Board meeting.

Good thing she can rope!

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2014 in Events, Family, Folks, Folks who help us out

 

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Gathering cows off the Med Bow

cows not wanting to leave the Forest

and we have to leave the Forest because???

October 1st is our off date for the cows on the Medicine Bow National Forest grazing allotment. We have had a blessedly wet summer, so we are leaving plenty of feed behind. The days have been warm, so the cows see no reason to leave to Forest. Still, we have to gather them and trail them into Sheep Mountain, our contiguous private land pasture. Good grass awaits them there. The next project is to work the cows and calves.

 

Eamon waiting for Fancy to grab breakfast before we head out

Eamon waiting for Fancy to grab breakfast before we head out

Randy, the Shanghaied range rider

Randy, the Shanghaied range rider

the last of the salt lick

the last of the salt licks

Peanut was also salt hungry

Peanut was also salt hungry

Fancy grabbing lunch

Fancy grabbing lunch

Val, the Borgie (Corgie/Border collie cross) brings up the cows

Val, the Borgie (Corgie/Border collie cross) brings up the cows

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gather those cows!

It’s time to gather the cows from their summer grazing grounds on the Forest. Rhen is getting the crew organized.

Rhen organizing the cattle gathering crew

Rhen organizing the cattle gathering crew

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2014 in Animals, Family, Folks, Horses

 

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Fall haying

It’s been a wet summer. That is a blessed event all around, except for the delay in getting the hay up. Still, we’re grateful that we have a bumper crop of hay, after two hard years of drought. In mid-September, we’re still haying, trying to get ahead of the next rains.

Cutting hay in the Upper Smylie

Cutting hay in the Upper Smylie

windrows along Battle Creek

windrows along Battle Creek

Making the big round bales

Making the big round bales

Eamon cleaning the baler

Eamon cleaning the baler

Cows checking out next winter's feed in Don's Meadow

Cows checking out next winter’s feed in Don’s Meadow

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2014 in Events, Family

 

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