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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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Under I80 and over the UP Line

leaving the Red Desert

leaving the Red Desert

All three bunches of sheep which wintered on the Red Desert have now crossed under Interstate 80, over the Union Pacific railroad overpass, and across Rodewald’s pasture. The early lambers are at the lambing sheds north of Dixon. They were to be shorn in the last couple of days, but the neighbor enticed the crew, by means of a pistol and a tractor, to shear his sheep  first. After last year’s experience of lambing in the wool, we are most anxious to get on with shearing. Meanwhile, the second and third bunches are in the Badwater Pasture, also awaiting the shearers. They will soon trail on through the Atlantic Rim to the Cottonwood lambing grounds. Here’s some photos of leaving the Red Desert.

Leo heading south

Leo heading south

trucks above, sheep below

trucks above, sheep below

crossing the railroad

crossing the railroad

almost to Rodewald's gate

almost to Rodewald’s gate

 
 

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The first colt of the season

Dirte and her new colt

Dirte and her new colt

The weather is still trying to make up its mind. Is it Still Winter? Almost Spring? Spring? But Eamon’s mare Dirte made up her mind that it was time to deliver her colt. We still haven’t gotten close enough to determine whether it is a filly or a horse colt. The trees are trying to decide if it is safe to send out buds. In the meantime, the calves, lambs and colts are making their appearance. It must be spring!

 

Waiting for the green

Waiting for the green

cows with their new calves in the Big Meadow

cows with their new calves in the Big Meadow

 

Dirte and colt running

 
 

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Beware the Ides of April

snow in April

 
 

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Moving Filomeno’s camp into Badwater

Meghan ad Pat moving camp

Meghan and Pat moving camp,   Atlantic Rim on the horizon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The first sheep head south

The sheep are ready to leave winter pasture on the Red Desert

The sheep are ready to leave winter pasture on the Red Desert

We have to flag as the sheep enter the highway

We have to flag as the sheep enter the highway

Today, the first band of ewes headed south, under Interstate 80 at Creston Junction, and over the Union Pacific line on Wyoming Highway 789. After a hard winter on the Red Desert, they are going to greening pastures. The other two bands which wintered on the Red Desert will follow in a couple of weeks as they travel to Badwater for shearing and Cottonwood for lambing.

crossing under I80, in the rear view mirror

crossing under I80, in the rear view mirror

sheep heading down from the Union Pacific overpass

sheep heading down from the Union Pacific overpass

The traffic was backed up as it waited for the sheep to pass over the narrow bridge.

The traffic was backed up as it waited for the sheep to pass over the narrow bridge.

heading for the gate

Filomeno heading for the gate

through the gate into Rodewald's pasture

through the gate into Rodewald’s pasture

Most of the Livestock Guardian Dogs rode in the truck--after various escape attempts

Most of the Livestock Guardian Dogs rode in the truck–after various escape attempts

Meghan and Pepe with multiple dogs

Meghan and Pepe with multiple dogs

 

 

 

 

 

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The King of the Ranch

Rhen in charge

Rhen in charge

 

So today, an interviewer from the Department of Interior came to the ranch. He is charged with collecting views on public land grazing. He even interviewed Rhen, 3.

Interviewer: “What’s your favorite thing on the ranch?”

Rhen: “Riding horses”

Interviewer: “What’s the most important thing on the ranch?”

Rhen: “Well, if Grandpa is at a meeting, and my Dad is at a meeting, and my Mom is at work, I’m the King of the Ranch!”

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2016 in Family, Folks

 

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