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Branding Time

calves in waiting

calves in waiting

Branding season commences. We have most of our baby calves on the ground. We have to pick the right days for branding–after the calves are big enough to not be too stressed, but not so big that they will cause the branding crew too much stress. These calves have reached that “Goldilocks Moment”. In the last few days, we have branded one set of calves on the Home Ranch, and one set of calves in the desert at the Powder Flat Headquarters. We even had a photographer from the Library of Congress, Carol Highsmith, to document the great American branding. As usual, we had child labor on hand.

Nikki roping calves

Nikki roping calves

Mike Buchanan, McCoy and Rhen ready to go to work

Mike Buchanan, McCoy and Rhen ready to go to work

Cow and calf--at the ready

Cow and calf–at the ready

Rhen and Maura, on the job

Rhen and Mara, on the job

Meanwhile, back at the Powder Flat Ranch...

Meanwhile, back at the Powder Flat Ranch…

Nikki holding the calg

Nikki holding the calf

Mike, Megan and Jill wrestling a calf

Nikki, Megan, Mike Pierce and Jill wrestling a calf

Eamon with the irons

Eamon with the irons

Mike B. and Mike P. branding a calf with help from Kate

Mike B. and Mike P. branding a calf with help from Kate

Caro taking pictures of Mike B.

Carol taking pictures of Mike B.

 

Carol with cows

Carol with the cows

 

 

 
 

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Greater Sage Flamingo

The rare Greater Sage Flamingo was spotted nesting at the Cowboy Inn in Baggs, Wyoming.

The rare Greater Sage Flamingo was spotted nesting at the Cowboy Inn in Baggs, Wyoming.

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Nature and Wildlife

 

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Cottonwood: Ladies in waiting

ewes in the drop pen

ewes in the drop pen

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2016 in Animals, Sheep

 

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Surprise!

six males, two females

six males, two females

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2016 in Animals, Dogs

 

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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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Shearing 2016–It begins

waiting for the shearers on Cottonwood Creek

waiting for the shearers on Cottonwood Creek

Shearing the sheep is one of the most essential tasks that is accomplished all year. It is also one of the most uncertain. It is critical for the health of the sheep, the success of the lambing, and the impact on our bottom line, as we sell the wool to be made into natural, non-oil-based fabric. Shearing, next to the weather, is the part of the business that we have the least control over. The shearing contractors are dependent on the Department of Labor processing their visa applications in a timely manner, since most shearers are from New Zealand and other foreign lands. Shearing is a highly paid skill, but not enough American workers are available to fulfill the need. Each year, the arrival of the shearing crew is more uncertain. We were glad this year when our crew arrived after only a few predictable and unpredictable delays. The early lambers have been sheared and are lambing away. Now, after a few more days’ weather delay (rain, snow, high winds), we plan to shear the “main line”.

Ciro shearing first ewe

Shearing first ewe

unshorn ewes in shed

Unshorn ewes following the guard dog into the pen

Maura helping out

Maura helping out

McCoy and Pepe brining up the ewes

McCoy, Meghan, and Pepe bringing up the ewes

Pepe--volleyball fan

Pepe–volleyball fan

 

 

careful shearers

careful shearers

shorn ewes heading out the door

shorn ewes heading out the door

lined up for lunch

 

 

 

 

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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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