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Powder Flat in winter

Powder Flat headquarters

Powder Flat headquarters

We have good and plenty of snow at our Powder Flat headquarters, where we winter both cattle and sheep. Soon we will be lambing here, so that our one set of twin lambs will have some company. We are glad to see some sunny and relatively warm days.

heifers in snow at Powder Flat

Heifers enjoying hay and sun

Hampshire ewes

Hampshire ewes

Guard dogs playing

Guard dogs playing

Like a finch on a post...

Like a finch on a post…

enjoying the weather

enjoying the weather

Ewes thinking about lambing

Ewes thinking about lambing

scene at Powder Flat

scene at Powder Flat

Frost sparkles on tractor tracks

Frost sparkles on tractor tracks

Tiarnan

Tiarnan

 

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Fire

Tank fire

Tank fire

Today, Eamon and Pat drove past the Powder Wash oilfield camp just as a fire broke out. First, they heard an explosion, then flames leaped up. The fire was put out without injury to anyone.

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2016 in Events

 

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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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The snowman sees his shadow

Six more weeks of winter...at least!

Six more weeks of winter…at least!

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2016 in Events, Nature and Wildlife

 

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It begins

 

Unexpected, but welcome!

Unexpected, but welcome!

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2016 in Animals, Sheep

 

Cyclone Rim: Important Bird Area

corn-fed birds

corn-fed birds (Horned Larks, according to our friend Brian Rutledge)

We feed corn to our sheep on the Red Desert from the time we put the bucks in, in mid-December, until at least the end of January, when the ewes have had two heat cycles to get bred. In late January (now) we assess the winter and either order more corn (if the snow is deep) or not (if the desert is open and the natural feed looks good). Even though we are buried in snow in the mountains, conditions on the desert are good, with just enough snow and lots of available grass.  We find that we are also supporting the bird population, who are very happy to help out with the consumption of the corn!

Pepe and Pat at Cyclone Riim

Pepe and Pat at Cyclone Rim

Guard Dog puppies waiting for a job

Guard Dog puppies waiting for a job

a feast

a feast

 

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2016 in Animals, Dogs, Folks, Nature and Wildlife

 

Frosty the Snowman

Rhen contemplating the snow

Rhen contemplating the snow

 

 

 

We decided to build the first snowman of the season. The snow was soft and powdery–great for skiing, but not ideal for snowman building. Still, after a lot of rolling and patting, our snowman is somewhat respectable.

Megan, Rhen and McCoy with snowman and Marley

Megan, Maeve, Rhen and McCoy with snowman and Marley

Which one of these is not like the others? (Hint: not dressed for winter!)

Which one of these is not like the others? (Hint: not dressed for winter!)

 

 

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2016 in Events, Family, Folks, Nature and Wildlife

 

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