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Weanin’ time

"Where ARE you?!"

“Where ARE you?!”

 

There’s a whole lotta

bawlin’ goin’ on ‘round here.

Must be weanin’ time.

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2016 in Animals, Cattle

 

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Bringing in the cows

Taylor and Casey bringing in the cows and calves

Taylor and Casey bringing in the cows and calves

 

Fall, and the work is getting done. We’re sorting the cows and calves, and getting ready to ship the steers next week. Rhen couldn’t believe that they could do it without him, so he waited for the cattle to come in, then rode with Aunt Meghan.

Rhen kept an eagle eye, just in case his Dad was behind those cows!

Rhen kept an eagle eye, just in case his Dad was behind those cows!

Meghan on Peruanito

Meghan on Peruanito

they're in!

they’re in!

Rhen's Dad--home at last

Rhen’s Dad–home at last

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2016 in Events

 

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Minnesota Bound

Thinking about lower country

Thinking about lower country

Every fall, we have what we call “the good old ewes.”  These ewes are still sound, but aren’t quite up for another winter on the Red Desert. They are Minnesota bound. Sheep producers around Pipestone can offer them a comfier life at a lower altitude, with more shelter. They will be able to produce lambs and wool for several more years.

Pepe, Edgar and Raylor bringing up the ewes

Pepe, Edgar and Taylor bringing up the ewes

Meghan at the cutting gate

Meghan at the cutting gate

Ned, the brand inspector, and the trucker, loading.

Ned, the brand inspector, and the trucker, loading.

Now underemployed Guard Dog

Now underemployed Guard Dog

Meghan and Ned

Meghan and Ned

Ready to roll

Ready to roll

 

 

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Clouds in fall

Lucky Butte and Squaw Mountain

Lucky Butte and Squaw Mountain

 

We got our first snow at the Home Ranch, and dramatic clouds there and at Powder Flat.

Baker's Peak from the Powder Flat Portal

Baker’s Peak from the Powder Flat Portal

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2016 in Events

 

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Fall Gather

cows-coming-out-of-forest

Leaving the Routt National Forest

 

 

 

It’s that time of year again. It seems like we were just trailing the cows and calves onto the Forest for summer grazing. Our “off-date” has rolled around already. We mustered 19 horses and riders, including the six grandkids, to gather the cattle and bring them down to a lower pasture on private land. The calves are looking nice and chubby, and the cows are looking forward to weaning.

Pat with kid crew

Pat with kid crew

Siobhan on Coco with Cinnamon

Siobhan on Coco with Cinnamon

Cinnamon taking a break

Cinnamon taking a break

Maeve--the stylish cowgirl

Maeve–the stylish cowgirl

Seamus and Dot

Seamus and Dot

Tiarnan and Daisy

Tiarnan and Daisy

Rhen and McCoy on the job

Rhen and McCoy on the job

McCoy, Rhen and Eamon

McCoy, Rhen and Eamon

Peanut contemplating the speed limit

Peanut contemplating the speed limit

Jim, looking for cows

Jim, looking for cows

Eamon has dogs at the ready!

Eamon has dogs at the ready!

 

 

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The trailing of the sheep

Trailing off the Routt National Forest

Trailing off the Routt National Forest

October 1st is the off-date for our National Forest grazing permits–Medicine Bow and Routt; sheep and cattle. Since several herds are involved, we have to stage the trailing, in coordination with our Range Conservationists and neighbors, who are also trailing. Here is one band of ewes and lambs heading down from summer grazing on the Routt. We dodged a couple of fires, and had to change our rotation, but all in all, it was a good summer. Thanks to all our crew and the federal folks who work with us.

heading for lower country

heading for lower country

mobile home

mobile home

the happy sheepherder

the happy sheepherder

the switch horse

the switch horse

Hahns Peak in autumn

Hahns Peak in autumn

 

 

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