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Adios, Dunkin

Pepe and Sharon with Dunkin

Pepe and Sharon with Dunkin

I am sad to report that Dunkin, a sheep of much renown and many adventures, has gone to that great pasture in the sky. He led a long and interesting life, especially for a cross-bred, parrot-mouthed wether. Here he is with his patron, Pepe, who found him as a newborn lamb at the side of his dead mother. He was a friend to dogs, sheep and people, and will be missed for his skills as a bellwether.

 

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What happens if you don’t pay your bill at El Rio

Rhen and Gael washing dishes--McCoy supervising, at El Rio Restaurante  in Baggs

Rhen and Gael washing dishes–McCoy supervising at El Rio Restaurante in Baggs, Wyoming

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2015 in Events, Family, Folks, Friends

 

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How do you keep them down in Paree, after they’ve seen the farm?

Pat and Sharon in a bicycle taxi near the Eiffel Tower

Pat and Sharon in a bicycle taxi near the Eiffel Tower

Faithful blog readers may have noticed a lack of posts for the past few weeks. We have a good excuse–right in the middle of gathering, sorting, shipping, etc., Pat and I told Meghan and Eamon “Good luck!” and left for Iceland and France.

We met several of our old (meaning long-time, of course) friends for a reunion. Luckily, several speak French and know a lot about Paris. We also visited Julia and Benoit, who spent a few days on the ranch last spring. They live in the farming area near Laval, and gave us tours of both farms and a nearby medieval castle, and an abbey, which happened to be the fantastical Mont Saint Michel.

 

Our friend Bob hanging out with the locals in Reykjavik.

Our friend Bob hanging out with the locals in Reykjavik.

This is a sheep truck at a processing plant in Selfoss.

This is a sheep truck at a processing plant in Selfoss.

sheep near lava field

sheep by lava field, near Grindivik, Iceland

Julia's sheep near Laval

Benoit and Julia’s sheep near Laval, France

Pat with Julia in front of their 400-year-old farmhouse

Pat with Julia in front of their 400-year-old farmhouse

cows near Benoit and Julia's farm

cows near Benoit and Julia’s farm

Sharon with the "taxi" at Mont St. Michel

Sharon with the “taxi” at Mont St. Michel

working feet

working feet

Locks of love on a bridge over the Seine

Locks of love on a bridge over the Seine

Cows

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2015 in Animals, Cattle, Events, Folks, Friends, Sheep

 

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University students see the world

UW crew

We promised them fame!

We recently played host to graduate students from the University of Wyoming’s Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources. Dr. Indy Burke brought her students on a field trip to study grazing systems. We showed them how we graze both cattle and sheep in a landscape scale rotational system. Next winter, they will visit Tierra del Fuego and learn about livestock husbandry and grazing systems on the “Uttermost End of the Earth”.

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2015 in Folks, Friends

 

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A Visit to Ute Creek Ranch

sunset over Ute Creek

sunset over Ute Creek

 

We are in New Mexico, visiting our great good friends, Jack and Tuda Crews. Several years ago (can it be 15?!), they left Wyoming and moved to Bueyeros, New Mexico, where Tuda’s family has ranched for many generations. The Ute Creek Ranch has been recognized for its conservation practices, including the New Mexico Society for Range Management Excellence in Range Management award. Tuda and Jack have vastly improved their range and their riparian areas, in spite of many years of drought.

Pat, Jack and Tuda look at the Aqua Balls on their watering tank

Pat, Jack and Tuda look at the Aqua Balls on their watering tank

The Aqua Balls reduce evaporation by 91 percent. This saves 16,000 gallons of groundwater in a year, at this tank alone. The tank is windmill driven and also provides water for wildlife.

The Aqua Balls reduce evaporation by 91 percent. This saves 16,000 gallons of groundwater in a year, at this tank alone. The tank is windmill driven and also provides water for wildlife.

Each watering tank on The ranch has an overflow pond, which provides bird habitat.

Each watering tank on The ranch has an overflow pond, which provides bird habitat.

St. Francis overlooks the ranch headquarters, and the Tuda Libby Crews Bird Sanctuary..

St. Francis overlooks the ranch headquarters, and the Tuda Libby Crews Wild Bird Sanctuary.

Northern New Mexico used to have lots of sheep, but these were the only ones we could find.

Northern New Mexico used to have lots of sheep, but these were the only ones we could find.

 

 

 
 

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