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Fog instead of shearing

Shearing shed in the fog

Shearing shed in the fog

The time has come to shear the early lambers. We raise our own bucks out of our purebred Hampshire and Rambouillet ewes. These girls lamb in late February and March, so we like to get their wool off before lambing is well underway. Of course, we have some babies on the ground already.

The shearing crew showed up right on time–well maybe a couple of days late due to weather, but that is actually on time. We had to haul the shed into the Powder Flat Headquarters with a tractor due to mud. We managed to get a half day in, and shear most of the whitefaces. We were ready to start bright and early the next morning, but…fog, in February. This meant that the ewes in the wool were, not exactly wet, since it was 17 degrees, but frosted. We knew that with some sun, and maybe a breeze, they would be dry enough, after lunch, to start shearing. But no. The fog didn’t burn off until afternoon, and the air was absolutely still. Finally Meghan said, “I’m calling it. We’ll try again tomorrow.”

Ewes coming in for feed

Ewes coming in for feed

ewes on the run

ewes on the run

bringing in the sheep

bringing in the sheep

Catching a ewe who has just lambed

Catching a ewe who has just lambed

Frost on the wool hanging from the fence

Frost on the wool hanging from the fence

Heifers with more frost

Heifers with more frost

This bull is glad he doesn't need to be sheared.

This bull is glad he doesn’t need to be sheared.

In the meantime, the bulls came in for water.

In the meantime, the bulls came in for water.

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2017 in Animals, Events, Sheep

 

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Bulls! Heifers!

McCoy waiting to fly

McCoy waiting to fly

Eamon is working on his pilot’s license, so he decided to combine business with education. Eamon, Pat, McCoy and Eamon’s flight instructor, Ryan, flew to Texas to shop for bulls and to Nebraska to check on our heifers that are wintering there.

Our new bull--unfortunately, they couldn't hook a stock trailer onto the airplane.

Our new bull–unfortunately, they couldn’t hook a stock trailer onto the airplane.

McCoy checking out the bulls

McCoy checking out the bulls

Heifers on cornstalks

Heifers on cornstalks

Heifers on feed in Nebraska

Heifers on feed in Nebraska

McCoy, Eamon and Pat with the heifers

McCoy, Eamon and Pat with the heifers

Home Ranch from the air

Home Ranch from the air

 

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2017 in Animals, Cattle, Family, Folks

 

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Separating the bulls from the boys

Pat in the sorting chute

Pat in the sorting chute

 

It is time to chose our future bulls out of the contenders. The bull calves have grown out, and we looked at them with a critical eye. The best of them will grow up to be bulls and to sire our future calves. It was a big day for them, since they also had to leave their mamas and be weaned. As you can see, we finally have snow on the ground and temperatures have dropped–a lot!

Eamon with help from Chica, Belle and Gramps

Eamon with help from Chica, Belle and Gramps

Eamon, Casey and Meghan with the calves

Eamon, Casey and Meghan with the calves

Meghan, Eamon and Chica

Meghan, Eamon and Chica

Pat and Eamon with calves

Pat and Eamon with calves

 

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No Bull

Working the cows by the Elephant Corrals

Working the cows by the Elephant Corrals

It’s that time of year. In order for our calves to be born in a timely manner next spring, the cows must become pregnant now, or soon. Most of them will manage this in the traditional way, which involves a close, if brief, relationship with a bull–preferably one of our choosing. Some of the cows will have a close encounter with a straw of bull semen. What this encounter lacks in romance it makes up for in the quality of the afore-mentioned semen. Artificial insemination allows us to breed the cows to bulls which have been carefully selected for characteristics we like, while not having to buy and support very high-priced bulls. If, for some reason, the cows do not respond to the attention of Adam, Megan and Hallie–well–there’s always the actual bulls who are willing to work to ensure a spring calf crop!

Getting the cows ready for Artificial Insemination

Getting the cows ready for artificial insemination

Megan and Nikki bringing up the cows.

Megan and Nikki bringing up the cows.

Sam, our Wyoming Stock Growers Association intern, on the job

Sam, our Wyoming Stock Growers Association intern, on the job

Nikki with the flag

Nikki with the flag

Maeve--cowgirl in pink

Maeve–cowgirl in pink

Three Amigos--Chad, Eamon and Pat

Three Amigos–Chad, Eamon and Pat

Eamon pondering: Bull or No Bull.

Eamon pondering: Bull or No Bull.

 

 

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Some are lambing, some are still pregnant

Enjoying the sunshie

Enjoying the sunshine

ewes, lambs and bulls

ewes, lambs and bulls

Pregnancy testing ewes on the Red Desert

Pregnancy testing ewes on the Red Desert

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2016 in Animals, Cattle, Sheep

 

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Dunkin on security detail

Dunkin surveying the barnyard

Dunkin surveying the barnyard

Dukin with bulls

Dunkin checking out the bulls

 
 

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The Ides of April

Bull fight

Bull fight

The bull fight crowd is pretty placid

The bull fight crowd is pretty placid

the cranes of spring

the cranes of spring

Seamus on the run

Seamus on the run

Free range children

Free range children

Seamus with Val and Dulce

Seamus with Val and Dulce

McCoy, Tiarnan and Maeve ready for lambing

McCoy, Tiarnan and Maeve ready for lambing

 

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2015 in Animals, Cattle, Dogs, Family, Horses

 

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