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To lamb or not to lamb, that is the question

If it’s March, it must be time to pregnancy test. We breed the best of our Rambouillet ewes to Rambouillet rams, thereby ensuring a new crop of replacement ewe lambs, as well as their brothers/cousins. Since purebred whiteface lambs are more vulnerable at birth, especially the twins, we pregnancy check the moms so that the ewes carrying twins can lamb in the sheds. The rest of the Rambouillet ewes are bred to our Hampshire rams. Their lambs have hybrid vigor and usually do fine with drop lambing on the range. Our friend Geri Parsons from Optimal Livestock Services comes up each March at mid-pregnancy to check the ewes and call out “single”, “twins”, “open” and even “triplets”. Meghan and her crew appropriately marked the ewes with a paint dab on their heads to signify their status for later sorting. Geri usually braves chill winds and long drives for several days to accomplish this task. Here’s some photos of this year’s pregnancy checking.

Ewes, waiting for the verdict

Pepe at the chute, Geri’s office in the tent

 

It was REALLY MUDDY!!!

Chris bringing up the ewes

Pregnancy testing crew–Sam the Border collie, Modesto, Maeve, Meghan, Pepe, Tiarnan, Geri, Chris

 

the view from Eagle’s Nest, looking east

 

 

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Adios, old year

from our Christmas tree

from our Christmas tree

New Year’s Eve morning dawned bright and clear. We had a huge pile of wood to burn from an old building we had taken down. We had livestock to tend, bucks to work, and resolutions to make.

 

Ewes on winter pasture

Ewes on winter pasture

Adopted wild horses eating hay at sheep camp

Adopted wild horses eating hay at sheep camp

Hampshire buck saying "Put me in, Coach!"

Hampshire buck saying “Put me in, Coach!”

Bringing the bucks up the chute

Bringing the bucks up the chute

The All-Girl sheep moving crew--Taylor, Siobhan and Meghan

The All-Girl sheep moving crew–Taylor, Siobhan and Meghan

Meghan and Pat sorting

Meghan and Pat sorting

Rambouillet ram out the cutting gate

Rambouillet ram out the cutting gate

Meghan, Siobhan and Taylor with the bucks

Meghan, Siobhan and Taylor with the bucks

McCoy checking things out

McCoy checking things out

Pat, with his fire-tending assistants--Seamus, McCoy, Tiarnan, Rhen and Maeve

Pat, with his fire-tending assistants–Seamus, McCoy, Tiarnan, Rhen and Maeve

Sharon with the fire-tending crew (McCoy un-photo bombed)

Sharon with the fire-tending crew (McCoy un-photo bombed)

Maeve, Seaus and Meghan

Maeve, Seamus and Meghan

Out with the old, in with the new

Out with the old, in with the new

Horses grazing with the last sunset of 2016

Horses grazing with the last sunset of 2016

 

 

 

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Fall Gather

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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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Chokecherry Season

Val, Tiarnan, Maeve, Roxie and Seamus checking out the chokecherries

Val, Tiarnan, Maeve, Roxie and Seamus checking out the chokecherries

 

 

Seamus, Maeve, Tiarnan

Check out the late chokecherries

And dream of jelly.

Seamus

Seamus

Maeve

Maeve

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reaching for the high ones

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Posted by on September 15, 2016 in Folks, Nature and Wildlife

 

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Serious business for the Wyoming Arts Council

Arts Council at State Fair The Wyoming Arts Council Board always meets on the same dates as the Wyoming State Fair in Douglas. This year the Art Council decided to synchronize two great events. You can see that we were tending to serious business checking out the arts. That’s Maeve, my understudy, in front.

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2016 in Events, Folks

 

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Fourth of July fire works

When Maeve, 7, made cookies, she didn't realize that one could not use a plastic "cookie sheet". This how to clean a cookie sheet which has plastic and imbedded cookies. It worked!

When Maeve, 7, made cookies, she didn’t realize that one could not use a plastic “cookie sheet”. This is how to clean an oven rack which has embedded plastic and cookies. It worked!

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2016 in Events

 

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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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