Spying on grass (a.k.a. monitoring)

Sunday morning my family and I went out and had a fun time picking wild flowers and monitoring our federal spring grazing land.  We drove on the Oregon Trail trying to imagine our ancestors walking and riding in a covered wagon across this sagebrush flat with very little supplies. Our ancestors came here on the OregonContinue reading “Spying on grass (a.k.a. monitoring)”

Driving – The Last Day, But Not the End

Day 12 – June 28, 2010 Since we pushed our herd of cattle into the Pastures yesterday, today we helped fellow rancher Albert Sommers and his crew push the tail end of the Mesa cows into the Mud Lake West pasture (not to be confused with “The Pastures” where we pushed cows yesterday, I know, IContinue reading “Driving – The Last Day, But Not the End”

NEWS: Agreement threatens ranchers’ public-lands grazing rights

WASHINGTON – A recent settlement agreement between a major energy company and environmental activist groups could have devastating impacts on the livestock industry. The agreement, between El Paso Corp., Western Watersheds Project (WWP) and Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA), seeks in part to create unprecedented federal legislation to allow for the buyout and retirement ofContinue reading “NEWS: Agreement threatens ranchers’ public-lands grazing rights”

Driving Part XI

Day 11 – June 27, 2010 Unfortunately, my camera has taken all of the abuse it can handle today and can no longer take very good pictures, so I am not able to show you some of the most scenic pictures of the entire drive. Here’s a look back at where we’ve been: Day 6Continue reading “Driving Part XI”

Driving Part X

Day 10 – June 26, 2010 We move from the Kendall Bridge to the bridge at Tosi Creek today.  I don’t have much to report; the cows moved good and finished the day quickly and in good shape. There are lots of little creeks and springs in this area that run into the Green RiverContinue reading “Driving Part X”

Driving Part IX

Day 9 – June 25, 2010 Today’s drive is from the Circle S, through the Tin Whistle (a giant culvert under the highway), past the spot where the highway ends, and finally across the Kendall Bridge at the Green River. We are getting into bear country now and I’m pretty sure I crossed the pathContinue reading “Driving Part IX”

Driving Part VIII

Day 8 – June 24, 2010 Often times this day proves to be very difficult.  We move the cattle through a lot of trees and on steep hills.  The cows, especially yearlings (one-year-old cattle), will escape down the hill and into the trees.  A dog can prove invaluable on a day like today.  However, theContinue reading “Driving Part VIII”

Driving Part VII

Day 7 – June 23, 2010 After a good day yesterday, the cattle got counted onto US Forest today.  I know I said we would push the cows up to US Forest land for grazing, but the drive is not over yet; we still have a ways to go.  This is the day where weContinue reading “Driving Part VII”

Driving Part VI

Day 6 – June 22, 2010 We picked up where we left off yesterday at Mickey Adam’s (the end of the driveway).  I should mention that the very tail end didn’t make it to Mickey Adam’s yesterday, the calves got tired at the back and the cows wouldn’t stay with their calves so they endedContinue reading “Driving Part VI”

Driving Part V

Day 5 – June 21, 2010 We pushed from what we call Barlow’s Corrals (the end of the driveway) to a place we call Mickey Adam’s today (It’s common practice for ranchers to name our pastures and other places on our ranches. This makes it easier to communicate when we’re conducting business). Not a bad drive,Continue reading “Driving Part V”

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