Early Rains Bring Smiles…

Three straight days of rain have the sheep smiling….the rancher too. I started up the tractor and cut brush since the fire season hours have been decreased. It will be fences tomorrow, and riding the ATV soon. Life is good — plus no fires this year…!!!


Watching for Coyotes…….

It’s pretty cool having an animal that can spot incoming intruders from the hillside perch. Maybe it’s the motion below, or this cat just hates predators. With a new wolf pack killing sheep 20 miles south of here, all my fences are being reinforced, underlying brush cleared, plus another livestock guardian animal added.


Leaving the Farm Today..


I took a day off from my usual ranch chores to assist a young blogger begin his venture in the creative toy business. Yes, Lego Logan will get his wish this year — with a blog and possible YouTube series. Good luck young LL…!!!

Nearly a dozen…….

This is the season for mountain quail, but little did I know they’d build their nests in the middle of a bull thistle patch. I guess we’ll have to live with the weeds for a few more weeks…..


New Irrigation Starting….

Trying to keep this ranch Oregon-green is pretty easy, except the last 2 months of a hot summer. There’s plenty of water around here, but the problem is getting it into the drying fields. Hopefully, Phase 1 of this summer’s “pump and pipe redesign”¬†will be completed by the end of July.


Bigger bales, smaller dog….!!!

The latest rage is timothy hay – an old heirloom feed around these parts. This week we loaded up with timothy, and local clover/rye hay. The goal is to have all the barns full by the third cutting. Each one of these timothy bales weighs 1200 pounds. All livestock seem to really like this beautiful feed.