Dan Macon

A life-long resident of the Sierra foothills, I've been farming full-time for the last 5 years. We raise sheep, goats and beef cattle, and we also sustainably harvest a wide range of local forest products.

Web Site: http://flyingmule.blogspot.com


The Evolution of a Stock Dog

Jan 30, 2015

If you've read my blog in the past, you'll know that I frequently write about my experiences learning to use border collies to help me manage my sheep.  As my own skills and confidence have improved, so have the skills and confidence of my dogs. &...

Research Cowboy

Jan 25, 2015
Research Cowboy

I've only been at the University of California's Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center for a little more than a week, but I'm thinking this new job - as a "research cowboy" - is going to be a pretty good fit for me.SFREC is a 5,700-acre ranch t...

Global Weirding

Jan 12, 2015
Global Weirding

As I was setting up fences this morning to give my ewes some additional grazing for the day, I was startled to see two large flocks of geese flying high overhead, headed north.  While we have lazy resident Canada geese that don't migrate, these ge...

Selling Sheep

Jan 8, 2015

For some time now, I’ve realized that my current income level (between my current part-time job and our sheep business) doesn’t meet my family’s needs.  While I’ve been planning to return to college to obtain a masters degree, I’ve also decided to take a full-time job that will provide enough income and allow...

2015 Shepherding School

Jan 5, 2015
2015 Shepherding School

Once again, Flying Mule Farm (in collaboration with UC Cooperative Extension) is offering a series of workshops designed to help new and aspiring shepherds get started in the sheep business.  These workshops will give students basic information on...

Grazing during Dormancy

Jan 1, 2015
Grazing during Dormancy

In the last week, our weather in the Sierra foothills has turned cold - finally!  While I welcome the onset of winter (especially after the 11+ inches of rain we had in December), the cold weather and shorter days mean that our annual grasses have...

Gear Review – Head-wear for (Bald) Farmers and Ranchers

Dec 26, 2014
Gear Review – Head-wear for (Bald) Farmers and Ranchers

As a bald rancher who spends much of my time outside, I've become something of a connoisseur of hats.  For me, a hat is much more than a fashion decision - it's a piece of gear that makes my day-to-day work safer and more comfortable.  I thou...

Quietly Paying Attention

Dec 21, 2014
Quietly Paying Attention

I'll admit to professional bias, but the part of the Christmas Story from the Gospel of Luke that most appeals to me is when the angels appear to the shepherds.  I realize that much of this story has to do with the symbolism of God choosing to ann...

A New Chapter

Dec 20, 2014

Next month, I'll be opening a new chapter in my work as a stockman.  In mid January, I will become the herdsman at the University of California’s Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center.  This new job will give me the opportunity to care for grazing livestock (cattle, in this case) and to help...

I’m Dreaming… of a GREEN Christmas!

Dec 18, 2014
I’m Dreaming… of a GREEN Christmas!

With apologies to Bing Crosby and Irving Berlin...Dreaming of a Green ChristmasOl' Bing had it wrong when he sang his song dreamin' of Christmas snow.After the wreck of '13, I'm hopin' for green grass this Christmas, ya know.No startin' each day loadin...

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