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

Signs of Stress

Aug 13, 2015

This was originally posted on the Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center blog.Signs of Stress

Ranching and Nature

Aug 11, 2015
Ranching and Nature

I just finished an interesting book entitled Cod, by Mark Kurlansky.  The last paragraph in the book raises some interesting questions about our relationship with nature; questions that also have relevance to my own work as a rancher, I think:
“There is a big difference between living in a society...

At What Price Progress? A Rancher’s Perspective on Placer County’s Regional Sewer-line Project

Jul 23, 2015
At What Price Progress? A Rancher’s Perspective on Placer County’s Regional Sewer-line Project

If you live and/or work on the northwest side of Auburn, California (as we do), you're no doubt aware of the regional sewer line project that's under construction at the moment. This project will allow sewage from our part of Placer County to flow down...

Stockmanship Notes: Belief, Attitude and Punching a Clock

Jul 22, 2015

Bud Williams, who taught many people how to use low-stress stockmanship, said that this approach to working livestock requires “belief and the will to do it.”  In other words, low-stress stock handling requires a commitment to learning through experience.  As I’ve written before, learning to work livestock with low-stress techniques is a learning process...

Stockmanship Notes: This Week’s Observations

Jul 17, 2015

Some observations and notes from this week's stock work - mostly for my own further instruction!  We moved 76 cows about 2 miles to the upper part of the Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center on Monday.  I rode one of the Center horse...


Jul 15, 2015

In my Sunday paper, an article from the New York Times appeared entitled “China fences in its nomads, and an ancient life withers.”  The article described the efforts by the Chinese government to relocate nomadic herders in China’s western provinces, based (in part) on the official position that “grazing...

Stockmanship Notes: Questions

Jul 11, 2015

I'd like to try something a bit different with this blog post.  Usually, I try to share stories and perspectives related to my work as a stockman.  This time, however, I hope to share an experience and ask questions - I hope my fellow stockme...

An Independence Day Plea…

Jul 1, 2015

Wildfire is a constant concern during summer in the foothills.  Please be careful....http://sacramentovalley.org/stories/living-with-wildfire/

Stockmanship Notes: Correction vs. Punishment

Jun 29, 2015

I spent Saturday morning at the California 4-H Classic Horse Show in Elk Grove watching my youngest daughter, Emma, show her pony.  Emma's good friend Anna showed her horse, Cash.  Without going into great detail, both girls did well - and bo...


Jun 19, 2015

I can't remember when I first heard the term, "Californication," but I can remember that it came up in a conversation with my uncle Doug, who lives in Walla Walla, Washington.  I'm sure he didn't coin the term, but he did use it correctly: it refe...

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