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The First Guard Dog

Dec 23, 2013
The First Guard Dog

"Where'd the first guard dog come from, Dad?"Lara asked me as we were ridin' home.So I did a little research this weekAnd finally came up with this poem.I learned that shepherds back in Bible timesFought coyotes like we do today.Seemed like no mater wh...

Foothill Agrarian
Bringing in the Reindeer – Re-posted from 2010

Dec 22, 2013
Bringing in the Reindeer – Re-posted from 2010

This story started with a business idea.  Our girls, Lara and Emma, both have pretty good sheep dogs – Mo and Ernie (respectively).  Over dinner this summer, Lara suggested that we could help other ranchers gather and move their livestock.

“Let’s put a sign up at the feed store, Dad,” she said.  “You could use Taff, too!”

“Yeah –...

Foothill Agrarian
A rancher’s Christmas prayer

Dec 21, 2013

One night in early DecemberI was grumblin' to my wife.It was way after dark and chores were just done,And I was complainin' about the rancher's life."You and I both have worked hard all year,"I said as I frowned over supper."But with snow comin' early ...

Foothill Agrarian
The Reluctant Shepherd (re-posted)

Dec 20, 2013
The Reluctant Shepherd (re-posted)

Having tended sheep on winter nights,I've wondered what the shepherds who were theFirst to hear the news of Jesus' birthActually experienced. Being a shepherd myself,And knowing other stockmen forMost of my life, I figure there was at leastOn...

Foothill Agrarian
Last Year’s Christmas Party

Dec 19, 2013

Strange things happen when there's mules around,But the strangest thing I ever seenWas last year when my old saddle muleGot drunk on Christmas Eve.Now Granddad throws a Christmas partyOn the afternoon before the big day.He invites the buckaroos and hay...

Foothill Agrarian
Santa’s Mules

Dec 18, 2013

Santa called up the other dayWhile I was outside shoin'My wife's favorite saddle horse.He said, Dan, how ya doin'?I hear you own a set of mules;You pack 'em summer an' fall.But I'd like to borrow 'em, he said.That's the reason for my call.I had the vet...

California Rice Commission
New Blog- Winter Wildlife in the valley

Grower Dennis Lindberg explains the connection between rice fields and all of the birds in the Sacramento Valley.

Foothill Agrarian
The Gift

Dec 17, 2013

"I'm sleepin' in the barn tonight," Emma told her Mom and Dad."I know it's cold, but I'm ten years old - now where's my sleepin' bag and pad?""You seem pretty determined," I said, "Can't you tell me why?It's an odd request, but then I guess we might ju...

California Rice Commission
New- Christmas Traditions and Old Fashioned Rice Pudding Recipe

A rice dish has a special significance for the Lundberg Family. Grant Lundberg comments on some of his favorite holiday memories.Enjoy the Lundberg Family Rice Pudding Recipe

Foothill Agrarian
Would you and I have gone?

Dec 16, 2013

Back a couple of years ago,I met an old hand named Ray.He asked me something 'bout ChristmasThat I still ask myself today.Now Ray had herded sheepOn a big place south of Elko.Said, "It was an awfully lonely spot -Lotsa time to read and think, though.""...

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