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Working Dogs vs. Recreation Dogs

Apr 23, 2016
Working Dogs vs. Recreation Dogs

Moving ewes and lambs with Ernie last night.Every couple of months, I get a phone call or an email from somebody who has heard that we use herding dogs in our sheep operation.  Occasionally, these questions come from a fellow sheep producer (usual...

Foothill Agrarian
Thankful for the water, but….

Apr 20, 2016

On Friday, April 15, our irrigation district (Nevada Irrigation District, or NID) turned on our irrigation water.  Unlike the last several years, NID has plenty of water in storage (both in reservoirs and as snowpack) - we don't have to worry abou...

Foothill Agrarian
Stockmanship Notes: Learning to be a Shepherd

Apr 16, 2016
Stockmanship Notes: Learning to be a Shepherd

Earlier this week, I had an exchange on Twitter with a fellow shepherd (and outstanding author - check out The Shepherd's Life) from the UK named James Rebanks:A day later, my friend Kent Reeves posted an article on my Facebook page entitled "Stop...

Foothill Agrarian
2016 Lambing Report

Apr 5, 2016
2016 Lambing Report

The first lambs of 2016


Yesterday morning, I found ewe 1526 with a brand-new ewe lamb (born overnight) – she put a wrap on our 2016 lambing season (an interesting side note – she was also the last ewe to give birth last year).  In many ways,...

Foothill Agrarian
2016 Lambing Report

Apr 5, 2016
2016 Lambing Report

The first lambs of 2016


Yesterday morning, I found ewe 1526 with a brand-new ewe lamb (born overnight) – she put a wrap on our 2016 lambing season (an interesting side note – she was also the last ewe to give birth last year).  In many ways,...

Foothill Agrarian
An Amateur Plant Geek Grows Up

Mar 21, 2016
An Amateur Plant Geek Grows Up

My fascination with California plants started when I was about 14.  My eighth grade science teacher, Mr. Atkins, taught a wonderful ecology class.  He broke us into teams of 2, and assigned us a plot on the hillside outside his classroom. &nb...

Foothill Agrarian
An Amateur Plant Geek Grows Up

Mar 21, 2016
An Amateur Plant Geek Grows Up

My fascination with California plants started when I was about 14.  My eighth grade science teacher, Mr. Atkins, taught a wonderful ecology class.  He broke us into teams of 2, and assigned us a plot on the hillside outside his classroom. &nb...

Foothill Agrarian
An Amateur Plant Geek Grows Up

Mar 21, 2016
An Amateur Plant Geek Grows Up

My fascination with California plants started when I was about 14.  My eighth grade science teacher, Mr. Atkins, taught a wonderful ecology class.  He broke us into teams of 2, and assigned us a plot on the hillside outside his classroom. &nb...

Foothill Agrarian
An Amateur Plant Geek Grows Up

Mar 21, 2016
An Amateur Plant Geek Grows Up

My fascination with California plants started when I was about 14.  My eighth grade science teacher, Mr. Atkins, taught a wonderful ecology class.  He broke us into teams of 2, and assigned us a plot on the hillside outside his classroom. &nb...

Foothill Agrarian
A Shepherd’s Vocabulary

Mar 14, 2016
A Shepherd’s Vocabulary

Now that I’m nearly six months into my year-long #sheep365 project, I’m realizing that many of the terms and phrases I use as a shepherd are entirely foreign to my non-sheep-raising friends.  Some words are familiar (like bummer and dry) but are used in an unfamiliar context.  Other words...

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