Sheep Back in the Valley

We brought the sheep down from the high country last week. The weather was cool and overcast most of the first day, which is good for traveling overland. Just as we neared our destination, we got poured on, but all arrived safe and sound. Here are a few photos of the first day of the trip.

First part of the day is all uphill.

First part of the day is all uphill.

Coming across the top of the mountain.

Coming across the top of the mountain.

On the downhill side.

On the downhill side.

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Tribute to Abbey

The only constant on the ranch is constant change. We lost our mare Abbey not too long ago; a faithful and steadfast helper, companion and part of the family. Abbey was 27 years old and had been with us since 1994. Here are a few photos of her.

 

Abbey is the mare on the left, ridden by shepherd Domingo, pictured here with his son Enrique on Jimmie. Abbey was always Domingo's favorite; she spent many, many summers tending the sheep.

Abbey is the mare on the left, ridden by shepherd Domingo, pictured here with his son Enrique on Jimmie. Abbey was always Domingo's favorite; she spent many, many summers tending the sheep.

Here are Abbey and Domingo moving ewes and new lambs to pasture.

Here are Abbey and Domingo moving ewes and new lambs to pasture.

With Juan Carlos, one of her many days working on the ranch.

With Juan Carlos, one of her many days working on the ranch.

Abbey will be missed. 

Abbey will be missed. 

Summer

Our sheep are hanging out, getting fat on lush mountain pasture right now. We're down in the valley at the ranch, getting ready to put up the hay we've been irrigating all summer!  It is once again almost time to bring the sheep to the valley for the fall and winter. We will keep you posted. 

Ewes and lambs on summer pasture at about 8500 feet elevation

Ewes and lambs on summer pasture at about 8500 feet elevation

Lara and Antonio, picking up bales of hay to be stacked for winter feeding.

Lara and Antonio, picking up bales of hay to be stacked for winter feeding.

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