There is never a dull moment at the Shepherd's Lamb ranch! It takes the cooperation and hard work of our whole family and our animals in each season of the ranching year to run our business successfully.
Hector, horse Peanut, and the guard dogs trail the sheep through Tierra Amarilla as they make their way down the mountain from summer pasture in the fall.
A ewe looks back briefly before running to catch up with the rest of the flock, which has moved just beyond the ridge. Canjilon, NM
Antonio cleans muddy tire chains in the creek after struggling to reach the top of the mountain and deliver groceries to the sheep camp.
Antonio helps a sheep stand upright after shearing her at Tierra Wools Handweaving Workshop's annual Spring Harvest Festival.
A close-up of the wool of one of our sheep. This amazing coat keeps the sheep warm and dry and blocks debris and UV rays from reaching her sensitive skin.
Molly, Sophia, and Nathaniel remove debris from a freshly shorn fleece (a process called "skirting") as a member of the shearing crew prepares the next fleece.
Antonio and son Agustín load freshly packed bales of wool onto the trailer after shearing is over. Photo by Molly Manzanares
Spring Lambing is the most intense season of the year: The entire flock (around 800 ewes) gives birth within six weeks. Here, Antonio carries a newborn lamb to the corral to be reunited with its mother.
New lambs face their first life challenge: getting across the ditch! This usually isn't a problem – lambs can run and jump like track stars within hours of being born.
(L-R) Greg Martin, Baldo LaSalle, Antonio, and Michael Combs follow the sheep out of the lambing pen after a rough day on the range near Tres Piedras, just west of Taos.
Home on the Range: One of our older sheep camps spends spring Lambing Season amongst the sagebrush near Tres Piedras, just west of Taos.
Molly, mare Jimmie, and dogs Sammie and Bert trail the sheep through the Carson National Forest at an altitude of approximately 10,000 feet.
Antonio, Molly, horses Tomato and Jimmie, and dog Sammie survey the flock during a warm spring afternoon on the ranch.
(L-R) Luisa Manzanares, Toni Broaddus, Molly, and Lara Manzanares pose for a photo during lunch on the fall trail drive. Photo by Antonio Manzanares
Molly, shown here with dog Bert and horse Jimmie, has spotted and rescued a sick lamb who cannot keep up with the others.
Heather and Molly work on a weaving at Tierra Wools Handweaving Workshop as Heather's daughter naps nearby. The weavers at Tierra Wools have designed and woven tapestries and striped weavings using the flock's yarn since 1984.
Molly and Antonio chat with a customer at the Santa Fe Farmers Market. Shepherd's Lamb has been a weekly vendor at the Farmers Market for over 15 years.
Molly, Hector, horses Jimmie and Peanut, and the dogs make their way down the hill toward the flock during the annual fall sheep drive.
Toni Broaddus and horse Shorty lead a semi truck through the flock during the annual fall sheep drive.
Raquel Manzanares feeds the sheep. During winter months, the sheep's daily meal consists of dry bales of hay harvested from the ranch's fields each fall.
A guard dog pup looks up from his breakfast. We use Great Pyrenees, Anatolian Shepherd, or Komondor guard dogs to guard our flock from predators.
(L-R) Molly, Sammie, and Antonio take a quick nap after lunch during the fall sheep drive through the Carson National Forest.