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  1. Sorry if this is in the wrong forum, but thought it would be of interest to present and future ranchers.
  2. Thanks everybody for your kind replies. Sorry to be so late responding, but I've had a problem logging in, and had to rejoin, (now I'm a newbie?).
  3. Some of you may recall that I had a fantasy novel manuscript. It's finally a book... Have a look here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08WPG53X3/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 No Border Collies, but there is a pug... and a cat, and lots of horses!
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2Og_Th9SM8
  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-IqBY3cQO4 Never seen anything like this. Huge!
  6. Well, of course I'm not sure he's a Border Collie, but it's a safe bet he's the smartest person pictured. "Washing and panning gold, Rockerville, Dakota. Old timers, Spriggs, Lamb and Dillon at work. The Black Hills Gold Rush began in 1874. The first arrivals were a force of one thousand men led by George Armstrong Custer to investigate reports that the area contained gold, even though the land was owned by the Sioux. They found small amounts of gold in present day Custer, South Dakota, and looked for better paying locations. They moved north, establishing the towns of Hill City, Sheridan, and Pactola. At each spot they found flakes of gold, but not the bonanza they sought." Contributor: Science History Images / Alamy Stock Photo
  7. I have been sheltering in place since 2 weeks before they told us to. Sugarfoot still goes out 3 times a week with her walker - to open space where there's few people to encounter. Otherwise, it's a quiet, in-the-apartment life. Not much different for an agoraphobic. No one in my building sick so far. Everybody stay safe!
  8. We’ll visit a mother/daughter operation in Lovell raising crossed Dorper/ Katahdin hair sheep, both relatively new breeds, but gaining in popularity in Wyoming. We’ll also visit the homestead of the Spear S Ranch in Red Canyon where they work to restore the oldest domestic breed of sheep in the Americas, the Navajo-Churro. Originally broadcast on 5/10/19.
  9. The Gampr is a landrace breed of livestock guardian native to Armenia. The dogs for centuries has protected the Armenian flocks from predators, most notably wolves. Brad Anderson a breed conservationist has been working with the breed and shares his insight into the Gampr.
  10. Slides from Dan Macon's presentation at the 2018 West Central States Wool Growers Conference in Casper, WY. This presentation covers observations and research rearing livestock guardian dog behavior, selection, and problem solving. Note - I wanted to put this in the Livestock management section, but had trouble opening a new subject in that forum.
  11. I thought it was thought-provoking. Interesting to hear a boots-on-the-ground stockperson using words like "landrace" and talking about the "popular sire" effect. Plus, they had an interesting take on the trial dog. People are all too ready to dismiss the stockperson as an ignorant hick. Forward thinkers are beginning to understand that turning everyone into vegans is not the path to good nutrition or creating enough quality calories to nourish a growing population. Transhumance is a really good way to raise livestock, and we should be working to help livestock producers incorporate it into their flocks & herds. Keep 'em on the trail and out of feedlots. I realize that it's partly where I live, (the SF Bay Area), but I know more and more people who are interested in grass-finished beef and lamb.
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