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Timing critical when it comes to cutting your hay

It’s nice to be headed into fall and know the barn is full of bright green hay for the ewes to enjoy over the winter. Come March and the arrival of our new lambs, we will be able to provide them...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2016 | COLUMN: Out Standing in the Fields

In arid West, water rights are like gold

After another winter of below average snowfall, the spring runoff has dropped to a trickle on the La Plata River with most of the irrigation ditches being shut down. Our winter snows are the...

DATE: June 18, 2014 | COLUMN: Out Standing in the Fields

Lambs announce spring’s arrival, work to be done

Springtime is always the time of rebirth, when the fields and pastures are returning after the winter’s snow (what little we got this year). Our sheep have been shorn and now are giving birth to...

DATE: April 2, 2014 | COLUMN: Out Standing in the Fields

Time to prepare for new lambs’ carefree energy

Spring is a couple weeks away, but so far, this winter has not had much of a bite. While the warm days make it easy on the sheep and make my chores a little easier, there may be some consequences...

DATE: March 5, 2014 | COLUMN: Out Standing in the Fields

During winter, livestock need a little extra care

It’s minus 2, and I have just finished my evening chores. Taking care of livestock in subzero temperatures is always a struggle. During the last 33 years, we have cared for our flock of sheep, a...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2013 | COLUMN: Out Standing in the Fields

Parents watch an annual ritual with special pride

As parents, Pam and I have watched Cassie and Travis grow from infants to adults. This process is not simple, and the final results are never known. Now that they are both married, we have to...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2013 | COLUMN: Out Standing in the Fields

Weather makes agriculture a gambler’s game

If you are in agriculture, you have to be a gambler. As I look back over the last year or so, I am amazed at all the strange weather events that have wreaked havoc on our fields and livestock. From...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2013 | COLUMN: Out Standing in the Fields

Sheep shearing, cleaning: It’s all for the newborns

With the longer days, it is easy to find more chores to do at La Plata Farms. As spring continues to move forward, major activities are centered on getting ready for our lambs to be born. With the...

DATE: April 17, 2013 | COLUMN: Out Standing in the Fields

Healthy baby lambs need green grass; try for both

Spring is always an interesting time. It is that time of the year when I get to find all of my missing tools and other surprises that appear as the snow melts away. As the snow quickly retreats...

DATE: March 20, 2013 | COLUMN: Out Standing in the Fields

Winter’s storms imperative for summer’s grasses

After the New Year’s freeze, it is nice to get some sunny days and a bit of warmer weather. The snow for the holidays was appreciated for a chance to enjoy a white Christmas, but as we approach the...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2013 | COLUMN: Out Standing in the Fields

Don’t let these dry times dampen the giving spirit

As my wife, Pam, and I traveled home from Thanksgiving with our family last week, I found it was a good time to look back at the last year. Droughts, fires and economic struggles have made 2012 a...

DATE: Nov. 28, 2012 | COLUMN: Out Standing in the Fields

Change of winds brings needed monsoons to us

After a very dry spring, there is hope that the clouds on the southern horizon will be bringing some needed moisture for the Southwest. The arrival of the monsoon to our area is welcome news, but...

DATE: July 11, 2012 | COLUMN: Out Standing in the Fields