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From Pipi's Pasture: The first calves of the season

Calving season has begun at Pipi’s Pasture. I think that calving season is a worrisome time with the uncertainty of weather and the possible complications of calving. But it’s not without its rewards, either. It surely is enjoyable to watch the two new little heifer calves as they run around the pasture and then suddenly plop down for their naps.

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Northwest Colorado ranchers, farmers celebrate Ag Week 'family style'

Dairies and wheat farms not as prevalent

Northwest Colorado ranchers, farmers celebrate Ag Week family style.

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From Pipi's Pasture: Feeding round bales

A couple of weeks ago we started feeding round bales here at Pipi’s Pasture. For the past few years we have been running out of small bales by about this time in the season and have to resort to a new feeding routine. We continue to use small bales for the corral. The bales weigh between 900 and 1,000 pounds — big, indeed.

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From Pipi's Pasture: So now it’s March…

It seems like it has been just a few days ago that I wrote a “So now it’s February…” column. Now we’re into March, the month that teases us with hopes of spring while it is still winter.

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From Pipi's Pasture: On the other hand…

Our daily lives are filled with lots of happenings or experiences that we don’t care for very much. However, if we look hard enough, there’s often a positive side to them, too. To see what I mean, consider the following examples.

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Sue Egger's Sleeping Giant Yaks are the talk of the stock show

Sue Egger's yaks never talk back to her, they just bring home the prize ribbons from the National Western Stock Show in Denver.

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From Pipi's Pasture: Making do

When I was a kid growing up on the ranch, our family learned to “make do.” It might have been using a jar-sealing rubber — a circular piece of rubber used to seal canning jars — to hold a sole on a pair of everyday shoes. Or it might have been piling thick telephone books — the Denver kind — big storage cans or anything else we could find on top of a stool in order to reach the ceiling when we painted or cleaned.

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From Pipi's Pasture: A calf with tag number 65

I remember when calf #65 was born. According to the calving record book it was April 9, 2016. I wasn’t expecting my 20-year-old-plus cow, Ucky, to calve last year. I figured that she was too old. Wrong!

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Moffat County ranches awarded state land conservation grants

Moffat County is rich in agricultural land and wide open spaces, and two grants awarded this month by Great Outdoors Colorado are ensuring some of these assets will be protected into the future.

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From Pipi's Pasture: Remembering Christmas dinner

Tomorrow most of us will be enjoying Christmas dinner with family and friends. I’m remembering Christmas dinners back when I was a kid growing up on the ranch.

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Baxter Black: How do you know it's Christmas?

So how do you know it’s Christmas? ‘Cause the sheep can always tell.

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Baxter Black: The committee meeting

“I call to order the meeting of the Committee of the Department of Commerce. The purpose of the agenda today is to assess the importance of agriculture in the state. Our job is to determine which businesses should be included as part of agriculture. Let’s start,” said the chairman.

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From Pipi's Pasture: An animal’s Christmas list

Recently, I reviewed “Winter Barn,” a children’s picture book, written and illustrated by Peter Parnall. It is a nonfiction book about a barn that serves as a refuge for a variety of animals, both domesticated and wild. One thought leads to another so thinking about the makeshift homes animals choose in winter made me wonder — if animals could make wish lists for the Christmas season, what would they include? Just for fun consider the following, keeping in mind both domesticated and wild animals.

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From Pipi's Pasture: A calf named Wind

This is a Thanksgiving story of sorts, a really incredible story about a six-month-old, whitish-gray-brown Simmental cross heifer calf. We don’t usually name calves, but as a baby this little calf loved to run, and as she’d run past me I was reminded of the wind. Thus, the name.

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From Pipi's Pasture: More uses for the dining room table

Last week I wrote about how my childhood family enjoyed visiting as we sat around the dining room table eating our family meals. Lyle and I have continued the “tradition” with our own family, and we enjoy it so much that we linger at the table even after we’ve eaten dessert.

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