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From Pipi's Pasture: Moving cows across the road

This coming weekend the cattle on summer pasture will be moved to another pasture, just across the county road from where they are now. No big deal, but the move can be, and usually is, very interesting — especially in the heat.

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Entertainment endures at Moffat County Fair

Rodeo, Ranch Games, children’s contests to provide plenty of fun

Each year, the agriculture community marks their calendars for the Moffat County Fair, a time when they can show off the animals that are their pride and joy, specialty projects that have taken the better part of a year or just to socialize with other farm families. But, there’s still more fun to be had at the fair no matter who you are.

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From Pipi's Pasture: It’s haying season

It has just been a couple of months ago — when we had rainy, cool weather — that ranchers were making predictions about haying season. Some thought that the 2016 haying season would be unusually wet; others predicted that the grasshoppers might be bad. The thing about ranching and farming is that a person never knows. Suddenly, however, haying season is here.

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From Pipi's Pasture: Independence Days of years past

The Fourth of July is here already, and with it come the memories of holidays of years past.

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From Pipi's Pasture: It’s hot…

If memory serves, we haven’t experienced such a hot summer here at Pipi’s Pasture in some time — at least so far.

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From Pipi's Pasture: Another cow story

After last Sunday’s “cow turn-out,” I decided that I needed to write one more column about our cows’ 2016 antsy springtime behaviors. It isn’t unusual for the cows to get fidgety this time of the year with the arrival of warm weather and green grass, but this year they seemed a little more restless than normal. From past experience we knew that they were getting ready for summer pasture, but the pasture wasn’t ready yet. So we fed extra hay. We put out an extra mineral tub. The cows were full and they enjoyed naps in the sun, but they were just plain restless.

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Moffat County High School FFA students reap range of benefits from state event

About 40 Moffat County High School Students participate in state FFA events

When 37 Moffat County High School students participated in Future Farmers of America Career Development Events on May 1 and 2, they practiced skills they may draw upon heavily if they enter an agricultural field — and even if they don’t.

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From Pipi's Pasture: Days that are a little less than great

Sometimes things happen here at Pipi’s Pasture that make the days a little hectic. I’m not fond of negatives so I’d prefer to refer to those days as “a little less than great.” To illustrate, I offer the following examples, some of which actually happened this past week.

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Ag Day brings Moffat County students in touch with area history, economy

Fourth graders see, hear, touch examples of concepts they study in school

The long-running annual event taught, or reminded, children about all sorts of issues related to agriculture.

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From Pipi's Pasture: April 2016

I was recently visiting with someone who hasn’t lived in Craig very long. When I mentioned that a big storm — according to today’s forecast — is headed our way, possibly bringing snow, she made a face. I know that she was thinking, “But it’s April!”

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From Pipi's Pasture: Favorite kitten nests

Part of the spring ritual here at Pipi’s Pasture is the birth of kittens, all from mama cats that came here as strays, settled down and stayed — some for years now. This week Lyle told me that he had found a batch of newborn kittens belonging to a one-eyed black mama cat. She has them hidden in a small opening in one side of our wood shed.

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From Pipi's Pasture: Hidden under the snow

The snow is slowly melting here at Pipi’s Pasture, including the mountain-like piles of drifted and plowed snow. In fact, the ground is mostly bare. Here and there we find a sprig or two of green grass, but right now the dominant color is brown.

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Health insurance enrollment climbs in Northwest Colorado, and in state

Northwest Colorado still trails rest of state in rates of enrollment

More people are carrying health insurance in Northwest Colorado — even though the rate of those uninsured remains comparatively high in this part of the state.

From Pipi's Pasture: It’s almost calving season

It’s still winter, but some ranchers are already getting ready for calving season — some may already be into the season. Here at Pipi’s Pasture, we will start calving about the first week of March. Hopefully the weather will improve.

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Moffat County animals, handlers take big honors in Arizona

Young agriculturalists next headed to Western Stock Show in Denver

A break from the chilly weather of Northwest Colorado was just what some local kids needed to end the year of 2015, and for some of them it paid off in more ways than one. It was sun, fun and some considerable profits for Moffat County youths who traveled to the Arizona National Livestock Show in late December.