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Pipi's Pasture: Sloppy fall days!

It’s funny how different one year can be from another. For example, last year we brought the cattle home from summer pasture the first weekend in September and fed them expensive hay until they went back to pasture in late May. This year, we’re thankful that there was enough grass, helped along a little by September rain, so that the cattle could stay on pasture until October — last weekend, to be exact.

Pipi’s Pasture: A September snow

The recent rains are proof that we just can’t predict what the weather will be like from year to year, even month to month. Out here, in the area around Pipi’s Pasture, the short grasses have gotten enough moisture so that they’re green again, much like spring. Our lawn is emerald green, just as it is in May.

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Agricultural impact of Colorado flooding will be ‘significant’

The recent flooding in Colorado’s Front Range and surrounding areas could have a negative impact on the rest of the state, including Northwest Colorado.

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Craig Sheep Wagon Days are here again

The 15th annual Craig Sheep Wagon Days takes place today at Wyman Living History Museum. The event is a celebration of the agricultural heritage of Northwest Colorado complete with demonstrations and displays for all ages, including a blacksmithing station, a hay maze, a petting zoo and more.

Pipi's Pasture: Bringing Pipi home

The hot, dry days — until now — of summer have flown by, and suddenly, it’s time for area ranchers to be thinking about bringing the cattle and sheep home from summer pasture. That goes for our family, too. Before long, we’ll be hauling our little herd home for the winter.

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Tom Ross: Restoring a 1959 farm implement that broke new ground in Routt County's Elk River Valley

In an era when air-conditioned farm tractors with satellite radio have become the norm, there’s something to be said for reconditioning a venerable agricultural implement like the self-propelled Hay Cruiser that Bill Fetcher put to work this summer.

Colorado Water Congress discusses strategies to save agriculture

Five members of disparate groups were gathered to talk about what the process of saving agriculture in Colorado will look like and how their constituencies can come together to see it happen.

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Barnyard buddies: Fair entrants show goats, pigs

A full range of farm residents were out and about Thursday as the festivities of the Moffat County Fair continued with the goat and swine shows.

Twin calves named Jiminy and Cricket join the pasture

Twin calves Jiminy and Cricket were born at Pipi's pasture this spring.

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Northwestern Tack store caters to horse lovers in Craig

RaeAnne Hadley is a cheery and kind-hearted woman who loves horses. Her welcoming demeanor and kindred social skills have carried her far, and now she’s sharing those talents as a new business owner in downtown Craig.

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Tom Ross: Rural community turns out to preview new farm implements at Hayden's Carpenter Ranch

Even if you are not a fan of country music, you must be familiar with Kenny Chesney’s hit song, “She Thinks my Tractor’s Sexy.”

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Have goat, will walk across the country for charity

Drivers slowed and pedestrians pulled out cameras as Steve Wescott and LeeRoy Brown strolled down the street. It might not sound that odd, but bear in mind — LeeRoy Brown is a goat.

Diane Prather: Moffat County to host 4-H Expo

Moffat County is the host of this year’s Northwestern Colorado 4-H Livestock, Rabbit, Poultry, Dog and Horse Exposition that will be held June 10 to 13 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds in Craig.

From Pipi's Pasture: Planting the garden at the ranch

We worked hard, so we ate hearty meals when I was growing up on the ranch.

From Pipi's Pasture: A shopping day in Craig, part 2

When my sisters and I were kids, Dad and Mom sometimes planned a full day of shopping in Craig.