Pondering Dangers to Lambs

By Lisa Schmidt

Lambing season is almost done at the Graham Ranch. That means naïve lambs find danger at every turn.
We have some death camas blooming now, beckoning for a nibble, which will paralyze a 30-pound lamb in about 12 hours. A bite will kill a 300-pound ram. Lambs learn what to eat from their mothers so only a few venture

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Maija and Mastitis

By Lisa Schmidt

My milk cow, Maija, calved the other day. I was delighted. It had been a long, dry spell while our family waited for her fresh, delicious milk and thick cream for my coffee.
I showed her heifer calf where to find breakfast, milked out the life-saving colostrum to freeze, and went about my business. My business soon became doctoring

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Pondering the many ways to shear

Pondering the many ways to shear

By Lisa Schmidt

Some people call this season springtime. I call it Pilates Time.

I find core muscles and flexibility I forgot I had as I bend low to reach a ewe\’s lower hind leg. I hold her with my knees so she stays comfortable while the electric clippers purr under her long wool, hidden

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Pondering Hunters Education

Hunter\’s Education volunteer Ed Erickson watches as a student checks the action of a shotgun to be sure it is empty. Many accidents that involve firearms occur when a person is taking a rifle or shotgun from a truck so the students in Conrad, Montana\’s Hunter\’s Education class practiced safe handling until they did it right.

Pondering Hunters Education

By Lisa Schmidt

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