Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Yesterday, Flying Mule Farm, along with a bunch of our farming and ranching friends, tried a social media experiment.  We wanted to show folks what a day in the life of a farmer or rancher looked like - by posting photos at the top of every hour, along with the hashtag #agdayaugust2104.  Since I'm in my extremely mid-forties, I'm not entirely certain what a hashtag is (I assumed it was something made with corned beef), but we all thought this would be a fun project to try.  Turns out, many of our customers and friends liked the project!  I think we'll do it again - maybe once every season.

Here are a few of the photos I posted - enjoy!  For more photos from other farms, search Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for #agdayaugust2014!  And let us know - would you like to see more of this type of thing?

5:00 a.m. - up before the newspaper arrived, so I read it on-line.  Imagine that:
drought was in the news!
 6:00 a.m. - My carpool companion - Ernie!

7:00 a.m. - Taking down fencing @ Rock Creek Reservoir
7:00 a.m. - filling water troughs while Rosie the Guard Dog waits for breakfast.
7:00 a.m. - we feed the ewes about 1 lb of hay each every other day.  The added
protein in the hay helps them digest the dry grass that we're grazing for PG&E.
8:00 a.m. - Arriving at my other job!  Off-farm work has allowed me to continue
my passion for ranching.
9:00 a.m. - Humor makes it easier for me to work indoors!

10:00 a.m. - this sign sits above my desk - along with Shawn the Sheep.
12:00 pm - many people change their shoes on their
lunch hours so they can get some exercise.  I change mine
so I can move irrigation!

12:00 p.m. - instead of finishing lambs on irrigated pasture this year, we're saving
our summer green grass to get the ewes ready for breeding season (this is called
flushing).  After being on dry feed all summer, they'll be happy to come back to this
pasture in September!

12:00 p.m. - Especially thankful that we have water this year!
6:00 p.m. - my "shelfie" (sheepherder selfie) with the sheep.  Back at Rock Creek
building fence.
7:00 p.m. - Working on dinner!  We either grew/raised everything
we had for dinner last night - or we know who did!
8:00 p.m. - Water tank is full and ready to leave the house at 6 a.m. tomorrow morning!

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