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From Pipi's Pasture: Gates

Gates come in all sizes and are made from a variety of materials, but the focus of this week’s column is on gates that you find on a ranch or farm.

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Moffat County FFA reaps rewards with wins at state competition

While Moffat County High School’s Future Farmers of America participants are busy learning valuable agriculture and life skills, they’re also raking in the awards from district and state competitions.

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Weekend Roundup: Dining, diving or horse driving in Moffat County

If you’re hoping to support a good cause for a local family or looking to get in touch with Northwest Colorado’s rustic roots, this is your weekend to do it.

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From Pipi's Pasture: Playhouses inspired by imagination

Each spring after the snow had melted and the trees had leaves, my sisters, Charlotte and Darlene, and I checked out our playhouses. That was years ago when we were growing up on the ranch.

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From Pipi's Pasture: Remembering the spring seasons of the past

When my siblings Duane, Charlotte, Darlene and I were growing up on the ranch at Morapos, we looked forward to spring — boy, did we ever! The snow really piled up in the winter so it took a while to melt.

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Ag, food producers invited to Sen. Bennet's Farm Bill sessions

Members of Northwest Colorado’s agricultural and food community are invited to attend Food and Farm Bill listening sessions with staff from Sen. Michael Bennet’s office Tuesday.

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From Pipi's Pasture: So now it’s April

It’s April already; in fact, the first week of the month is nearly gone! What’s going on here at Pipi’s Pasture is much the same as for local ranches, except we’re on a much smaller scale.

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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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