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First generation farmer/rancher in north eastern California.We run a small scale lamb and beef operation,with chickens for eggs and horses for ranch work and pleasure.We're in the process of developing our pasture land into a hay and wheat operation to provide feed for our livestock in the winter months and some wheat for our own consumption as well.Very much into good organically and locally grown food,food politics,sustainable agriculture and somewhat of a locavore/ foodie.

It’s Been a long time!

So, we really dropped the ball on blogging going on four years ago, got busy with family life and farming and ranching, and of course our off farm jobs. Looking forward to getting back to sharing o…

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It’s Been a long time!

So, we really dropped the ball on blogging going on four years ago, got busy with family life and farming and ranching, and of course our off farm jobs. Looking forward to getting back to sharing our continued journey in local direct market agriculture, so stay tuned. We’ll try and add the blog to a future website, but for now find post here and Sweeting Ranch Facebook page. Good to be back!!

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Farmer Bronwyn

Farmer Bronwyn

Bronwyn-Coming back to re-fill seed broadcaster

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Bronwyn Olsen Big plans, …

Bronwyn Olsen
Big plans, we are feeling VERY good eating our grass raised meat and eggs. I will own up to the fact that Sol does everything, getting hay, daily feeding, moving, doctoring. I wasn’t even sure I could eat animals that I see daily-well I do feel good about it, I don’t want to eat feed lot raised animals ever again! Food seems more-life seems more-I don’t know-right. I am more thankful for farmers, animals, life since we began this adventure. When we started I was unsure but only sure about Solomon’s level of passion and commitment. As you may of guessed this is Bronwyn speaking-the shy one-not the blogger. I felt the need to add my thoughts. Oh, I do care for the chickens. I love our eggs!
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Will have limited beef and lamb,eggs and veggies this summer.On farm by appointment only!Loyalton farmers market,and in the future select small coop’s.Thanks!
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Wonderful Wet Weather

Well the worst part about blogging  when you’re a novice like myself is you can hit the wrong key and totally lose all your work,which just happened :-(. So i’ll give this one more shot.As i said in my last post attempt,like everyone else in the state we’re coming off of 56 days with no moisture whatsoever,so the other night as i was lying in my bed and the rain drops started i felt a sense of euphoria not felt in a long time. As a fairly new producer(been involved in Agriculture in some way,shape or form for 17 years,but a producer for only 5 or 6 years on my own ),never has the weather played such a major role in my life,primarily in decisions that i make regarding this ranch,from farming to where to place fences,outbuildings,and the list goes on. I now base the success or failure of a whole year on it. Before the start of this rain and flurries we had and still do have winds which i like to sometimes exaggerate as the “100 mile an hour winds”, the kind of winds that tear tin off a roof,and peel tarps off expensive hay piles with no signs of  grommets the next day,or deposit deck furniture into heaps against the nearest tree, bush or god forbid car! :-O. I once had my bar-b q blow across the yard and didn’t stop till it came to rest on the squeeze chute way across the barn yard,took me three days to find the lid out in the pasture! True story! But the beauty of it all is it also brought a storm with it,and this evening after feeding the stock i sauntered around the pastures and newly planted fields happily looking at the wet ground and imagining abundant pasture grasses and exceptional yields of  hay this spring and summer. At least it felt good to know there’s still some hope in that area,because in true farmer/rancher fashion I’m already looking to next winter and hoping for enough feed as with all years to get through,it’s a continual circle of production.Well that’s enough rant for the evening,hope everyone’s getting some moisture in one form or another! Cheers! Solomon and family."My Winter Ranch Gear,Coveralls or bibs,Carhart jacket,Bogg boots"Pray for a good snow pack!

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Waiting on winter

Hello everyone,been some time since our last post and am now hoping to make this blog a regular feature in our social media routine.Well things have slowed down considerably around the ranch,and we are also in the middle of one of the driest winters on record.We went through December with no precipitation whatsoever and now January is following suit,so we have our fingers crossed that winter will show itself in some way,shape or form shortly as we rely on the snowpack and rain to recharge our lakes,ponds,ground aquifers and for us folks dryland farming and ranching germinate our seeds and help the grass to regenerate. It can be somewhat disheartening to walk the newly planted fields and  pastures only to see dry dusty ground and try not have a feeling of hopelessness,but that’s part of the gamble of agriculture. The latest forecast indicates a possible chance of rain and snow for next week,so that keeps hope alive for the possibility of next years hay crop,i expect the price of hay to be phenomenal this year  as it’s very high now.Without putting up at least some of our hay and having good pasture,it could easily change our plans for growing our cattle herd and sheep flock. Extra mouths to feed with increased hay prices would be prohibitive on our small-scale,or any scale really! But on the other hand this weather has been a bittersweet blessing as well since we’ve been able to be outside getting chores done that would have regularly been done in the spring,so we’re a few steps ahead come april and may.We have a few ewes to lamb soon and a few at the neighbors being bred,and some lambs ready to go down the road. Last summers calves are looking great and the cows should calve again in march,so we look forward to new babies running around the pasture(hopefully on nice green grass).We decided  we want to try our hand at some pastured fryers this year,along with our free range egg production,so if you need some excellently raised eggs or chicken call us and order ahead so we know you have an interest!In closing i just will update you that we got our Farmall M going,and it just needs a little fine tuning and she’ll be ready for this season starting with haying so very excited there,and there’s still a chance we may buy my neighbors Farmall 706 which is a 90hp tractor w/a cab.So stay tuned!I’ll keep this blog going more often now that I’m home for the winter from my seasonal job at the county ag dept.Hope everyone is well! Solomon and the Sweeting outfit.

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Wordless Wednesday

Todays Blog post in Pictures


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To all the fellow Farmers and Ranchers we give a big thanks and deepest hope for prosperity.Keep up the good work!  #Foodthanks!#foodthanks image for your blog

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The a.m. shift

So i am awoken  this morning at 2 am,to the sounds of serious loud barking and think to myself @&%$#* dogs ,should i really get out of bed and see what’s going on.I mean our dogs are known to go on barking  tangents at any given time of the day,and usually at things that aren’t attention worthy.But my need to console my worries gets the best of me(forgot to mention we had four of our neighbors young bulls come over a day ago)so i figured they might be in with the girls by this morning.Anyways back to the story.As i lay in bed i did what any groggy,half asleep,exhausted,butt kicked from previous days chores,annoyed from being woken from a good dream person would do,i slightly pushed the curtains open  with my finger to see what was up(as if i could see anything in the pitch black) and to my surprise saw a big dark bovine outline outside my bedroom window,damn i thought this is how my day is gonna’ play out.Well the first thing i did was lay back down,i guess i figured the bulls finally made their way through all the fences so might as well rest up till later this morning as i will need all my energy for the big bull parade,but something inside me said get your butt out of bed and check it out.So with many colorful words racing in my mind i quickly pulled on my pants and other warm clothing (did a last check to see if the wife was awake and wanted to help,yeah right) and went to see my fate.Well imagine my surprise when i came out the door to see my own cows running around kicking their heels up and eating freely from the hay pile!This scenario which isn’t a new one if you’ve read my previous blogs was most annoying because they where in their pasture last night at feeding time and through error of my own had escaped out of a hole (the last in a fence we were fixing) and that i had assured my wife would be fine till we got back to it in a day our two was blasted open,i should have known better since  my cows are exceptional escape artist and nothing in a fence goes unnoticed.Well i ended up chasing them back and forth for about 30 minutes in the dark through the west pasture,and into a drainage ditch till i got them lined out on the fence and pushed back into the pasture that they had come from and quickly put a panel over the big gap in the fence till morning light,but now i can’t go back to sleep so here i am.Moral of the story is don’t put off till tomorrow what needs done today, unless you’re a really heavy sleeper!Now where are those bulls?!

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