Calving Season: Swoope Almanac – March 2017

Calving Season Begins March 1st Green grass emerges from its brown, dormant cloak of winter. Northern Harriers glide and teeter, close to the ground in search of anything that moves. In the vast grasslands of Swoope, Virginia, the headwaters of the Shenandoah River it’s voles they hunt. American Plum pushes forth its white blooms, and […]

Swoope Almanac – March 2015, Winter Storm Thor and a New Border Collie Pup

The sun’s energy has transformed our brown pastures into green carpets of food for our beef cattle. The surge of spring is upon us. Red Wing Blackbird males are singing their shoulders off, “Concareeee”.  Meadowlarks are singing, “Spring of the yearrrr”.  Because of the vast grasslands in Swoope their populations are not declining here.  Elsewhere […]

Swoope Almanac March 2013: Snowquester, Special Spots and Short Eared Owls

This past week Swoope bore the brunt of the Snowquester, a.k.a. winter storm Saturn.  It gave us almost two feet of snow – unwelcome weather for cattle farmers during calving season.  A calf born in this weather can perish quickly.  We were lucky.  The storm left no casualties among our herds of cattle. Snow still […]