Category Archives: Livestock

A verse or two for Easter

We were treated to a recital of this lovely ditty way back in January, on the ferry over to Mazatlan. It´s an appropriate thing to share with y´all for Easter (although more appropriate on Palm Sunday, granted)… and a homage … Continue reading

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Animal welfare in Mexico

Whilst in Mexico City we stumbled across a small yet vigourous protest moving through the Centro Historico. The cause for concern: animal welfare and vegetarianism. Now, with all due respect, Mexico is not known for its kind treatment of animals. … Continue reading

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Dia de los Vaqueros – bucking bulls on the rampage

We weren’t quite sure what we were letting ourselves in for when our hostel-owner, Ernesto, suggested we go to the Dia de los Vaqueros (day of the cowboys) in Zacatecas recently. It turns out we were innocently skipping off to … Continue reading

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Rancho Santa Rosa (back to the Baja)

At KM marker 154 (around 100 miles north of La Paz) we bedded down for the night behind a loncheria at the entrance to Santa Rosa Ranch. After getting somewhat acquainted with the goats, cows, turkeys and chickens we went … Continue reading

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Desert rancheros

Stopping at a loncheria 25 miles from El Rosario we got talking to the proprietor who happened to be a ‘ranchero’. Amid the cacti he explained to us he keeps 70 cattle that roam free eating what vegetation takes their … Continue reading

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Levitating rabbits

Back in Oregon we were taken on a fascinating visit to a rabbit farm. Hundreds of snow white bunnies in wire cages suspended at hip-height, materialising through the 7am mist ranks as one of the most surreal sights yet. It … Continue reading

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Pasture farming

Whilst on location at Mossback Farm I had the good fortune to open a book called ‘All Flesh is Grass’ by Gene Logsdon. It’s essentially about pasture farming. Logsdon maintains that pasture farming is perfect on small farms for people … Continue reading

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