Welcome to Heritage and Heartland – my corner of Two Bar Sheep Co. where ranch reality meets social media. Life is too short to not enjoy delicious meals whether they are eaten in Yiayia’s kitchen or on the tailgate of the pickup after working sheep. As a third generation Greek rancher, there is no place I would rather be than riding my horse through the mountains while eating a piece of spanakopita. Below you will find some of my favorite recipes, stories and gadgets for all to enjoy. Come join the ride and don’t forget to pack your cooler, snacks are always a must in the Heartland of the West.
Chewy had a foal! Yes – this was planned since last spring. The gestation period of a horse is 11-12 months (long haul for Chewy girl). We tried the year prior as well but things did not work out so we are elated with the new edition to the ranch. Chewy is one of our beloved mares. We have had her for 7ish years now and you can’t help but love her. She is happiest chasing down a renegade cow and her rider better hold on! The new babe is a filly, a girl and we have named her, Lottie. We are all anxious to see how her coloring will change over the next year.
March brings baby calves to our ranch -giving us a taste of the Spring craziness to follow! We have only recently gotten into the cattle business but we are finally getting the hang of things. Unlike our sheep that have their baby lambs out on the range, our cows calve close to the house in pastures or pen. The heifers (or first time mamas) are kept in a pen close to the house in order for us to keep a closer eye on them.
Living in Colorado brings a range of temperatures that may not be favorable for a new baby calf to enter the world. When temperatures plummet, it is critical for the cows to be checked every 1-3 hours to be assist any new babes warm up or any mamas having issues. Luckily, it is starting to warm up around here so the calves can enjoy the high altitude sunshine!