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Flat Top Sheep Company is owned by Tom, John, and Diane Peavey. The ranch was first established in 1925 and now has a conservation easement through the Nature Conservancy.  The Peaveys want to run the operation in a profitable and environmentally sensitive way, so that the critters they share the landscape with can prosper. They also want to see the ranch prosper and pass along to future generations as a united operation.

The Peaveys rotate grazing areas around so that grazing on approximately 1/3 of the ranch is deferred that season. The resulting seed tromp aids the perennial grasses in establishing young plants to maintain important age diversity. Young perennial plants can survive fire events or vole infestations and provide seed to accomplish efficient reestablishment. Deferred or rest-rotation grazing can help favored perennials compete with and eradicate cheatgrass.

The Peaveys are improving infrastructure to increase the productivity of the operation. They replaced a wasteful hand-line irrigation system with pivots. They’re also developing the winter range at Kimama with fencing, pipelines, and water troughs and range lambing areas at Muldoon will be outfitted with supplemental watering infrastructure as well. Riparian areas in the Friedman  Creek meadows will be fenced to limit cattle grazing.

 In joining CIRN, the Peaveys were looking for a venue for like-minded progressive ranching interests to coalesce and speak with one voice to entities in order to promote positive change.

Sheep Herd
Double Rainbow
Grazing Sheep
Mountain Wildflowers
Friedman Meadows in the Fall
Coldsprings
Arrowleaf Balsamroot
Arrowleaf balsamroot
View into the Pioneers
South of Flat Top
Sheep Herder
Muldoon Creek Headwaters
East Boundary Fence
John and Diane Peavey
Standard
Red Barn
Hillside
Green Hills
Moutains
Upper Friedman
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