Re: Chips

David Smith

If only I'd know... All those years of wandering the open range, I
apparently should have been photographing dung instead of rocks ;-)

FYI, there's no danger of confusing cow pies and antelope droppings - cow
pies are pie-sized. Antelopes, like deer make piles of much smaller pellets.

As for colors, there's also an aging factor. As I recall, fresh ones were a
slightly greenish brown (in cattle browsing Nevada sagebrush/grass) and they
got to be a very dark brown, almost black, as they dried out.

Dave Smith

On Feb 8, 2008 11:42 AM, Mike Brock <brockm@...> wrote:

Doug Harding notes:

And Mike if you are really interested, they raise cattle in Florida,
inland and look down, be careful where you walk. I don't think the color
manure has changed through the years. It is affected by what the cattle
But that's the point, Doug. Florida grasses are quite different from those
in Iowa and/or Wyoming. Wouldn't it be better to match to a chip in the
of actual use? To add to that, chip colors have probably changed over the
yrs due to changes in grass types and....well...there must be SOME reason
but I'm not sure if the color of such chips might change over time. We
obviously need to hear from someone more versed in chip matters than I am.

Spen Kellogg adds:

"Haven't you modeled those chips on the federal grazing land alongside
your track work climbing up and over Sherman Hill? <VBG> What color are
those "chips?"

Well, yes, I've tried to determine the colors from photos from the '50's
one should never trust to film with its color shifts, etc. And, besides,
there's those &%*($$ analopes that were and still are found on the Hill. I
can't tell if the chip is from analope or cattle from photos. In fact, I
think the only sure fire way would be to see them being produced. Tom
doesn't live too far from there...perhaps he could take a quick trip up
there and take some photos of both during production for the archives. I'd
hate for someone to discover that I had used the color of analope chips in
my stock cars. And, don't forget... The cars...once emptied of cattle
have these floor colors until cleaning. One BIG advantage with this
of knowledge is that it will help in modeling the ground in the stock pen
Buford. Hmmm. Wonder if they cleaned that very often?

Mike Brock

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