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December 7, 2016

The Cattle Call

“WOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!” The simple call baited about 400 through the gate.

"Gully Run" and "Spring Forward", exhibited in Ranchlands' 2016 Art Show
December 6, 2016

Ranchlands in Paint

She came to the Chico an architectural painter. Now she’s a renowned Western artist. Spotlight on the longtime Ranchlands art show participant Jill Soukup.

November 30, 2016

Adjusting

Ranchlands film and photography intern, Lucy Maude, describes her first few weeks with Ranchlands and the contrasts from her former life in the city.

I’m sure we’re all aware of, or can take a good guess at, the narrative of Making Sacrifices and Understanding Hard Work that comes with interning on a working cattle ranch. Five o’clock wake ups! Manual labour! Cold! Spending an hour digging a motorbike out of a ditch you ran it into! No Starbucks! It’s a tale as

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November 28, 2016

Bison Works 2016

“Magnificent, bizarre and iconic”: read about our encounters with bison and see photos from an action-packed week.

November 7, 2016

Pedometer

The pedometer on my phone tells me I’ve traveled an average of 11.62 miles (22,687 steps) per day during my time at the Chico (10 months). Thanks horse!

By Chico Basin ranch management apprentice Eric Sauerhagen

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October 28, 2016

Women in Ranching

Traditionally the job of a rancher has been associated with men. The iconic figure of a person that works with cattle is something on the lines of John Wayne in an old Wild West film. One of the unique parts of Ranchlands is that it takes that stereotype, and flips it on its head.
After only a short time looking at Ranchlands social media it becomes very apparent that there is a large female presence, intricately woven into the fabric of

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October 13, 2016

Weaning

Its that time of year that mama cows finally get the break they deserve… weaning!  Some of the calves this year look so good that you have to give a second look to make sure it isn’t a yearling. It will be fun to watch these ones continue to grow up and see what next year’s calves look like.

By Chico Basin Ranch apprentice Eric Sauerhagen

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October 10, 2016

Morning

Sunrise on Wednesday morning. The silence before the storm. A minute later the engine of a motorcycle gives the horses their wakeup-call and they start running towards the corrals. Another workday. Good morning Chico!

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August 15, 2016

Determination

With this kind of work you need to have a good sense of humour. Our spirits were still high, although it took a good three hours of gruelling  determination and numerous alternative methods, for us to realise we really weren’t going anywhere. Luckily for us, a rescue vehicle was called in and we all arrived back at the Chico safely.

By Chico Basin intern Belle Cox

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August 11, 2016

Sticking it Out

“Not everything in nature is always pretty or majestic,” that is something that everyone and anyone that is involved with ranching or farming knows all too well. However in bad situations, sometimes you have to find the silver lining. For instance, yesterday we were moving the two year old herd and the black calf (on the right)  in the picture got separated from her mom at the very beginning. The red and white one (on the left) was limping and

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