Chico Basin Ranch Daily Journal

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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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Sandhill Cranes fill the skies of the San Luis Valley every spring prior to dispersing to their northern nesting grounds.
October 26, 2016

Cranes

Yesterday morning we rode from headquarters in the dark to get a jump start on the cattle. We hit the back of the pasture right at 7 o’clock when the sun was rising. In the distance I could hear an unfamiliar sound at the nearby reservoir. As I went about moving cattle, a flock of Sandhill Cranes took flight from the water and continued on their migration.

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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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September 30, 2016

Ranchlands Down Under: September Spring

It’s a bit to wrap my head around the different seasons here down under. While at home things are cooling off and the leaves are turning orange and yellow here in Oz the only fall hues are in the soil. The grass is greening up and already the temps have been over 100′ a few different days.

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September 12, 2016

Ranchlands Down Under: My Boy Slick

As part of the stock camp learning experience each ringer (cattle hand) in the camp is given a 2 year old green broke horse to ride and take on the musters in order to train them for stock horse life. My colt is a gangly gelding who I got into the habit of calling Slick. The first few gathers we did together he was quite anxious being out of sight of the other colts and did not like hearing

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August 22, 2016

Ranchlands Down Under: Learning the Lingo

Another important part of working on the station was learning the local slang that the crew used every day. The first week I was a bit confused about what they were saying but I was able to sort it out in no time. Here are a few of my favorites and most common:

Bitchumen- asphalt road
Sanga- sandwich
Crook- sick
Esky- cooler
Gabbies- crawfish
Swag- bedroll
Avo- afternoon
Dary- cigarette
Yards- corrals
Ute- truck
Maccas- McDonald’s
Winge- complain
Kip- nap
Keen- eager
Perishin- thirsty
Pad- cattle trail
Tail out- graze out
Plant- remuda, horse string
Bore- water

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August 19, 2016

Mile High Bug Club

In the film A Bug’s Life the heroes are ants while the villains are grasshoppers. The Pharaoh Ramesses II compared Hittite armies to locusts and in an Aesop fable called The Ant and the Grasshopper ants worked hard all summer while grasshoppers played; the result being ants survived the winter while the grasshoppers perished.  In an Anton Chekov short story, Poprygunya, an unfaithful woman is compared to a grasshopper “hopping from one man to another.”

Under suitable environmental conditions, billions of

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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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