Daily Journal

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about THE DAILY JOURNAL

A daily window into life on our ranches.

February 6, 2017

On the Ground

By the time I graduated and left the academic world behind, I felt as though had I gained little ground in the reality of what I had spent so much time trying to understand. I left wanting to work on a ranch.

January 17, 2017

The Sound of Silence

I had never truly experienced the sound of silence in its purest form until I came to the Chico.

December 10, 2016

Busy Bees

On this sunny December day, three women are bustling about the Chico Basin leathershop feeding a fire, developing skills, and making unique and important leather goods.

December 7, 2016

The Cattle Call

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

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 29, 2016

Ranchmade Holiday Gifts

Ranchlands Mercantile originated with Duke III making leather goods for his friends and family in the tack repair room. Now, the Chico Basin Ranch leather shop is a popular place for our staff to make or fix items for themselves, and gifts for their family and friends. We asked a few members of our team what product they’d most like to give as a gift this holiday season. Here are their top picks:

 

The chico tote

 

When I lived in Denver, I came

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November 28, 2016

(Re)introducing The Saddlehouse

Back in the beginning, when Duke Phillips was just starting out on Chico Basin Ranch–the original Ranchlands property and the launching point from which the organization as it stands today grew and developed–he and a two-person editorial team published a monthly newsletter called The Saddlehouse. Full of tidbits about new staff members and visits from European guests, updates on a keynote address by Alan Savory on the ranch, and personal anecdotes about family travels, the death of a dog, or

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November 8, 2016

The Most Fun You Can Have On Four Legs

Have you ever wondered what a human-sized chicken carrying a giant pumpkin while astride a galloping horse might look like? Of course you have. Well thanks to the first ever Ranchlands Horse Sports, that burning question — and many more like it — will never plague humanity again!

This past Sunday was illuminating in so many ways. Do ponies named Corvette enjoy taking both the littlest and lankiest members of the ranch crew on a double ride? Nope. Does a gold

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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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November 4, 2016

Apprentice Down Under

The Ranchlands apprenticeship program is a developmental program that is tailored to each individuals needs and desires. In Sam’s case, going to Australia through Ranchlands’ network to work on a million plus acre ranch where she worked 40,000+ head of cattle in six months was exactly what she needed and wanted. 

“Coming into the beginning of my second year as a Ranch Manager Apprentice at the Ranchlands managed Chico Basin Ranch I met with the Dukes to discuss how I was

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