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    Wilder Bison Works

    Our bison threatened to stampede through the North Dakota pipeline demonstration during the fall roundup.

    by Duke Phillips

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    Duke and the Buffalo

    This film by Alfredo Alcántara & Josh Chertoff follows Duke Phillips III and his team at Zapata Ranch during our annual fall bison works. This unique conservation effort is instrumental in protecting the endangered wild bison and the rich landscape it inhabits.

    by Ranchlands Review

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    The Art of the Cattle Move II : Grazing Plans

    The most important tool we use in management of the land is being able to control the amount of time that cattle graze a particular pasture.

    by Madeline Jorden

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P1570505
March 7, 2017

Wilder Bison Works

Our bison threatened to stampede through the North Dakota pipeline demonstration during the fall roundup.

DukeandtheBuffalo_web
March 6, 2017

Duke and the Buffalo

This film by Alfredo Alcántara & Josh Chertoff follows Duke Phillips III and his team at Zapata Ranch during our annual fall bison works. This unique conservation effort is instrumental in protecting the endangered wild bison and the rich landscape it inhabits.

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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.

June 20, 2016

Grass

While out checking fence with Thor and Tate, I noticed this grass that looked different than the others. It’s known as Squirrel tail, a cousin to Fox tail. Squirrel tail grows in the drier upland pastures whereas Fox tail grows in the wetter areas around creeks and ponds. Fox tail has a more bushy seed head unlike Squirrel tail which has longer, more flowing seed tails. Squirrel tail is a great indicator species to help assess rangeland health. Duke and I have been talking

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February 19, 2015

Weaning Time

A few weeks back we weaned and sold the calves at the Zapata. Planning is always an important part in everything we do at the ranch and this was no exception. Two months before, we had decided to sell the calves through Superior Livestock Auction. Kenny, a Superior rep and neighbor, came out and filmed the cattle.
As we approached the sale date, Kate, Jessie, and I progressively moved them towards headquarters. The day before, little Duke,

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December 30, 2014

Touched by a Painting – Western Horseman

A side street in urban Denver, Colorado, is an unlikely place to find bales of hay tucked around a doorway obscured by a black cloth. But it’s how I knew I was where I was supposed to be.

November 19, 2014

Colorado College Students Monitoring at Chico Basin Ranch

Chico Basin Ranch uses the Land EKG® monitoring system to quantify the health of the grassland in their pastures. We enjoyed doing some of this prairie monitoring for Michael this year while getting to know the ranch and it’s native shortgrass prairie.
Monitoring on the ranch was simply complicated. We’d drive many miles to pasture, find the monitoring location amongst the the grasses, take photos of the area and of the ground, estimate the amount of grass on the ground, weigh

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