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Our management programs emphasize a high land stewardship ethic supported by a strong ranching business that pays its own way without the need for subsidies.

June 20, 2016


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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March 24, 2014

Climate Change Impacts Already Being Felt Worldwide

LINCOLN, Neb. — Climate change already is being felt around the world, and society must figure out how to adapt to the changes already underway and mitigate the severity of future impacts, experts said Tuesday (May 7) at the global Water for Food Conference.