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Cattle ranching lies at the core of who we are. We work every day to preserve our ranching heritage and traditions by living them, while simultaneously embracing new ways of thinking.

August 9, 2010

Training Cattle

A large part of last week was spent building temporary electric fence and moving the yearlings every couple of days.  The reason for the relatively small paddocks and short grazing periods is to be able to concentrate the cattle and force them to eat overgrown areas.  This stimulates new growth and provides fresh habitat for migrating birds, elk, and bugs which are an important food source for birds.  My favorite part of this project is calling the cattle into the

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July 30, 2010

Moving Yearlings

Last Monday, we took the 1000 head of yearlings from the Break Tree Pasture to the lakes.  It was an all day drive across many miles of sand hills and finally arrived at the lush, green, wet pasture which was our destination.  Along the way the cattle were stretched out sometimes close to a mile long, a line of walking animals that went up and down hills with riders along each side.  Five guests were there to help including Scott

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September 9, 2009

Branding Big Calves

We had an extra special treat last Friday. We got to brand 30 head of calves that were left over from our annual spring branding. As you all know, branding is my favorite event with cattle work. Because the calves were bigger than in the spring we headed and heeled them. I had a good day of roping but I had more fun helping everyone on the ground. Here is a snapshot of what that looks like. Feebe is taking pictures,

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August 28, 2009

Seamless Move

For the last week nearly a dozen of our horses have been grazing on a few hundred acres on the Medano side of the ranch. There is lots of grass over there and whenever possible we kick ponies out in a pasture near the bison barn. The trip back and forth in a trailer can be monotonous – each time we discuss trailing the horses across the open desert rather than use a truck and trailer.
This week all our dreams came

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