November 4, 2016
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 …
October 28, 2016
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 …
October 13, 2016
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
October 10, 2016
The philosophy behind rotational grazing.
September 30, 2016
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.
September 12, 2016
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 …
September 8, 2016
Duke talks about the art of roping–the subtle techniques, such as positioning your horse with precision and keeping the herd of cattle calm, that go beyond basic skillfulness with a rope.
August 11, 2016
“Not everything in nature is always pretty or majestic,” that is something that everyone and anyone that is involved with ranching or farming knows all too well. However in bad situations, sometimes you have to find the silver lining. For instance, yesterday we were moving the two year old herd and the black calf (on the right) in the picture got separated from her mom at the very beginning. The red and white one (on the left) was limping and …
August 9, 2016
One of the highlights for the crew is when there has been a cleanskin (wild) bull sighted and we have the gear to pick it up. Due to the size of the station, the terrain, and the cunning of the bulls they are fairly spread out over the property and seen often but capturing them is not as easy. The boys on the bikes work together to herd the bull onto the flat where they have a better …
July 28, 2016
This week the crew from Gregory Downs and myself joined two other station crews at Aramraynald station for a low stress stockmanship clinic. The clinic had some classroom time going over positions and yard layouts before we went out into the field to practice what we learned. It was refreshing to see seasoned stockman still finding areas to improve on.