Zapata Ranch Daily Journal

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April 23, 2014


My dad and I were in New York last weekend to see the premier of Duke and the Buffalo at the Tribeca Film Festival. It’s a film that we produced with a good friend about our annual bison gather and how bison play into the running of our operation. It was really cool to see it on the big screen, and be able to chat with a few people afterwards about it.

We also got to wander around the city and

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April 10, 2014


Green-up is finally here but just barely.  The cattle, bison, horses, and wildlife are “chasing” the green grass coming up; however, the term “chasing” means precisely how it sounds.  There’s not enough green yet to go around which means animal condition is still on the downhill.  Once a grazer tastes green they will no longer touch the old dormant feed even if it is plentiful and even if they would benefit more from it.  As the ground temperatures raise more

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April 8, 2014

The Dunes

The Great Sand Dunes is a place I take for granted until I take a bit more time to realize what I’m actually looking at.  That or have friends/family visit.  I thought this picture that one of my friends took on a recent visit did a good job of capturing the dunes.  Looking at the photo you might think we were in the Sahara Desert, but we’re just hanging out in the San Luis Valley with 14,000ft peaks in the

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Butchering at the Chico
April 4, 2014

Ranch Roundup

Spring is here! And across the Chico and Zapata, that means cattle work, extra muddy ground and our annual beef butchering.

Branding fire
April 3, 2014


Branding is one of the first things that we do during the year, it marks the beginning of the season.

Weekly Roundup
March 20, 2014

Ranch Roundup

A snapshot of the past two weeks at Zapata: moving calves, building fence, welding and spotting elk.