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 …
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 …
August 22, 2016
Another important part of working on the station was learning the local slang that the crew used every day. The first week I was a bit confused about what they were saying but I was able to sort it out in no time. Here are a few of my favorites and most common:
Bitchumen- asphalt road
Pad- cattle trail
Tail out- graze out
Plant- remuda, horse string
Bore- water …
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.
July 9, 2016
It’s always great when one gets to experience something new with old friends, and even better when your old friends know your new ones. Little Duke made it out to visit Gregory Downs just in time for the local Camp Draft. It was incredible getting to visit with him about his work on a much larger station Van Rook and hear he and Paul share yarns about Dukes own time working the muster at Gregory four years prior. While …
July 8, 2016
Recently the station hosted a two day shoeing clinic with master farrier Bill Hutton to educate the stock hands on proper trimming and shoeing techniques. It was incredible to learn from someone who was so knowledgeable. At the end of the course Bill even let me hot fit a shoe after I shaped it to the foot- it was the highlight of the clinic for me.
June 17, 2016
Around nine thirty in the morning, or later if we are mustering, the crew takes a collective break for a half hour that’s called ‘smoko’. The smoko is centered around having a cup of tea which is prepared in a Billy can. The Billy can the crew uses has been seasoned to perfection over the years. Once the fire is hot enough to send the water to a rolling boil, a fistful of ground tea leaves are chucked in …
June 7, 2016
When the drafting is done and you have to brand the calves from the herd that day you want to do it as quickly as possible so they can get back to their cow. In the yards the most efficient way to process several hundreds of calves is by using the calf table. Like kids in a school line the calves wind their way around slowly to get their identification.