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May 2, 2016

Ranchlands Down Under: Drafting

Following the excitement of the muster with the horses and the chopper comes the corral aspect of the cattlework called Drafting. Here at Gregory the cattle are sorted several different ways and the layout of the pens is such to make it as efficient as possible. From the holding yards the cattle progress through two smaller yards before going through “the Pound” which is an octagon shaped round pen with gates to sort seven different ways. One gate leads to

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April 18, 2016

Ranchlands Down Under: Mustering

In Australia gathering a pasture is called Mustering and is orchestrated a little differently than what we do on Chico. The biggest difference is the utilization of mustering helicopters to find and move the cows to water points so that they can be moved as a group by the individuals horseback. The helicopter also saves the horses some running when cows or calves try to run from the herd by getting ahead of them and turning them back. Bikes are

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February 11, 2013


The Blue Dodge didn’t want to start today, so it got a solid run around behind little Duke’s truck – the pull start worked with great success!

I’ve never been very mechanical and have enjoyed learning little in-and-outs that are necessary when the machines break down. The malfunctions are inevitable and the hard life machines live on the ranch makes breakdowns a frequent occurrence. Because of this we all become impromptu mechanics, building on the experiences from our last mechanical challenges.

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