January 16, 2015
At this time in the Zapata grazing plan we have the large horse herd out on vacation grazing with our older bison herd. Now and then I ride along with Brett to go and check on them. As we go through the pastures, Brett will feed cake to the bison herd, first sounding the loud train horn to attract the bison’s attention.
They run toward the truck for what is an exciting delivery and we drop grain pellets that we call …
October 1, 2014
I always said that if I wasn’t a rancher I’d have been a detective. Sometimes I get to be both.
We’ve had a few bison on the Zapata side who have decided that they don’t care much for fences. I’ve had the hunch that it’s just been a few bad apples, but figuring out which ones is the trick. I had them narrowed down to a certain bunch, so I put them into a separate pasture. They took their sweet time, …
September 13, 2014
A few weeks back I wrote about getting a bison out of the lake. The reason she had so much trouble is because of the design of her feet. It’s not that it’s a bad design. The hoof was simply doing what it was designed to do: penetrate the soil, that is. It’s a great design out in a pasture where it was meant to be used. Cattle and bison hooves do a great job of penetrating and aerating the …
August 10, 2014
A public/private partnership to examine bison in a cold desert ecosystem
July 23, 2014
My job is never boring. Last Friday night proved that.
After a long Friday I got a call that there was a bison stuck in a lake. I’ve pulled plenty of cattle out of dried up ponds and even some that fell through the ice, but never a bison out of a dried up lake.
Apparently a young bison cow wandered into a local park. She knew the way back home and apparently had enough of the park, but unfortunately the way …
June 4, 2014
With the recent moisture, the annual purple irises are the most vibrant I’ve ever seen them and the dark green, healthy grass has been accentuating things even more.
Last night we passed by the Wedding Trees with fields full of irises that Duke said gave off the illusion that the fields were flooded.
The bison at this time of year are also taking on their most interesting looks with their winter coats falling away.
The bulls always seem to be the most impressive, …
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 …
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 …
April 7, 2014
A welcome from our CEO and founder, Duke Phillips