January 6, 2011
Well, we survived the holidays and are back into the routine. As you may have read, our bison are turned out into the pivot, an irrigated pasture just north of the lodge. Our focus right now is teaching them to eat cake (a protein/mineral pellet) and to follow the cake truck. We started by driving right towards the main herd, letting out a really loud “whooooooo” and then start feeding. We have a person or two on horseback that can …
December 20, 2010
The 400 buffalo females in the pen were a sight to see last week, unearthly almost.
These are the animals that are now grazing on the Zapata as livestock. We will use them just as we do cattle, as a tool to manipulate the surface of the ground to achieve the conservation goals we want. We’ll treat them just as if they were cattle.
We will move them in the pasture rotation, doctor them when they need nursing. We will make sure …
November 19, 2010
As Asta said, we finalized the big bison round up and processing last Saturday night. It was a very intense three weeks. There were many emotional ups and downs due to the unsure nature of gathering and working bison. This herd in particular is very unpredictable because they live in a large area of about 50,000 acres and only get handled this one time during the year.
After being outrun by several small herds the first morning, our spirits were down as the first slight sign of failure presented …
October 21, 2010
I am now counting down the days to the beginning of the fall bison work. We will start gathering next Wednesday and continue for ten days or so and then spend a week working them through the chutes. We have a complex schedule of friends and neighbors coming to help, meals being provided by Mike, our chef, shipping dates for our sale animals, processing dates for private treaty sales, and many more details. Preparation is very intense right now because when we start, …