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    Zapata Tent Camps

    “We’ve got an hour before the sun sets, should we ride out and find some bison?”

    And so kicked off our camp out on the Medano among the wild bison. A combination of laid-back spontaneity and the freedom of having 55,000 acres to yourself set the tone for the evening. With the tents set up and fire ring built, Kate, Jessie and I had our chores done and could go have some fun. We set off north in search of some

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    by Emily Paxson

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    Christmas in Spring

    Photographer Matt DeLorme reflects on his first branding experience at the Chico.

    by Ranchlands Review

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  • Chasing the Green

    This spring feels like it’s pregnant. As if it is about to burst out unchecked as a living being.

    by Duke Phillips

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Some of our colts are getting old enough to start learning how to wear halters, saddles and bridles. With the help of our new horse trainer, Peggy Gurnett, these young horses will be out helping us move cattle in no time!
May 19, 2015

Spring Changes

Spring is a time of year that we all look forward to: green grass, new life. This year we’ve had more rain that we can ever remember having before.

May 30, 2013

Good Mother

I wish we had an entire herd of cattle modeled after this cow. She is one of the first calf heifers that we are watching over at the MZ Ranch and she managed to slip unnoticed under the radar until about two weeks ago. This is a good thing because she was able to have her calf on her own without our help as first calf heifers often need. Unfortunately we noticed her because he calf, after a few days

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April 2, 2013

Amelia

I was flying on Sunday afternoon with my mother over the eastern part of the ranch when we noticed a cow lying in an awkward position. I circled back around and saw definite signs that the cow had passed on but curled up against her back was a clean newborn calf. I picked a flatish looking spot, clear of cholla and landed so we might investigate further. We walked the 1/4 of a mile back to where the cow was

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March 8, 2013

Skinnies

This time of year is when the nutrition in the grass hits its yearly low and it shows in the cattle’s condition. A couple of weeks ago we sorted 70 of the skinniest ones out of 477 and yesterday we sorted through them again, this time finding 15 more. We put the “skinnies” in their own pasture and we’ve been supplementing their grazing with about 15 lbs. of hay per animal every other day. This helps because they get part of their daily

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September 22, 2012

Like Mother Like Daughter

I took this shot after we moved the Sand herd yesterday morning, a very pretty sight of a Beefmaster cross heifer calf.  The green they are grazing on is Kochia weeds.  Last weeks rain was not enough to change our fortunes, but it did green up the weeds and make them palatable again.  Keeping the cattle moving so that they can take advantage of what little green feed we have had has kept the cattle in good shape in spite

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