Category Archives for // calves
August 9, 2016

Ranchlands Down Under: Cleanskin Bulls

  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

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July 11, 2016

The Art of Roping

Take a look at some of the loops thrown at this years brandings.

July 9, 2016

Ranchlands Down Under: Reunions

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

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June 28, 2016

Lunch at the Water Trough

Sometimes if you sit really still at a busy watering hole you can get a curious heifer to give you a good sniff or maybe even a kiss.

By Chico Basin apprentice Eric Sauerhagen

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June 22, 2016


My first week on the Chico I went to four brandings. Two brandings were for Ranchlands cattle but the other two were actually at some of the nearby ranches. While we traveled to other ranches to help out, our neighbors also came to the Chico to beef up our ground & roping crew. It’s amazing to see a close knit community come together to support one another during the branding season!

By Chico Basin intern Tate Dulany

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June 20, 2016

May Ranch Roundup

Every spring, hundreds of local students visit Chico Basin Ranch. Their visits are a unique opportunity to share stories about ranching and our role in conserving the high prairie ecosystem.

June 7, 2016

Ranchlands Down Under: Branding

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.

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May 20, 2016

Muggin’ for the Chico

Branding season is upon us! Which means the cowboy tradition of “calf mugging” aka the tried-and-true way to safely get a calf on its side after it’s been roped and then restrain it during branding, vaccinations, ear tagging, etc. without getting kicked in the head or burned by a searing hot iron — becomes a VERY important skill. In other words, we’re all about that mug life on the Chico these days.

I’m a newbie to brandings and have been anxiously

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May 19, 2016

Wide Open

Today we rode out east to the Sands to move the Beefmaster herd. It’s a long trot to go around the neighbor’s property and reach the back corners of the pasture but it’s a worthwhile journey. Nowhere else on the ranch can see so far and really appreciate the vastness. This picture was taken at full zoom on my phone and still the subjects are small. I can barely see Becca moving the line of cows and Maddie is a

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