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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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May 12, 2013

Calving Slowing Down

Calving is starting to get a lot slower now although it could be toward the end of June before we are completely done. After two months of checking several times a day, assisting numerous heifers in a day, sorting pairs, dry’s, and heavies twice a week, and all the other details that kept up us completely absorbed, we are finally reaching a point where we can breath and tend to other things. Riding through the calving pasture now, it’s completely different from

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April 18, 2013

Calving on the MZ

I am spending the next two weeks helping our “neighbors” (friends and co-workers– Jeff Gossage, ranch manager) at the Medano-Zapata ranch (our sister ranch) to calve out first calf heifers. The heifers are sometimes too small of frame to support their own weight after intense physical intensity of giving birth for the first time, so we provide them with some mechanized assistance.

I love the excuse these heifers give us to take slow, painstaking care of each animal, sometimes staying out ’till late to

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April 4, 2013

Early Calves

Our calves arrived a bit earlier than usual, which found us very busy beginning last week.  All in all, calving is going well and we have scrambled a bit to get organized for the heavy calving days.  So far it seems that certain days, for whatever reason, start and end very busy with up to ten newborns in a day.  The next couple of days after that are slower with maybe half that many.  We have organized ourselves now with two pens set up in the middle of the calving pasture

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March 4, 2013

Lots to do

We have a variety of things going on this week and next. We have a couple weeks before we start prepping for calving so one thing we will do is use the time to get things back in order including our shop, the bison barn, and out in the pastures where we have rolled up old fence or replaced water troughs and never got all the old junk picked up. We may go out and sort heifers again toward the end of

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February 1, 2013

Warmer Days

The months of December and January here were really cold and finally, last week, the weather broke.  We have now had several days above freezing and most of our snow has melted.  We had moved our cattle to pastures where the feed was tall enough to stand above the snow and now that the snow is gone we are moving the cattle back to those pastures where the feed was buried.  As the next couple of months unfold, the cattle

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