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October 16, 2012

Shipping Calves

This herd has just arrived from a long drive over several miles, thirsty and tired.  The next day, we gathered it from the holding trap around the corrals, and moved it into the corrals where the calves were sorted off, and the cows turned back out.  In the next several days, the calves were shipped off the ranch to a grow yard where they are cared for during the stressful time of weaning.  What we will do with the calves

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October 12, 2012

Preg Checks

On Wednesday we pregnancy checked our 450 first calf heifers. It was a full day that began by a trot to the back side of the pasture in the dark and ended with taking the last cattle back out close to dark. It all went very well. We had a great breed-up on the cattle and our young crew did a great job keeping cattle flowing to the chute so that the veterinarian never had to wait. I am very proud of the job

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October 8, 2012

Fall Works

Fall cattle works.  What can I say.  Today, as we moved the summer’s calves and their mommas, I thought about the long dry summer, the long cold winter ahead. The calves sought their mothers, the mothers complacently moving along with the minimal amount of energy useage, grazing, generally making it difficult for us to move the entire 1000 head herd (mothers and calves).  Another season behind us, the period of retreat to think and plan, ahead.  I love fall, and

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September 28, 2012

Fall works begins

We started into our fall works by weaning the calves from our 1st calf heifers and preg checking them along with the yearling Beefmaster heifers.  It was a busy week with lots of team work and coordinating, good training for a bigger week to come when we wean and check the big commercial herds.

Above Amy and our newest intern Kathryn hold the back while Allen is doing his best Musketeer impression.

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November 16, 2011

End of the Gather

The annual bison gather will be over tomorrow after we finish processing the last little group from the trap. After the processing the rest of the bison in the corrals will either be shipped or let back out onto the ranch.

The gather this year was a success and a fun, intense time spent with the Zapata and Chico crews and friends who helped out.

Here are some final highlights from the last days of the gather into the big trap:

Each day

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