September 6, 2012
We’ve been pulling bulls out of all the herds this week and last, and trailing them to a pasture we call the Back Pocket. The length of breeding season determines the length of calving season, determines the uniformity of calf crop and the fertility of mother cows. Most of our bulls are destined for slaughter; only the youngest will linger for another breeding season.
August 29, 2012
This week on Thursday and Saturday we will be taking the 19 bulls out of the 600 cows and heifers. The bulls were put in with the females on June 15th so their breeding season has been about 75 days. We will ride through each pasture, sort the bulls off, and move them to their own small pasture far away from the cows and heifers. Sometimes they will not want to leave the herd (surprise, surprise) so it can take a bit of teamwork …
November 21, 2011
Every few days the number of bison in our pens gets smaller. We have been shipping sale animals for the last couple of weeks and now we are down to just a few. A few more days and we will officially be done with the bison round-up for the year. Soon we will get into our winter routine. The tasks we are looking at this winter are grazing cattle at the state park next door, maintenance on all our vehicles, …
November 2, 2011
The annual bison gather is in full-swing. This morning we have a huge, windy storm that has blown in and are going to get a later start so we can wait and see what the weather’s going to do.
Our first wave of riders has just changed guards with Kate, Jody and Toby from Top 50 Ranches and our friends from Texas and Florida heading home after being a huge help with the start of the gather. Now friends from the …
October 25, 2011
Our annual bison gather is starting this Friday and is one of the most exciting times of the year. The crew from Chico will be coming over to help and we’ll be gathering the bison into one big pasture for roughly a week or as many days as it will take.
Everyone has been preparing and gearing up for this time. As I write this Asta and Tess are putting together lists upon lists for everything from food to the horses …
October 18, 2011
This weekend we moved the cattle herd across the highway with a group of guests. It was a beautiful Fall weekend with crisp weather that warmed in the afternoon and changing colors around the lodge. The cottonwood grove has completely turned.
The cattle were put into a new pasture that goes under highway 150 and up into the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. This move is a unique one in that the cattle pass under a small tunnel underneath the highway. Jeff …
September 13, 2011
Last night we had a big bright, full moon that rose up over the Sangres and lit up the buffalo in the nearby pasture.
This time of year there are big flocks of mourning Dove flying around the ranch eating the sunflower seeds that are mostly gone by now. The big rabbit brush around the ranch are also showing their yellow flowers giving a nice yellow glow to the pastures around the ranch.
The mornings are getting much colder and darker and …
September 1, 2011
It’s about that time of year where we we begin to notice a few spots of yellow in the surrounding Cottonwood Grove and on the mountain peaks. The air is crisper, especially in the mornings, and our plants are unrevived by water, leading us to think that it’s been getting awfully close to freezing at night. I’ve been finding myself toting sweaters along to work and leaving the windows closed when I leave for the day.
Fall is my favorite time …
September 15, 2010
As I mentioned on our facebook page, we have been away from the office for the past week so our apologies for the lack of recent posts! We headed south to Nashville for the Americana Music Festival (check if out if you don’t know about it!) and had a great time. Upon our return, we found that the trees had begun changing, the surrounding mountains were tinted orange and yellow, and the weather had dipped below freezing for a couple nights …