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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.

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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 8, 2013

The Cavalry

The last week and a half, we’ve had two guests visiting, Hans and Alex.  This is Hans third time on the Chico and Alex’s second.  With all the shifting and shipping of cattle, there’s been a lot of riding and long rides at that.  Luckily for us though, Hans and Alex have been able to step right in and help out.  I don’t think the cavalry usually had the ability to call in more cavalry, but that’s what this feels

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April 19, 2013

Pivot

We keep heifers that are close to calving on a circular, pivot irrigated field, and ride through them many times throughout the day. Jeff (ranch manager) set up a couple of pens in the middle of the pivot. We keep all the tools necessary to tend to cows and calves at this central hub. If a heifer or calf has a serious problem, we bring them to those pens and tend to them. Pictured above is Jeff’s dog Hector, keeping

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April 18, 2013

Mechanized Assistance

This is Nick, a ranch manager apprentice from the Chico Basin Ranch (the Chico is also managed by Ranchlands, the Phillips family, & co). I am here helping Jeff with calving 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.

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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 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 19, 2013

Fountain Valley!

This week we have a group of eleven Fountain Valley freshman high school students here at the ranch for their spring break interim. We have been busy learning how to weld and use the cutting torch in the metal shop, building a conservation blind for prairie dog watching, gathering pastures and moving cattle. Pictured here are Matt, Caleb, John, Harrison, and Hailey after completing a new H-brace.

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