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    Kulolio Ranch, Hawaii

    Holistic management expert Kirk Gadzia on sustainable ranching in Hawaii.

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    Fall Colors at Zapata Ranch

    Snow capped mountain peaks and woolly bison. Capture the spectacular colors and scenery of Zapata Ranch as few visitors see it during a week-long workshop with landscape and nature photographer Stephen Weaver.

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    Recipes from Our Ranch Table

    Some of our favorite beef and bison recipes to gather around the table with.

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April 13, 2017

Chasing the Green

This spring feels like it’s pregnant. As if it is about to burst out unchecked as a living being.

Some of our colts are getting old enough to start learning how to wear halters, saddles and bridles. With the help of our new horse trainer, Peggy Gurnett, these young horses will be out helping us move cattle in no time!
May 19, 2015

Spring Changes

Spring is a time of year that we all look forward to: green grass, new life. This year we’ve had more rain that we can ever remember having before.

August 11, 2014

Ranch Roundup

This month on the ranches, we welcomed rain on the Chico, had our last branding, worked in the leather room, moved cattle with guests and of course, worked on the dirt bikes and trailers.

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October 4, 2013

Just Add Water

It was pretty amazing to see this Mesquite Vine Grass up to the horses knees at this Chico Creek Crossing  near Headquarters.  The highly palatable and nutritious Mesquite Vine Grass was a rarity until a couple years ago, but has been making a tremendous comeback under improved grazing management.  This years Chico Creek Floods didn’t hurt anything either.  Vanessa’s horse “Cocaine” could not stand the temptation and managed to sneak a bite.

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August 22, 2013


There is a monster storm broiling over us and the entire prairie, it seems.  Constant flashes of lightening show how low and boiling the clouds are in the dark.  Massive hunks of thunder drown out every possible noise, so that even Frankie my dog who is not usually bothered by storms keeps looking toward the window, very worried.  But the wind is what screams the loudest and what moves you by just looking at the trees being tossed around like

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August 18, 2013

Rain, Rain, Don’t Go Away

Thanks to frequent afternoon thunderstorms throughout July, the grass is greener, the cows are plumper, and Medano Creek is flowing again!  The creek dried up early this year because of lack of snow melt.  However, the summer monsoons have brought the water back down the mountains!  Here at the ranch we got just over 3 inches in the month of July.  For a valley that gets less than 8 inches of rain annually, that’s fantastic!!  Though it may not be

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August 8, 2013

Rain on the Chico

Yesterday it rained over most the ranch, the first big general rain that we’ve had in over 5 years.  In our west and south ranges, it was the first rain since three years ago.  We spent alot of time on the front porch watching it come in a dark line across the prairie.  Then watching it come off the roof in great torrents.

Later during supper on the porch (we couldn’t pull ourselves inside) the frogs came out and burst into

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August 7, 2013

Flooding at the Chico

While the cows are out east in the sands, Nick spends most of his time monitoring the water and fences in those pastures. This means he’s gone most of the time and often doesn’t return until nearly dark. There isn’t cell service out east, so you mostly just have to trust that he’ll come back.

That’s what we were doing this afternoon at headquarters, as the rain gauges were filling to numbers I didn’t think possible here (1.9″ and counting right

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July 15, 2013

Great Plains Toad

Each summer between late June and mid July, the Great Plains Toads appear out of no where. If there’s a rainstorm, their numbers seem to quadruple. They’re found in such large numbers near the wetlands– especially Dollar and Cotton Lakes– that it’s actually hard to walk without stepping on one. They hop around all day, some just the size of a penny, looking for insects in the grass.

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