November 8, 2016
Have you ever wondered what a human-sized chicken carrying a giant pumpkin while astride a galloping horse might look like? Of course you have. Well thanks to the first ever Ranchlands Horse Sports, that burning question — and many more like it — will never plague humanity again!
This past Sunday was illuminating in so many ways. Do ponies named Corvette enjoy taking both the littlest and lankiest members of the ranch crew on a double ride? Nope. Does a gold …
October 28, 2016
Traditionally the job of a rancher has been associated with men. The iconic figure of a person that works with cattle is something on the lines of John Wayne in an old Wild West film. One of the unique parts of Ranchlands is that it takes that stereotype, and flips it on its head.
After only a short time looking at Ranchlands social media it becomes very apparent that there is a large female presence, intricately woven into the fabric of …
June 22, 2016
My first week on the Chico I went to four brandings. Two brandings were for Ranchlands cattle but the other two were actually at some of the nearby ranches. While we traveled to other ranches to help out, our neighbors also came to the Chico to beef up our ground & roping crew. It’s amazing to see a close knit community come together to support one another during the branding season!
By Chico Basin intern Tate Dulany
February 23, 2016
It has taken me so many places already -activities, places, adventures. I never imagined it would take me so high. At some point in our hanger construction foray the question was raised as to how we would tighten the bolts in the ceiling…Well it ended up that I amongst others clambered on top of tractor-hoisted hay bales and the scissor lift that the roof would be secured. I remember looking out across the prairie at Pikes Peak, my arms resting …
February 22, 2016
During bison works, we wean some calves and bring them down to the lodge corrals. Here, we train them to electric fence and acclimate them to seeing a person afoot and horseback so that they are gentle and easy to manage. Once they’re ready, we turn them out to a small pasture where they can graze and learn to follow a feed truck. We keep them in this small pasture as long as we can so we can keep a close eye …
February 11, 2016
Yesterday when we were riding home, Tom said to me, “I will be happy when things get back to normal”. This is our third week of working cattle, and he was expressing what all of us are feeling. It isn’t that Tom and the rest of us do not like doing this work, quite the opposite, we love it. But, its controlled chaos. Things happening at perhaps not a fast pace, but for sure a much higher level of activity …
January 27, 2016
This week and the next three are the annual cattle works when we bring the cattle herd in its entirety into the corrals (the only time the entire year) to wean the steer calves that we sold last summer to deliver to the buyer in February, and pregnancy test the females. This is when we find out how many cows are pregnant, how heavy the calves are, the markers of how we performed this year, the outcome of the work, …
January 19, 2016
Yesterday we moved the Zapata bison herd to the Medano side of the ranch. There are no facilities to process, e.g. pregnancy check, vaccinate, the bison on the Zapata. Several folks from our sister ranches came to help. Most of us saddled up and rode out to gather except for Duke Jr. who drove the cake truck.
Tom, from the Chico, and I rode south to bring up 6 heifers from the Elk pasture that Duke Jr. spotted from the mountain …
December 17, 2015
It’s easy to be fooled by the prairie pancake that makes up the pastures of the Chico – at first sight my eye travels far to the seemingly endless horizon without a dip or drop in sight. After some time trotting out to find the cattle to gather, the flat terrain gently rolls upward, the rest of the crew on their horses slowly turn to dots as we cast our net wider and ride further from each other. The rolling …
December 2, 2015
Last week Sam and I threw our saddles in the truck & headed south to the McAuliffe, our sister ranch just over the border in New Mexico. We were going down to help a) keep the gals moving in the corrals during a second round of preg check (that involves a vet & a long plastic glove, you get the picture) and then b) drive the preggers heifers to their new winter digs. It was a 10-mile haul at the …