Daily Journal

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A daily window into life on our ranches.

November 28, 2016

(Re)introducing The Saddlehouse

Back in the beginning, when Duke Phillips was just starting out on Chico Basin Ranch–the original Ranchlands property and the launching point from which the organization as it stands today grew and developed–he and a two-person editorial team published a monthly newsletter called The Saddlehouse. Full of tidbits about new staff members and visits from European guests, updates on a keynote address by Alan Savory on the ranch, and personal anecdotes about family travels, the death of a dog, or

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November 8, 2016

The Most Fun You Can Have On Four Legs

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

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November 7, 2016

Pedometer

The pedometer on my phone tells me I’ve traveled an average of 11.62 miles (22,687 steps) per day during my time at the Chico (10 months). Thanks horse!

By Chico Basin ranch management apprentice Eric Sauerhagen

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November 4, 2016

Apprentice Down Under

The Ranchlands apprenticeship program is a developmental program that is tailored to each individuals needs and desires. In Sam’s case, going to Australia through Ranchlands’ network to work on a million plus acre ranch where she worked 40,000+ head of cattle in six months was exactly what she needed and wanted. 

“Coming into the beginning of my second year as a Ranch Manager Apprentice at the Ranchlands managed Chico Basin Ranch I met with the Dukes to discuss how I was

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October 28, 2016

Women in Ranching

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

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October 26, 2016

Cranes

Yesterday morning we rode from headquarters in the dark to get a jump start on the cattle. We hit the back of the pasture right at 7 o’clock when the sun was rising. In the distance I could hear an unfamiliar sound at the nearby reservoir. As I went about moving cattle, a flock of Sandhill Cranes took flight from the water and continued on their migration.

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October 13, 2016

Weaning

Its that time of year that mama cows finally get the break they deserve… weaning!  Some of the calves this year look so good that you have to give a second look to make sure it isn’t a yearling. It will be fun to watch these ones continue to grow up and see what next year’s calves look like.

By Chico Basin Ranch apprentice Eric Sauerhagen

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October 10, 2016

Morning

Sunrise on Wednesday morning. The silence before the storm. A minute later the engine of a motorcycle gives the horses their wakeup-call and they start running towards the corrals. Another workday. Good morning Chico!

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September 30, 2016

Ranchlands Down Under: September Spring

It’s a bit to wrap my head around the different seasons here down under. While at home things are cooling off and the leaves are turning orange and yellow here in Oz the only fall hues are in the soil. The grass is greening up and already the temps have been over 100′ a few different days.

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September 12, 2016

Ranchlands Down Under: My Boy Slick

As part of the stock camp learning experience each ringer (cattle hand) in the camp is given a 2 year old green broke horse to ride and take on the musters in order to train them for stock horse life. My colt is a gangly gelding who I got into the habit of calling Slick. The first few gathers we did together he was quite anxious being out of sight of the other colts and did not like hearing

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