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February 7, 2018

An Apprentice’s Story

Nick Baefsky started an apprenticeship on Chico Basin Ranch six years ago, in the fall of 2012. Today he and his wife Amy, another Ranchlands apprenticeship graduate, manage a ranch in New Mexico with the help of three young interns and apprentices. They fix old generators, prop up fences, uncover and splice lines of ancient poly pipe. They gather big brushy pastures by waiting until late in the day when the cows come into water. They keep lists of the vehicles, generators and equipment that needs to be repaired, the pastures that need to be prepared for cattle, the pipeline leaks that need to be fixed. They keep precipitation records and grazing charts that they use to estimate how they’ll move the cattle herds across the ranch through the year.

January 17, 2018

I’m in Charge of Celebrations

With only one month or so left of my internship here, I wanted to take a moment to write down some of the highlights of my experiences—both to share with you in the moment and for future me to fondly recall them. As I recount these experiences, I am reminded of a book shared with me at a camp I worked at last summer called I’m in Charge of Celebrations by Byrd Baylor.

January 2, 2018

“The Next Generation of Conservation Ranchers”

Duke Phillips could have been a “normal” rancher. Raised in northern Mexico in a second-generation ranching family, he came of age in a world where cowboys shot coyotes to protect their calves, ranches were grazed in their entirety year-round, and cattlemen were just that–men who raised cattle. The rancher-conservationist had yet to emerge. While the tide has been changing in recent years, with more and more farmers and ranchers embracing their role as land stewards, perhaps Phillips’ most radical act has been not just to join this growing group of agricultural conservationists, but, since the very beginning, to throw the doors open and invite others to observe and participate in the project for sustainable ranching.

December 14, 2017

Leather Workshop Giveaway

One of next summer’s Ranchlands: Stay vacations, the 3-Day Leather Workshop, has been nominated as an Unordinary Trip of the Month by InfoHub.com, an online travel portal “dedicated to out of the ordinary, special interest adventures. For the first time ever, Ranchlands is opening up the leather shop for a workshop for anyone from beginners, enthusiasts to semi pros. Join our leather team to create a product that you can take home with you such as a pair of chinks, a

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November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving

Many of you probably think I’m completely stranded in the middle of nowhere, with nothing but a few hundred buffalo and a herd of horses keeping me company. This is not entirely true—the small town of McLaughlin is but a short five miles south of the Wilder.

November 7, 2017

Bison Works 2017

Wrangler Frankie Zwick reflects on a season at Zapata capped off by a week with bison.

September 20, 2017

Filson: On The Ranch

This short video from Filson’s fall 2017 campaign highlights Ranchlands’ vision for the future of ranching.