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about RANCH MANAGEMENT

Our management programs emphasize a high land stewardship ethic supported by a strong ranching business that pays its own way without the need for subsidies.

February 9, 2018

Our Cattle Management Practices

At Ranchlands, our cattle program is based on “survival of the fittest.” The ones that raise a good calf every year and breed back are the cattle that make it. We look at a cow’s conformation, fertility, hardiness, disposition, weight, and milk production, but we don’t select for color. Color is not important to our way of thinking. We are in the business of breeding animals that can live, reproduce, and raise a calf in their natural environment. We’ve been managing our herd of Beefmaster-bred cows this way for 15 years, and the result is a herd that is well adapted to it’s environment.

January 2, 2018

Cyrus

What do oysters and cattle have in common?

November 21, 2017

Our Management Services

Our goal is to create a viable business that achieves the ranch owner’s objectives while improving the ecosystem of the ranch.

November 7, 2017

Bison Works 2017

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

September 19, 2017

Managing Erosion

Madeline Lee, a Colorado College student, assesses options for erosion management on Chico Basin Ranch.

July 28, 2017

Grass Talk

Right now the Chico is in the prime of growing season. We had plentiful moisture in the spring and we are just now entering the wet season. This week a storm came through dumping 3 inches across the Holmes and Wolf pastures. Combined with warm temperatures in the nineties, the grass is going crazy.

This weather is bread and butter for short-grass prairie like the Chico. The dominant species for the Chico is blue grama grass. It’s a

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July 25, 2017

Kulolio Ranch, Hawaii

Holistic management expert Kirk Gadzia on sustainable ranching in Hawaii.

March 7, 2017

Wilder Bison Works

Our bison threatened to stampede through the North Dakota pipeline demonstration during the fall roundup.

March 6, 2017

Duke and the Buffalo

This film by Alfredo Alcántara & Josh Chertoff follows Duke Phillips III and his team at Zapata Ranch during our annual fall bison works. This unique conservation effort is instrumental in protecting the endangered wild bison and the rich landscape it inhabits.