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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.

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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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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August 22, 2016

Ranchlands Down Under: Learning the Lingo

Another important part of working on the station was learning the local slang that the crew used every day. The first week I was a bit confused about what they were saying but I was able to sort it out in no time. Here are a few of my favorites and most common:

Bitchumen- asphalt road
Sanga- sandwich
Crook- sick
Esky- cooler
Gabbies- crawfish
Swag- bedroll
Avo- afternoon
Dary- cigarette
Yards- corrals
Ute- truck
Maccas- McDonald’s
Winge- complain
Kip- nap
Keen- eager
Perishin- thirsty
Pad- cattle trail
Tail out- graze out
Plant- remuda, horse string
Bore- water

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August 9, 2016

Ranchlands Down Under: Cleanskin Bulls

  One of the highlights for the crew is when there has been a cleanskin (wild) bull sighted and we have the gear to pick it up. Due to the size of the station, the terrain, and the cunning of the bulls they are fairly spread out over the property and seen often but capturing them is not as easy. The boys on the bikes work together to herd the bull onto the flat where they have a better

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July 28, 2016

Ranchlands Down Under: Low Stress Stockmanship

This week the crew from Gregory Downs and myself joined two other station crews at Aramraynald station for a low stress stockmanship clinic. The clinic had some classroom time going over positions and yard layouts before we went out into the field to practice what we learned. It was refreshing to see seasoned stockman still finding areas to improve on.

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July 9, 2016

Ranchlands Down Under: Reunions

It’s always great when one gets to experience something new with old friends, and even better when your old friends know your new ones. Little Duke made it out to visit Gregory Downs just in time for the local Camp Draft. It was incredible getting to visit with him about his work on a much larger station Van Rook and hear he and Paul share yarns about Dukes own time working the muster at Gregory four years prior. While

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June 20, 2016

Grass

While out checking fence with Thor and Tate, I noticed this grass that looked different than the others. It’s known as Squirrel tail, a cousin to Fox tail. Squirrel tail grows in the drier upland pastures whereas Fox tail grows in the wetter areas around creeks and ponds. Fox tail has a more bushy seed head unlike Squirrel tail which has longer, more flowing seed tails. Squirrel tail is a great indicator species to help assess rangeland health. Duke and I have been talking

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