April 3, 2017
Newborns everywhere you look.
March 22, 2017
So far I have only completed two weeks of work here on the Chico, however in that time I have learned a lot. That first week was a crash course in everything that you could think of when it comes to ranch life. Growing up, I had been around ranching but nothing as intensive as this. I learned the location of everything on the ranch, what my duties were, and much more. Getting acquainted with my surroundings and the people …
November 4, 2016
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 …
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 …
October 13, 2016
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
September 30, 2016
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.
September 8, 2016
Duke talks about the art of roping–the subtle techniques, such as positioning your horse with precision and keeping the herd of cattle calm, that go beyond basic skillfulness with a rope.
August 15, 2016
With this kind of work you need to have a good sense of humour. Our spirits were still high, although it took a good three hours of gruelling determination and numerous alternative methods, for us to realise we really weren’t going anywhere. Luckily for us, a rescue vehicle was called in and we all arrived back at the Chico safely.
By Chico Basin intern Belle Cox
August 11, 2016
“Not everything in nature is always pretty or majestic,” that is something that everyone and anyone that is involved with ranching or farming knows all too well. However in bad situations, sometimes you have to find the silver lining. For instance, yesterday we were moving the two year old herd and the black calf (on the right) in the picture got separated from her mom at the very beginning. The red and white one (on the left) was limping and …