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August 21, 2017

Don’t Soil the Soil

The soil tells a story, and if you read it carefully, your signature on the land becomes clear.

April 13, 2017

Chasing the Green

This spring feels like it’s pregnant. As if it is about to burst out unchecked as a living being.

June 20, 2016


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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August 13, 2013

Soil Fertility

Last week, we put one of our groups of cattle on to the area near the lodge that was formerly a golf course during the 1990’s. The area has suffered from the planting of golf course grasses and landscaping such as sand traps, greens, tee boxes, and sprinkler systems, and now grows a fair amount of weeds among a high percentage of bare ground. For the past 7 years we have been doing “prescriptive” grazing, a type of restoration that uses herds

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June 7, 2011

Creating a Pasture

In the 1990’s, a golf course was built in the meadows among the cottonwood trees near the lodge here at the ranch.  Around 2000, The Nature Conservancy bought the ranch and therefore the end had come to the golf course.  The native grasses and plants that were replaced by golf course grasses are now trying to reclaim there old place.  For the past three summers, we have intensively grazed this area with cattle to help expedite the process of the revegitation of native plants.  By putting cattle in high

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February 24, 2011

Grazing Plan

Twice a year we get together to make the grazing plan for the next six months.  On Monday we will be making the plan for the 2011 growing season.  We will discuss all the factors involved with pasture health, animal health, logistics of moving herds, calving, employee needs, and many others.  When we are done we will have a plan that maps the rotation of the different herds that fits the needs of the ranch as a whole.

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