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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 8, 2016

The Most Fun You Can Have On Four Legs

Have you ever wondered what a human-sized chicken carrying a giant pumpkin while astride a galloping horse might look like? Of course you have. Well thanks to the first ever Ranchlands Horse Sports, that burning question — and many more like it — will never plague humanity again!

This past Sunday was illuminating in so many ways. Do ponies named Corvette enjoy taking both the littlest and lankiest members of the ranch crew on a double ride? Nope. Does a gold

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October 28, 2016

Women in Ranching

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

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June 22, 2016

Branding

My first week on the Chico I went to four brandings. Two brandings were for Ranchlands cattle but the other two were actually at some of the nearby ranches. While we traveled to other ranches to help out, our neighbors also came to the Chico to beef up our ground & roping crew. It’s amazing to see a close knit community come together to support one another during the branding season!

By Chico Basin intern Tate Dulany

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February 23, 2016

Ranching

It has taken me so many places already -activities, places, adventures. I never imagined it would take me so high. At some point in our hanger construction foray the question was raised as to how we would tighten the bolts in the ceiling…Well it ended up that I amongst others clambered on top of tractor-hoisted hay bales and the scissor lift that the roof would be secured. I remember looking out across the prairie at Pikes Peak, my arms resting

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February 22, 2016

A Bison Move

During bison works, we wean some calves and bring them down to the lodge corrals.  Here, we train them to electric fence and acclimate them to seeing a person afoot and horseback so that they are gentle and easy to manage.  Once they’re ready, we turn them out to a small pasture where they can graze and learn to follow a feed truck. We keep them in this small pasture as long as we can so we can keep a close eye

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February 11, 2016

The New Cycle

Yesterday when we were riding home, Tom said to me, “I will be happy when things get back to normal”.  This is our third week of working cattle, and he was expressing what all of us are feeling.  It isn’t that Tom and the rest of us do not like doing this work, quite the opposite, we love it.  But, its controlled chaos. Things happening at perhaps not a fast pace, but for sure a much higher level of activity

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