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Live from the Ranch

This is the official Ranch Journal, a collection of short reports about daily life on the ranch. Postings are made by all ranch staff, but mostly by Tess Leach & Kate Matheson, Guest Services Managers, David Leach, Business & Marketing Manager and Jeff Gossage, Ranch Manager. (Banner photo 3 by Stephen Weaver)

Thursday, Mar 27, 2008

We've been moving cattle the last couple of days from the very north end of the Medano to the very south end of the Zapata.  We drove the cattle about fourteen miles total.  There are lots of baby calves on the ground and we ended up halving to leave quite a few pairs behind because they are just too young to travel very far.  The last half of day two was spent sorting cattle into four different bunches.  A new addition to our team, Dan Lorenz, was here to help and got to see quite a bit of the ranch in his first two days at the MZ.  The weather cooperated which is always a big bonus.  So far spring has been dry and we really need one of those six or eight inch wet spring snows to moisten things up.   

Posted by Jeff G. on 03/27/2008

Saturday, Mar 22, 2008
What a month. I am sorry that I have not posted much this month but the lodge has been busy with the crane migration. To date we have had two booths promoting the ranch and we are attending one more the end of the month. We are going to be moving cows next week and I am really looking forward to being horseback. I am going to try to ride TW and see if he is better. He has been lame since last October but he seems to be doing much better. The picture above is of him. 
Bye everyone
Posted by Anonymous A. on 03/22/2008

Thursday, Mar 20, 2008
We've been moving cattle every other day for a little over a week now.  Yesterday I think we found the last of them.  The pasture is big and very hilly and it makes it hard to find cows, especially since there's only two of us.  Anyway, lots of miles for the horses and typical windy spring weather.  Next week we will move them again, this time all the way back to the Zapata pastures.  It will take us a couple days to get done and lots of sorting on the second day.   
Posted by Jeff G. on 03/20/2008

Sunday, Mar 09, 2008
This morning I awoke to a cover of snow.  It has washed every single thing clean.  Every movement made by wildlife can be seen.  The trees are holding snow in the crooks of their branches as if waiting to offer it to comeone.  Its early, nothing is stirring and as I look out across the land, the light is coming slowly.  

Janet and I are here with a group of friends we wanted to spend time with.  We'll gather after breakfast, some will go to the crane festival, othes will go out to see the buffalo herd.  Almost the entire herd is in the meadows.
Posted by Duke P. on 03/09/2008

Saturday, Mar 08, 2008
We were out all day sorting cattle on the north end of the Medano yesterday.  We had a great day and the weather cooperated.  We broke up into two groups two cover the large pasture and all met up with the cattle each group had found and trailed them home.  It was a long day for the horses that had the winter off. 
Posted by Jeff G. on 03/08/2008

Friday, Mar 07, 2008
Hello everyone-
Well things on the guest services are starting to pick up. We have 12 of the 15 rooms full this weekend and last weekend it was a full house. This weekend is the annual San Luis Valley Crane Festival and from the sounds of things it really brings in a lot of people. The reason for the festival is that this is a major migratory path of the sandhills cranes. We have a booth set up for it and today was the first day. Tanya went over and spent the day with Jozette, the TNC accounting person at the ranch, and they said that they had quite a bunch of people. Take care.
Posted by Anonymous A. on 03/07/2008

Wednesday, Mar 05, 2008
For anyone interested, on the Chico Basin Ranch website there is a birding journal done by bird expert Bill Maynard.  He does a couple paragraphs about a certain bird, particularly one that is active during the current season and is very informative and eductational.  I highly recommend reading it. 
Posted by Jeff G. on 03/05/2008

Tuesday, Mar 04, 2008

After being gone for a month I was expecting to be swamped with things to so but to my suprise Tanya was able to keep up with the day-to-day activities and she was able to get a lot accomplished on the To Do List so I was able to pick up just like I was never gone. I have spent the last two days getting up to speed with Jeff on the goings-on from the cattle side of things and I spent time working on the round pen and riding colts. I have noticed a great difference in the quality of my horsemanship compared to before my month with Ray. Thats all for now. Bye all

Posted by Anonymous A. on 03/04/2008

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