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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, Apr 30, 2009
Crissy, Manu, and I moved cows yesterday from the Dixie to the Breaktree.  We try to get out there at first light because that is the part of day when the calves are up nursing and we can be sure that we are not leaving anything behing when we move them to the next pasture.  The later in the morning, the more calves are lying down for a nap in the brush and it is easy to miss them.  We got them moved and when we finished, we went and moved bulls.  As we trotted across the different pastures we saw the new grass springing up in response to the wet snow we had a few weeks ago.  It's a wonderful feeling.
Next week our season will suddenly begin:  We have our summer yearlings arriving on trucks, all 700 head; and we will be booked with ranch guests from here on out. 
I'm looking forward to it.    
Posted by Jeff G. on 04/30/2009

Friday, Apr 17, 2009
Finally we've had two big snows that were full of moisture and was more than we could have ever asked for.  Last Sunday it started snowing about 7 am and fell straight down as hard as it could come for about 7 or 8 hours.  I checked the temperature at about 11 that morning and it said 44 degrees.  The snow was very wet and the temperature unbelievably warm and it still added up to 12 inches!  On the mountain where it was a little colder it added up to between two and three feet.  By Monday afternoon it had all melted and gone into the ground.  
Then round two started this morning at 6 and it dumped another very wet 8 inches.  Wow!
Everyone at the ranch is excited for a very green spring and early summer.     
Posted by Jeff G. on 04/17/2009

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