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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)

Friday, May 30, 2008
Today has been beautiful. After a week of 30+ mph winds, today we only have a slight breeze and 70 degree temperatures. We have been doing some work on the website so everyone keep an eye out for changes. I have been riding a lot of young horses and enjoying every minute of it. The other night I went out to get one of the young mares and the older geilding she was with ran away from me. When I stepped between them she stopped running and walked up to me. I pet her on the head and turned and walked in from the pasture and she followed me all the way in. It was an amazing feeling because the only reason she followed along was because she had put me in the place of the herd leader and that is very special.
Posted by Anonymous A. on 05/30/2008

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Well, we have most of our cattle in for the growing season and I'm looking forward to it.  Blake is in charge of about 400 yearlings and will be grazing them in high densities for short amounts of time throughout the meadows at the Zapata.  Last week we had the two warmest days of the year which brought water rushing down Sand Creek and across the Medano side of the ranch.  It is an amazing sight to see that huge amount of water come down and flood everthing in its path when most of the year its a dry sanding creek bottom.  We are still waiting for the rush of water at the Zapata which should be here this coming week. 

Posted by Jeff G. on 05/25/2008

Friday, May 23, 2008

WOW! We go a lot of rain, snow and ice today. In the little over a year of living here I have not seen this much moisture in one day. Things are going to be beautiful in a couple of days. Everything will be green. I feel sorry for Jeff and Blake because they were trying to move cows in the whole mess.

With the Memorial Day weekend approaching we have all of the rooms filled up. Everyone seems to be ready to kick off the vacation season. I hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day and remember why we are celebrating. Thanks to everyone made it possible for us to be free.


Posted by Anonymous A. on 05/23/2008

Thursday, May 15, 2008
I just sat down yesterday and started on the grazing plan for the summer.  It looks like a great plan and every year we get better at the management of the land and cattle both.   
Posted by Jeff G. on 05/15/2008

Monday, May 12, 2008

Fixing a broken pipeline is what has been going on here the last week.  The winter was awfully cold and the frost went down deep and froze our pipeline that waters cattle.  We have about 600 head arriving for summer pasture on Thursday so the pressure is on to get the water going.  Well, I better go.  We have our work cut out for us. 

Posted by Jeff G. on 05/12/2008

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Blayden and Waylan are sure getting to be a lot of help on horseback and they hang in there well on the all day affairs.  Thanks boys.  We have green grass everywhere, I guess from the snow last winter, and the cattle should be in great shape before too long.  Green grass is about the prettiest thing in the world after seeing brown and white for so many months.  May is a really nice month in the San Luis Valley because we get less windy days and lots of warm days that are about 70 degrees, about as perfect as it gets.  
Last weekend I was over at Chico and we took the wagon with all our camping and branding gear and herded our horses to camp to brand some calves, the second branding of the year.  Camp was about eight miles out and the two big black horses, Ruby and Raven, hit a long trot and made the trip in less than a hour.  Tex and Teylor drove the team while the rest of us took the remuda.  We spent the rest of Thursday setting up camp.  Friday was windy and cold and we spent all day sorting pairs into a trap to be branded the next day.  Saturday we branded and couldn't have had better weather to do it in.  Then on Sunday, we moved the cows with their newly branded calves to fresh pasture, then packed up camp and headed home.  What a great four days!!        

Posted by Jeff G. on 05/08/2008

Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Hi everybody-
It has been absolutely gorgeous here the past few days. Jeff, Blayden, Waylan and I spent all day yesterday moving the cows. We had them spread over most of the pastures for part of the winter but now that the grass is greening up we are gathering them back together to prepared to start harvesting the new grass. It was a great day watching the new babies while we were moving them. I think we put on a good 12 miles.
Posted by Anonymous A. on 05/07/2008

Thursday, May 01, 2008
Hi everyone-
It has been a while since I was last here. It is very windy. We have been fighting 30+ mph winds for the last couple of days and today it feels like it could snow at anytime. Things with guest services has taken off. We are getting lots of reservations for bison tours and trailrides. Hope all is well with you and yours.
Posted by Anonymous A. on 05/01/2008

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