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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)

Wednesday, Jul 09, 2008

In the 90's at the Zapata Ranch headquarters, there was an eighteen hole golf course that was built amongst the cottonwoods and grassy meadows.  Since The Nature Conservancy has owned the ranch, the old golf course has been in the process of restoration.  All the areas where fairways and greens were are now nothing but weeds because the native vegetation was disturbed.  
Next Friday, we are going on to the golf course with about 400 steers and will be grazing them very intensively for about ten days.  The idea is to knock down the weeds and "till" the soil with hooves and promote seedlings of native grasses to germinate.  The animals will be grazing shoulder to shoulder and will be forced to eat and trample the weeds, leaving these areas to look much like a farmer's newly planted field.  The manure and the knocked down weeds will act as fertilizer to give the native plants the advantage they need to out-compete the weeds.  

Posted by Jeff G. on 07/09/2008

Tuesday, Jul 08, 2008
Well we have spent the last couple of days checking the open cattle on the BLM ground and the larger herd at the south end of the ranch. The BLM cattle look to be getting along very well with plenty of grass. There have been a couple of late calves in the group as well. We have started treating some foot rot in the larger herd. We are getting set to move them from the south end of the Antelope pasture to the south end of the Elk. This year we decided to split the pastures up more to get better usage of the land and to allow more time for recovery for the grass. We have had a small shower everyday this week and on Sunday night we recieved around a half inch of rain over about four hours. The moisture was very welcome. 
We have made the plans for bison works for this fall and we will be posting a special for those of you who are interested in being a part of this special opportunity. Check back in the coming weeks and be ready to make your reservations because the level of interest has been very high. 
Have a great Tuesday.
Posted by Anonymous A. on 07/08/2008

Monday, Jul 07, 2008

Heres how to tail one down!
Posted by Anonymous A. on 07/07/2008

Monday, Jul 07, 2008

Another picture from the branding
Posted by Anonymous A. on 07/07/2008

Sunday, Jul 06, 2008

Here is a picture of the branding we had on Thursday. Hope everybodies fourth was fantastic.

Posted by Anonymous A. on 07/06/2008

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