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Prescriptive grazing plans foster a healthy

ecosystem, control invasive species, and

promote the growth of native plant life.
 


 
 

n important part of Zapata Ranch is its cattle herd, which normally runs year round on the ranch. It consists of yearlings and mother cows that graze on native rangeland.
             
Yearling cattle are brought onto the ranch between January and April. Depending on health circumstances, they are monitored closely and, once healthy, turned out into pastures. Cows begin calving in early April and usually finish by the end of May. Branding takes place in May and June. In the fall, cattle are brought into the headquarters corrals and checked for pregnancy and the calves are weaned off the cows. All the open (non-pregnant) cows are either shipped to market or entered into a development program to appreciate their sale value.
 

Management Philosophy

Our cattle management philosophy is derived from nature and from the work of the Lasater family. By keeping only the cows that were able to raise a healthy calf through weaning and successfully breed up, we build a genetically strong herd that is well-adapted to our local conditions. We also use our cattle as a main tool in our conservation efforts by implementing prescriptive grazing plans that foster a healthy ecosystem, control invasive species, and promote the growth of native plant life. 


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