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Ranch Life

Our daily cattle work is done as much as possible in the cowboy way, as most of the calving, branding, sorting and trailing is done horseback.  However, we employ every means of modern technology available to care for the health and welfare of our cattle.

Ranch Life

Calving begins the first of March with our first-calf heifers.  We have been using calving ease bulls from Pharo Cattle Company and couldn't be happier. The calf puller is rusting in the corner and the heifers calve alone in the pasture without assistance.

Ranch Life Calving

The most important component of a western ranch is water.  Buckhorn Ranch irrigates about 700 acres of pasture and hay land.  A great deal of time and money has been spent upgrading our irrigation facilities.  Most of our hay fields are now irrigated with gated pipe, greatly improving the water usage, labor, and efficiency.  March and April usually bring the work of preparing for water.  Every field is harrowed to spread manure, corrugated to insure even coverage and fertilized to increase productivity.  Head gates are repaired and ditches are burned and cleaned to remove pipe clogging weeds.  Irrigation makes springtime a hectic time of year.  Once the run-off goes down the creek, you can never get it back, so you have to be ready when the snow starts to melt and flow down the irrigation ditch.

Ranch Life Water

May sends the cows out to pasture.  Some of our lease land is only available during May, and is open range without border fences. This requires a good deal of riding to keep the cows and calves where they belong.

Ranch Life May

In June, we move the cows to 5000 acres of owned property for the summer.  Cows are rotated between pastures and checked horseback a couple days per week.  By mid-June, the hay harvest begins.  We hope to harvest 1000 large bales of hay to feed the cows through winter.

Ranch Life Summer Ranch Life June

July and August usually bring fencing projects, brush control, and preparations for the hunting season.  Labor Day weekend is our 4-H fair so we’ll spend at least a week to make sure that everyone gets their animals washed, clipped, shown, and sold.

Ranch Life July

October and November are busy months with hunters coming in for deer, elk, and bear.  We usually have our first significant snow toward the end of October sending the cows down to the hay fields.  The cows and calves will be gathered, separated, weighed, vaccinated and shipped, or sent to the hay fields for the winter.

Ranch Life October

December and January is our down time used to make management decisions, equipment purchases, repairing tack and machinery in the shop.  Cows are fed hay according to pasture availability and snow depth.

Ranch Life December

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