We are now on the cusp of one of the great transitions to occur each year on the shortgrass prairie: the shift from the growing season to the dormant season, when life becomes subdued by the threat of winter.
Water is the most crucial tool in establishing a regenerative, rotational grazing operation on a large scale.
Here’s a selection of favorite Western songs from our apprentice Brandon, many of which he’ll play out loud on his phone during a long cattle trail.
Lessons from a small-scale prescriptive grazing project.
The dining room at the Zapata Lodge is a place to learn about how to eat intentionally, responsibly, and ethically.
There is more than one way to know a place. There is more than one way to see a landscape. There is more than one way to understand land health. And there is more than one way to sense if a landscape is healthy.
The Chico belongs to the people of Colorado, to the thousands of children who visit the ranch in school groups each year, to future generations of humans who might still have the opportunity to harvest meat from that same land, to the birders and the dragonfly-hunters, and to all of us who are willing to step outside of our comfort zone and come see for ourselves where the food we eat comes from.
Of all the diverse classes of cattle we have on the Chico, our mother cows work the hardest.
The Beefmaster bull is a symbol of strength and resilience in a herd that is built for production, endurance, and efficiency.
A Beefmaster cow is more that an animal; she is a management philosophy embodied – a flesh-and-blood way of living with the land that represents how humans and their animals might do better to live in harmony with the indigenous patterns of the natural world than to try to fight them.