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Ranchlands Review

Brandon interned at the Zapata Ranch during the summer of 2017 before finishing his degree in anthropology and biology. He wrote his senior thesis on the Zapata, titled "Hope on the Range: How Cowboys, Conservation, and Culture are Saving the New West."

Fall Senescence

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.

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Where the Gate is Always Open

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.

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Beefmasters: A Philosophy Embodied

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.

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