MY LAND, YOUR LAND, OUR LAND

This place is a refuge for myself, my life with my wife and my children and the people I work with. It is my identity. It is where I feel...

THE GRASSBANK

I’m a former Sierra Club environmentalist who became a dues-paying member of the New Mexico Cattlegrowers’ Association. It was a surprise to me too.

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,...

RANCHLANDS TODAY

In the Unknown Certainty of Tomorrow It is November 1999. I am standing in the Chico Basin ranch corrals, watching […]

HORSES AND HELICOPTERS

There’s definitely certain situations where the helicopter shines. But cutting pairs, sorting cattle, you can’t do that in a helicopter or a bike, that’s a horse job. The interesting thing...

WATER IS KING

Water is the most crucial tool in establishing a regenerative, rotational grazing operation on a large scale.

SELF SELECTION

I was first introduced to the term “self-selection” in a barefoot trimming clinic in Australia about a year ago. The couple that were hosting the clinic, a trimmer and a...

REGENERATIVE RANCHING: OLD MOJO IN A NEW AGE

What do we mean when we use the term “regenerative agriculture”? In our view, it is a coalescing of people who care and are actively doing something about the ecological...

MONITORING OUR IMPACT ON THE LAND

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....

BEEFMASTERS: THE FERTILE COW

Of all the diverse classes of cattle we have on the Chico, our mother cows work the hardest.

BEEFMASTERS: THE BULL

The Beefmaster bull is a symbol of strength and resilience in a herd that is built for production, endurance, and efficiency.

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...

SPRING MUSINGS

I was thinking today about how different spring times can be from one year to the next.

THE BISON AND THE RANCHER

How ranchers and the bison they manage might save each other from extinction.

LEARNING TO THINK LIKE A MOUNTAIN

Aldo Leopold, considered by many the father of wildlife conservation and the wilderness system in America, once wrote of watching a wolf die when he was young.

THE PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE OF WILD BISON

The Nature Conservancy’s Chris Pague sat down with us at Bison Works 2018 to discuss the history of the Medano-Zapata herd, bison ecology, and the prospects for a future of...

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