Nick Baefsky shares his insights about working the 2019 calving season at Chico Basin Ranch.
“Horses are one of the most perfectly created animals in nature. They seem so proportionally perfect. I’ve always felt that the way the move, the way they’re built, there’s something so aesthetically pleasing about them.”
Ranchlands is a fourth generation, family-owned and operated ranch management company. We run bison and cattle on ranches in Colorado, New Mexico, and South Dakota. We protect the land we work on and that sustains us. We live and play on our ranches. We raise our families here. You can come stay with us and experience an authentic working ranch. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
At Ranchlands, our cattle program is based on “survival of the fittest.” The ones that raise a good calf every year and breed back are the cattle that make it. We look at a cow’s conformation, fertility, hardiness, disposition, weight, and milk production, but we don’t select for color. Color is not important to our way of thinking. We are in the business of breeding animals that can live, reproduce, and raise a calf in their natural environment. We’ve been managing our herd of Beefmaster-bred cows this way for 15 years, and the result is a herd that is well adapted to it’s environment.
This short video from Filson’s fall 2017 campaign highlights Ranchlands’ vision for the future of ranching.
Meet the young women who are calling the Zapata home for the 2017 season.
In this video, Duke talks about the art of roping–the subtle techniques, such as positioning your horse with precision and keeping the herd of cattle calm, that go beyond basic skillfulness with a rope.
Meet Madi Hester, the maker behind Ranchlands leather goods, as she talks about learning the craft of leather, building community on the Chico through leather work, and how she finds a sense of purpose selling ranch-made goods.
“I came in and I was like, ‘Yeah, I’ve been working on a farm and I’ve been riding my whole life, I’ve got some experience. This is gonna be great, I can totally do this!’ And I came in and it like knocked me down a peg, so fast.”