Tyson joined our internship late this summer, but we are glad he did! The Red Canyon Ranch has been a great place to learn about Wyoming ranching and resource management. Enjoy learning about Tyson and what he has learned.

Hauling Hay

The first  few months of this internship have been very eye-opening to me. I have been fortunate enough to be included in a range of activities that have helped me to understand what goes into running a functioning cattle ranch. By being able to work for a large-scale cattle operation, I will be better prepared when trying to run my own operation.

In June One of my main duties was irrigating. The first month I have been trying to irrigate every pasture at least once. Although this activity doesn’t have much benefit toward my education, it definitely gives me much-needed real-world experience that will come in useful while trying to efficiently run my own operation. My favorite activity that I have been fortunate enough to participate in is the range riding. Before this internship I had very little experience moving cows on horseback, but the more I ride the more comfortable I feel. Moving cows on horseback is a skill that will be very useful to me in my desired future line of work


In July, along with irrigating, I had a few other mixed duties that I was asked to complete. I was asked to do routine maintenance on a wind rower during the time we were haying at the ranch. This maintenance Included cleaning air filters, greasing all moving parts, replacing sickle guards and sickles, and fueling on a daily basis. In my mind proper machinery maintenance is one of the most important duties on a working ranch. If you don’t take care of your machines, they aren’t going to take care of you. After all the hay was cut, I was then assigned to help stack hay. This was the first time that I have ever stacked round hay bales before, and it was a totally new experience to me. All of these experiences that I have been fortunate enough to have this summer have taught me that although I have learned so much this summer, I still have a long ways to go before I am ready to start out on my own.


Contributed By:
Rachel Purdy- Wyoming Beef Ambassador

sams demoOne of my favorite parts of being a beef ambassador is having the ability to correct the misinformation surrounding the beef community. On July 11-12 Garrett Irene and I helped at the Cheyenne Sam’s Club beef tenderloin demo. The American National Cattle Women and the beef checkoff helped fund this event. The recipe we featured was a Beef It’s What’s For Dinner recipe called Succulent Filet In A Field of Greens. If you want to make this recipe yourself, the link can be found here: http://www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com/recipe.aspx?id=3320

We had the opportunity to interact with a variety of consumers. Some were big fans of beef and were excited to try out this recipe. One consumer told me they loved beef, but only felt they could eat it once or twice a week due to health reasons. I was able to talk to this consumer about the health benefits of beef. She was very surprised to learn that one 3-ounce serving of beef provides almost half of a day’s protein, B12, and selenium for only about eight percent of your daily calories. For me, the most rewarding part of this event was seeing people come to us with concerns, and after a conversation with them, seeing them go over to the meat case and buy beef. The Wyoming Beef Ambassadors will be doing another beef promotion event at the Cheyenne Sam’s Club on September 6-7. We look forward to seeing you there!

To like the Wyoming Beef Ambassadors on Facebook, go to: https://www.facebook.com/WyBeefAmbassador.

Here is another update from Jackalyn!

This past week, I continued to cut hay.0729140823 (2) There are sickles that move back and forth on a bar that extends from the back end of the tractor. These sickles need to be changed about every 6-8 hours of use. I learned how to change these on my tractor by removing a bolt and sliding the sickles out. It sounds easier than it turned out but I was able to get them changed. After cutting hay all day, I had to maintenance my tractor by greasing components, filling 0729140821awith diesel fuel, and sharpening the old sickles at the end of the day. Sharpening sickles was pretty fun with the electric sanding tool. A few days it was raining pretty hard and I was unable to cut hay and fixed fences instead.

Thank you,

Here is on update from Jackalyn on her past week at the Brokaw Ranch!

This past Monday, I fixed fences and learned how to cut hay. There are sickles that move back and forth on this bar that extends out from the tractor. I learned how to grease components on the tractor, sharpen the sickles, and float to cut hay. Sharpening the sickles was pretty fun with the electric sanding tool I used.

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On Tuesday, I moved cows out of a neighbor’s pasture, cleaned the house, and mowed the lawn.

On Wednesday, we had to fix the gasket on one of the tractors, as well as fix a crack…this did not go well and needed to be redone on Friday.

Thursday and Friday I cut hay and soon I will learn how to rake if the rain holds this next week.

Week 8

Monday, Randy and I put mineral out for the cows in the Wyoming forest. In the process, we found that there were neighbors’ yearlings in one of the pastures that we would soon be utilizing. We came back up with horses and pushed the fifteen head back into their own allotment.

Tuesday, we rode in the Colorado forest and sorted some pairs from a neighbor’s allotment.

Wednesday, we moved cows from the bottom of Upper Big Gulch West to the top. On the way back to the house

Thursday, we rode up on the Colorado forest, up Box Creek, looking for cows staying close to the water. Luckily, we did not find any cows. After that, we sorted more cattle out of a neighbor’s allotment, whose fence was extremely poor, and moved the cows on Dudley creek farther up the mountain.

Friday, I mostly helped in the kitchen and then went for my first day off to the Cheyenne Frontier Days for Saturday.

Sunday, I returned from Cheyenne just in time to pick up bales out of one of the fields to finish off the week.

I hope you all have had a great summer so far!


Week 9

Hi everyone!

Monday, I went up the bottom of Upper Big Gulch West to push the cows off of the bottom of the draw but, luckily, the cows were already at the top. After I got back and had lunch, I went straight to raking.

Tuesday and Wednesday, I raked all day.

Thursday, a big group of us went to Green River to pick up posts and wire that Eamon had purchased. I didn’t realize until we pulled over on the side of the interstate that it was a fence that had been replaced by a company and we were to pick it up over the 8 or so miles. It was not a bad day, just very hot and a new experience.

Friday, we moved the cows in the Colorado forest up Dudley creek again.

Saturday, I raked all day.

Sunday, we moved all the cattle from Upper Big Gulch West to Buck Camp across Battle Creek. It took some time because, the cows were scattered and it got hot very quickly. The most important part of the day was to make sure that the cows didn’t stray into the field and tramp the hay.

Well, there is rain in the forecast here, which would be greatly appreciated on the forests, but we would all like to get more hay baled before that happens. Have a great week!


Whew! We know it has been a long time, but after battling technology we have finally got some updates from Brittany from her time at the Ladder Ranch.(Pictures will be added as more technical difficulties are overcome)

Week 6

Hi everyone,

Well its been a very busy few weeks on the Ladder Ranch. Here is a short recap:

Monday we went up to the forest and gathered the cows that were on Dudley Creek. Panels were set up in between the two truck and trailers we had parked in a grassy area near the road. We pushed the cows against the panels and those of us on horses held them there while the cows and already branded calves were sorted off. After they were all sorted, the panels were brought around the calves. There were two ropers who heeled the calves and brought them to the nord forks near the fire. I was able to practice my meager roping skills on the very last calf. As it being the last calf, and I an inexperienced roper, everyone was in a hurry to be finished which led to Pat being kicked just below the knee, breaking the bone.

Tuesday, A group of us gathered the same cows at Dudley Creek and pushed them about five miles farther onto the forest to a leased pasture. We also cut out a Hereford pair to take to the Johnson house where the Herefords are being kept.

Wednesday, I opened the gate to heifers on the other end of the horse pasture where they were pastured. I spent the rest of the day taking mineral to the cows in Upper Big Gulch.

Thursday, the Fourth of July, we moved the cows in Upper Big Gulch to Upper Big Gulch West. We left the barn by 5:30 to move them across Battle Creek to the other side but by the time it was nine, Eamon made the executive decision to only move them to two pastures over due to the heat. The cows went well but by the time we got there, they were starting to fight it. We also roped, castrated and earmarked two calves that were unbranded.

Saturday, Eamon, his two sons and I put up the let down fence around the only side of Upper Big Gulch west that was not yet done. We also put out mineral and salt for the cows.

Sunday, I went up alone to clean up any cows that we had missed the day before. It took much longer than anticipated but accomplished my goal. That afternoon, everyone had off to the rodeo in Dixon where the kids were competing in events.


Week 7

Monday, I helped rake hay. In the evening, Eamon wanted to pull a very small calf off of a heifer that was not supposed to have been bred as a calf the previous year. We roped the calf and after deciding that none of our horses would allow us to carry the calf, we tied it up with my rope so that it would not escape until we came back up later with a 4 wheeler. When we returned about 45 minutes later, the calf was gone along with my rope.

Tuesday, I got up at 2 am to rake alfalfa until breakfast. After that we all were concentrating on preparing for the Leopold Conservation award that was in two days. I went and found the calf in with the heifers with the 4 wheeler and roped it with a borrowed rope, to bring it back to the barn and the milk cows that we were going to graft the calf onto. I mowed yards and helped paint the rest of the day.

Wednesday, we all were finishing up projects for the party the next day.

Thursday, the Leopold Conservation Award celebration was in full swing for the day. A reception and presentations were held in the morning followed by lunch and then a tour of several places that are very critical to the Ladder ranch. It was a very nice celebration.

Friday, we went looking for three pairs on the Lidstones’s property which eluded us.

Saturday, we moved cows up on the Colorado forest. Then, I came back and put salt blocks in various places.

Sunday, we trailed some cows that were sorted out of a neighbor’s herd and left on the road to the Colorado forest. On the way up we found two more pairs, one of which we were certain had been in Lidstones only a few days before.


Please note that we will not be posting some of the interns updates for the sake of their privacy. We ask that you stay tuned with Real Ranchers as we follow our other interns through their summer internship on Wyoming ranches.


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