Samantha’s First Week at Ladder Ranch

This week was the first full week we had all of our interns settled on their ranches for the summer. It is so interesting to hear about what each of them are doing and learning each week. Not to mention the pictures are beautiful! This week’s update is from Samantha McIntosh at Ladder Ranch. She seems to be keeping busy, learning a lot and is quite popular with the young generation on the ranch! 

The following is her update for the week and pictures she shared with us from the ranch: 

My first week at ladder ranch has been nothing short of fantastic! After arriving last weekend, I was immediately introduced to everyone and was given the grand tour of the main ranch here in Savery, WY. They have two other properties here in wyoming and have access to over 600,000 acres with their partnership with public land in both Colorado and Wyoming.  I am working under Ea’mon O’toole who is the son of the owners Pat and Sharon O’toole. There are a total of 23 people living here and I have to say, I really struggled when it came to learning all of the names. The people that live here are members of the O’toole family, two ranch hands, another intern from Utah State and a couple of others.

This week has been jam packed with a lot of work but I have learned so much! On my first official day of work, we went to their property on the other side of Baggs, WY, that they call Powder Ranch. At Powder we gathered about 300 of their 6,000 total sheep and loaded them onto a semi and a couple of trucks and trailers. This was my first hands on experience with sheep and needless to say, they are much more different than cattle than I thought.

Throughout the week, I spent a total of two days driving a tractor to get ready for the long summer. I drug out 5 meadows and plowed about half a field so we can plant more alfalfa. I also spent some time helping set up their pivot system on the alfalfa fields. I have learned a lot about fixing things this week since the guy in charge of farming is always fixing something that someone broke.

The rest of the week was spent riding horses and gathering cows/sheep to move them around to different pastures.

Another thing, there are 8 children under the age of 12 here and I am so happy to say that i have bonded extremely well with them this past week! After only one week, they already asked me if i could stay forever! I look forward to forming more friendships, network connections, opportunities to learn and many memories!

Keep checking back with Real Ranchers for weekly updates from interns throughout the summer! 

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