Week 2 for Andrew Mainini-Bulls & Branding at the E Bar U Ranch

It was another full week here at the E BAR U Ranch, from turning out bulls to finishing up branding. The decision of when and what bulls get turned out to the cows can make or break an operation. Bulls are turned out in a certain manner so that the operation will be calving duringContinue reading “Week 2 for Andrew Mainini-Bulls & Branding at the E Bar U Ranch”

Transition Time at Ladder Ranch for Samantha

Rangeland Intern Samantha has been hard at work, with early mornings and busy days. She was able to go into the town of Dixon one night for the local rodeo where the ranch donates Ewes to be used for Mutton Busting. Sounds like a good night off work!  Samantha also explained that all of theContinue reading “Transition Time at Ladder Ranch for Samantha”

Josiah, Rangeland Intern Working Hard from Day One

The WSGA has many opportunities for young adults to embrace agriculture, one which is through the Rangeland Internship Program. Josiah, a University of Wyoming student has entered the internship program and is working on the Nature Conservancy Red Canyon Ranch for the summer. Hoping to gain more experience with rangeland management, natural resources and learnContinue reading “Josiah, Rangeland Intern Working Hard from Day One”

Why Cows Wear Earrings

Even if you weren’t raised around livestock, you’ve probably noticed something hanging from those cows’ ears. Those aren’t fashion accessories, they are a part of ag-business management and our food-safety system in the US. Just like with humans, cattle are identified by gender. The guys are either bulls (uncastrated males) or steers (castrated males). TheContinue reading “Why Cows Wear Earrings”

Cowboy Vacation (a.k.a. Bull Sale)

We went on a cowboy vacation recently, also known as an overnight trip to a bull sale.  Ranchers have varying opinions about bulls.  In my opinion they are an important investment, a way to improve our cattle herd with better genetics.  We have a budget, but try to buy the best bulls we can afford.Continue reading “Cowboy Vacation (a.k.a. Bull Sale)”

Bulls…and more bulls

Males, particularly males of the bovine species, can be very irritating and time consuming. Bulls seem to be uncontrollable starting in late March and ending in November. You never know where or when they have gone gallivanting off. You think they are in your pasture, especially made for bulls, but when you look there isContinue reading “Bulls…and more bulls”

Hard to be Humane

Humane treatment of livestock is something ranchers are doing continuously through their livestock management practices. Typically these actions improve the health and well-being of the animals in their care, and are enjoyable tasks for everyone. But, what about those situations where being humane and doing what’s best for the animal isn’t a fun practice? ThisContinue reading “Hard to be Humane”

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