Dogs of Ranchlands Dogs of Ranchlands

Dogs of Ranchlands

Volume 7  Farms 

Published: November 1, 2021

       

The deep navy umbrella of a four am Colorado prairie sky hangs overhead. Birds are still slumbering, awaiting the arrival of dawn before beginning morning discussions. There are few sounds to be heard save the creaking of leather, the clank of cinches, the shifting of hooves as the tacking up process begins. The human portion of the crew are near wordless, still slightly bleary eyed and mentally taking stock of the day ahead of them. The group is soon headed out across the vast expanse, and the prairie begins to stir. The sun rips a magenta gash across the early morning sky and the song of meadowlarks trill across the pasture. All this commotion is kept in time by the rhythmic 1,2,-1,2 of the team trotting out to reach cattle and begin the day’s move. And there, amid the thrum of the waking prairie and in between the footfall of hooves, is another sound. More quickly paced but keeping time, all the while eagerly propelling toward the job ahead. Four legs, two ears, and a tail that wags rather than swishes – the beloved and indispensable ranch dog.

Part co-workers, part companionship, the relationship between man and dog stretches back tens of thousands of years. A relationship so deeply woven into our collective history it’s hard to imagine life without these particular four legged companions. In this instance, the working dog represents a unique and irreplaceable asset to the rancher’s team. Able to reach places a horse and rider could not on their own and with a specialized skill set that only they can execute. And, while it’s safe to say that each rider develops a deep bond with their horses, equines generally tend not to fit as well inside the living room, giving dogs the unique perspective of being with us during virtually all hours of the day.

The ranch dog’s history meanders and overlaps throughout the centuries. Essentially each breed of cattle dog can be traced back to European roots such as Scotland, England, and Basque Country before their eventual dispersal throughout the globe as shepherds and ranchers relocated to new areas and livestock management presented new terrain. Throughout that time, new breeds have emerged; often created with specific qualities designed for optimal livestock management. But while geography, climate, names, and pedigrees may change, one thing remains constant: the steadfast companionship and undying loyalty of a rancher’s best friend.



Tess Rafferty

Ranchlands Review



FEATURED PROPERTIES


Rocking Chair Ranch
ROCKING CHAIR RANCH

DUBOIS, WYOMING

This legacy property checks all the boxes with multiple residential dwellings, a working ranch and expansion options – all within a majestic setting that is rarely available in today’s intermountain West. The property’s expansive and varied landscape provides year-round recreational activities for all ages and interests, making this ranch ideal for multi-generational or expansive families.

$15,900,000 | 4,660± Acres

Hufford Hereford Ranch
HUFFORD HEREFORD RANCH

FORT ROCK, OREGON

This diverse opportunity in the Oregon high desert has three fully developed businesses: hay production, seed stock cattle, and solar electricity. The markets for hay, cattle, and electricity are in place and transferable. The solar project contains an expansion plan, the cattle have a client base, and the hay has established domestic and foreign buyers. The climate is conducive for the production of high-quality alfalfa hay, strong and hearty cattle, and clean, renewable electricity.

$10,000,000 | 5,956± Acres

Aspen Canyon Ranch
ASPEN CANYON RANCH

BOZEMAN, MONTANA

This beautiful Montana property consists of five parcels totaling 934± acres and is located in the Trail Creek area, placing it between Bozeman and the Paradise Valley. Amazing views of the Absarokee/Beartooth Mountains to the east and Chimney Rock and the Gallatin Mountains to the south, serenity and privacy radiate throughout the property. Rolling grass hills and pastures give way to aspen and willow-lined draws which lead up to timber-covered mountains. Plentiful wildlife: elk, moose, whitetail and mule deer, turkey, bear, and more!

$10,000,000 | 934± Acres





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