Ranching

How beef colonized the West and America’s dinner plate
How beef colonized the West and America’s dinner plate
The author of a new book explains how beef consolidation in the late 19th Century shapes our ecology, economy and politics.
Ranchers sue major meatpackers
Ranchers sue major meatpackers
Plaintiffs allege ‘The Big Four’ conspired to reduce cattle prices.
One rancher’s plan to establish water buffalo in Colorado
One rancher’s plan to establish water buffalo in Colorado
The challenges and possibilities of water buffalo ranching in the Roaring Fork Valley.
Former BLM chief: Bundys ‘pursuing an agenda’ on public land
The BLM's inconsistent approach toward rule breakers
The BLM's inconsistent approach toward rule breakers
A look at how the feds have — and have not — punished individuals for defying regulations.
Malheur occupation, explained
Malheur occupation, explained
The deep history behind the Bundy brothers’ takeover of a wildlife refuge in Oregon.
Forty years of Sagebrush Rebellion
Forty years of Sagebrush Rebellion
The Oregon occupation, the 2014 Bundy standoff and many other stories are all related to a long-simmering movement.
In Idaho, rancher buyouts take a big step forward
Ranch Diaries: Year in review at Triangle P
Ranch Diaries: Year in review at Triangle P
Coconut the elk, Clem the colt and big dreams for next year.
12 stories from the archives you should read now
12 stories from the archives you should read now
A look at our writers' favorite stories of all time, as our 45th anniversary draws to a close.
The story behind a saved cienega in New Mexico
The story behind a saved cienega in New Mexico
A rancher fights to protect a restored wetland against torrential rain and other threats.
Ranch Diaries: Building human connections from a remote ranch
Ranch Diaries: Building human connections from a remote ranch
Passing on knowledge is crucial to our way of life.
Why being a good neighbor is a good idea
Why being a good neighbor is a good idea
Researchers look to Southwestern ranchers to learn why we share — and what happens when we don’t.
Who really killed Keystone?
Who really killed Keystone?
An unusual coalition is fighting new fossil fuel infrastructure, and they're starting to win.
Range riders track wolves in eastern Washington
Range riders track wolves in eastern Washington
Wolf-livestock conflicts have increased, and ranchers and environmentalists are gathering data to mitigate the clashes.
Ranch Diaries: Getting injured on the job
Ranch Diaries: Getting injured on the job
I went through a lot of Ibuprofen and some serious self-doubt; then I sucked it up and got back on my horse.
How a plan to save southeastern Colorado went off the rails
How a plan to save southeastern Colorado went off the rails
Heritage tourism offered a way out of economic doldrums. Why did it go wrong?
Ranch Diaries: What life’s like as a female rancher
Ranch Diaries: What life’s like as a female rancher
Some ranchers still say women ruin horses and a rancher and his wife can be paid at two-for-the-price-of-one.
Ranch Diaries: Spared from drought, for now, in New Mexico
Ranch Diaries: Spared from drought, for now, in New Mexico
Dry spells take a toll on landscapes and livestock, but are also hard on people.
Where nuns are ranch hands
Where nuns are ranch hands
Colorado’s Abbey of St. Walburga is a spiritual refuge — and a working ranch.
Ranch Diaries: Remote ranching and vet care in the 21st century
Ranch Diaries: Remote ranching and vet care in the 21st century
When crisis hits, help comes in unconventional ways.
Ranch Diaries: Is ranching a form of conservation?
Ranch Diaries: Is ranching a form of conservation?
Our cattle can help restore wildlife habitat, reduce fire fuels and sequester carbon, when used creatively.
Ranch Diaries: One dog can be worth three hands
Ranch Diaries: One dog can be worth three hands
A cowboy and a good canine or two can handle several hundred cattle.
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