2015 Artist in Residence

This summer we have been fortunate to host John Beerman, an accomplished artist from North Carolina, at the old Sowell House, the original stone headquarters of the ranch built in 1926. John’s paintings of the ranch will be exhibited at the LewAllen Gallery in…

2015 Annual Round Up

With so much rain and an abundance of grass, heifers and calves are fat and happy this year at Ranney Ranch. On July 9 and 10, a dedicated team of friends and family gathered to vaccinate and brand. Clouds threatened, but managed to provide perfect…

On Cows and Carbon

How possibly can our management of semi-arid ranch land have the potential for ameliorating large scale climate impacts? Very recently, streams of evidence are beginning to trickle from the scientific community supporting the idea that healthy soil may be the simplest, most cost effective method for sequestering carbon from the atmosphere.

May 29th Marketing and Grazing Practices to Survive Drought

An HMI Open Gate Workshop @ the Ranch Our Ranney Ranch Day is part of HMI’s Open Gate Learning Series.Open Gates are peer-to-peer action-based learning days with short presentations and small group exercises geared for participants to share discoveries and management techniques with guidance from…

Water Harvesting

We contracted with Steve Carson of Rangeland Hands to redesign our ranch roads with the goal of capturing runoff and throwing it back onto our pastures.

Round Up

By eight we had moved the herd about a mile into holding pens where experienced ranch hands separated the cows from the calves, one of the only times in their lives they will be confined or separated from their mothers. Our jobs for the day include vaccinating, branding, and tagging the calves.

Putting Grasslands to Work

This past summer, I had the good fortune (and the accumulated American Airline miles) to attend the Savory Institute annual conference in London.