That’s What I’m Talkin’ ‘Bout: Win for the Land, Win for Ranchers

Here’s a great video from Mesa de Maya Ranch in Colorado, Environmental Stewardship Award winner representing Region V of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.. They work hard to take care of the land so it takes care of the cows which take care of them.

From: Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, http://www.coloradocattle.org/

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oDFO3qH-eY&feature=player_embedded

Mesa De Maya Ranch, owned by the Doherty family of Branson, Colo. is the 2010 regional Environmental Stewardship Award winner representing Region V of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

John and Carolyn Doherty own and manage the ranch, along with son Joe, his wife Lisa and their sons, who make the fifth generation to live on Mesa de Maya. The ranch has a long history of visionary land stewardship.

John Doherty’s mother, “Tiny” Doherty, was one of the first individuals to enroll in the Soil Conservation Service’s Great Plains Conservation Program. Under this contract, the ranch began a variety of stewardship practices, such as pitting pastures for water retention, cross fencing and using windmills to distribute water.

Today, the Doherty’s run a 500-head Red Angus commercial cow-calf operation on some 48,000 acres of short grass prairie, elevated mesas, and twisting red canyons. While cattle are the core business, the Doherty’s make managing the land’s natural native forages a top priority. Water is another ongoing resource issue, in an area that receives only 9 to 14 inches of rain a year.

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I like going places: out West, west of the West, and all the way around the back of the globe to the East. I like to go by train, plane, automobile, horseback. Whatever. And I like writing about what I see, feel, hear, smell, and touch all along the way and once I get there.

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