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U.S. – Mexico Teamwork Where the Rio Grande Is but a Ribbon

The destructive and wasteful application of invasive species biology as promoted by The New York Times. Invasive species biology is based on the assumption that anything done by an “invasive” is by definition bad. According to the invasive species folks, cane is a sneaky invader that has driven out native plants and animals.

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How the West Was Won: Selling of the Waggoner Ranch

The “80-20 Rule” states that typically, 80 percent of business profits come from 20 percent of total efforts. This simple insight is the single most powerful of all money-making principles. In ranching, 80 percent of total profits come from the capital appreciation of the asset. The idea that ranching can monetize the real estate asset

Cowboys Turn to High-Tech Ear Tags to Monitor Animal Health

Small, inexpensive tracking devices embedded in ear tags that work through cellular towers instead of costly, heavy GPS devices would revolutionize grassland restoration. This would allow ranchers to track their stock on open ranges. Controlling theft, minimizing straying and limiting searches for missing animals would fundamentally improve grass-fed ranch economics. Returning large grazers to grassland

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La Nina Weather Pattern Fading Means Wetter Fall and Winter

The reports of imminent drought were greatly exaggerated.

Book Review: The Serengeti Rules: The Quest to Discover How Life Works and Why It Matters

The Serengeti Rules: The Quest to Discover How Life Works and Why It Matters by Sean B. Carroll is a great book about nature’s basic rules and contains many valuable insights on desert grasslands. While Carroll didn’t intend to write a book about holistic management, The Serengeti Rules supports holistic insights and practices. Like the

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Good Results From Our One Chute Out Test

Blue Origin continues its testing of spacecraft next door to Circle Ranch in far-West Texas.

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Keeper of the Flame

Our artist pal Boyd Elder is one of the unforgettable characters of far-West Texas. NOTE: post initially appeared on TexasHighways.com and in print, the June 2016 edition

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HMI Open Gate Day – August 26 2016

HMI Open Gate: Circle Ranch Day Helping Water Flow Where it Needs to Go – August 26, 2016. Circle Ranch, Van Horn, TX

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Feathers From Wind Farms Can Meet Apaches’ Needs

A Justification for Windfarms? Windfarms are a boondoggle.  Wind farm electricity costs six times as much per kilowatt hour as conventional: If your energy bill is $10,000 per year but you are content to pay $60,000 then wind power is for you! This calculation ignores damage to land values including to neighbors whose losses go

New Drought in Far-West Texas?

“El Niño-La Niña are reciprocating patterns that create wet and dry conditions on the land, and simultaneously, conditions of abundance and famine in the marine environments. In the Galapagos Islands for example, warmer water from El Niño means more rain on the land but a famine for birds and animals that feed at sea, such