Track artwork

Raising Cattle & Foes Become Friends - from the Southwestern Range episode

State of the Re:Union on October 22, 2013 18:49

0.00 / 31.28
Hide the comments

Stats for this track

This Week Total
Plays 4 595
Favoritings 49

Uploaded by

  • Report copyright infringement

    In 1 Set

    More tracks by State of the Re:Union

    Dear Fairbanks - from the Interior Alaska episode

    Sounds of Denali - from the Interior Alaska episode

    The Battle Over Wood Stoves - from the Interior Alaska episode

    The Fairbanks Four - from the Interior Alaska episode

    Crazy Dog Kennels - from the Interior Alaska episode

    View all

    Raising Cattle on the Range in the 21st Century

Cattle ranching in the Southwest has always been a risky proposition. Here, ranchers have acres to the cow, not cows to the acre—the land is so arid and dry, that they’ll have one cow for every 40-50 acres, which means a vast amount of time spent on horseback, traversing one’s land to manage your cattle, move them to a new stretch of grass. It also means that a lot of time and energy is spent thinking about rain. And, in the last 50 years or so, a new challenge has been added to the mix: development.  

    Foes Become Friends on the Range 

    Historically, in the American West, there is little love lost between ranchers and environmentalists—and that’s actually understating the dynamic. Often, there’s just straight deadlock; no conversation whatsoever, with environmentalists advocating for anti-grazing policies, and ranchers resenting the environmental community meddling in what’s often a generations-old family practice of cattle raising. But, thanks to a cowboy poet, a fire that sparked at just the right moment, and a lot of westerners—ranchers, environmentalists and scientists alike—stepping way out of their comfort zone, there’s a stretch of land that tells a very different story. In these several hundred-thousand acres on a grassy and mountainous terrain containing both pine forests and desert scrub, a model has been forged for how enemies can become cooperating neighbors.

    For more on this episode, including images, music, and links, visit our website at

    Add a new comment

    You need to be logged in to post a comment. If you're already a member, please or sign up for a free account.

    Share to

    If you are using self-hosted WordPress, please use our standard embed code or install the plugin to use shortcodes.
    Add a comment 0 comments at 0.00
      Click to enter a
      comment at