Number of Workers Sought1
Type of FarmLarge Animal (cattle, sheep, goats)
Marketing StrategyRestaurant, Commodity, Other
Marketing Strategy (Other)Consumer Direct
Pay Rate$500/month minimum
Describe yourself, your family, background, farming experience, philosophy, goals and interestsWe are a family owned/operated cattle ranch and tree nursery. We are all believers in the economic, environmental and social components of sustainable agriculture. We feel strongly about the importance of preserving our ranch and community for future generations.
Describe the physical setting of your farm and the nature of the community in which you liveThe ranch is six miles (10 minute drive) from the town of Big Timber (pop. 2,000) which is the county seat. The ranch is mostly rolling hills. The Crazy Mountains are 20 miles to the west and the Yellowstone and Boulder Rivers are a short distance away.
Describe your farm operation
We are a commercial cow/calf operation with low levels of mechanization. We practice low stress livestock handling, use minimal production inputs, and calve in May/June to limit the need to feed hay and better match up with natural production cycles.
Describe the work to be performed by applicantResponsibilities of the intern would include frequent cattle movement, fence construction and repair (permanent and temporary electric), flood irrigation, range monitoring, weed management and occasional work with the family owned retail tree nursery and landscaping business. (www.blakenursery.com)
The ranch is implementing a new range monitoring system and the intern would have opportunity to help develop the system through computer mapping and the establishment of new monitoring sites. We will also be testing techniques for restoring vegetation and building soils on disturbed and degraded areas and developing/improving stock water resources. There will be some opportunity for horse work, but the majority of our summer cattle movement is done on foot or with ATVs.