Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Meet Caleb and Klaire, our new Ranch Managers

Howdy folks!

Caleb and Klaire here - your new Ranch Managers at Miller Bison at Elkhead Ranch. We are very excited to make our home where the buffalo roam, and we are even more excited to share it with you! You will hear a lot about the ranch and the bison in the weeks ahead - but first, a bit about us:


I had always known that my career would involve agriculture in some way, but I can honestly say that I didn’t see "Bison Ranch Manager" as a viable option. But here I am now, and I can promise that I am here to stay for quite some time. This is a dream career for me. Whether that be managing the grazing patterns of our bison to optimizing the growth from the pastures or even just welding up gates for the chicken yard, it seems that everything I have learned and developed a passion for has led me here to give this place my all. 

In my spare time I enjoy blacksmithing, leather craft, carpentry, gardening and cooking.


Well folks, my name is Klaire with a K. I grew up hearing cowboy stories from my father and have long aspired to have a ranching career - I just never expected it to involve bison! My roles at Miller Bison at Elkhead Ranch include publicizing and promoting the ranch by way of blogging, writing and networking, working on the ranch's upcoming business selling bison meat at the Farmers Market of the Ozarks, assisting Caleb with ranch duties like fencing, welding, daily feeding chores, record keeping, etc, and keeping a neat and tidy ranch house.

Some of my interests include creative writing and poetry, horses, cooking, yoga and reading. I have had some of my writing published in newspapers and magazines around the country, and I have traveled from as far south as Livingston, Texas and as far north as Broadus, Montana to train horses. I am also a CHA Certified Riding Instructor. I have spent much of my life on the back of my horse, and so far it's my favorite place to be! I love to take road trips, and I'm fond of learning hands on skills that I think all women should know – like welding, chopping wood and hunting.
Caleb and I met our first year at college.  We both discovered that we had a common passion for all things outdoors and a sustainable lifestyle and well, here we are!  We will be getting married this summer and couldn't be happier.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

New Ranch Managers at Miller Bison at Elkhead Ranch

Randy and Jane are excited to announce new additions to the ranch family: Caleb and Klaire!

Caleb and Klaire are currently students at College of the Ozarks and will be moving to the ranch full time starting this summer to serve as the new ranch managers of Miller Bison at Elkhead Ranch.

Caleb and Klaire have been working hard on the ranch, beginning to learn the ropes of a working bison ranch and preparing the ranch for an influx of visitors when we host a ranch tour during the National Bison Association's annual summer conference this June.

As they get settled into their new home, Caleb and Klaire will be bringing several new changes to the ranch later this summer, including opening up the ranch for tours and making our bison meat available at the Farmers Market of the Ozarks in Springfield.

Stay tuned for more updates on the exciting things we have going on at the ranch. This summer is going to be a busy one for us all. We are so excited to share and introduce our ranch operation to more people.

In the coming days, you will begin seeing blog posts from Caleb and Klaire, as well as posts on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. Help us welcome them to the ranch family. We're excited about all the new places we will go with them as part of our team!

Welcome, Caleb and Klaire!

Monday, February 10, 2014

National Bison Association Winter Conference in Review!

The National Bison Conference is held yearly in Denver, CO in conjunction with the Western Stock Show.  This year was our 11th year in a row attending the conference. With 400 in attendance, this seemed to be the largest participation of bison enthusiasts. We filled the classrooms during the day and the banquet hall for social/dinner in the evening.

"Producers and marketers at our annual conference {last week} celebrated that, as more consumers discover the great taste and nutritional attributes of bison meat, our business is experiencing unprecedented strength and stability," said National Bison Association (NBA) Executive Director Dave Carter as the conference came to a close. Therefore, many of the events focused on information to build bison herds to meet this growing demand.  For example, there was a mentoring session that paired new/potential producers, with experienced ranchers. Also at the conference, members were encouraged to adopt FFA or 4-H chapters in their area through the Student Group Membership program. The NBA provides ample resources to support such an endeavor for our future bison ranchers.

Monday, December 23, 2013

The benefits of eating bison meat

Bison meat is becoming more and more popular on menus and dinner tables across the country, and for good reason. Bison meat is a lean and healthy red meat that is raised naturally and still tastes great. As a matter of fact there are lots of great reasons to eat bison meat and if you'd like, you can read about my top three reasons for eating bison meat.

Bison meat is still fairly new to the market, and so it's common that we get lots of questions about bison meat and the benefits of eating it. So, if you have questions about bison meat and why you should think about eating it, here's a quick crash course. Of course, we are always happy to answer any questions you may have. Get in touch with us or post your question in the comments!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Bison Weather

Hey everyone,

The last time you heard from me was a month ago.  And what a month it's been!  Warm and windy, cold and wet, snowy and icy; Missouri weather at it's finest. 

The morning the snow started coming down.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Leaves are Falling and Deer are On the Move

Hey everyone,

The last time I wrote, we had 7 calves on the ground and the leaves were just starting to turn.  Two weeks later, we now have 18 Angus calves on the ground, the leaves have turned, and we've experienced our first, second, and third frost of the season.  Fall is here. 

Early morning frost.

It's an exciting, but also sad time of the year for me.  I so look forward to the beauty of the turning leaves, but once they start, it's over in a matter of days.  We are right in the middle of that short time period.  Five days ago the oaks were blood red and burnt orange, the hickorys were bright yellow, the sycamores were yellow as well, and the persimmons were vibrant red.  It lasted just a few days, and now most of the leaves are pretty much brown.  It was beautiful while it lasted. 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Big Bucks On The Move!

Hey everyone,

The hickory leaves are yellow, the persimmon trees are red, and the scenery is beautiful here on the ranch. It won't be long until the oaks turn as well, and the fall colors will take over the landscape. My favorite natural event of the year and it seems that as soon as it's here, it's gone. 

The last time I wrote two weeks ago, the rye grass was newly planted and the cows had not started calving yet. I'm happy to say now that the rye is up and we have seven Angus calves on the ground! 

I check the cows twice a day, and so far I've witnessed one birth and watched two calves take their first steps, as well as their first drinks of milk. It really is a miracle what goes on in the cow pasture, and I'm really enjoying the excitement of calving season right now. Hopefully it's nice and steady until all the calves are born. Hopefully.

Angus cows and calves on the ranch.

Now for the deer talk. 

Just as I hoped and expected, the big bucks are starting to roam around checking beds, and I'm getting pictures.

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