A cloudy sky prevented a peek at Saturn through the ranch's 8-inch Celestron telescope, but Richards regaled us throughout the evening with stories about the challenges of island ranching
(the cattle are flown to the mainland on specially retrofitted 747 jets
Prior to Ranching
for Wildlife, private ranches hosted hunts, but not for the big dollars they now earn.
The Kelleys' ranching
operation is a family affair - Ralph Kelley's 90- year-old uncle, Ralph Hayes, is his longtime partner, and the couple's two daughters, their son-in-law, and their daughter's fiance all pitch in.
While cattle ranching
will always be a very important part of our heritage and our brand, a decision to out-source the ownership and management of this business to a first class cattle operator will allow us to focus our efforts and resources on investing in our real estate assets," said President and CEO Robert A.
Beaverhead's goal is to be a sustainable ranching
operation and a model of environmental excellence.
The Agency credited these efforts with fostering an "unusually productive relationship" between the ranching
and environmental communities.
The ranch's attention to environmental ranching
practices dates to the early 1970s with the implementation of rest-rotation grazing.