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Ten Sleep – While the Greet family originally came from England, Carol Greet says the family is happily settled south of Ten Sleep, where four generations work in harmony on their ranch.

“The Greets came down here and homesteaded near where the present day monument for the Spring Creek Raid is,” says Carol. “They were there for 20 years before moving to where we are now.”

In 1909, the family moved to their present location. Twins Fred and Frank Greet started the operation.

“Frank and Edna had six kids, and the youngest was John, who is my father-in-law,” comments Carol.

Carol’s husband Vernon, her sons Daniel and Brandon, daughters-in-law Megan and Tessia and grandchildren Quinlan and Jaxon all live and work on the ranch alongside John today.

Carol and Vernon also have another daughter, Victoria, who lives in Kaycee with her husband Matt Davis and sons Wyatt and Waylon. Victoria visits and helps with the cattle as often as possible.

Greet Ranch was the first centennial ranch in the county, and Carol says, “It is very cool to see us on the land after all these years.”

Commercial cattle

“We are a cow/calf and yearling operation,” Carol explains. “While Daniel has a few registered Angus, we mostly stay commercial.”
Carol notes that Greet Ranch has shifted from raising Herefords to black baldies to straight Angus, enabling them to break into a specific niche market.

“Black-hided cattle became more valuable,” comments Vernon. “We like the Hereford cattle, but it was an economic decision.”

“We raise all-natural Angus sourced cattle,” she continues. “We are always busy and always going.”

Daniel notes that they strive for cattle that are deep, thick-muscled animals.

“We also want big yearling weight EPDs and big dollar beef values,” Daniel explains. “And, of course, for our heifers we look for calving ease.”

Yearly routine

Each year, the routine is much the same. The family begins calving at the end of February with heifers.

“As soon as the heifers are done, the cows start,” Carol explains. “We AI our heifers so the timing is right.”

Greet Ranch sells their steers in June using Northern Video Auction.
Cattle are moved to the mountain and through a series of pastures at varying elevations for the duration of the summer.

After calves are brought off the mountain, they move through BLM pastures until they make it back to the home ranch.

In December, they also take bred heifers to Riverton to be sold. 

Calves are fed beginning in January, most years. However, feeding dates depend on how deep the snow gets and how cold the winter is.

“There have been times when we had to start feeding in December, but usually we wait until January,” she says.

Hay production

“We also do a lot of haying,” adds Carol. “We have alfalfa/grass mix, and we raise a bit of grain for ourselves.”

They feed their calves grain and hay during the winter months. 

“Summer time is insane with the irrigating and haying,” she comments. “We also run our cattle in the mountains during the summer.”

After the hay is harvested, Carol says they keep most of it for their own use, making sure there is plenty of feed to get them through to spring. 

“We might sell a bit of hay, but for the most part, we don’t,” she explains. “We’ve grown a bit in terms of the numbers of cows we have, so we try to play it safe.”

Genetics aspect

“We generally try to watch our breeding and buy really good bulls,” says Carol. “We really focus on genetics. Daniel is a whiz at the genetics and enjoys that part.”
Because of his interest in genetics, Daniel decided to get into the registered business several years ago. 

Brandon says, “Daniel grew up some of the bulls we bought to help the ranch out.”

Because Daniel began to notice a narrowing of their genetic pool, he sought to gain more variety in the herd for better performing cattle.

“We’ve done a lot with the EXT and In Focus bloodlines. They are really good cattle that work nicely, but we’ve stacked it pretty heavily in the herd,” he explains. “On top of that, we only buy PAP-tested bulls, which limits us severely.”

Daniels continues, “We are looking to switch up our bulls a little, so I got into registered cattle.”

He hopes to raise bulls on the ranch to give them the option to use those bulls or to sell them as an extra revenue stream.

“Quality is important to us,” adds Vernon. “Dad always bought good bulls, and we have kept up with that.”

Good life

While each of the wives of the operation lived somewhere else prior to moving to the ranch, they all enjoy ranching in Washakie County.

“This area is gorgeous, and the water is pretty good most of the time,” Carol says. “We don’t generally struggle too much.”

Megan adds, “We feel safe out here. It is a small community where everyone knows everyone, so it’s a nice place to raise our kids.”

At the same time, they are able to maintain close family ties.

“I like being close to our families,” Tessia notes. “My kids see their cousins every day, and we get to work with our husbands. That is unique and fun, most days.”

And while there are challenges, Carol notes that they are typical challenges for most ranchers. 

“There aren’t many opportunities in this country,” Carol says. “No one has their dad’s hardware store for three generations, much less going on four or five. It is really cool what we are doing here.”

The men also enjoy the valley, each mentioning that the solidarity and remote nature of the ranch.

“We aren’t jammed in amongst a bunch of people,” Daniel says. “I like that our closest neighbors are two or three miles away.”

John comments, “It’s a good life, for someone who likes it.”

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SIDEBAR:
Blogging for agriculture

Carol Greet says that the high speed internet in their area has provided a number of opportunities, and one of those was the chance to be an advocate for agriculture online.

“I blog every day,” she says. “I got started because people called me about my dogs – Rimrock English Shepherds – and told me I should post stories about my life.”

“They didn’t know people lived like this,” comments Carol.

She blogs every day to help ease the disconnect between pasture and plate that is growing ever wider in today’s generation.

“I started my blog in January 2008,” Carol continues. “It also became something of a legacy for the family.”

When Carol moved to the ranch, she says her mother-in-law left a journal detailing years of work on the ranch.

“I thought it was very cool to have her journal to look back at,” Carol says. “I wanted to create something for my grandchildren and their children to look back at.”

Rather than writing in a journal, Carol notes she found it much easier to tell stories using pictures.

“When my grandchildren get bigger, they will have the handwritten journal from their great-grandmother, and they’ll have my blog with its photos. It’s our legacy,” she comments.

 

Agriculture is an important industry in the Washakie County. For many years, the Worland-Ten Sleep Chamber of Commerce had an agriculture committee to focus on important issues for the community. 

However, the committee slowly started to fall apart and fall on the backburner. 

Jim Gill, then a UW Extension educator, saw the downfall of the committee and began to look for a way to bolster the ag community. 

“At the same time the ag committee began to degrade, we also lost the Wyoming Bull Test here in Worland,” Jim explains. 

When the test was being conducted, a producer educational forum was also held to provide information on the latest information in the cattle industry.

“We did a nice program in conjunction with the test,” Jim says, “but when the test was no longer happening, that ended.”

“After the end of the test, I wanted to continue to do educational program,” he continues.

The result of Gill’s idea helped the Bighorn Basin Ag Ambassadors to solidify and become an important part of the ag community. 

WESTI Ag Days

To carry on the tradition of an education seminar, a group of agriculture industry stakeholders formed WESTI Ag Days, an event that is held in February each year. 

“When I started talking about putting on this seminar, the Bighorn Basin Ag Ambassador group also joined in. At the time, they were going but not a big group,” Jim says. “The Ambassadors wanted to partner up for the event.”

The Bighorn Basin Ag Ambassadors included a number of producers and industry members, and Gill says those people were involved in the community and in fundraising efforts, but they hadn’t been involved in a big effort to that point.

Original board members for the Ambassadors included Bill Glanz, then publisher of the Wyoming Livestock Roundup, MillerCoors Agronomist Tim Spade and Terrill Gibbons, owners of the Ford and New Holland dealership. Other community members were also involved, and Gill notes they began to work toward putting on a great event.

One of the important aspects putting on an event like WESTI Ag Days is the funding to bring in speakers and supplies for the event, as well as support from the community.

“An endeavor like this takes money to put together,” Jim says. “The Ag Ambassadors were responsible for helping to raise money. At the same time, our merchants in the Worland area have been incredibly supportive in helping us to sponsor the event.”

Ag appreciation

In addition to helping coordinate WESTI Ag Days, the Bighorn Basin Ag Ambassadors also hold an appreciation dinner for the ag community in the south Bighorn Basin.

“The dinner is free to all producers,” Jim adds. “We want to honor them for their hard work over the past year.”

The event is held yearly in conjunction with WESTI Ag Days.

Ambassadors

Currently, over 20 people are members of the Ag Ambassadors, and almost 15 are incredibly active. Members primarily live in Worland, Manderson, Thermopolis and Basin, representing the southern end of the Bighorn Basin.

“Our members include producers, bankers, Extension educators and ag industry supporters,” Jim explains. “We are a volunteer organization, and these people dedicate their time to these efforts.”

Jim continues, “Our mission has always been to emphasize how important the ag industry is to the economy in this area. I think we’ve done a good job of promoting agriculture.”

While the task hasn’t been easy, Jim adds that they continue to push forward to accomplish their goals.

Other events

The Bighorn Basin Ag Ambassadors also work to help increase awareness of agriculture through tours.

“Though we don’t do it every year, quite often we have an ag tour in the summer,” Jim adds. “We tour a variety of ag operations. The last tour, we looked at Wyoming Whiskey in Kirby, and we toured the canal improvement projects in the Worland area.”

Tours also visit operations like feedlot, production facilities and farms.

“Our tours really looked to educate locals about the agriculture in our area,” says Jim. 

More education

An additional activity that the Ambassadors worked on was a signage project to help people identify the crops being grown in the area.

“We had signs made and put up along the highway to identify what crops were being grown in surrounding fields,” says Jim. “We put those signs along the highways.”

Too often, Jim notes that people driving down the roads wonder, “What’s that green leafy plant?” The signs hope to identify the crops that are prevalent and important in the Basin.

“We’ve had a lot of good comments on the signs,” Jim said.

Moving forward

Into the future, Jim notes that the Bighorn Basin Ag Ambassadors hope to continue to support agriculture in the community. 

“We hope to continue to help with WESTI Ag Days and to host the Ag Appreciation dinner,” Jim mentions. “And most importantly, we hope to continue promoting and showcasing agriculture in our community.”

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Worland – Michael Vigil and his family have owned farm ground in Washakie and Big Horn counties since the turn of the last century, and they continue to carry out their family’s tradition on the land.

“We own the farm that my mom’s family started in 1906,” Michael, known by many as Mitch, says. “It is still in the family after all these years.”

“Grandpa started working for the beet factory and bought a farm,” he says.

Michael’s wife Karen also has a history in the area.

“Karen’s family ranched at Hyattville, and she worked on two of the big outfits outside of town,” he says. “We met in high school, got married and started farming in 1984.”

Today, Michael and Karen operate a farm and feeding operation with their family.

“There is always something going on here,” says Michael.

Integrated operation

The Vigils raise sugarbeets, beans, malt barley, whole corn, corn for silage and hay.

“Along with the crops, we also custom feed cattle and have our own calves, as well,” Michael says. 

In addition to their commercial cow/calf operation, they feed up to 4,000 cows and calve out an additional 1,500 each year. 

The Vigils calve beginning March 15 on their river bottom pastures, which provide adequate protection for cows, even during snowy springs.

“We usually plant grain the same time we calve,” says Michael and Karen’s son Bryce. “Then we start with beets and corn.”

During that same season, Michael says they begin feeding beet pulp and silage to the cattle. 

“Nearly all the cattle we custom feed get calved out here, as well,” adds Karen. 

“We end up branding around 1,500 head around here, so we are terribly busy in the spring,” continues Michael. “We are trying to brand while planting all these crops.”

In April and June, the cattle are shipped out, and Bryce says he is allowed to progress with the farming.

Farm work

“After cattle are shipped, we plant beans and start irrigating,” Michael says.

To improve irrigation efficiencies, Michael notes they farm under 19 pivots, 15 of which they own.

“The pivots have really improved our efficiencies and decreased labor,” he comments. “We have higher production, and they help our regrowth.”

Summer is busy with irrigating, spraying crops and checking cows.

When planting is complete, Michael notes they take their cattle to the Big Horn Mountains to graze during the summer.

“We truck our cows to Ten Sleep, then truck them up to the mountain later,” he explains. “They are trailed back off the mountain at the end of the season.”

Harvest season

“The end of July, we start harvesting,” Bryce continues. “Once we start, it seems like we continue from one crop to the next until we are finished.”

First, barley is cut, then beans and corn silage, sugar beets and shelled corn are harvested. 

As soon as September hits, the cattle start coming back from the mountain.

“It can be terribly busy that time of year,” Michael says. 

On finishing beet harvest, they begin to take in more custom-fed cattle and begin to transport beet pulp from the factory in Worland to their ranch. 

“We stay busy feeding the rest of the winter months,” Bryce says.

Then, they start their year over and continue to farm and raise cattle.

Cattle

While they take on a number of cattle to custom feed, Michael also notes that they raise their own herd of commercial Angus cattle.

“We have to have high altitude cattle because we graze on the mountain,” says Michael.

Bryce adds, “Since we are feeding them down here in the winters, we’d like to see a little more frame than some of the guys running on the range.”

They have raised their own herd for nearly 15 years, though they have been custom feeding for 20 years.

Double cropping strategy

“The cows graze our fields in the winter,” he says, noting that the farming operation works well with their cattle. “We re-seed the barley fields after harvest and grow a second crop.”

The double cropping strategy allows the Vigils to realize up to five animal unit months per acre, allowing them to feed large numbers of cattle. 

“After we bale the straw, we irrigate again within a week to help the regrowth,” Michael says. “We also harvest the corn and graze cornstalks.”

Sugarbeet pulp and tops are also fed to the cattle.

Nearly all of their cropland can be utilized again by the cattle, says Michael, adding, “It helps that we are multi-cropping many of our crops.”

Continuing the family

The Vigil’s continue to run cattle and farm as a whole family.

“We are a family operation,” says Michael. “That is one huge thing that I really appreciate.”

Michael, Karen and Bryce work full time on the operation, while the Vigil’s daughter Brittany and son Brian work on the operation when they aren’t busy going to school. 

Bryce’s fiancée Leann is also joining the family operation in the near future.

Michael and Karen’s other daughter Justine and her husband Brenton Paxton also farm in the area with their children Hayden, Brooklynn and Carston. 

“My brother Danny also farms next to me,” Michael says. “We’ve farmed side by side, but we don’t compete. We help each other and give each other ideas.”

Working close to his family is important to Michael, and he hopes to continue, noting, “It’s pretty cool to work with our family.”

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SIDEBAR:
Benefits and challenges

Despite their incredibly busy schedule, the Vigils appreciate their operation and location.

“The nice thing about where we are is the population,” Michael comments. “We are pretty rural.”

At the same time, he sees benefits in the quality of the resources.

“We have really excellent ground through this valley, and we have good water,” he explains. “Our production is outstanding because we have a lot of heat units to raise corn. That is true down the Worland and Manderson area.”

Karen also says they are fortunate enough to be close to many good facilities. 

“The MillerCoors facility is here, and we have Yellowstone Bean and Wyoming Sugar Company nearby,” she says. “We don’t have to truck things too far.”

Michael and Karen both note that they also work with a number of good people, mentioning, “We work with some excellent people in the Basin. There are a lot of really good people that we work with.”

In addition Michael says, “My dad has also helped to give us really good focus and direction.”

Michael’s parents Ted and Patsy Vigil, as well as Karen’s parents Roy and Virginia Frisbee, have helped to shape their operation.

At the same time, while they enjoy benefits in the Worland area, the Vigils also experience some challenges.

“Farm ground is short around here,” says Karen. “There isn’t a whole lot of ground to pick up, and everyone is looking for it.”

Bryce adds that grass isn’t abundant during the summer.

“We have a lot of feed for cattle in the winter, but in the summer, grass is kind of short,” he explains.

 

Ten Sleep – Nearly 30 miles from Ten Sleep, Maurice Bush and his family run a cow/calf and yearling commercial operation on land that his family has been on for the past 100 years.

“My granddad came up and bought land up north of here in 1898, and we’ve been here ever since,” Maurice says. “He immigrated from France.”

Originally, the family herded sheep in the region.

“They trailed sheep all over the country,” he explains. “We would winter and lamb them down in Worland in the valley, and then move up here for the summer.”

They have remained in the stock business, although today, Maurice, his wife Kathy and son Myles run cattle and raise hay.

Making a switch

“We had sheep until I went to college in 1967, but at the time, we couldn’t make any money on sheep,” Maurice comments. “We started raising cows and have been doing that ever since.”

After selling the sheep, he also notes that they also sold their farmland near Worland.

During his college years, Maurice says he learned how to artificially inseminate cattle and decided he would AI their cows each year until the practice became too labor intensive and impractical for him to do on his own.

Since then, they have used bulls that provide genetics leading to animals with good carcass traits. 

Genetics and replacements

“When we are looking for cattle, we are looking for the carcass,” Maurice mentions. 

They send calves to Decatur County, Kan., where they are slaughtered and hung on the rail.

“We’ve been doing this for 20 years, and it works well for us,” he says.

Maurice also notes that he takes a unique approach to buying bulls. Rather than attending bull sales and selecting stock, he simply calls seedstock breeders and requests a certain number of bulls.

“The breeders know their cattle, and they are concerned about their reputation, so we get good bulls,” Maurice says. “Then, we don’t have to go to the auctions and bid against our neighbors.”

Rather than investing large amounts of capital, time and resources into raising replacement heifers, Maurice also notes that he buys replacements from the Padlock Ranch each year. 

“We haven’t raised replacements for years,” he says. “The huge amount of money that goes into a replacement heifer isn’t worth it.”

Innovative management

Because Maurice notes that he, Kathy and, more recently Myles, are the only labor on the farm, they have taken steps to make improvements and ease the amount of labor required.

“One thing we did almost 22 years ago was move to fall calving,” Maurice says. “It has worked well.”

Rather than spending 60 days and nights awake waiting for cattle to calve, they allow the cattle to calve in the fall when less labor is required. 

“We got the idea from the outfits in the Sandhills of Nebraska,” he explains. “A lot of the big outfits out there have been fall calving for years. It is easier, so I asked myself, ‘Why can’t we do this here?’”

He also adds that Mike May from Antler Ranch near Meeteetse influenced him to try fall calving to save labor. 

Other options

“Mike also used what he called natural weaning, where he wouldn’t actually wean the calves, leaving the mothers to kick off the big calves when new ones were born,” Maurice explains. “We tried that for several years, and it worked for some of them.”

However, because not all calves were being weaned effectively, Maurice says they discontinued the practice.

They continued to move up their weaning dates until settling on the beginning of January. 

“After we wean, we take the calves to Worland and feed them separately from the cows,” he comments. “The cows don’t need anything extra to eat for the rest of the winter.”

The Bush family also runs their yearlings on pastures near the ranch, and they raise enough hay to feed an average of 300 cattle during the winter. They pivot irrigate their hay meadows to increase efficiency.

“We are just trying to squeeze a little more out of these cows,” Maurice says. “We calve in the fall, so we have higher calving percentages and less labor. Then, we run the yearlings over, so we see a little bigger margin there. We have another premium we see when we take them to the rail.”

“We just keep struggling and making it through,” Maurice comments. 

Challenges and benefits

Maurice says he feels fortunate to not run on any BLM lands, rather utilizing deeded pastures to graze their cattle.
 With the rest of the challenges they face, he mentions that they do all they can to make things work.

“The markets and the weather are all challenges,” Maurice explains. “We are all rich in land, but we don’t have money, and the margins are slim.”

Increasing expenses in terms of fuel, equipment and other inputs put ever-increasing pressure on the operation.

Drought also provides a continual obstacle, he notes.

“This summer, there was 18 to 20 miles along this road where no grass was growing,” he says. “Then, in the fall, we had two feet of snow at the beginning of October.”

Planning for these unpredictable extremes is nearly impossible, Maurice says, adding, “The drought is really killing us right now.”

Continued education

Maurice notes they have undertaken a number of efforts to improve their management and cattle.

“Myles and I signed up and took the Master Cattlemen’s class,” he says, “and we did an enterprise analysis on our operation.”

They look at the data available to try to make profits where they can.

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Ten Sleep – South of Ten Sleep, Bob and Laurence Kaplan purchased a ranching operation with the intent of finding a place they could enjoy during their retirement.

“We came from Jackson,” Bob says. “In Jackson, we saw a great deal of bustle, helter-skelter growth and frenetic tourists trying to squeeze a month’s worth of sight seeing into three days.”

The negative atmosphere led the couple to begin a search for a ranch.

“We undertook a ranch search with the idea that we would be on the ranch in the summer and go ski in the winter,” Bob continues. “My skiing enthusiasm faded, and after the five years it took to find this place, we also had a home in Arizona.”

When they closed the sale, Bob and Laurence decided they should spend their time on the ranch, so they sold their Arizona home and moved to Wyoming.

“Laurence and I did not spend our adult lives together,” says Bob. “This was a joint venture that was new, exciting and different for us. It was an opportunity completely unlike our past experience.”

The new opportunity didn’t start with the idea of creating a guest ranch, either.

“Our general contractor was so proficient and so resourceful that I told Laurence I thought we could make this into a guest ranch if we wanted to,” he continues. “She thought that would be a lot of fun and a really nice adventure.”

Guest operation

After deciding to move forward with a guest ranch, Bob designed four chalets and a lodge, as well as a number of other facilities that have been constructed through the years.

“We have had 26 or 28 projects that ranged from moving the cattle center a mile from the ranch house to building facilities and a small airstrip,” Bob says. 

He also notes that they appreciated the landscape and hoped to incorporate it into the ranch’s appeal.

“The landscape here is really quite special,” Bob explains. “We found this ranch had a diversity of landscape like none of the others we looked at.”

“When I asked Laurence, ‘Do you know how many guest ranches we looked at before we decided to buy this place?’ She answered, ‘I do. None.’ It has been a great adventure,” he continues.

Amenities

The guest ranch provides a wide variety of activities for guests at an all-inclusive rate.

“We designed our format to reflect what we would want to find when we arrived as guests,” Bob says. “We include everything from shooting and full-time use of an ATV to pick up at the Worland airport, the opportunity  to ride horses and the chance to work cattle.  It includes everything a guest can eat, drink, or do.”

The format allows families to be at ease knowing their vacation is covered and to enjoy time in an intimate setting.

“We set the rates high and limit the number of guests, so everyone can do what they want in their own schedule,” Bob says.

‘A series of delightful surprises’

“This business has been very interesting and very satisfying,” Bob notes.

Each morning, guests are provided with all the necessary supplies to prepare their own breakfast in a fully equipped chalet kitchen. The ranch’s full-time culinary trained chef and pastry chef prepare the remaining meals each day.

“No meals are served the same,” he comments. “We try to utilize the ranch butcher shop, ranch eggs, large garden and greenhouse as much as we can.”

“The whole intent of the operation is to give our guests a series of delightful surprises,” he continues.

Bob says that right now, Red Reflet doesn’t look to increase the number of guests that it is serving. 

Rather he says he hopes to serve current guests at the highest level possible.

“There are so many new things that are fun to do together here,” Bob says. “From dad to the youngest of the kids, families are experiencing something new, and that is what builds memories and experiences.”

Working cattle ranch

While hosting guests during the spring, summer, fall and winter months, Red Reflet also serves as a full-time working Black Angus cattle ranch.

Harry Mills, cattle operations manager, says, “We run mother cows and replacement heifers, and we have about 50 guest horses.” 

With a small crew, including wranglers Clay and Tammy Trollinger, Harry says they keep themselves busy with the cattle and raising hay.

To hit their target markets, calving dates have been moved. Rather than February and March calving, heifers are calved in April and cows calve in May. 

“We used to artificially inseminate the cows, as well as the heifers, but because the herd is all natural, we moved calving later into spring. The only place to AI would be on the mountain, and that would be too difficult,” he comments. “We are looking at phasing out AI’ing the heifers, as well.”

Mountain summers

Harry continues, “Our cows are run here on the ranch during the spring and winter, and they run in the Big Horn Mountains in the summer.”

The cows graze up to 7,500 feet, and Harry says that larkspur can be a challenge.
When steers are shipped in the fall, Harry notes that Bob retains ownership on the calves but sends them to a feedlot in Nebraska that finishes them for Whole Foods.

That same time, the cows are taken to a farm in Worland or the badlands until early January, when they are trucked and trailed, respectively, back to the ranch to be fed until calving.

Hay production

Red Reflet also irrigates enough hay to feed to their cattle during the winter months. 

“We have artesian wells that feed these pivots,” Harry says. “The wells start in the spring with an incredible amount of pressure, but by the end of the summer, the pressure backs off.”

Integrating guests

One of the differences between Red Reflet and other working ranches is that Harry works to incorporate guests into the activities of the ranch. 

“I try to incorporate moving cows and branding with when guests are here,” he says. “Some of them aren’t crazy about it, but some of them really enjoy it and want to be involved.”

Harry notes that guests interested in the agriculture operations of Red Reflet Ranch have the opportunity to see what happens on a Wyoming ranch.

“We do things a little differently here to accommodate guests,” he comments. “When we brand, we do small numbers and shorter days. We bring in lunch for the guests and provide them a whole experience.”

Ten Sleep benefits

Red Reflet’s cattle and guest operations continue to be successful, and Harry says he appreciates his job.

“I think ranching is in my blood,” says Harry. “I’ve worked on this place since before Bob bought it, and I enjoy working here.”

Bob says that Ten Sleep has been a great community to move into, and they enjoy Red Reflet Ranch. 

“Ten Sleep is a lovely community that is very welcoming,” he explains. “It is very western in so many ways, and they embrace a, ‘Mean what we say, do what we say we are going to do,’ motto.”

Though he says they were hesitant in moving to the area because their background is substantially different than many community members, Bob adds, “It didn’t make any difference to the people here.”

Bob also comments that he feels the ability to enjoy life during his retirement is important. 

“We have learned so much, and this has been a really great experience in a community that is so supportive and nice,” he comments. “Life is not about what we have, it is about how we enjoy life and how we put into life those things that are savory and enjoyable.”

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