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A Master Birding Class Field Trip to Rafter W Ranch

A Master Birding Class Field Trip to Rafter W Ranch

Denver Audubon shares what they learned while visiting an Audubon-certified bird-friendly ranch in eastern Colorado, their own master birding class field trip.   On November 11, 2023, the Denver Audubon Master Birder class and a group of inquisitive class mentors visited the Rafter W Ranch in...

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Outlawing Denver Slaughterhouses is a Step Toward Food Scarcity

Outlawing Denver Slaughterhouses is a Step Toward Food Scarcity

Food scarcity is not fear mongering, it's reality if you outlaw slaughterhouses in Colorado that have far more reaching consequences than fear itself.   United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack offered the opening remarks at the Water in the West Symposium on the CSU Spur campus on...

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10 Things to Know About DNA and RNA Vaccines for Livestock

10 Things to Know About DNA and RNA Vaccines for Livestock

Remember, Rafter W Ranch has NEVER and will NEVER vaccinate any of the animals in our care. Period. DNA and RNA vaccines are terms NOT used on our ranch.   Not all genetic technologies used in veterinary medicine fall under the categories of “mRNA vaccines” or “mRNA gene therapies.” And there...

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Local Ranchers Weigh In On Lab-Grown Meat

Local Ranchers Weigh In On Lab-Grown Meat

For ranchers and farmers of Colorado, the prospect of lab-grown meat is leading to some mixed emotions.   Maarten Vanzoeren, is a butcher and owner of Simla Frozen Food Locker LLC in Simla, Colorado. At Vanzoeren’s shop, he slaughters rabbits, goats, lamb, poultry, wild game, beef, pork and...

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Microplastics May Be Harming Your Body and Brain

Microplastics May Be Harming Your Body and Brain

Grass-fed meats can be a way to avoid these microplastics.   STORY AT-A-GLANCE Discarded plastic — both large and microscopic — circles the globe, choking our oceans and polluting our food supply, ultimately finding their way into your body where they can accumulate over time Scientists have...

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A Day on the Ranch – 2 New Visitors and New Family Pictures

A Day on the Ranch – 2 New Visitors and New Family Pictures

We have new visitors ... the tumblebug. The video below was captured recently on the ranch showing these insects hard at work.   Throughout our ranching experience, we have encountered various dung beetles. However, this is the first time we've come across THIS particular species. We consider...

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