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The Meike Ranch
      he Meike Ranch is a working sheep and cattle ranch located east of Kaycee, Wyoming at the map dot of Sussex.  It has been owned by the Meike family for four generations.

      Having peaked at 40,000 deeded and leased acres into the 2010s, the ranch currently sits on just shy of 6,000 acres, including 900 irrigated acres.  Alfalfa hay, barley, and corn silage are staple harvests during a typical year.  Rambouillet ewes and Suffolk-cross lambs are longtime fixtures, as well as commercial Black Angus cattle.  Most of our livestock grazeland is sited along the bottom of the Powder River in a mixed terrain of grasses and scrub forage in high desert conditions.  (Average annual rainfall hovers near twelve inches.)  During the summer, our livestock graze forty miles distant in the cooler climes of the beautiful Big Horn Mountains at elevations between 7000 and 8000 feet above sea level.

      Wildlife is abundant in the region.  Whitetail and mule deer thrive in the river bottoms and on the alfalfa meadows, while pronghorn frequent the drier hillsides, and elk roam on the Big Horns.  Prairie dogs towns can be found on many grass flats, and raccoon, skunk, porcupine, badger, beaver, jackrabbit, and cottontail rabbit are other commonly seen critters. Bird varieties include ducks, Canadian geese, wild turkeys, sage grouse, pheasant, eagles (golden and bald), and Sand Hill cranes. Predators include fox, coyote, bobcat, mountain lion, and occasionally black bear in the Big Horns.

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