Ranch is a
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
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
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
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.