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A WORKING CATTLE RANCH
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rider on cliff a.jpg (62846 bytes) The JX Ranch is a 7,000-acres working cattle ranch in northeastern New Mexico about 20 miles south of Tucumcari and Route 66, at an altitude ranging from 4,000 to 5,000 feet.  The JX Ranch Headquarters sits in the shadow of the Caprock, a steep escarpment that runs through the ranch.  JX Ranch is owned and operated by the two of us, Tom and Mimi Sidwell and we have no hired wranglers, cook or other staff.  Longhorn cows and their Charolais-cross calves graze on this ranch. In the morning we ride out to check on the cattle, watch for new calves being born, or move them to new pastures when scheduled.  We use an intensive grazing management system that in essence mimics the large buffalo herds that once roamed the great plains, which entails moving the cattle frequently through the many pastures we have, leaving the grasses around 100 days of rest in-between a few days of grazing by the whole herd. The calves never receive any antibiotics, hormones or insecticides, and are eventually sold as dry-aged, natural free-range beef to customers throughout the United States.  During the summer months we take in guests who want to experience the real life on a cattle ranch. Contact us for current ratesGo here to see a collection of pictures!

We also rent out the Bunkhouse, with a continental breakfast supplied in your kitchen, on a nightly basis for travelers along Route 66, for birders, wildlife photographers, and for people just wanting to get away from it all!  

We receive a lot of emails from people asking to come and work in exchange for food and lodging or otherwise. We are unfortunately not able to do this and are not hiring at this time.

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We welcome guests year round.  We ride in the mornings to check the cattle. This usually takes anywhere from three to five hours of riding.  Our cows start calving end of February, and as we ride through the herd, we check for new-born calves.  This is fun time, to see these rambunctious little baby calves run and play, discovering their new world and surrounding.  We also check the waters, fences etc.   If it's time to move the cattle, you help gather and drive the cattle to a new pasture.  Our holistic grazing practices put emphasis on giving the plants long rest periods before being briefly grazed again.  This promotes plan vigor and  healthy range lands. Therefore, we move cattle frequently.  When most of the calves are born, we brand and vaccinate the calves.  

Sometime during the fall, usually towards the end of October, we gather up the cattle, sort of the calves and wean them off their mommas.  Spring and fall are busy times, with sometimes long hours in the saddle. 

In the afternoons we tend to have a dozen ranch chores to do - anything from fixing or building fences, to putting out salt and mineral for the cattle and wildlife, or anything else that may come along.  You are more than welcome to join us and lend a helping hand.  

The rustic bunkhouse was built by early settlers. It sits nestled among the cedar and juniper below the Caprock, and is part of the JX Ranch Headquarters.  It can accommodate up to 5 guests; it has 2 separate rooms with 2 beds in one room and 3 in the other, and each room has its own kitchen and bathroom. The 2 rooms have a connecting door which allows for a group of 3 or 5 guests to be together. 
Contact us for rates and availability for a working ranch vacation.

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