I know sometimes we might have seemed like a broken record, going on and on about how desperately we need rain. Because of that, we thought it might be good to share some of the details, typically kept private, in order for everyone to understand just how much relief the 6 to 8 inches of rain that’s fallen around the ranch has brought us!
If you’ve been to Burnt Well or seen pictures from the last 3 years you know it’s been dry. Crispy might be a better term, or maybe we should just say the ground really was burnt well? Spring of 2010 was the last time we had rain and there’s been little to no grass for the livestock to eat. At first we just had to feed twice a week, then it got to be an every-other-day thing, and this year it had become a daily chore. Feeding is no small task and it takes about 4 hours to drive around the ranch and get everything fed. At 15,000 acres we are considered a small ranch, can you imagine how long it takes for the bigger ranches in the area! More than the time is the expense; since 2010 we have invested about $1,000 of feed per animal. Thanks to the rainfall, gorgeous green grass is growing and we haven’t had to feed in nearly a month! We may not even have to feed again until winter!
It’s easy to see why so many ranchers have had to sell out and move to town. Honestly, Chesser Ranch would be no different, but Burnt Well Guest Ranch was born from the last drought, and it is what has sustained us through this drought. We are tremendously grateful to God for the rain that he has sent, and to each one of you who have chosen to spend your hard earned money on a vacation to Burnt Well! Enjoy these beautiful pictures!
Two weeks later Becca took these pictures on her way back from town.
The following pictures are comparisons and they really show just how much it has changed!