Cowboys Branding and Castrating

All hands turn to branding and castrating a new addition to the Dugout herd in southeastern Utah. Rancher Heidi Redd (middle right) jumps in to help besides coordinating the other ranch hands as they sort the calves.  ..Surrounded by park and public land, the Dugout Ranch is a 5,200 acre prime piece of ranch land owned by the Nature Conservancy. Ancestral Puebloan rock art and dwellings are found through out the ranch. The property is used for ecological research, biological management, and natural and cultural history interpretation. It is being maintained as an economically viable and ecologically sustainable cattle ranching operation.