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large farm devoted chiefly to raising and breeding cattle, horses, sheep, and goats. The cattle ranch was introduced from Latin America to Texas and the plains of the W United States and Canada. The first ranchers owned cattle, ponies, and camp equipment but no land, grazing their stock on the free public rangerange,
large area of land unsuited to cultivation but supporting native grasses and other plants suitable for livestock grazing. Principal areas in the western hemisphere are the pampas of South America and the prairies of the United States and Canada.
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. When the fencing of land became compulsory, most ranges were broken up into smaller ranches. Cattle and sheep are often shipped from ranches to feed lots in the corn belt for fattening. The term ranch is applied in the W United States also to grain and fruit farms. The dude ranch offers horseback riding and other typically Western outdoor activities for the entertainment of paying guests. Some dude ranches are also "working" ranches, but most are devoted solely to vacationers.
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IN THE 1970s AND 1980s, THE GOVERNment offered generous subsidies throughout Amazonia for agriculture, primarily cattle ranching. The military government's motivation was geopolitical, not economic.
3% Fires, mining, roads, others 3% Subsistence cultivation * 33% Cattle ranching 60% * Subsistence cultivators are people who survive on the crops they grow.
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"Unlike farming, in which .you plant a crop and harvest it several months later, in cattle ranching, production revolves around the gestation period of a calf.
He was also involved in cattle ranching, farming, and real estate development.
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And Hugman's somewhat dandified vision stood in marked contrast to the river's temperament outside city limits, where cattle ranching formed the main economic activity.
Ranchers agree to the easements because many of them wish to continue cattle ranching despite pressures from developers to sell off their land.
THOMAS, David Breen, Simon Evans, and others, Warren Elofson continues the strain of Western Canadian historiography on cattle ranching. Unlike most of his predecessors, Elofson stresses the overriding importance of the frontier environment and the American influence on the industry.
FORBES TRINCHERA RANCH LOCATION NEAR FORT GARLAND IN COS- TILLA COUNTY, BISECTED BY HIGHWAY 160 CURRENT OWNER FORBES FAMILY TOTAL ACRES 180,000 CURRENT USES HUNTING, CORPORATE RE- TREATS, LOGGING, CATTLE RANCHING (LAND LEASED TO OTHER OPERATORS) LAND VALUE N/A This is the largest privately held ranch in the state and ranges in elevation from 8,000 feet near the headquarters to 14,037 feet at the top of Blanca Peak.