Contact informationFarm Address:
All Positions filled for the 2019 season. Thank you!
Nathrop , Colorado ,
Primary Contact: Monica Pless
Secondary Contact: Nancy Roberts
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: "ARROWPOINT CATTLE Company is a family-owned and operated cattle ranch located in Nathrop, Colorado, about 20 minutes north of Salida, in the beautiful mountains of central Colorado. They specialize in raising grass fed/grass finished Scottish Highland beef for the local market, both direct to customers and to restaurants like the Eddyline Restaurant in Buena Vista. Arrowpoint focuses on raising cows with low-stress animal handling techniques using their impacts to improve soil health across both their ranch lands and those that they graze on. A part of this is increasing plant diversity and vigor, which is accomplished through monitored grazing. They make their decisions from their monitoring program which tracks plant growth, diversity and long term vegetative changes. They also grow meadow grass hay of the highest quality available, sweet tasting and high in protein. They cut once a year during the late summer or early fall. For the ease of our customers we still use the small bales weighing approximately 70# per bale. They produce certified weed free hay available for those riding in the National Forest, and have delivery available to the front range. <br> <br> Cow calf pairs are moved to high elevation grazing at Badger Creek Ranch during the summer while the two year olds finish out on the lush grass of the valley. This a well-rounded learning opportunity; working cattle, irrigation, making hay, planned grazing in different environments, stockmanship, and horsemanship to name a few. <br> Nancy Roberts manages Arrowpoint Cattle with her sister Leslie, who lives down the road. Her parents started the ranch in 1961 and moved to the current location in 1968. Growing up, Nancy spent summers on the ranch with her brothers and sisters, and running the American Scottish Highland booth at the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo. They currently run approximately 70 mother cows; 70 yearlings and 70 calves. They combine a cow-calf operation with a beef operation, where they generally have 60 plus two-year-olds processed at a USDA plant. <br> "
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: 4/1/2019
Internship Ends: 11/4/2019
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: 1/1/2019
Minimum Length of Stay: 7 months
“Arrowpoint has hosted interns, several of whom remain in the central Colorado ranching community, and are excited to offer this opportunity to a New Agrarian Apprentice. This opportunity is best suited to someone who has a basic knowledge of ranching and wishes to learn, improve, and specialize their skill set. Please read the full description of the apprenticeship at quiviracoalition.org/arrowpoint-cattle and apply online at quiviracoalition.org/newagrarian/apply
We are looking for an intern with a positive attitude and a great work ethic who wants to learn while doing about grass-fed beef by: irrigating, building electrical fences, selecting breeding stock, moving and selecting which cattle are ready for market, marketing, assisting with hay harvest, working cattle and calves to tattoo, vaccinate, castrate, and tag on a family run ranch.”
Educational Opportunities: "This apprenticeship is offered through Quivira Coalition's New Agrarian Program. The full cohort of apprentices on regenerative ranches and farms across the west will attend an April orientation, complete courses through Holistic Management international on whole farm and ranch planning, biological monitoring, financial Management and Business planning and marketing. Apprentices will also attend the annual Quivira Conference, hosted with Holistic Management International and the American Grassfed Association, in November."
Skills Desired: - positive attitude <br> - great work ethic <br> - able to lift up to 50 lbs <br> - able to drive manual transmission vehicles<br> - able to handle a horse<br> - desire to run their own ranch someday <br> - some
Meals: "At Arrowpoint, we generally have lunch as a group, as the apprentice will be living on a related property but not at the ranch proper. Breakfast and dinner will be on their own most of the time. The makings of the meals are provided including both Arrowpoint grass fed beef and farm fresh eggs. "
Stipend: $700 per month
Housing: "The housing is a one bedroom fully furnished apartment that is downstairs from the main employee housing. It has a full kitchen, bath and is situated just minutes away from Salida. The apprentice is expected to keep their living quarters clean and in good shape."
Preferred method of Contact: email or online application through Quivira Coalition