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Video ~ Puttin’ Up The Hay, The Ole’ Fashioned Way


Last week, history was re-enacted at MacGregor Ranch when ranch personnel were busy with two teams of horses in the field, cutting, bringing in the hay and stacking it, the ole’ fashioned way.
Eric Adams, Executive Director of MacGregor Ranch supervised the event as they hitched the horses and took the buck rake out into the field to scoop up the hay that had been cut earlier that morning. The team of horses and Ranch Foreman, Brett Rasmussen brought the hay back to the overshot stacker where the load was lifted and then dropped onto the ever-growing stack of hay.

Hay stompers and groomers, Laurel Todd and Kate Hewson, student visitors from the school, had fun packing the hay stack down and then, with the help of Eric Adams, grooming the stack into a cube shape with pitch forks.

MacGregor Ranch believes that each student visiting the Ranch should have a meaningful and quality learning experience and provides its facilities for youth and school groups year round – working in partnership with teachers and leaders developing a unique curriculum for students. The ranch encourages their student visitors to become “history keepers” who appreciate and study history and who work to preserve the past for future generations.

The mission statement of the Muriel L. MacGregor Charitable Trust is: “To continue operation of the MacGregor Ranch as a high mountain historic working cattle ranch and to support youth education. This mission will be carried out by maintaining the presence of a cattle and horse herd, preservation and interpretation of historic buildings and educational tours. The focus of the Ranch will be on quality experiences through respect for the land, the ranch and its history – for the future generations of tomorrow’s leaders.”

That mission was carried out on that beautiful day.

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