Ranch Review: Armendaris Ranch
Location - Truth or Consequences, New Mexico
Year Acquired - 1994
Ranch Size - 354,000 acres
Cows Exposed - 409
Cow to Bull Ratio - 10:1
The Armendaris Ranch is a 354,000-acre property located in southern New Mexico between the White Sands Missile Range and Elephant Butte Reservoir near Truth or Consequences. Most of the ranch is relatively flat at an elevation of 4,900’ in a Chihuahuan Desert grassland with an average rainfall of 9.5 inches. The Armendaris Ranch is home to many wildlife species as well as the bison. Our management practice takes into consideration the delicate ecological system, with the focus on managing it in a sensitive and sustainable manner.
This herd started with heifers purchased from Duff, Iron Mountain, NX Bar and Durham ranches. Over time and with deliberate selection, our bison have become accustomed to the arid climate with temperature ranges from zero degrees in winter to 115 degrees in summer.
Our hardy bison produce healthy calves each year with very little supplemental feed, in one of the harshest environments in the US. Bison are grazed in a rotation program consisting of five, large pastures totaling 167,000 acres. This grazing plan allows for extended rest periods in each pasture. Animals are gathered and moved using feed trucks and ATVs. Bison are gathered and worked during the fall, calves are weaned and vaccinated to meet the requirements set by the state and TEI veterinary staff. A large number of our cows remain productive late into their teens.
Our calves and yearlings are typically held for 45 days post works to ensure that all their health and handling needs are met before returning to the herd or moved to a new location. During this time, we provide them with free choice wheat and alfalfa hay, cubes are fed daily to assist with the handling and nutritional needs. All-natural feed ingredients are used to insure all animals will meet market standards.
All ranch hands are trained in low stress livestock handling techniques which are utilized each time animals are moved or handled.
The Armendaris Ranch bison herd are naïve to Mycoplasma. They are annually vaccinated, and have never experienced an outbreak of the disease.