Ranching in the Sandhills began with a hunt for stray cattle

Ranching in the Sandhills began with a hunt for stray cattle

Troy Smith

The Cattle Business Weekly

In the beginning, Nebraska’s ranch country had a huge hole in it. Early cattlemen grazed their cattle all around it and up to the edges, but not within the area known as the Sandhills. Viewed from its perimeter, the great expanse of sand dunes, “haired over” with grass, appeared to go on forever. It looked big, empty and scary. That seems odd now, since the Sandhills area is recognized as fine ranching real estate. But 140 years ago, it was unknown country.

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