Kirby and Kaitlin Swickard of Five Dot Ranch don’t mind if you call them cowboys, even though they are cowgirls.

The two young women have joined the Five Dot Ranch family business, and represent the latest generation of the Swickard family that has produced grain and livestock in California since the 1850s.

Todd and Loretta Swickard, Kirby and Kaitlin’s parents, took over the Five Dot Land and Cattle Company in Susanville from Todd's parents in 1994, and launched a natural beef business in 2006. Kirby says she and her three siblings spent their childhood “on the rangeland, gathering cattle, and cowboying.”

Today, Kirby, the eldest at 27, does outreach, catering, and human resources for the family business. Kaitlin does marketing and sales. Both earned degrees in agricultural business, Kirby at Chico State, and Kaitlin at Cal Poly. Another daughter, Lindsey, 25, teaches FFA at Elsie High School in Santa Rosa, and the youngest, Logan, 20, is a student at Butte Community College.

Five Dot Ranch runs cattle at the King-Swett Ranches, and has done so since the early 1980s when the property was still owned by PG&E. They have been part of the Solano Land Trust family for years. Learn more.

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  • Lynch Canyon may be closed on short notice due to extreme weather. Check for closure announcements, or call 530-795-2990 to speak with a Park Ranger.

  • Rush Ranch's Marsh and South Pasture Trails will be closed due to seasonal use restrictions some Fridays through Sundays now through February 19, 2017. Click here for dates.

Lynch Canyon Soundscapes - with Mare Island Technology Students

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