In the rapid changing space of sustainability, finding clarity on what to do is challenging. At the 2021 Feeding Quality Forum, Dr. Kim Stackhouse-Lawson offered insights on what can be expected of producers moving forward.
Sustainability is a hot topic of conversation, but the folks at Bradley 3 Ranch make it tangible with 60+ years of continual progress. Their work in developing the land, cattle and water have turned what was once called a ‘wasteland’ into a ranching outfit worthy of recognition. B3R is our 2021 Sustainability Award winner.
Ross Humphreys’ adept gait tells of many days in and out of the saddle checking his herd, fence lines, water tanks, and grass availability. Yet at 72, he can still drop down and roll under the barbed wire fence quicker than most men half his age. But Humphreys is not your typical cowboy. He’s a chemist, book publisher, family guy, conservationist, and rancher.
Before there were fences and farms in the Panhandle, stirrup high grasses owned the land. With time, they have dwindled to near extinction. And with time again, they’re resurrecting. Nothing is a one-year thought process. Just like building a fence, they determine whether their decisions will last the next 50 years.
After the last 18 months, what we would pay for a crystal ball that could help us predict the future! They don’t have any magic prediction powers, but leading minds shared their outlook on key beef production areas at this year’s Feeding Quality Forum.
Two fishing cabins stood on the edge of the San Marcos river in 1919. Sixty years later Bodey Langford connected the two, as brick-by-brick, he built a home where he and Kathy would raise daughters Anna and Callie. There on his late father’s ranch near Lockhart, Texas, he also built his herd with purpose.
“Change is inevitable, success is optional,” David Rutan says. That positive philosophy applied to everything from good morning to great cattle only begins to tell why Morgan Ranches earned the 2020 Certified Angus Beef Commercial Commitment to Excellence award.
The owner-managers of Morgan Ranches learn and teach through such wisdom gathered over decades. Every day is a choice, and they choose to make it good. That positive philosophy only begins to tell why Morgan Ranches earned the 2020 CAB Commercial Commitment to Excellence award.
One feeds, the other breeds and stocks a steady supply, ready to fill the pens as they empty. Wilson Cattle Company harvests the grass in Baker Valley while Beef Northwest, started by the fifth generation of Wilsons, finishes the cattle. It’s a symbiotic relationship, both dependent on each other.