Josh Eilers, the 27-year-old owner of Ranger Cattle, is not your typical beginning cattle producer. He didn't follow a traditional route to enter the beef industry either.
He wasn't born into the cattle business, although he nurtured boyhood dreams of becoming a cowboy.
A South Texas family pursues a simpler way of life — living off of the land and raising heritage breeds.
Five years ago, after deciding to "go off the grid," Brian and Mary Schalk established their isolated homestead on 100 acres near the tiny town of Santa Monica.
The Davises are committed to helping their community, and feel that donating trees during the Christmas season makes a real difference.
Every year, for instance, they donate the Christmas tree that is displayed at the Gray County courthouse.
"This is a self-serve facility," explains instructor Kim Cox, who co-owns the farm with her husband, Dale. "Our students don't just climb on a horse and take a lesson. We teach them to treat our horses like their own, which instills within them a real love and devotion for an animal."
Longtime farmer O.H. Price has a few words of wisdom for beginning farmers and ranchers.
"My advice to young people getting into agriculture is to get a good lender that will back you," he says.
"Any amount of positive effort that a producer can give to promote their product is worthy," says Stubbs. Besides, she adds, "you may not want others telling your story, because it might not be the right story."
Personally, she loves to tell people about the Stubbs family's cow-calf operation.
The fall of 2014 marked a record for Larry Green of Anson. He produced a record yield on 21 acres of drip-irrigated cotton, averaging 4.6 bales, or 2,334 pounds, per acre.
The Green's farm includes 1,000 acres of cotton, peanuts, wheat and alfalfa.
On the Harrisons' 7J Ranch southwest of Bay City, majestic bald eagles, white-tailed deer, countless waterfowl and other wildlife thrive in tandem with a commercial cattle operation, largely due to the couple's strong commitment to land stewardship. Their love for the land runs generations deep.
For Bill Blackmon and Chris Brundrett, there's no place like home.
A shared devotion to producing wine with Texas-grown fruit inspired the two to start William Chris Vineyards nearly five years ago. Passionate about quality, they farm six vineyards and partner with other vineyards.
A few years ago, the reservoir seemed like the perfect spot for a fishing cabin for Kevin and his buddies. But with such scenic vistas, the place really needed picture windows, a second story and more amenities, Debbie thought. Before they knew it, they didn't have a man cave, they had a new home.
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