Ranching is an incredibly important and diverse lifestyle in our state, and here you can find a plethora of high quality information to answer some of your most burning livestock production questions.

Winter in Texas

As December fast approaches, winter weather will follow soon. The fall season is the perfect time to winterize your ranch and stock up on essentials before the cooler temps hit. There are a few key ways you can ensure your livestock operation is prepared to weather the cold. Keep reading for your Ranch Winterization Checklist:

1. Protect Your Barns, Stables, and Outbuildings

Barns, stables, coops, and other ranch buildings shelter your ranch’s most valuable assets, so make sure they’re in optimal condition before temperatures drop. These structures protect your livestock, feed, and equipment; so if they’re not properly protected from the elements, they won’t be able to shield your assets well.

Check on your buildings’ roofs, insulation, and…

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What you need to know before you sell your ranch

Looking to sell your Texas ranch? Ranches are complicated sales transactions that greatly differ from the residential real estate process. In order to maximize your revenue and keep the process as stress free as possible, follow the tips below!

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Hire an Experienced Land and Ranch Specialist

The key to successfully selling your ranch is simple: find a qualified land broker who works with your long-term goals in mind. When it comes to large land sales, look for a broker who empowers you to make informed selling decisions, has insight in local market dynamics, and understands the value of farm and ranch living. Legacy Broker Group’s mission is to empower you to create a lasting land…

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Average Precipitation Has Been Increasing Across The State

Average annual precipitation has been steadily increasing across the state, from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex to the Texas Hill Country. An increase in rainfall can be a temporary blessing for any rancher, but what if you could stretch the blessing to seasons of drought, too? Take advantage of rising precipitation levels by harvesting rainwater! 

Why Should I Collect Rainwater?

According to NOAA, most Texas regions have experienced a .50 - 1.0-inch increase in average annual rainfall. Victor Murphy, the climate service program manager for the National Weather Service’s southern regional headquarters in Fort Worth, explains that the “new normal” of Texas weather could create a…

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Beef and Cattle are Texas’s Largest Economic Exports

However, the last year of economic turmoil has shaken the industry in more ways than one. Fortunately, beef and cattle prices are experiencing an upward trend as the U.S. economy emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic. Traditionally, beef demand increases leading up to the summer season, but national interest is higher than ever as consumers move forward from a year of restrictions and lockdowns. In nearly every industry, the economy is recovering and growing as more businesses open their doors once again. Based on recent USDA reports, beef and cattle ranchers, producers, and distributors can expect an encouraging return to normalcy this summer.

Temporary Setbacks

On June 1, Brazil’s JBS…

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Owning a ranch is hard, but not impossible.

Time, money, and energy are a rancher’s most precious resources; and how you spend them will make all the difference. Successful ranchers are more than willing to go against the grain (literally and figuratively) in order to run a healthy, thriving operation. If you want to learn how to increase your ranch’s profitability and longevity, there’s one truth you have to build your foundation on - Practicality always trumps luxury.

Build Your Ranch From the Ground Up

The richer your soil, the more you can produce and graze on your land. Rotational grazing is a simple way to improve soil health and increase plant diversity. Planting cover…

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Spring Cleaning Around the Ranch

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Spring is in full swing in Texas!

Now's the time to give your ranch a fresh start with some spring cleaning. A little shredding, replanting, and organizing can make a huge difference for the rest of the year. Every season, you likely deep clean the house, donate unwanted belongings and tidy up your exterior. The same concept can easily be applied to your farm and ranch, albeit on a much larger scale.

Tend to Livestock Enclosures

Whether you raise horses, cattle, sheep, or chickens, it’s time to give their homes a little extra attention. Drain and clean out any built-up gunk in your troughs, and restock any food supplies in bulk, if you can. It’s easy to let storage areas get…

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The Hows and Whys of Water Gaps

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The Hows and Whys of Water Gaps

Water gaps are highways for all sorts of things on a ranch: water, fish, and cows? Let's hope not. 

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, and your cows know it. Now that the spring rainy/flash flood season is here, they may be eagerly anticipating the opportunity to stroll downstream, or upstream of your ranch once your water gaps have been washed out. 

Right now is a great time to rid the creek banks, ravines, and washes of any upstream debris that might make the repair or replacement of your water gaps more difficult. This may be a particularly important task given the abundant deadfall and debris resulting from the great…

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Cattle Checklist


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Preparing Cattle For Spring: A February/March Cattle Management Checklist


It's calving season! If your ranch follows most producers' guidelines, preparing cattle for springtime is essential for your herd's wellbeing. Proper calf management is critical to increase herd performance and potential profit. Keeping your cattle on a schedule, doing your research, and maintaining grazing pastures are non-negotiables for healthy, profitable cattle operations. Keep reading to learn how you can implement the best practices for your herds! 

Calving Season Preparation and Recovery:

In February, cattle managers’ main focus should be on calving preparation and recovery. As far as preparation…

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Often you will hear people argue against eating meat based on the treatment of animals and the negative environmental impacts that some companies make while producing their livestock. There has recently been a greater push for purchasing sustainably-sourced products, including beef and other meats, as opposed to vetoing meat entirely.

Here are some reasons as to why you should sustainably raise cattle as well as ways that you can do so within Texas.

What Does it Mean to be Sustainable?

From the definition as determined by natural scientists, to be sustainable means that you are living, or in this case producing, without draining the environment of its natural resources. This means taking steps to reduce waste and keep the ecological damage to…

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Cattle behind a fence on Texas ranch

Every landowner uses their property in a unique way. But one thing is the same across the board: proper fencing around your property is paramount.

Whether you raise livestock, tend crops, host game, or simply live on the land, you need to have proper fencing to enclose the property so everyone and every animal stays safe.

This is a short guide that will help you get started on fencing your Texas property:

Selecting the Right Fence

With so many options, it’s hard to know which type of fencing is the best for you. When selecting the right fence, you need to consider several different factors, including its purpose, cost, and upkeep, just to name a few.

Wood Fencing

Wooden fencing is a traditional choice that is extremely attractive and…

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