I medically retired out of the military in early 2018. My family and I have been living on and operating a 95+ acre operational cattle ranch since that time. We started out only knowing the basics, and have grown to learn the entire operation, beginning to end. From documentation and organized records, to livestock health and upkeep, equipment maintenance, hay production and harvest, and land management and cattle rotation, we have learned the ins and outs of cattle ranching operations. We are looking for an existing plot that is either already operational, or maybe needs the operation fixed up to its operational point again, or even land that we can use to build the operation from the ground up. An owner lease or purchase contract would be the most ideal for our family.
I served in the US Army for over 10 years, and was medically retired after being hit by an IED for a 2nd time. My family and I enjoy the secluded farm life, and are looking to establish ourselves in the cattle industry. I am the father of 4 children, ages ranging from 10 months currently through 7 years old. My wife and I want our children to grow up learning and having that old fashioned work ethic that so many young adults are lacking in this day and age. The 95 acre cattle ranch we are currently on was registered as an operational cattle ranch, but was bringing in no revenue whatsoever. In less than a year, we had fixed the broken operation and turned it around to the point the ranch was able to pay all it's own bills and taxes in the first year. This year the ranch saw it's first profit after all expenses were paid. We are a dedicated family, and willing to put in the time and energy required to build a worth while operation.
Described above. We also currently own our own flock of chickens, with 7 ducks and 2 turkeys. We hold our own supply of eggs that feed our family, as well as several local single mothers. We have 7 pigs currently (4 females, 3 males). We previously had an older dairy cow, and hand milked her twice a day, producing an average of 4 gallons of milk a day. We like the concept of self sustainability, especially with the current social climate in our nation and the world.
Our short term plan is to take the land and, for the first year, build an original herd. Field preparation is important if we want the ability to cut and bale our own hay, so the first year, and possibly a second, would be spent getting pastures to the point where we can produce quality hay for the winter months, as well as for sale to create an additional revenue. We currently run Limousin/Angus cross, and we would like to keep it that way.