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Category: Rancher Profiles

John Coleman Locke – Hungerford, Texas

  John Coleman Locke is a 6th generation rancher managing the Locke Division of J.D. Hudgins, Inc., a family-run cattle operation that has been around since 1908. The 900-acre ranch specializes in purebred, registered Brahman cattle. The breed is able to tolerate heat and repel insects, making the cattle a good fit for the hot,…

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Kimberly Ratcliff – Oakwood, Texas

  Kimberly Ratcliff is trailblazing in the beef community as a modern-approach ranch manager, successful entrepreneur, and advocate for minority beef producers in Texas. Educated at Long Island University in marketing and computer science, Kimberly first held a corporate position at Bloomberg on Wall Street in New York. In 2007, she moved to Oakwood, Texas…

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The Kirkland Family – Vega, Texas

The Kirkland Family – Vega, Texas The Kirkland family brings the quote, “Make the most of what you have, when you have it, and where you are” to life. Their cattle feeding business may have come about by happenstance, but it’s certainly no coincidence that Kirkland Feedyard has grown and thrived over the years thanks…

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Josh Eilers- Austin, Texas

Josh Eilers – Austin, Texas Josh Eilers of Ranger Cattle in Austin, Texas, began his successful business in 2011 during his freshman year at the University of Texas. His path into the industry and career trajectory has been anything but traditional. Josh wasn’t born into the ranching business, nor did he have any practical, hands-on…

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Sarah Nielsen – Plano, Texas

Sarah Nielsen – Plano, Texas Sarah Nielsen grew up on her family’s cattle ranch in Rowan, Iowa and incorporates many of those life lessons and insights in her profession as a physical education and health educator and middle-school volleyball, basketball and track coach in Texas today. She was in the Round Rock Independent School District…

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