Category Archives: 4-H Range Contests

Why I Ranch…Ray Pfeuffer

I dedicated a series on West Texas ranchers called “Why I Ranch.” Each month I will highlight a rancher in West Texas and ask them to share their story about the ranch life. Ray Pfeuffer Ray and Sandra Pfeuffer make Ranch Life look easy. They have raised a beautiful family. They work hard. They are active in 4H. And, oh yea, they ranch in West Texas. Here is the other half to Ms. Sandra’s answers ūüôā How did you get your start in ranching? My family has always… Read More →

Why I Ranch…Sandra Pfeuffer

Sandra Pfeuffer Did you know that Texas female operators have increased approximately by 50% and the number of acres they manage by about 15% since 1997?¬† For August we are featuring Sandra Pfeuffer.¬† Sandra and her family ranch just outside of Christoval in Schleicher County.¬† Her family is extremely active in 4-H and there isn’t much that this woman doesn’t do.¬† As I am sure you could say about all women ranching and raising families in Texas – they do it all.¬† Here is Sandra’s story… How did… Read More →

Why I Ranch…Dr. Jake Landers

Dr. Jake Landers After a 30-year career with Extension, I hope I have half the brains, sanity, and passion that my dear friend and colleague, Dr. Jake Landers possesses.¬† Dr. Landers set the bar pretty dang high and it is an honor to learn from him in the pasture and in the classroom.¬† As I said in an earlier post, Dr. Landers morphed into a Range Father of mine overnight. ¬†The second I met him he was my hero. Dr. Jake Landers served as an Extension Range Specialist… Read More →

Meet a County Extension Agent – Michael Palmer Coleman County

Since working with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, I have been in awe of our County Extension Agents. ¬†Most often their hours align with famer’s hours – sunrise to sunset (and if they are between those times, red bull drinks are always in their hands). They love their community, they love agriculture, and they love the people that embody both of those things. ¬†They are the heartbeat of Texas agriculture. ¬†What they do for their job, how they do their job, where they do their job absolutely amazes… Read More →

Texas Section Society for Range Management Youth Range Workshop

From June 26th – July 1st, I had the privilege of meeting some pretty cool kids. ¬†Not just any kids…RANGE KIDS! ¬†At Range Camp, 25 youth from 8th-12th grade learned about prescribed burning, stocking rates, grazing management, brush control, public speaking, and most importantly, STEWARDSHIP. ¬†This¬†fine group of kids blew me away with the yes ma’ams, no ma’ams, and a special creativity and magic that only kids possess. ¬†Range Camp is always hectic, always moving, and with very little sleep so it’s not something I get super excited… Read More →

5 Thing I Loved about the Eldorado-Divide Range Contest April 16, 2016

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of watching our District 6 and 7 4-H’ers complete the Range Contest in Eldorado, Texas. ¬†These kids represent the very best of the best and as I watched them calculate stocking rates, forage production, and identify¬†range plants I realized that I am so very blessed¬†to learn from them. ¬†I had the time of my life last Saturday because they #1) actively pursue learning about rangelands EVEN ON SATURDAY, #2) take pride in agriculture, livestock, and ranching, #3) are some of THEE most… Read More →

Texas Section Society for Range Management YOUTH RANGE WORKSHOP

Our Texas Section Society for Range Management 62nd Youth Range Workshop will be June 26 ‚Äď July 1, 2016 at the Texas Tech University Campus in Junction, TX.¬† This is a very exciting opportunity for our Texas youth (14-18 years old, completed 8th grade, but have not graduated high school)! At the workshop, participants will gain knowledge and skills in ecology, range inventory, range management, and evaluation of resources.¬† More importantly, we teach public speaking, advocacy, and leadership skills so that each student is equipped with the knowledge… Read More →