Welcome to Ranch & Rural Living Ranch & Rural Living Magazine, monthly periodical print version as well as online sample articles about sheep, goats, cattle, horses, rural life. http://www.ranchmagazine.com/index.php/ Tue, 23 May 2017 01:08:20 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Texas Playground http://www.ranchmagazine.com/index.php/Ranch-Business/texas-playground.html http://www.ranchmagazine.com/index.php/Ranch-Business/texas-playground.html Ox Ranch owns several breeding giraffes. Giraffes are not hunted. Photos by Gary Cutrer.

Visitors Can Drive a Tank, Hunt Exotic Game or Just
Enjoy the Outdoors at Ox Ranch in Southwest Texas

By Gary Cutrer
July 2016

Ox Ranch near Uvalde in southwest Texas is a playground, a place where both the staff and owner enjoy exotic animals, nature, history, hunting and water sports recreation, and they are enthusiastic about sharing their playground with visitors. Rock and roll star, hunter and gun rights spokesman Ted Nugent enjoys hunting there and celebrates his birthday on the ranch each year with a big party.

Hunters from all over the country and from Europe as well have made the trek to Ox Ranch to hunt exotic game and enjoy the comfortable accommodations, which include fully furnished luxury antique log cabins as well as an impressive hunting lodge.

Easy 8 Sherman Tank from World War II. Firepower Tours

The newest addition at Ox Ranch is a rather “explosive” one. A couple of years ago ranch owner Brent Oxley purchased with his stepfather, Todd DeGidio, a working World War II tank. DeGidio has a military background and was a Green Beret during the Reagan administration, thus his keen interest in all things military. One tank led to another and soon the ranch became known as the place to go to experience driving a tank.

With the construction of a “command center,” a tank barn to house the tanks, guns and other equipment they’ve acquired, DeGidio, Oxley and ranch manager/CEO Tony Harden have decided to offer the tank driving and firing experience to anyone willing to pay for it. A new website with details about the tank and weapon adventures offered by the ranch went live in late May. It is DriveTanks.com.

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2015 Photo Contest Winners http://www.ranchmagazine.com/index.php/Contests/2015-photo-contest-winners.html http://www.ranchmagazine.com/index.php/Contests/2015-photo-contest-winners.html Animals & Nature


Published September & October 2015

Thank you to all who participated in this year’s Photo Contest. Look for winning photos from the Animals and Nature and Youth categories in the October 2015 magazine. Also, we will be using winning photos and non-winning photos alike throughout the coming year in the magazine and in our second publication, Meat Goat Monthly News. 

Many of the photos were excellent in both subject matter and composition and could have placed. It’s just that there were a limited number of winning slots.

Entries were judged on a weighted point system with points awarded by each of our judges independently. Points were tallied and winning entries were ranked by total points awarded.  Photos this year were judged by professional photographer Jim Bean of Jim Bean Professional Photography in San Angelo, and by four members of the magazine staff. Once again this year we included the opinion of Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association Executive Secretary Sandy Whittley. 

The photo used on the cover of the September 2015 Ranch & Rural Living magazine was First Place winner in the Rural Life and Landscape category. Congratulations to the winners and all participants in the annual Ranch & Rural Living Photo Contest. Presented here are the winning entries in the annual contest for 2015.

editor@ranchmagazine.com (Editor) frontpage Tue, 01 Sep 2015 06:00:00 +0000
The Changing West Texas Culture http://www.ranchmagazine.com/index.php/Culture/changing-west-texas-culture.html http://www.ranchmagazine.com/index.php/Culture/changing-west-texas-culture.html Herds of cattle ran free without fences in early West Texas days.  Care of livestock is different now, but it remains a part of our Texas Heritage.  Courtesy of West Texas Collection, Angelo State University.  Ragsdale was the photographer.

By Barbara Barton

Published February 2015

What is our West Texas culture, and is it changing?  According to Mirriam-Webster, “Culture includes the beliefs, social forms, and customs of a particular society, group or place.”  It can also be the characteristic features of everyday existence shared by a people.  I would like to discuss the traits we West Texans share.

In the 1800s when our area of the state began to be populated with ranchers, the men on horseback chasing the bawling cows only saw their neighbors at branding time.  Cattle drifted southwest during the wintertime, and cattle wearing every brand imaginable would show up along the Devil’s River or other common barriers.

The coffee pot and camp fire are a part of cattle round-ups even in present days. Location of this round-up was 50 miles north of Van Horn on the Six Bar Ranch.  Photo courtesy of Bob Hedrick, the man on the right.The need to help each other recover the lost cows and sort the livestock according to brand brought people together.  These ancestors of ours loved their chosen profession and cared about the people who shared their same occupation.  John Chisum who ranched in Brown and Coleman counties along with Jim Coffey and Richard Tankersley, met at the branding sites and discussed their families.   Chisum made many cattle drives toward Kansas to the railheads to sell his steers.  If ranch houses were close to the round-up, families met over meals and maybe some dancing took place to the sound of fiddle music.  John Chisum didn’t chat about a family much because he wasn’t married, but he let his fiddle do the talking.

gc@spur.net (Barbara Barton) frontpage Sun, 01 Feb 2015 06:00:00 +0000
The 'Wild' Life TV Program Features Bow Hunting Adventures http://www.ranchmagazine.com/index.php/TV/wild-life-tv-show-bow-hunting.html http://www.ranchmagazine.com/index.php/TV/wild-life-tv-show-bow-hunting.html Mike and Heather Ray take viewers on bow hunting outings on various ranches in the Southwest.  Their TV show, “The ‘Wild’ Life” allows viewers to experience the new, the different, and the attainable for the average outdoors person.By Shelby DeLuna
Published January 2015

Hunting and fishing became a way of life for Mike Ray growing up. So, it is no surprise that the east Texas native would start a TV show that educates people on how to bow hunt and fish. The show is called “The ‘Wild’ Life” and is co-hosted by Mike’s wife, Heather.

Mike is a former camera man for long-time friend Ted Nugent’s hunting show called “Spirit of the Wild.” That’s how he learned what goes into producing a hunting show and decided to start his own.

“We are on our third year filming the show,” Mike said. “It is a 95-percent bow hunting show where we travel all over the country hunting whitetail, bears, and hogs. You name it and we hunt it.”

Heather grew up with hunters in the family but unlike her husband, had never hunted until she met Mike. “I think before I met Mike, I physically sat in a deer blind once and was bored out of my mind,” Heather said. After she met Mike, she quickly fell in love with the challenge of bow hunting. “With bow hunting you have to be so much closer to that animal that it intrigues me. That is what keeps me coming back for the challenge.”

The show features two kills on each episode which consists of Heather taking an animal and Mike killing one. They show proper techniques on how to hunt and feature different ranches that often invite them to hunt on their property.

If you are not used to bow hunting there is more to it than you may think. For starters, the Rays recommend that you get fitted for your bow before trying to go out and shoot one. They do not want one bad mishap to ruin the experience for you. ]]> shelby@ranchmagazine.com (Shelby DeLuna) frontpage Thu, 01 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Kuebel Family Generations http://www.ranchmagazine.com/index.php/Ranching/goat-milk-soap-keubel-family-generations.html http://www.ranchmagazine.com/index.php/Ranching/goat-milk-soap-keubel-family-generations.html Perry Kuebel, left, and nephew Colten Kuebel and niece Carlie Kuebel show some of the family’s dairy goats. The Kuebel clan has raised Angoras for decades and now have added dairy goats for more income. Photo by Kay Kuebel
Perry Kuebel, left, and nephew Colten Kuebel and niece Carlie Kuebel show some of the family’s dairy goats. The Kuebel clan has raised Angoras for decades and now have added dairy goats for more income. Photo by Kay Kuebel

By Perry Kuebel

Published July 2014

The Kuebel family’s love for raising goats began decades ago when Fritz Kuebel, Sr., and his son, Junior, raised goats along the Blanco River about 12 miles west of the small Hill Country town of the same name. Fritz Kuebel, Jr., purchased his first registered Angoras after returning from the Army in 1958. He started with 40 head of old Angoras he obtained from Mr. Bernard Fuchs of Cypress Mill. He has worked hard to improve the herd ever since.

“Sue” is one of the family’s dairy goats and is featured on the product label for Kuebel Family Generations. Still living along the river but just 4 miles west of Blanco, the Kuebels are known for their fine haired Angoras.  Over the years Fritz has received numerous awards, often having high selling bucks at sales such as the annual Texas Angora Goat Raisers Association sale.

With the help of his wife, Hazel, and children, Cecilia, Mark, Perry Ann, and Larry, the tradition carries on. Perry is in charge of kidding season and getting Fritz to meetings, shows, and sales. Her boyfriend, Walter, and brother, Mark, do most of the hard manly labor on weekends. Everyone helps out, especially when it comes to bottling cute goat kids, the grand-kids’ favorite job. And, if there’s anyone who can save a goat or any other animal for that matter it’s Grandma Hazel.

gc@spur.net (Gary Cutrer) frontpage Wed, 02 Jul 2014 06:00:00 +0000
Grown in Gillespie County http://www.ranchmagazine.com/index.php/Texas-Ag-Products/grown-in-gillespie-county.html http://www.ranchmagazine.com/index.php/Texas-Ag-Products/grown-in-gillespie-county.html

The Area of Central Texas Settled by German Immigrants
Produces Peaches, Berries, Grapes and More

Published June 2014

Shops along Main Street in Fredericksburg draw visitors, but so do the county’s peaches and wines. Photo courtesy Fredericksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau.When, in 1845, German settler John Meusebach set out from New Braunfels, Texas, and traveled 60 miles northwest to select the second settlement of the Fisher-Miller Land Grant, he chose well. He selected a valley situated between two creeks, now known as Barons Creek and Town Creek, and surrounded by seven hills. He named the settlement Fredericksburg, after Prince Frederick of Prussia, a kingdom in what is now northwestern Germany.

The rich farmland around the new settlement would allow the new Texans from Germany to prosper, both in livestock production and farming.

Today, agriculture is an important part of the Fredericksburg area’s economy. According to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, ag production and related industry in Gillespie County averaged nearly $50 million annually between 2008 and 2011. Half of that total came from beef cattle production. The agriculture industry in the county employs nearly 1,000 residents, with an annual payroll of nearly $7 million.

Though peach growers have been through some tough years of drought, they are still at it, producing some of the best tasting peaches anywhere. Vogel Orchard peaches ready for picking. Photo by Sharla Schmidt.When folks in Texas think about Fredericksburg and the surrounding area, they think about German heritage, wines, beers, picturesque farms in a Hill Country setting, cattle, sheep—and peaches.

Peaches and Fredericksburg go together like bratwurst and sauerkraut.

]]> gc@spur.net (Gary Cutrer) frontpage Sun, 01 Jun 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Camille Sanders http://www.ranchmagazine.com/index.php/Country-Singers/camille-sanders.html http://www.ranchmagazine.com/index.php/Country-Singers/camille-sanders.html Talented Young Texas Singer/Songwriter
From Concan Has Performed Since Age 9

Camille SandersBy Gary Cutrer

Published January 2014

At just 17, country music performer and songwriter Camille Sanders is already a veteran of the music world, if you count the years she’s been singing and playing the fiddle, since age 9. Camille’s most recent performances include acoustic sets with Ace in the Hole Band leader Ronnie Huckaby. Yes, that Ace in the Hole Band, George Strait’s backing group. She released her second CD in April 2013, “Smile.” Her first, a self-titled CD of cover and orginal songs, came out in 2011. The Camille Sanders Band performed a set at the 2011 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo and has opened for several big acts.

Though Camille has yet to garner the kind of huge attention that mean’s a performer has “arrived” in Texas and across the country, she has already charted hits in Europe, where, by the way, many people love American country music. And, recently, Camille made her acting debut in a made-for-TV movie starring Dolly Parton.

It was Camille’s maternal grandfather, Howard Yeargan, who spurred her early interest in music, she said. “I started learning how to play the fiddle when I was 9, and we would go from church to church and play gospel shows together and I’d play the fiddle and my grandpa would play the piano.”  Her fiddle playing then was a little rough compared to now, she said. “It was a little squeaky.”

Her fiddle skills improved, and at the same time her grandfather taught her to play the piano. “My grandpa passed away,” she said. “I thought, well, I’m going to continue what we started together, so I learned how to play the guitar.”  She had the music basics down, she said, but she needed some polish. “I needed real good training and stuff so I started training with my fiddle teacher, Dick Walker. And we would work together all throughout the summers trying to get theory and stuff, and I learned how to play the guitar and I started covering songs and writing my own music to play at a show in Concan.”

gc@spur.net (Gary Cutrer) frontpage Wed, 01 Jan 2014 06:00:00 +0000
Verify the Science http://www.ranchmagazine.com/index.php/Eminent-Domain/property-rights-verity-the-science.html http://www.ranchmagazine.com/index.php/Eminent-Domain/property-rights-verity-the-science.html Photo by Leah Brosig of Seguin, Texas, was an entry in the 2012 Ranch & Rural Living Photo Contest.By Dan Byfield
CEO, American Stewards of Liberty

Published May 2013

Remember Ronald Reagan’s “trust, but verify” quote he used to describe the relationship with the former Soviet Union?  Unfortunately, today, that same guiding principle is required of our own government.

Federal agencies are making policy decisions based on, and consistently using, false, inflated, faulty, manipulated, biased and, in some cases, artificial and manufactured data and science.

In an attempt to scale back this prejudiced practice, Congress enacted the Information Quality Act (IQA) in December 2000, by adding a two-paragraph provision buried in an appropriations bill.  The legislation applied to every federal agency that is subject to the Paper Reduction Act of 1980, which basically means every agency including the office of the President.

The purpose of the IQA is to ensure that federal agencies use and disseminate accurate information.  Specifically, it requires each federal agency to issue information quality guidelines ensuring the quality, utility, objectivity and integrity of information that they disseminate and provide mechanisms for affected persons to correct such information.
For those of us fighting for private property rights against agencies like the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) over endangered species, the ability to provide and demand credible science has become a game-changer.

Federal Agencies Often Try to Make Policy Based on Flawed Science–We Need to Call Them on Their Assertions, Ask for Proof

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) under Section 1533 (b)(1)(A) requires the Secretary of Interior to make determinations for endangered or threatened species “solely on the basis of the best scientific and commercial data available…after taking into account those efforts…being made by any State…or any political subdivision of a State…”
There are two critical parts to this ESA section that need to be focused upon – the “best scientific and commercial data available” and “after taking into account.”

American Stewards of Liberty is a nonprofit, private property rights organization that has figured out how to use many federal land use-type laws to the benefit of landowners and local governments.  In fact, we worked with eight counties and the Permian Basin Petroleum Association to stop the Service from listing a three-inch lizard as endangered and defend the private property rights of all those in a two million-acre region in Texas and New Mexico.

editor@ranchmagazine.com (Gary Cutrer) frontpage Mon, 01 Jul 2013 06:00:00 +0000
The Lighter Side of the Frontier http://www.ranchmagazine.com/index.php/San-Angelo-History/lighter-side-of-frontier-photos.html http://www.ranchmagazine.com/index.php/San-Angelo-History/lighter-side-of-frontier-photos.html Nothing says summer relief better than a jump into some cool waters, and when not fishing, the citizens often took advantage of a cool swim. This circa 1900 shot of a family or friends outing reflects the modesty of the age with the full body swim suits, and note how many are staring right into the camera lens. Another smaller group on the river bank prefer to watch.

By Robert F. Bluthardt
Site Manager, Fort Concho National Historic Landmark

Published November 2012

In the last 30 years of the nineteenth century, San Angelo, Texas, developed from a “whiskey village,” serving the soldiers of Fort Concho, to a thriving trade and commercial center, where 6,000 folks lived, worked, and, yes, played! We sometimes forget that the need for recreation, entertainment, and amusement is both timeless and universal. Our ancestors at Fort Concho and in our community made good use of the natural resources, available equipment and their imagination to provide a break from the daily chores and routines we might find unbearable in the modern age. These photos, selected from the fort’s large collection, cover some of that era’s amusements and diversions. Some remain with us, and some have faded away, but all reflect a truly different age.

The bicycle craze captured the nation in the 1890s, and San Angelo was no exception. This staged photo represents the San Angelo Wheelmen, a period bike club. The rock ledges of the Concho River create an impressive background for this serious group. Both the bikes and the horses in the top section would be left behind by the automobile craze a generation later.

gc@spur.net (Gary Cutrer) frontpage Thu, 14 Mar 2013 17:51:23 +0000
Ag Professor Gil Engdahl to Lead Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Assoc. http://www.ranchmagazine.com/index.php/Ranching/gil-engdahl-to-head-tsgra.html http://www.ranchmagazine.com/index.php/Ranching/gil-engdahl-to-head-tsgra.html Dr. Gil Engdahl visits Angelo State University’s Mangement, Instruction and Research Center at least a couple times a week. He stops for a photo with some of the Rambouillet flock at the ASU ranch. Photos by Gary Cutrer.

By Gary Cutrer

Published August 2012

Longtime ag educator Gil Engdahl of San Angelo has been elected to lead Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association as president for the August 2012 through July 2013 year. Engdahl has served on the faculty of the Agriculture Department at Angelo State University since 1976 and served as head of the department from 1997 until June 2012.

During his tenure at ASU, he has seen the number of students with agriculture majors grow from a freshman class size of about 20 students in 1976 to around 190 freshmen entering school this academic year.

Engdahl brings his knowledge of sheep and goats and agriculture background to the job as president of TSGRA, along with his skill in the psychology of relating to people. His easy going nature has served him well as he has counseled and advised students over the years and worked with faculty members of ASU’s ag department as well as with ASU administrators and staff.]]> gc@spur.net (Gary Cutrer) frontpage Wed, 01 Aug 2012 06:00:00 +0000