Up Close and Personal
After graduating from Vanderbilt in 1964, I returned to join others in building a commercial feeding industry in the Panhandle based on mild weather and close proximity to both cattle and grain. Before the advent of packing plants, I traded fed cattle to beef plants in the southeastern areas of the country. In 1967, we built our first feedyard and over the years added a second feedyard and various ranching and farming operations that complement our base beef production model.
I am joined today by my children who participate in various aspects of the business but all support the overall objective of sustainable high quality beef. Producing high quality beef demands superior feed ingredients and Texas Beef now raises many of those ingredients on farms in close proximity to the two feedyards. Those farms allow manure from the feedyards to provide natural fertilizer for the farm crops. Many of the crops like winter wheat provide forage for winter grazing of cattle.
My son, Blake, manages the LIT Ranch and other ranching operations. Blake graduated from Davidson College with a liberal arts degree. Blake has experience in all aspect of beef production and is committed to delivering a quality beef product to the consumer. Alex, my other son, is President of the Bank of Commerce — a family owned bank emphasizing new technologies that deliver lower interest rates to borrowers and higher rates to depositors. Alex graduated from Stanford University and majored in American Studies. We don’t rely on the bricks and mortar operation but bring banking to your desktop.