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currently second vice president of that
A good working horse must be not only
well bred but well trained. Rob has worked
out an arrangement with his cowboys that
if they do a good job training a horse and
agree to part with it when the animal is
seven or eight years old, the cowboy will be
given 25 percent of the income from the
sale of the animal. The cowboy then takes
over another young horse and trains it to
do the demanding work.
The Brown Ranch continues
to attract attention as
operation that has
diversified and continues
to improve its operation
using mainly management
from the family and help
from quality cowhands.
It is the continued
operation of ranches such
as this that affirm the
notion that ranch life in
TeXas is afive and well.
Rob became extremely active in range
management, to the point that by 1974 he
received the Outstanding Range Management
Award from the Texas section of the
American Society of Range Management.
He has carefully used grazing practices,
pasture rotation, controlled burns, and
parasite brush removal to increase the grazing
capacity of his land.
In order to market their livestock more
effectively, Rob began having annual sales
of bulls and horses held each fall in a social
and business event that has grown in popularity
throughout the years. In early October
the stage is set as bulls are gathered and
pastured close to the headquarters west of
Throckmorton. The bulls are then sorted
into pens and are available for examination
by potential buyers on sale day. Here the
buyers look carefully at the animals while
examining the blood lines and performance
data carefully documented in the sale cata
Culls tethered for inspection by potential buyers at the annual horse and bull sale at the Brown Ranch. These
beautiful creatures show great promise as brood stock or working animals bred for cattle work.
logue available at the entrance to the sale
One of the unusual highlights is the
display of weaned colts up for sale. These
are haltered and tied to overhead cables in
a large pen. Admiring spectators can move
freely among the suspicious, young animals
to examine and enjoy them. At six months
of age, these delicate, intelligent creatures
promise careers as brood stock or working
animals bred for cattle work in the cutting
arena or pasture. They are sold to buyers in
Mexico, Hawaii, and all across the United
Ranching operations involve more than
just the activities and efforts of the rancher.
It takes good help to run a successful ranch
and that means good cowboys mounted on
good horses. The Brown Ranch has been
especially blessed in this respect because
they have worked hand-in-hand for many
years with members of a family named
Self. George Truett Self and his brothers
Carl and Pete began working for R.A.
Brown more than 60 years ago. Truett's
sons, Joe and George, continue working
for the ranch today.
Rob and Peggy's children also assist in
running the ranching operation: two
daughters - Betsy and her husband Jody
Bellah, and Marianne and her husband
Todd McCartney - and two sons -
Donnell and his wife Kelli, and Rob A. and
his wife Talley.
The Brown Ranch continues to attract
attention as a quality family-run operation
that has diversified and continues to improve
its operation using mainly management
fromthe family and help from quality
cowhands. It is the continued operation
of ranches such as this that affirm the
notion that ranch life in the state of Texas
is alive and well.
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and
professor of English at Hardin-Simmons University
in Abilene, Dr. Lawrence Clayton has
authored numerous articles and books on
cowboy and ranch life. Author of four books,
his most recent "Historic Ranches of Texas,"
from the University of Texas Press, has just
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