“Sustainability means being able to protect the longevity of our ranch by ensuring we’re doing the best to care for our resources, livestock, and community.” - Haley Nabors
Born and raised in the Enid area, Tyler, a grain merchandiser, and Haley, a field specialist for a national agriculture products manufacturer, are second and third generation ranchers.
There is a large disconnect between how food is grown or raised and where people believe their food is grown or raised. Although we live in a considerably agriculture-focused state, it’s not lost on us that the majority of our neighbors are not familiar with the food industry. While they may drive past our pastures every day, it’s possible they’ve never considered the beef in their grocery store was raised just up the road.
We would say, from a farming and ranching perspective, it's just a way of life, and for the majority of cow-calf farmers and ranchers, it's a family business.
Farming and ranching isn’t a 9-5 career, which means most families are checking cattle, feeding, and doing chores before their full-time jobs, like us, late into the evening and on weekends.
We work together to balance our responsibilities. Haley does just as much, if not more, based on our respective schedules.
"Sustainability means being able to protect the longevity of our ranch by ensuring we’re doing the best to care for our resources, livestock, and community." - Haley Nabors
Sustainability means we’re doing the best job we can to care for our livestock, land and community to ensure when we’re ready to hand it down to the next generation … we’re able to. There’s a misconception that farmers and ranchers over-graze or over-apply chemicals. In reality, if we did, we couldn't continue to farm or ranch.
We have a long-standing relationship with our local veterinarian, who happened to be the veterinarian my grandfather worked with for decades. He and his son, who is taking over his practice, are available around-the-clock to answer any question. Additionally, fellow farmers and ranchers have an unspoken agreement to have each other’s backs. Bottom line: we’re all working together. Everybody is more than willing to step out and help anybody, whenever they need it.
Technology has added a layer of efficiency and communication to the way we care for our livestock. The use of smartphones alone has upped our record keeping. From taking notes on the phone to sending texts or emails so the other person can update records on the computer, we’re able to see a snapshot of our herd’s health and ensure we’re keeping accurate records.
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Cows are bred and calves are born and raised every year on cow-calf farms and ranches, spending time grazing on grass pastures within sight of their mothers.