Harrison Family Enjoys Raising Good Cattle and Helping YouthTue, 01 Jul 2014 11:37:24 CDT
Harrison Cattle Company has been raising cattle for three generations in Arapaho, Oklahoma and Mobeetie, Texas. The ranch is owned by Leslie and Jan Harrison who raise registered Hereford Cattle. The ranch consists of 100 registered females on approximately 3 - thousand acres. During the recent Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association tour, participants got to see some of their best bulls, cows and calves up close.
In an interview with Leslie Smith with the Radio Oklahoma Network, Leslie Harrison shared 'We jumped at the chance because number one we would like to get our name with the cattle we have, get them see them."
Harrison Cattle is expanding in building a new house, new cattle facilities and also hiring a ranch manager to oversee heir cowherd.
"Take 'em from where they're at to the next step," Harrison said. "We've done about all we can."
"We have other businesses and we need someone that can work full time and take care of our cattle and help us market them and take care of them," he said.
In looking at the cattle, it was clear to see pasture and range conditions have greened up and showing some growth. Harrison says in early May his pasture were brown and dry and things have improved greatly over the last month.
"The last five weeks we've had ten inches of rain," Harrison said. "Our grasses went from brown to knee high and it's just been tremendous for us to get this rain his time of the year."
The Harrisons take pride in raising good high quality cattle and helping the next generation of producers. The Harrison are helping five youth with their cattle projects by furnishing heifers, helping the youth get to shows from the local to the national level. Harrison says it's important to help kids who can't afford to show cattle otherwise and he encourages other cattle producers to do the same.
"We need some younger kids in agriculture," Harrison said. "If you look at the stats the average farm is 50 - 60 years old, so we've got to help this younger generation get into it."
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