by Kevin Enloe | Apr 27, 2021 | Weeknight
Cow Country Farms is part of a Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). CRP is a private-lands conservation program that helps improve water quality, reduce soil erosion and reduce loss of wildlife.
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In 1906, the George G. Wright Land Co. chose present-day Friona,Texas, as the site for a new frontier colony. Promised fertile soil and a sunny climate, a group of Indiana farmers were drawn to the unspoiled Texas terrain. One of those pioneers was Jacob Schueler. He arrived by railroad in 1908 from Fort Wayne, bought a farm and settled down to work the land.
Dale Schueler and his wife, Donna, raised three sons on the farm: Monty, Kevin and Bill. Growing up, the boys were taught to love God, family and country. The three eventually went away to college and took jobs elsewhere. But Monty and Kevin were both drawn back to the land of their childhood and their deep family roots to continue in the family business.
Now both married, Kevin and Monty are raising their kids as they were raised. Instilling a strong work ethic, encouraging them to be themselves and having some fun along the way.
For nearly 50 years, Dale has dedicated his life to caring for animals as both a rancher and a veterinarian. Between his medical background and raising his own cattle, Dale’s depth of knowledge makes him uniquely qualified to implement and advocate for strong animal welfare practices.
During the panhandle’s drought season, the extreme conditions require checking on cattle even more frequently, and feeding them more often. Constantly making sure they have enough water and minerals to not just survive, but thrive during the harsh elements.
Centennial Livestock prides itself on being a closed commercial cow-calf herd operator for over 30 years. And that’s no accident — a lot of heart goes into raising their cattle.
For the Staudenmeyers and the Tamckes, their cattle mean everything to them. That why they’re raised for the Open Prairie Natural Meats brand with no antibiotics — ever, no added hormones or growth promotants and fed a 100% vegetarian diet. Plus, third-party audits make sure they’re keeping good on their promises. When that much care is dedicated to animal welfare, it can only result in the most mouthwatering, flavorful Angus beef you’ll ever have the pleasure of tasting. In fact, it’s the same beef you’ll find on their own dinner tables.
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Dalton Tamcke, Deb and Tom’s son, said it best, “The rancher is the original environmentalist.” They know that the key to preserving the ranch for future generations is to be good stewards of the land through supporting plant and soil health.
It was over 100 years ago, back in 1921, when Les Staudenmeyer moved to Southwestern Montana to raise his own cattle. Les and his family worked to manage the ranch, a feedlot and another farm — but that was just the beginning.
With four generations on the ranch, Centennial Livestock is more than just a business — it’s the place the Staudenmeyers and Tamckes call home.
Being part of the family business isn’t always easy, but it is always rewarding. It’s a balancing act of work and play. And boy, can they do both. Whether working side-by-side at sunrise, tending the land or cracking jokes at dinner after a long day, their fondest memories have always been on the ranch. When they’re not herding cattle, you can find them horseback riding, team roping, skiing or taking the motorbike for a spin.