Running and maintaining your Texas ranch – whether a hunting, cattle or recreational ranch – can be a full-time job, particularly during the busy seasons. If you’re a Texas ranch owner, it probably comes as no surprise that it can be a lot of hard work. There’s barn and fence construction, bookkeeping, maintenance of machinery, managing grazing, feedings, and much, much more. As local ranch real estate experts who have been involved with the local Texas ranch real estate market for more than a decade, we’ve put together a few tips and tricks on how to maintain your Texas ranch.
Let’s get started by looking at some of the main steps you’ll have to take as a Texas ranch owners. While this is not a comprehensive list, it will give you some insight into what it is like to own a Texas ranch property and the demands it will have on you – both good and bad.
Necessary Upkeep for a Texas Ranch
- Bookkeeping: While this is probably one of the least exciting parts of owning a Texas ranch, it’s a very important part of ownership. Bookkeeping is more than just the paperwork you send to your accountant, it also means health, breeding, calving, purchase and sale records, machinery, staffing and more. If you’re a cattle rancher, there are great bookkeeping programs available such as CattleMax and CowProfit$ that can help you manage everything in one place.
- Maintaining fences and buildings: While buildings typically require far less attention than fences do, you’ll need to be Johnny-on-the-spot when something is broken on your ranch. In fact, this is one of the key components you must master when learning how to maintain your Texas ranch. Perimeter and pasture fencing needs to be checked regularly, while you’ll also need to fix any lose wires or posts that are causing issue. In some areas, you can be held liable for the damage done by straying livestock, which is just one reason why this step is so important. We’ve put together a list of barn and fence construction companies that service our area.
- Upkeep of machinery: For many Texas ranch owners, machinery is involved in nearly every part of the ranch’s operation. From haying to grain production, you’ll need to make sure your machinery stays in top-notch condition. Whether you have ATVs, tractors, bale trucks, augers, forage harvesters, movers or tillage machinery, be sure to inspect each piece regularly, paying close attention to whether or not it needs to be oiled, greased or have parts replaced. You’ll also want to ensure that you have proper insurance on these pieces of machinery.
- Managing the grazing operation: Particularly if you have cattle, you’ll need to manage your grazing operation. Soil, vegetation and topography on your land will dictate how you should manage the grazing schedule. You’ll need to take into consideration the wildlife on your land as well. There are many online resources and companies that assist ranchers in managing their grazing operations so you don’t have to do it alone.
- Upkeep of the animals: No matter what type of animals you have on your Texas ranch property, it will be important that you have a local veterinarian that can help you take care of them properly. This may mean quarterly inspections or emergency late-night visits, so be sure to have a working relationship with an animal expert in your area.
Of course, these are just a few of the many, many steps that you’ll need to master when learning how to maintain your Texas ranch. For additional information and contractors that can assist you, be sure to browse the resources section of our website. Owning a Texas ranch property can be a very exciting adventure – just don’t let the maintenance get too far ahead of you or you’ll always be one step behind and won’t be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor.
We are Dutch and Cheryl Wiemeyer, REALTORS® with Keller Williams Realty. We specialize in Texas ranches for sale, and can help you find ranch and acreage properties throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area – including Celina, TX acreage homes. When you’re ready to take the next step towards owning your own Texas ranch, do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you and to welcoming you home to Texas. Connect today!