Ranching is a hard business. The economics of ranching is even harder. Many ranches make the mistake of overstocking their cattle, trying to squeeze more money from their land. This not only damages the land but increases the stress to the herd. Most ranchers find it necessary to supplement their ranch income with income from other business interests. These other business interests may be related to ranching or not. Some ranchers are lawyers, doctors or may have other professional careers that bring in additional income. Some ranchers derive income from oil and gas royalty payments on their land. Another option that some ranchers take is to lease their land out to deer, duck or dove hunters to bring in additional income. At the 2S Ranch like most other ranches, we supplement our income with income from other sources.
After completing the Beef Quality Assurance Programs for Texas and Oklahoma, I became aware of the risk to our herd of having hunters on our ranch. Often, shotgun shells and bee bees get embedded in the hide of the cattle if hunters are not careful as to the direction they shoot their guns. Needless to say guns being fired and bee bees being embedded in their hides are stressful to the cattle and can potentially damage the beef. The more people invited on your ranch property, the greater the risk of gates being left open and the potential for a sickness/infection to be spread to your herd. Therefore, these additional income options are not worth the cost to us.
At the 2S Ranch we derive income from two ways, the sale of our beef and from the sales of products in our ranch store The Provision House. Our goal at the 2S Ranch is to be a sustainable healthy cattle ranch both of land and economically. Our mission is to provide our customers with the best grass-fed/ grass-finished beef and interesting, authentic, and useful products in The Provision House.