Jerald & Tammy Holloway
We are first generation ranchers. We bought our home place in September of 1998. At the time Jerald was busy full time with his livestock hauling business and Tammy worked in town for Northwest Farm Credit Services. We had 200 cows that had been leased out to some friends. We bought 125 more cows with the place, so started out running 325 cows when we took back our leased cows that fall.”?
In the early years, Tammy and the boys were Jerald’s only help. When he was gone trucking they fed cows in the winter and irrigated in the summer in his place in addition to helping with everything when he was home. Over the years, the cattle numbers grew, we leased additional pasture, bought more BLM permits, and bought more ground, all while Jerald trucked full time and ranched part-time and Tammy worked in town 3-4 days per week and the boys attended school.
In the later years, Jerald trucked part-time (still a lot of miles!!) and ranched full time, growing the cow herd, until 2013 when he quit licensing the truck for hire and was able to devote himself to the ranch. He also hired some non family help to work with him to help take care of the cattle and farming which is now spread out over several places that we own or lease.
Currently our oldest son Tyler is in college working towards a Bachelors Degree in an agricultural major and our younger son Colton is a senior in high school. They are still their Dad’s best help and work on weekends and school breaks and often after school for Colton. Tyler talks about maybe coming back to work for the ranch after graduation, but he does not know for sure what he wants to do yet. Colton has become very interested in auto mechanics the last couple of years and speculates that he will not return to the ranch after college, but also does not know yet.
I almost forgot some very important workers at our place, our dogs. We have mostly Border Collies and Border Collie/Kelpie/Catahoula cross dogs. They are an integral part of the operation. Jerald and the boys can get a lot done with the help of their dogs when they are out riding. Good dogs really save their horses a lot of extra miles and enable them to gather and move cattle with less people then it would otherwise take.