J-B Ranch is located at Henly in Blanco County, the gateway to the
beautiful Texas Hill Country, and was established in 1993. Henly
is about 45 miles due west of Austin, on Hwy. 290. Our other pastures
are within fifteen miles of Henly, in Blanco and Hays Counties.
was raised on a ranch outside of Beaumont and spent every summer
with my uncle on his large ranch in Louisiana. Jimmy is a BOI (born
and raised on Galveston Island) and we lived there for many years.
I ran a commercial herd of about 500 head, with two partners, on
the west end of the island, while Jimmy ran our other businesses
in town. We moved to the Hill Country in 1984. Raising Longhorns
was just a dream—getting closer to Memorial Stadium and the
Hill Country was our real goal!
started out raising goats, mainly to clear the brush. I was missing
not owning cows and on Christmas Eve in 1995, Jimmy surprised me
with my first Longhorn. We nicknamed her Beva, (female for BEVO,
of course). The next Christmas, I asked for another Longhorn and
he gave me Rita.
January 1997, a co-worker who knew of my interest in Longhorns brought
Wilton Wilton by my office to meet me. Wilton asked what I was looking
for next and I told him, "a pretty little 'ol black and white
heifer." About two weeks later, I looked up to see Wilton standing
at the door of my office holding up a picture of the cutest black
and white calf you have ever seen. "Here she is!" he said.
Carolyn and Wilton took us under their wonderful wings and have
become very dear friends. They invited me to my first show, the
Heart of Texas at Belton. I was hooked immediately and soon after
entered my first STLA Show in San Antonio. I took that pretty black
and white baby, J-B Alcade's Daughter, to my first World Show in
June 1998—and have never missed one since.
started with one small pasture and one Longhorn cow. Our program
is growing everyday and we now average about 30 head. Raising Longhorns
is no longer just a hobby. Jimmy is now totally involved, as he
has taken control of our feeding program—and leaves the buying,
breeding, and selling to me. Our bloodlines include Abraham, Measles
Super Ranger, Overwhelmer, Emperor, Blackwood's Diego, WR, and Cowcatcher.
In 2005, we will begin to see our first calves from a leased son
of Liberator's Leprechaun and our young Abraham grandson, J-B General
get very excited about our show prospects, but that is not our total
focus. Our mission is to produce true Longhorns, who will retain
the traits that made them survivors, scroungers, and great mama's!
Longhorns are truly the cattle with "personality," and
we love our "Gentle Giants." Call us or drop by and visit
anytime, we love to show off our girls and future herd sire prospects.