Back about thirty years ago, Joyce Kimble
fell in love with a pair of scrawny Longhorn heifers—
one red, the other a red and white paint. Joyce
was visiting her close friends, David and Estelle
Moore on their Home Place Ranch near Karnes
City, Texas.. David had just rolled up to the pens
with these two calves in the trailer, having
purchased them from Graves Peeler for $100
each. Joyce visited the Moore's often over the
next several years and continued to watch as the
red heifer grew into a beautiful and gentle
Longhorn cow with lovely Texas-twist horns.
She eventually started calling her Red Mama.
Then in December 1981, Joyce lost her
husband, very suddenly and unexpectedly. Six
months later, David's wife, Estelle, died; and then
four months later, David Moore passed away.
Joyce's son, Scott, inherited half of the Home
Place Ranch, along with a few cows and Red
Mama. Scott Kimble was in his first year of
chiropractic college, and another son, Patrick,
still had two-and-a-half years left with his college
work. Joyce's daughter, Janis, also a chiropractic
doctor, was in practice with Joyce in the offices
at Karnes City. Joyce and Janis were faced with
a tough task—to keep two medical practices going
along with keeping two young men in college.
Just as longhorn cattle helped the Texas
recover after the Civil War, Texas Longhorns
also played a major role in helping the
Kimble family heal from their losses.“If you'll be the muscle,
I'll be the money,”
Joyce told Scott one weekend when he was
home to visit. “I want us to start raising some Longhorns.
We'll study at the sales and shows,
and in about a year we'll start our own herd.”
Scott jumped at the chance to be involved with
the cattle, and sister, Janis, quickly climbed on
the wagon, too.
The Kimbles spent time visiting and learning
from some of the best breeders round—Red
McCombs, Chico Wright, Walter Scott, Alan
Sparger, Betty Lamb, the YO Ranch, and the
King Ranch. In 1983, they made their first
purchase at the Legacy Sale in Houston, where
they acquired YO Wichita Jackie 1355.
Since they had no bull, they studied AI procedures
and embryo breeding programs. Joyce
had seen (and was impressed by) the legendary
bulls, Monarch and Classic, at the Red McComb's
Ranch. She also visited Jean Wickland and saw
her bull, Bold Ruler. With semen purchased from
these three bulls, YO Jackie was bred and
produced heifer calves over the next few years
forming the foundation stock for their herd.
It was only after Scott completed chiropractic
college in 1987 that they got really serious about
building bloodlines. That same year, Joyce and
Janis were introduced to Mike and Laney Wiese
and their famous bull, Overwhelmer. They bought
semen and AI'd the young Ruler's Jackie, YO
Wichita Jackie's daughter, sired by Bold Ruler.
That pairing produced the current Kimble senior
herd sire, Overwhelemer's Jack. When Jack was
bred to Classy Jackie 3, the Kimbles' hard work
and years of planning started to prove true. That
mating produced the now four-time, TLBAA
World Grand Champion Steer, WOW KCC. Joyce
explains their vision in the simplest of terms,“Our goal has
been to raise beautiful Longhorn cattle - always keeping the integrity
unique breed intact.”
Today the cattle company in Karnes City
bonds together three generation of the family. The
Kimbles, and the Kimble cattle, are also fortunate
to receive the counsel and assistance of long-time
friend and professional herdsman, Benhardt
Ahrens—a true Texas cowman in every respect.“We never
did any of this for the money,”
says Joyce. “I had to have something in our
lives to help us heal.” Their herd has grown
dramatically over the years and has become a
multi-faceted family operation with the Kimble
Cattle Company now running approximately
160 head of breeding-age Longhorns and over
240 head of crossbred commercial cattle.
||The Kimble family: (at
left) Dr. Janis Kimble-O'Brien and husband, Sean O'Brien;
(center) Dr. Scott Kimble with his wife, Maclynn, and their
daughter, McKenna (holding Bandy), and (at right), Dr. Joyce
Kimble and Benhardt Ahrens.
The KCC Longhorns are exhibited regularly
at local and national level shows and are
quite often represented at some of high-end
Longhorn sales around the country.
Healing can come at us in many forms.
And, sometimes the most basic bonds deliver
the richest rewards.
The love for that little red heifer over thirty
years ago and a mother’s need to nurture
her family has served as the catalyst for building
one of the most well-respected legacies in the
Longhorn business today.
You can contact Kimble Cattle Company in Karnes City, Texas at
(830) 780-3151 or (830) 780-3502.