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Farm Name: Elkins Ranch

Year Farm Established: 2005

Years I’ve been farming: 11 years

Animals I raise: Brangus cattle, chickens, sheep, and goats(weed eaters).

Crops I grow: Fresh vegetables.

Hobbies I enjoy: Welding, metal fabricating, farming and ranching.

The proudest moment on my farm: (Every day)....Seeing what all that hard work looks like at the end of each day.

Pets: Two labs, two house cats, five barn cats, one rex rabbit, eight roosters, seven hens and a bunch of crazy cows.

Farm Motto: Imagine What You Could Achieve If You Knew You Could Not Fail

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Hiya, Shawn...
We really don't get water high enough to even make it to the barn when we have high water in that field. It covered the bridge we built over Pumphouse Wash (just wide enough for a garden tractor), but it never even came close to the house.
As you came around on Kachina and crossed the bridge over the creek, there used to be a brown A-frame house on the right, just before our place. Well, the County bought that A-frame and burned it down - the land is now being held for protection of the wetlands and wildlife. They (the county) would love it if we sold to them or donated this place to them (fat chance). We have about three years until retirement so then they can bid on it just like everyone else. ;)
There are spots of Texas that are just beautiful! When I was a kid, my family lived in Richardson. Dad worked at TI. It was a great place, but that was back in the 50s/60s. I was looking at it on Google Earth and how its grown. Wow! I couldn't believe it.
Sorry to cut this a bit short - I have two ewes about to burst in the barn. I am hoping for trips again this year from one of them.
Keep the Sunny Side up!

Come visit me, Sheep Thrills Farm.

04/13/2011 08:25.01 PM Report This Comment  
  Kachina and Sheep Help
Hi, Shawn!
I'd be happy to help you as best I can - ask away! :) Do you remember the yellow house and barn along Kachina Trail? That's us! I used to sell eggs - seems as I have gotten older, my stock has gotten smaller! LOL!
I used to get to San Antonio years ago when I was stationed at Fort Hood. The River Walk was much, much quieter then and not as much traffic as there is now. Are you near Seguin? Or are you towards the hill country?
You can always get ahold of me via the website I have as well (sheepthrillsfarm.com) or kathyat...
Catch you later...I have two ewes about to explode any time now...

Come visit me, Sheep Thrills Farm.

04/12/2011 04:54.22 PM Report This Comment  
Thanks for your nice comments and visiting our farm via internet. Love your pics and farm motto. Stay in touch.

Come visit me, Twin Oaks.

04/10/2011 05:59.17 PM Report This Comment  
Thanks for stopping in! We're in the Kachina Village area - one of the properties at the edge of the big meadow where the "Rats-with-Antlers" hang out. ;) I've tried to get one to walk into the freezer as fair trade for the 50 strawberry plants, trees, and flower boxes on the deck they've consumed, but I can't seem to make a deal. lol!
I am a fisher-person as well, but get disappointed that some of the lakes have gotten to be put & take more than real fishing lakes. Most of the trout I've taken I've released - it doesn't seem right to take them that small (unless they are of decent size for dinner). I grew up around the Great Lakes fishing for bass, walleye, sturgeon, etc. I have a stream in the pasture where we get enough crawfish each year for some good etouffee though.
What part of Texas are you in? As a kid (back in the Dark Ages) we lived in Richardson when Dad worked for TI and I was stationed at Fort Hood for a bit in the 70s.
Thanks for stopping in at my "place"! I appreciate your comments, and...as for the snow...you know how these spring storms are - it's melting fast and the robins are working the driveway as I write this. Cheers!

Come visit me, Sheep Thrills Farm.

04/10/2011 11:28.16 AM Report This Comment  
Just did a tune up on the 1949 ford tractor this weekend and shredded the brush around here.

It was getting too high and the mesquite thorns were bad.

Got about 80 acres done for now.

Only problem is, it has got all the rattlesnakes moving up to the house now!

Stepped outside last night and there was a big diamondback coiled up right at the front door.

Seen about 10 on the road in the last two weeks, Summer is here in Texas!

Come visit me, Elkins Ranch.

04/09/2011 11:13.25 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello and welcome
Love the pictures. I like what you say. Sounds like you really enjoy working the land.

Come visit me, Twin Oaks.

01/16/2011 01:34.33 PM Report This Comment  
  Wow i also love your work. You have the right ideal on life. I never was a city girl. I love the land and the animals and yes the work. People wounder how i can stay home 24/7. Yet like i tell them their is allways something to do. Once it gets warmer their will be a lot more to do. What a life.....:)

Come visit me, Pattys Pampered Pets.

01/11/2011 04:02.25 AM Report This Comment  
Your gates are awesome!My hubby is also a welder so I appreciate and know what what it takes(and the time invovled) to make creative metal work.
Even on a small farm/acreage there is always fence to be repared,here we have alot of wind that will blow trees down on the fences that the animals don't tear up LOL.Farming,ranching is a seven day a week job,we don't know what a "weekend off" is LOL.
I am in the Pacific Northwest.I am guessing,not sure,if you have a stock tank /with bass,you are in the south?I do so miss bass and catfish,lived in Texas for a number of years.

Come visit me, Broke 'N' Hammered Acres.

01/10/2011 09:58.49 PM Report This Comment  
Thanks everybody for the compliments.

I am new to this site and have been a reader of Hobby farms for some time now.

I was excited to see they have set aside an area for all of us who choose to live like we do......Out of the city!

Yes Broke 'N' Hammered Acres, I did build the elk gate.
I build all sorts of wildlife and other themed gates.

I will post some more gates that I built around my place.

I will also post some more photos of the ranch as well.

My grandfather started this ranch in the 70's, he passed away from alzheimers before he could really start to enjoy the place.

My grandmother and him worked so hard on clearing the land, building a small ranch house and getting it set up to enjoy.

My father took over and helped maintain what he could over the years after my grandfather passed away.

I then bought it from my grandmother to keep it in the family and help keep my grandfathers dream of making this place into something.

It has been a real challenge and an unbelievable amount of work at times but if my grandfather could do all that he did, I can continue on with his challenge.

I can remember being out here when I was five helping him and now I am working with the same tools and doing the same thing he was doing then.

Ranching is truly a lifestyle not a fashion statement, you either love it or you don't....I love it.

If you live in the city, mowing the yard or fixing a faucet feels like you did something.

Out here that would be a half day project.

Try repairing two miles of fencing, shredding the pastures and cutting the brush out of the roads so next week you can drive the fence lines to make sure the cows stay in.

That's just a weekend deal here.
Like I said, you either love it or you don't.

I do try to find the time to cast a line in the stock tank now and then, those bass I stocked it with a few years ago have gotten real big now!

I do wish there was more time for that......

Come visit me, Elkins Ranch.

01/08/2011 10:47.48 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello and Welcome
Enjoy the pictures of your cattle(I am a horse person and know little about cattle,but yours are awesome) and the gate with the elk and trees,did you make the gate?

Come visit me, Broke 'N' Hammered Acres.

01/07/2011 06:41.22 PM Report This Comment  
  great pictures

Come visit me, Brent & Kim Wessel.

01/07/2011 12:31.22 PM Report This Comment  
Nice pictures! Like your motto!

Come visit me, Larkshire Farm.

01/07/2011 08:12.19 AM Report This Comment  
  Welding and farm repair.
If any fellow ranchers have any questions on general welding and farm welding repairs, I would be happy to help any way I can.

I weld professionally everyday and also run CNC plasma cutting equipment for parts cutting and design.

I would be happy to help with any questions on welding or any other ranch related questions you may have.

Come visit me, Elkins Ranch.

01/06/2011 10:26.03 PM Report This Comment  


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