Welcome back for Round 3 of the Ask Me About My Farm Series where we feature women who share a passion for their livelihood, careers, and hobbies in agriculture. This week, I bring to you two sisters from the heart of Texas who complement each other in life and on the ranch. Look out, Texas! These ladies may be young, but they have a clear vision and drive of where they are headed. Listen to their story, as told by Angel:
Who: Angelica and Francesca
Where: Kerens TX
Farms What: Beefmasters, Horses
Job: Full time students
Nicknames: Angel & Frankie
Mantra: Good Cows, Loud Trucks, and Fast Horses
Tees: Home and Custom Beefmaster Cattle Breeds Tees
People mistake my sister and me for twins all the time. Sometimes it feels like we are twins. We’re that much alike. We do everything together. Where there is one, you’ll find the other. Being we both share a love and passion for ranching, we make a great team! Where I may lack a skill or struggle with a particular task, Frankie seems to excel at it. Like giving shots (Needles? No thank you!).
I guess you could say our family is first generation ranchers. When our family moved to Texas 11 years ago, we bought 27 acres. And so it began. We’ve had goats, pigs, llamas, horses, and a variety of cows over the years. But Frankie and I have both seem to have found our niche now. I manage the Registered Beefmaster herd, and she buys, trains, and sells horses.
Frankie and I both started showing animals when we were young. I think that’s where our love for raising animals really took root. You learn responsibility, hard work, and a love and respect for livestock. It didn’t take long before I realized raising cattle is what I wanted to spend my life doing. After graduating high school, I went to college and became a certified Ranch Manager. I am now taking classes for digital photography, in hopes to specialize in rodeo and cattle sales photography. Frankie specializes in training colts. She explains, “I enjoy the challenge of starting colts with no training and finding their untapped potential.”
People often ask us, being we’re both in college, what are you going to do after you graduate? My answer is always the same. Raise cattle!
Most times they reply with something like, "but what kind of real job will you have?"
The first thing I think is, 'You’ve never gotten up every hour on the hour all night, to check on a heifer who was acting a little strange at feed time and may or may not be in labor.'
Ranching is most definitely a REAL job, and undoubtedly the hardest job I’ve ever had.
It seems like every decision is a huge risk, and every year is drastically different. But I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else.
Most times when someone mentions ranching, you picture an older gentleman wearing overalls and a cowboy hat. You definitely don’t picture college aged girls!
I think one of the most important things about farming or ranching is to be passionate about it. It’s not like any other job. When you’re responsible for the health and well being of a herd of cows and horses, you have to give 110%. All the time.
Through our newly implemented A.I. (Artificial Insemination) program, we’re continuing to expand and improve our herd. My management goal for our ranch is to sell the majority of our calves as show prospects. As members of the Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association (JBBA) we hope to inspire other young people to explore the agriculture field through showing cattle. These kids are our future ag teachers, farmers and ranchers!
Though we don’t have years of experience, yet, we’re always open to sharing about ranching, and why we love to do it.