I don’t know about you, but when I think of Texas ranches I think of wide open spaces under brilliant blue sky.
I think of cows grazing in those wide open spaces, occasionally looking up to see who or what is passing by.
I think of cowboys on horseback rounding up cattle or mending fences.
Well, that’s still happening, but on a visit to a friend’s ranch I learned there’s something new happening in ranching. Horses were replaced by ATVs
and where once cows grazed, there were all kinds of exotic animals
more common to Africa than Texas.
I never expected to see zebras roaming the pastures
or geese strolling those wide open spaces totally at home with their four legged friends.
The only animal that wasn’t a surprise was the white tailed deer so common in Texas they become a nuisance. I’m told they are thinned out (meaning shot) several times a year to keep their numbers down.
As we ventured around the property, I didn’t see a single cow and couldn’t help but ask why cattle had been replaced with all these other animals. The answer was pretty simple. This rancher was no longer interested in raising cattle and without animals on the property he’d have a pretty hefty tax burden. Judging from his ranch, it doesn’t seem to make any difference what kind of animals so long as they have four legs!
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