2017 ESAP Winner - Jim O'Haco Cattle Company - Region VI - Arizona

Arizona

See how Arizona beef farmers and ranchers are rethinking the ranch to raise sustainable beef through land-saving, wildlife-preserving, and award-winning environmental efforts.

Arizona rancher works tirelessly toward conservation both on and off the land

Just outside of Winslow, Arizona sits Chevelon Butte Ranch, one of the largest working cattle ranches in the state. Jim and Jeanne O'Haco are the third generation to ranch on this land, but stewardship has been a goal since the beginning. Across the ranch's 60,000 acres, sustainability projects focus on improving water resources, given the land's drought-prone climate. Jim has worked alongside both state and federal agencies to remove invasive plant species and to install the High Point Well, which supplies cattle with 30 water access points. These changes have also provided year-round drinking water to dwindling wildlife species and highlights that wildlife and ranching can coexist. The O'Haco family has been ranching in the area for over 100 years and the ongoing conservation efforts will ensure the ranch is healthy for future generations. For their work in conservation, the O'Haco Family was awarded the prestigious Environmental Stewardship Award (ESAP).

"There are two things in life that I've always wanted to do, and I think I've accomplished them mostly, is to have quality cattle and to help the environment and habitat. But the job's not done: we always can improve." - Jim O'Haco, Co-Owner, O'Haco Cattle Co.

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2017 ESAP Winner - Jim O'Haco Cattle Company - Region VI - Arizona

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classic fajitas

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arizona fact

Arizona grows enough cotton each year to make more than one pair of jeans for every person in the United States.