See how Oklahoma beef farmers and ranchers are raising sustainable beef through land-saving, wildlife-preserving, and award-winning environmental efforts.
Chuck Coffey, his wife Ruth, and their three children are the hardworking family behind Double C Cattle Company. Located in the Arbuckle Mountains in southern Oklahoma, Double C Cattle Company encompasses 30,000 acres of highly productive land. The most important values to the Coffeys are "Land, Livestock, and Legacy," and this can be seen in everything that they do. For instance, water is a limited factor on the ranch, so the family installed solar wells across the property to help with grazing distribution. This has allowed rotational grazing to all parts of the ranch, including areas previously inaccessible to cattle. The Coffeys have also fought against the encroachment of invasive red cedar, which causes erosion, consumes vast amounts of water, and is unusable by any local wildlife. Using prescribed fire--chosen because their native grasses evolved under fire--the ranch now has grasses growing and thriving in previously barren areas. The Coffeys are always working in a way that they feel their ancestors, their children, and their community would be proud. Double C Cattle Company was awarded the prestigious Environmental Stewardship Award (ESAP).
"We don't look at it that we own the land; we look at it as we are blessed to have the privilege to manage the land during the short time that we're here, because it will be here long after we are." - Chuck Coffey, Owner, Double C Cattle Co.
Meet Terry Stuart Forst of Stuart Ranch in Waurika, Oklahoma. Stuart Ranch is the oldest ranch in Oklahoma under continuous family ownership. It has been in business since 1868, and their grandson is the seventh generation on this four-county ranch. According to Terry, "In agriculture, your word is your bond. You respect and honor your land and livestock. You value tradition, legacy and integrity. These values should be reassuring to everyone that we are producing the best and safest food of any country in the world."
Raising beef is a complex process, but throughout the entire journey, one thing remains constant – the shared commitment to raising cattle in a safe, humane and environmentally sustainable way by using the latest technology and resources. Today, there are more than 5.2 million cattle and over 52,000 cattle farms and ranches in Oklahoma. Learn more about Oklahoma's beef farmers and ranchers who are raising beef from pasture to plate.
Cattle are raised in all 77 counties of Oklahoma, accounting for 5.3 million cattle. While Oklahoma is a leading producer of beef and wheat, it is also a leading producer of sesame, a drought and pest tolerant crop.