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Working Ranch - November/December 2017

No two Texas days are alike at Flanagan Cattle Co. Craig moving the big square baler. BY CHRISTY FLANAGAN Rancher’s Journal y name is Christy Flanagan. My husband, Craig and I live in Leonard in northeast Texas. We have a 13 year-old son named JT and we’ve been married for 20 years. My husband is the 5th generation to live on and work the land around our home. Farming and ranching is all Craig has ever done. He and his parents worked together until his father Wayne’s unexpected passing in October, 2011. For several years, my father-in-law told me that I should submit a ranching journal to the magazine, and I never had, so in honor of him I’m fi nally writing it. I had helped my husband some in the evening and on weekends, but always kept a “town job”. I had a banking career for 17 years. After Wayne passed away suddenly, we decided the only way to keep the ranch going was for me to help Craig fulltime. So in January of 2012, I quit my banking job and went to work on the ranch. We’ve got about 400 crossbred Gelbvieh mama cows and some years we run about 500 head of wheat pasture calves as well. We bale hay for ourselves and about three neighbors. In a normal year, we roll about 12k rolls of hay. We are also sales representatives for Nutrition Plus mineral. My husband Craig is the hardest working person I’ve ever known. He always does whatever it takes and never quits. He’s a cowboy, rancher, farmer, mechanic, truck driver; you name it he does it. But he’s also my best friend, the best husband and father to our son that I could ask for. He’s my superhero! We have two guys working for us, Marty Mitchell (our brother-in-law) and Chad Brewer (our friend and neighbor). We also have an older man name Jimmy Helms who helps us during hay season. We love what we do and are very blessed to be able to work together doing what we both love. Most couples say they couldn’t work together, 66 I WORKING RANCH I NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2017


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