Texas is full of gorgeous land and ranch properties, but they must be kept updated and restored to allow their full beauty to show through. In this category, you will find different resources to enhance and show off your gorgeous piece of rural Texas real estate.

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Winter in Texas

As December fast approaches, winter weather will follow soon. The fall season is the perfect time to winterize your ranch and stock up on essentials before the cooler temps hit. There are a few key ways you can ensure your livestock operation is prepared to weather the cold. Keep reading for your Ranch Winterization Checklist:

1. Protect Your Barns, Stables, and Outbuildings

Barns, stables, coops, and other ranch buildings shelter your ranch’s most valuable assets, so make sure they’re in optimal condition before temperatures drop. These structures protect your livestock, feed, and equipment; so if they’re not properly protected from the elements, they won’t be able to shield your assets well.

Winter in TexasCheck on your buildings’ roofs, insulation, and…

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Dinosaur Valley

Fall in Texas is more beautiful than you realize. Despite the southern climate, there are still some gorgeous places to catch fall colors in the Lonestar State. The varied landscape allows golden hues to sneak amongst the leaves every October and November, if you just know where to look. Don’t stray further south or east than the Hill Country, and stick to the spots below for your best shot at Texas fall foliage.

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Enchanted Rock State Natural Area - Fredricksburg

Enchanted Rock

Enchanted Rock is worth a visit at any time of year, but the magical views from the top of the rock truly come alive mid- to late October. There are a variety of hiking trails scattered throughout the park, but the…

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Average Precipitation Has Been Increasing Across The State

Average annual precipitation has been steadily increasing across the state, from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex to the Texas Hill Country. An increase in rainfall can be a temporary blessing for any rancher, but what if you could stretch the blessing to seasons of drought, too? Take advantage of rising precipitation levels by harvesting rainwater! 

Water storage tankWhy Should I Collect Rainwater?

According to NOAA, most Texas regions have experienced a .50 - 1.0-inch increase in average annual rainfall. Victor Murphy, the climate service program manager for the National Weather Service’s southern regional headquarters in Fort Worth, explains that the “new normal” of Texas weather could create a…

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Owning a ranch is hard, but not impossible.

Time, money, and energy are a rancher’s most precious resources; and how you spend them will make all the difference. Successful ranchers are more than willing to go against the grain (literally and figuratively) in order to run a healthy, thriving operation. If you want to learn how to increase your ranch’s profitability and longevity, there’s one truth you have to build your foundation on - Practicality always trumps luxury.

Build Your Ranch From the Ground Up

The richer your soil, the more you can produce and graze on your land. Rotational grazing is a simple way to improve soil health and increase plant diversity. Planting cover…

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Spring Cleaning Around the Ranch

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Spring is in full swing in Texas!

Now's the time to give your ranch a fresh start with some spring cleaning. A little shredding, replanting, and organizing can make a huge difference for the rest of the year. Every season, you likely deep clean the house, donate unwanted belongings and tidy up your exterior. The same concept can easily be applied to your farm and ranch, albeit on a much larger scale.

Tend to Livestock Enclosures

Whether you raise horses, cattle, sheep, or chickens, it’s time to give their homes a little extra attention. Drain and clean out any built-up gunk in your troughs, and restock any food supplies in bulk, if you can. It’s easy to let storage areas get…

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The Hows and Whys of Water Gaps

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The Hows and Whys of Water Gaps

Water gaps are highways for all sorts of things on a ranch: water, fish, and cows? Let's hope not. 

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, and your cows know it. Now that the spring rainy/flash flood season is here, they may be eagerly anticipating the opportunity to stroll downstream, or upstream of your ranch once your water gaps have been washed out. 

Right now is a great time to rid the creek banks, ravines, and washes of any upstream debris that might make the repair or replacement of your water gaps more difficult. This may be a particularly important task given the abundant deadfall and debris resulting from the great…

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Texas is Rich in Mineral Rights

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Texas's rich soil contains precious resources that can lead to profit or heartache for landowners, depending on who owns the mineral rights. Mineral rights are, quite simply, the legal ownership of mineral deposits beneath the surface of a property. In a completely efficient world, the one who owns the surface of the land would own the resources beneath. 

Doesn’t the surface owner always own the mineral rights under their property? In reality, mineral rights can also be owned by previous surface owners, corporations, or third parties. Mineral-rich states that have an abundance of oil, gas, coal, gold, silver and other precious minerals are also the…

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Texas Land Is Valuable

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One of the fastest ways to build wealth is through owning property. Owning land is an investment, and the effort and commitment have long term advantages that will benefit you and future generations. Leasing has its perks, but our team at Legacy Broker Group believes it pays to play the long game.

Texas land is unquestionably valuable. According to the U.S. Census, Texas has a current growth rate of 1.80%, which makes it the third-fastest growing state in the country. Real estate will always be a limited commodity, and as the population increases available land will only become more precious. As far as investments go, land ownership has the greatest potential…

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Cattle Checklist


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Preparing Cattle For Spring: A February/March Cattle Management Checklist


It's calving season! If your ranch follows most producers' guidelines, preparing cattle for springtime is essential for your herd's wellbeing. Proper calf management is critical to increase herd performance and potential profit. Keeping your cattle on a schedule, doing your research, and maintaining grazing pastures are non-negotiables for healthy, profitable cattle operations. Keep reading to learn how you can implement the best practices for your herds! 

Calving Season Preparation and Recovery:

In February, cattle managers’ main focus should be on calving preparation and recovery. As far as preparation…

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Adventures off the Beaten Path

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2021 is the year of the quiet getaway. Travel is an uncertain industry at the moment, and road trips have risen in popularity for wanderlust seekers. Thanks to the Lonestar State’s massive size and population, local travelers can enjoy convenient access to a plethora of locales, landscapes, and attractions without ever stepping foot in an airport. Keep reading for a list of quiet destinations off the beaten path that capture the essence of Texas. 

Pedernales Falls State Park

This 5,212-acre park is home to Hill Country wildlife, limestone waterfalls, and nearly 20 hiking and biking trails. The park rests along the banks of the scenic Pedernales River, just east of Fredericksburg.…

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