The Big Bend Ranch Rodeo
would not possible without the generous donation
of livestock from these area livestock producers.
We cannot thank you enough!
The Jim Dyer Family
From Fort Davis, Texas
James and Jan Dyer established Rancho Espuela Cattle Co. in the 1960’s when they bought land west of Fort Davis. Though they each grew up in other parts of Texas, both of them fell in love with the Big Bend area, and with each other for that matter, while they attended college at Sul Ross State University. James and Jan got married while at Sul Ross and then moved back to James’ parents on their ranch in Baird. They both couldn’t quite shake their love of the Big Bend and ended up moving back to Alpine in the 1960’s, where James was able to lease some ranches in the area and eventually buy his own land. James comes from a long line of cattlemen. His grandpa was a trail boss on the Chilsolm Trail and his parents ranched in Baird where James grew up.
The Dyers raised Hereford cattle until the late 1960’s, when they made the transition to Limousin cattle. They had the first half blood Limousin bull born in the United States and were active in the Limousin Association for years. More recently, the family has begun crossing their herd with Akaushi cattle, which are known for their quality grade. James and Jan’s children are continuing the family tradition and keeping the ranching heritage alive.
The Bodie Means Family
From Valentine, Texas
The Means Y6 Ranch was established in 1886 by John Z. Means and his wife Exa Means. In the very beginning, the ranch started as a cow/calf operation. They also raised their own ranch horses. Today, that tradition still stands. Bodie and Shelly Means, along with their daughter Evan Means, are the fifth generation living on the ranch. They are still raising cattle and breeding good ranch horses.
R&D Cattle Company
Damon and Rachel Mellard, along with their 4 boys and 1 girl are 4th generation ranchers to Presidion County, TX. Raising beef to families, as a family—they are glad to be a part of the Big Bend Ranch Rodeo.