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Producing Excellence

The Halfmann Family

Miles, TX

Halfmann Red Angus

Products: Cattle

Size of Operation: 2,500 acres, 250 mother cows, 100 heifers

In Business Since: before 1965

Farm Credit Partner: Capital Farm Credit

Roots 300 years deep combined with modern technology help the Halfmann family nurture a thriving herd of Red Angus cattle.

“Halfmanns are still farming the original land in Germany,” says Chad Halfmann. “Our family immigrated to Texas in the 1880s, and we’ve been ranching here ever since.”

Chad’s father, Glen, took over the family operation after serving in the National Guard and earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural education. He and his wife, Diane, are customers of Capital Farm Credit. Working with sons Chad and Cody, Halfmann Red Angus has grown to 250 mother cows and 100 commercial Red Angus heifers. Annually, the operation sells 175 registered bulls and 150 females. The family also farms 2,500 acres of wheat, cotton and forage, including sorghum and grass hay.

The operation relies heavily on technology both to care for and to sell their cattle. Each calf is tagged with an Electronic Identification Device when it’s born. “Our EID tags enable us to keep lifetime and statistical data on all our cattle,” says Chad. “Because our data is digitized, we can back up everything from cattle data to precision guidance data from the tractor cab to the cloud.”

In the early days, the family sold bulls individually; since 2008, they’ve used satellite video production sales. “We prerecord our cattle and air the footage on large flat-screen televisions in our facility and live on the Internet and Television on the Rural Channel,” says Cody. “This gives everyone in the world the same opportunity to purchase every bull we sell.”

The Halfmanns introduced no-till into their operation nine years ago to reduce wind and soil erosion and to optimize efficiency. They still plow some when needed to manage herbicide resistance and ideal field conditions. Looking toward the future, in 2006 the Halfmanns put together a five-year strategic plan that also addresses the strategic direction and goals of the company with an annual review. They also hold succession planning meetings to insure the ranch will gracefully pass to the next generation.

“We want to keep the farm in the family,” Glen says, “especially because there are such large startup costs to begin farming and ranching these days. We have to help the next generation.”

“Our strategic plan includes vision and mission statements,” Cody says. “We used a ‘SWOT analysis’ [strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats] method to figure out where we want to go. Every year, we reevaluate our plan, which keeps us focused.”

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