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Newcastle Ranch is a small, family-owned ranch nestled in the pineywoods of East Texas. We have raised TLBAA registered Texas Longhorns for over a decade and use to exhibit them at various livestock shows with our son. Once he graduated high school and moved away from home, we enjoyed exhibiting our cattle in futurities, sponsored a show program, and ran a successful beef operation.
We have come to a point in our journey that we are ready to start traveling and exploring the U.S. so we are dispersing our herd with the exception of a few pasture steers to enjoy. It has been a wonderful ride and we may dabble in it again later in life, but for now, it is hard to leave the ranch when there are lots of mouths to feed.
We love our longhorn family and friends and hope to see you down the road sometime. :)
The Making of a Name
The Making of a Name
Newcastle Ranch was established in 2005, but how did the name come to be? Read our brief story here...
The two of us were both born and raised in the Central Valley of California. But, our families were from the South (Alabama and Mississippi), so we were raised to love farming, animals, and the country way of life. We were active in FFA, rodeo, and loved attending the nearby International Farm Show every year. Needless to say we didn't fit in with the typical California crowd. When we married, we were forced to purchase our first home in a suburban neighborhood, because that is what was in our young budget. Our plan was to fix up the house and sell it in a few years, upgrading to a home in the country. After 6 short years in our home, the California real estate market boomed and the realization set in that we would NEVER be able to afford our dream of raising our son in the California countryside. So, we packed up all our belongings, a dog, two cats, and a kid, and made the long 1,500 mile journey to Texas. It was the best decision we ever made! Our son thrived in our small community and had opportunities we could not have imagined otherwise. Our son started 4-H showing rabbits and then Jersey cows before making the permanent move to Texas Longhorns. We became hooked and the rest is history.
Oh, and our name? Well, our first house was on Oldcastle Avenue; we left it behind to find our Newcastle.
Our ranch is represented by two distinct brands, the "77" and the "TRK".
rchel worked in oil for 18 years before moving to John Deere in 2015. In 2021 he made the move to ProForm, a local fabrication shop. He loves to spend his free time tinkering in the shop or his hobby room. If he is not out mowing or working around the ranch, he can be found working on his RC cars. He is an avid Jeep and 4x4 enthusiast and spends most of his free time competing at 1/10th scale RC rock crawling competitions throughout Texas and Arkansas. He recently purchases a Jeep Gladiator and has been busy outfitting for overland adventures!
aema retired from running to 4-H, FFA, baseball and band events with our son and got empty nest syndrome, always looking for things to keep her busy. She has managed our breeding plans, show program, beef sales, the ranch website and Facebook pages over the years and is ready to take a bit of a break. She has worked at The University of Texas at Tyler for most of her career and is proud of the work she has done there. She is anxiously awaiting the opportunity to travel and to see the gorgeous backwoods of the U.S. in the new overlanding rig.
ud previously served as Senior Director and Secretary of the TLBT, Drumline Captain of his high school band, played baseball, competed in public speaking contests, and was very active in both his 4-H and FFA Chapters. He graduated from UT Tyler in 2019 with a B.S. in Mass Communications and an emphasis in Public Relations and Marketing, as well as a minor in Sports Communication. Tud was a Production Director at a news station where he met Miss Katie, they wed in Fall 2021. She now runs her own media/marketing company and he works in the sports/memorabilia card collecting industry, a dream come true for him!
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