Based in Austin, Texas Ranch Investments & Associates offers a full range of marketing and financial services to buyers and sellers of farm, ranch and rural property not only in Texas but globally. Ken O’Meara, a nationally recognized developer of office buildings, hotels, college campus living facilities, and large commercial projects founded the company in 1982. After winding down operations for his successful O’Meara Chandler Corporation, Ken saw an opportunity to take his experience in the real estate business into the farm and ranch area that was closest to his heart. The real estate brokerage business was a natural fit.
Of all the basic human needs, food is at the top. Twenty five years ago no one thought about or cared about food traceability. We bought it, we ate it and life was good. Today, the world cares. Mad cow and foot and mouth disease, contaminated milk, e-coli, listeria, salmonella, bird flu; those are all words that strike fear into the hearts of consumers, producers and governments.
As you drive almost any highway, you currently see ranches for sale due to extreme persistent weather conditions and high production input costs. If you are interested in buying a ranch, now may be the time to start shopping. Purchasing a ranch requires a big investment; so clearly identify your ranching goals to ensure that the selected property will meet your aesthetic and appreciable expectations.
Perhaps no other activity has so well defined the character of the Great Plains in literature, movies, and the national psyche as cattle ranching. Ranching, as it developed on the Plains, was well adapted to the physical environment. Cattle were able to consume the nutrient-rich grasses, just as the bison had. Even today, grass is the most important natural resource for ranchers, and little tillage agriculture takes place in order to sustain the herds.