Category Archives: Ranch

Look Who Showed Up Last Night

This young Axis deer found it’s way into our bull pens the other night.  He is not a Texas native and likely escaped from one of our neighbors’ high fence pastures.  You never know what you will see up here.  We have several elk living on the ranch and have seen Mouflon sheep – all escaped exotics.

Sam Paragliding

Our son, Sam Gaddis, was at the ranch recently working on his paragliding skills.  The wind wasn’t just right so he practiced controlling the wing from the ground.

He’s a bad ass.

Servicing The Beast

We bought this six-wheel drive duce military dump truck about a year ago to use on the ranch and have hauled hundreds of tons of material with it.  On cold, wet days we try to stay warm in the shop and service our equipment.  Changing the oil in this thing took 10 gallons!  One of the best investments in equipment we ever made.

Farmall Cub Project

This is one of our “cold rainy day” projects.  It is a 1952 Farmall Cub tractor that we are restoring.  When I was eight years old I learned to drive on on just like this one.  My parents turned me loose on 4,000 acres of South Texas ranch land to explore and I did.  Right now we are replacing a brake drum and then I believe it will be completely mechanically sound.  We’ll test it for a few weeks and if everything is ok, we’ll start on the cosmetic work – soda blast it and completely repaint everything.

By the way, the Internet continues to amaze me.  I can get any part I need for this little tractor in two days (radiator, brake bands and drums) – down to the exact decals a new 1952 tractor would have.

Rainwater Capture

With the completion of our new equipment shed I updated our rainwater capture calculations.  With the new shed connected to our collection system we will now catch 7,536 gallons of water per inch of rain.  With Burnet county annual rainfall averaging 33 inches per year we’ll be capable of collection about 250,000 gallons annually.  That works out to a water budget of 680 gallons per day.  To put that in perspective an average household of four people use about 400 gallons per day, so I think we are pretty well set.

A Huge New Watertank

We have been harvesting rainwater at the ranch for over 15 years.  We just added a huge new tank that holds 65,000 gallons.  This is a picture of the Whitaker Water Tank team assembling it – which they did in one day!  This gives us a total of 105,000 gallons of storage which allows us to use rainwater for almost everything on the ranch.  Here’s a link to Whitaker – these are good guys.