J1 Ranch is a cattle operation begun by Ben and Patsy Johnson in the 1960s. It began by purchasing land in western Henderson County. This land was sold in the early 1980s to purchase the current location, which consists of 1,400 acres in southern Henderson County. J1 Ranch is a family run business with Patsy and Chris, her son, making management decisions.
The livestock include grass finished yearlings and a cow-calf enterprise. The current cow herd is close to 300 pairs with approximately 50 heifers retained as replacements every year. Calves are born in the spring and weaned in the fall. They are retained, finished on grass, and sold at 22 to 28 months of age weighing about 1,100 pounds.
The 50th Annual Farm and Ranch Tour, sponsored by the Athens Chamber of Commerce, will be held Tuesday, May 21, and for the special day organizers have brought back some special speakers.
The lunch will feature: Wyndel Tackett, Gayle Finch and Rex Holmes.
“We’re going old school on the speakers, because we are bringing back the guys who were here when it started,” AgriLife Extension Agent Rick Hirsch said. “You’ve got more than 100 years of agriculture in Henderson County speaking.”
The Henderson County Black Rodeo Association held a ribbon cutting today with the Athens Chamber of Commerce at the Henderson County Fairpark Complex. The HCBRA will be holding its annual Juneteenth Rodeo on June 15.
I was so excited that I got the chance to sit this week and chat very briefly with my own “little superstars” called the Athens Hornets baseball team and Head Coach Dallas Robertson.
As you all may know already, they are on the road to the regional quarterfinals. Up next is an opponent that happens to be the defending state champions: Pleasant Grove. After coming off an exciting comeback Saturday afternoon in game 3, Athens sent home the Crandall Pirates in a 13-10 area round series win.
The team will be playing at Northeast Texas Community College in Mount Pleasant Friday at 7 p.m. Game 2 is at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Game 3 is 30 minutes after if needed.
Allison Hardin competed last weekend in Cypress for Athens High School at the Texas High School Triathlon Championships. Her AHS swim coach Caroline Maxvill took her. She placed 7th overall competing against 9-12th graders. It consisted of a 500 meter swim, 14 mile bike and 3 mile run. (COURTESY PHOTO)