El Rancho de Trabajo
Gary Markham and El Rancho de Trabajo
Gary Markham learned to like cattle during his youth. Growing up in the Texas Panhandle with neighbors sch as the Matador Ranch, the Spur, 6666's Ranch and other renowned ranches, Markham took a liking to beef cattle production.
Gary purchased land 20 miles south of Houston about ten years ago and with that land, he purchased his first Red Brangus heifers from his lifelong friend and fellow Aggie, Bruce Buffaloe. Gary's Red Brangus ranch expanded to the point where he had to buy more land to accommodate the size of his herd. The name, "El Rancho de Trabajo," was proposed by Gary's father-in-law while building fence in the heat of the Texas summer.
In 1999, Gary acquired Miss Oak Creek 280F in the Genetic Edge IV Sale. This daughter of Premier had a stellar show career and went on to become a cornerstone female in the Markham program. The next year, Gary continued to deepen his genetic base with the purchase of nine of the top heifers at the 2000 Genetic Edge V Sale in Houston. Later that spring he acquired three more foundation females from Dennis Kmiec's Triangle K Farms. During this time Gary also acquired a possession interest in the bull, CX Mr. Powerdrive 269/G, a half-brother to the bull that was to be Grand Champion at both San Antonio and Houston in 2001, CX Powerman 307/H. At the 2001 Genetic Edge VI Sale in Houston Gary selected three more herd matrons, including BCC JR Inca Maiden 22/J.
The increasing cow herd led to the hiring of Joe Taylor as foreman for El Rancho de Trabajo. Joe's contribution to the program and his friendship to the Markham family cannot be measured and fully put to words. Today the program is assisted with the professional guidance of Tim Mikolajchak.
The El Rancho de Trabajo cow herd is run on mostly native gulf coast pastures and are selected based on their performance on such forage. El Rancho de Trabajo strives to sell breeding pieces that do what the Red Brangus breed is supposed to do--thrive and do well in a Gulf Coast climate.
Cattle are for sale at private treaty year-round and are consigned to a number of the IRBBA sponsored sales.