Tanecka Ranch was established in 2001 when Marvin and Laura Tanecka bought 25 acres and built their home in Columbus, Texas. While the ranch started with Angus cattle, Marvin met Don Cox in 2007 through his son, Matthew, and opted to try a different breed.
“In October 2007 I had purchased a bull, a cow and a heifer at Don’s sale,” Marvin said. “From then on it has been a steady purchase of Red Brangus, mostly from Don Cox’s herd. I give most of the credit to Don as he has provided me with the opportunity and the knowledge to continue my ranch as a Red Brangus breeder.”
A true family affair, Matthew, his wife Brianne and son Tyler have assisted with the ranch operations.
Today, the ranch is supplemented with farming, which began with the purchase of New Holland tractors and hay equipment.
“My wife keeps telling me that I keep buying her blue diamonds with tractor tires on them,” Marvin said.
The Taneckas recently added property to their lot so the operation can continue to grow when Marvin retires from Mustang Engineering in Houston.
There are currently 20 head of Red Brangus cows and two Red Brangus bulls on the ranch. Marvin takes pride in the success he has had marketing females and commercial bulls.
“I have developed heifers and bulls that have low birth rates with exceptional weaning weights on grass,” Marvin said. “All my cattle, when sold, are ready for grass with little to no weight loss.”
Tanecka Ranch exhibited its first show cattle in 2013, winning first in class in Houston with the heifer they showed. They will show in San Antonio and Houston in 2014.
In the future, Marvin hopes to increase the herd to 30+ good producing cows and excellent herd bulls.
“I have started experimenting with embryo flushing to develop my herd even further,” Marvin said. “In three to four years, I will retire and put 100 percent into my ranch to reach the goals I have.”