Brad Bellah is a sixth generation rancher living and working on his family’s cattle ranch, the R.A. Brown Ranch, in Throckmorton, Texas, which got its start in the 1890's when his great great great great grandfather, R.H. Brown, bought land in Throckmorton County. After graduating from Texas Tech University, Brad planned to start a career in the city, but the opportunity to return to his hometown and carry on the family legacy presented itself.
Read as: his dad needed help, and he needed a job.
Brad, like most farmers and ranchers, grew up in the family business, which has holdings in both Throckmorton and neighboring Haskell counties. Today, Brad couldn’t imagine life any other way. Striving to do better, his ultimate goal is to not only maintain, but also improve and grow what his father and grandfather have built. His family business operates about 75 percent ranching, with between 5,000 and 10,000 head of beef cattle depending on availability, and 25 percent cultivation.
Raising his kids where so many generations of his family grew up and raised their own families adds an element to life that few people today get to experience, and it’s something Brad does not take for granted.
Brad was recently featured in Farmland, a 90-minute documentary produced by an Academy-Award winning producer, about six diverse ag producers in their 20s sharing their personal stories of producing food for the nation’s consumers. With 60 as the estimated average age for a farmer in America, the film shows the successes and struggles of several young farmers and ranchers who represent the next generation of food and textile producers in the United States.
“I want to ensure future generations of my family will be able to feed future generations of America. I do my part in ensuring that by managing resources both for what’s needed today and what will be right for tomorrow.”
Brad is not only setting an example for future generations of his family, but for future generations of farm families across America.