The R.A. Brown Ranch has been a family business since 1895 and continues to be a leader in raising top quality Quarter Horses and registered and commercial cattle. The ranch has received the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Cattle Business of the Century Award and American Quarter Horse Association / Bayer Best Remuda Award, and has consistently been featured as one of the top providers of seedstock genetics in the country (2015 and 2016 BEEF magazine Seedstock 100).
R.A. Brown Ranch is known best for its powerful breeding bulls (over 800 head annually) sold in two annual production sales the second Wednesday of March and the second Wednesday of October. Three breeds make up the primary cowherd: Angus, Red Angus, and SimAngus. Ranch headquarters is located near Throckmorton, Texas, where extensive records are maintained on 1,000 head of registered cows, 200 commercial cows, and a great set of Quarter Horse broodmares. They have also been assertive in wildlife management, including whitetail deer, wild hogs, turkeys, quail, dove, and many tanks stocked with hybrid fish (Tiger Bass).
The entire ranch has developed through merging Brown, Thomas, and Donnell family ranchland, some dating back as early as 1876. The Brown part was established by R.H. Brown, operator of a livestock commission company on the historic Ft.Worth Stockyard during the early 1900’s. His son, R.A. Brown Sr., managed the ranch and also helped organize AQHA. He is a member of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame, and his son, R.A. “Rob” Brown Jr., served as AQHA president and has also been inducted into the Quarter Horse Hall of Fame.
Rob and Peggy decided to hand the reins over to their four children in 2013 through a generational transfer. This process allowed them to “keep the ranch in the family and the family in the ranch”. Today, the original seedstock part of R.A. Brown Ranch is owned and managed by Donnell and Kelli Brown. Though recognized as a working family ranch for over five generations, the Brown family gives much recognition to their loyal, dedicated, hard-working employees who work daily with them to reach the Ranch’s goals and the cooperating herds throughout the country who produce such high quality genetics.
Our mission at R.A. Brown Ranch is very clear: We are striving to improve the efficiency of converting God’s forage into healthy, nutritious, great tasting BEEF to better feed His people. This progressive ranching operation will continue to grow as it raises more cows, kids, and Quarter Horses.