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Hefte Ranch has been raising Santa Gertrudis cattle since the 1970's. We were introduced to the breed by our grandfather's brother, Dunlap Harper, who was one of the charter members of Santa Gertrudis Breeders International. Dunlap Harper established his Herd #37 in 1944. Our father, Kenneth Hefte, and our grandfather, Tom Harper, purchased cattle from Uncle Dunlap, Heldenfels Farms, Chaparrosa Ranch, Harvey Hans, John Martin and several other early breeders.
Hefte Ranch currently runs cattle in both Hondo and Agua Dulce, Texas. Kenneth Tom and Lauri live in Corpus Christi, Texas and manage the Agua Dulce division while Kathryn and family run cattle in the Hondo area. Together we have approximately 150 head of cows. We take every opportunity to performance test our cattle to make sure our quality is at or near the top our breed. We are constantly adding new genetics and utilizing technology advancements to make sure our cattle are more efficient and productive.
We make every effort to stay involved in our breed and and our local affiliate. KT Hefte serves as president of the South Texas Santa Gertrudis Association and a member of the SGBI long range planning committee. Kathryn currently serves as a SGBI board member and chairman of the SGBI performance committee, as well as secretary/treasurer of the South Texas Santa Gertrudis Association. Kade serves as chairman of the SGBI foreign marketing committee.
Lauri, Lauryn and KT
Carson, Kathryn, Harper and Scott
Kelley, Camille and Kade