Barlow Livestock Inc.
By: Leopold Conservation Award Program
Barlow Livestock Inc. is a family owned and operated ranch located twenty miles west of Gillette. It was started in 1898 by L.H. Barlow who, as a 14-year-old boy, left home and settled in the Gillette area. Barlow Livestock Inc. is owned by Glenn and Joy Barlow, who operate the ranch with Glenn's mother, Gertrude, and their children, Duce and Trey.
The Barlow family believes in carrying out ranch tasks in a manner that suits and compliments the surrounding environment. They have implemented environmental stewardship practices such as matching the genetics of their cattle to the environement in which they live in order to utilize natural forage and employing a cell grazing and water pipeline system that has aided them in eliminating overgrazing.
The Barlows were nominated for the Leopld Conservation Award by Mack White, District Conservationist of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Having worked with the the Barlow family to provide technical assistance as they developed a land management system for their ranch, White has seen proof of the family's dedication to the environment and the land on which they live and work.
"By creating numerous pastures, the Barlow Ranch has the flexibility to move thier pastures," White said. "This allows for the improved health of the land, thus benefiting the wildlife habitat, the water cycle, and overall appearance of th elandscape."
Wyoming Stock Growers Association Executive Vice President Jim Magagna applauds the Barlows' approach to agriculture.
"Glenn and Joy are utilizing what they have learned from attending Parson's Ranching for Profit School to develop goals and objectives for the family and ranch," he said. "They are not afraid to step out of the box in order to be good stewards of the land and accomplish these goals."