Zach James grew up on a horse, herding cattle on a farm his great-grandfather started near Drumright.
“My family ran a 1,500 cow-calf operation,” he said. “They used to haul in cattle off the reservations in Arizona to Pawnee on rail cars, and then drive them here on horseback.”
They don’t drive cattle on horseback over long distances anymore, but James said he remembers when the cattle would arrive on the ranch.
“We used to have semis lined up this highway, up to the house,” he said, referring to Oklahoma State Highway 99 near SH 51. “I was raised in the ranching life, and I decided to stick with it. Ranching is in my blood. I love it. It’s about all I know.”
James runs about 250 head of cattle 5,000 of his own or rented land.