Starting in late 1999, Slanker Grass-Fed Meat became the meat marketing arm of Ted Slanker's ranch, which is known as "Slanker's Polled Herefords." But let's back up a little before that.
Ted was always very interested in agriculture even though he graduated from Oregon State University (class of '66) with a degree in Business and Technology. It wasn't until 1969 that he bought his first horse. That motivated his move to the country. In early 1971 he bought two Polled Hereford steers to raise for the freezer. Three years later he started acquiring registered Polled Herefords which he has been raising ever since. Over the years, Ted has been a very active and progressive cattleman who experimented with numerous advanced cattle breeding methods. He was an early advocate of rotational grazing and modern pasture management and has been a guest presenter at many professional cattlemen gatherings. He continues to do consulting work and has written extensively about ranch management, beef cattle and human nutrition. He has been known as the maverick's maverick with his many controversial opinions which are now becoming evermore common in the meat industry.
Ted and his wife, Linda, continue to raise Polled Hereford breeding stock as well as grass-fed beef on their ranch located in the Red River Valley of northeast Texas. The ranch also has some wild grass-fed pigs, grass-fed laying hens, and a few"grass-fed" dogs and cats running around. Of course there are many other wild creatures including a variety of wild cats, deer, and other varmints too numerous to mention among the cows in the lush green pastures. The ranch is a family business with Sandra Slanker-Isenberg (daughter) and Ted Slanker III (son) actively involved in day-to-day, hands-on management to keep the operation going.
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