About Cedar Bluff Ranch
Our family ranch, in the Texas panhandle, was purchased by C.S. McGarraugh in 1919. Nearly a century later, his home place remains the headquarters for Cedar Bluff Ranch.
The Cedar Bluff name originates from the small rural school district of Cedar Bluff which encompassed the ranch headquarters. When Ochiltree County was formed, it was divided into several small school districts which were supported by the landowners within them. When these small districts were combined in in the 1950’s Neil McGarraugh, a son of C.S. McGarraugh, purchased the small Cedar Bluff school house and moved it two miles down the road, to its current location, at our ranch headquarters.
The school building served as a maintenance barn for thirty years, until modern equipment outgrew its small size. Even today, the interior of the building retains the outlines of the original chalk boards and the base of the performance stage. By looking closely at the walls, one can see the different cattle feed rations that have been mixed over the years in this repurposed building.
While the McGarraugh family has been farming and ranching on the same land since the early 1900’s, it wasn’t until the 1980’s that Cedar Bluff expanded beyond a commercial cow-calf operation to begin raising registered Angus. Today, Cedar Bluff Ranch is operated by Cody and Chris McGarraugh, along with their children Cole and Chloe. They live at the same headquarters location as four previous generations of McGarraugh farmers and ranchers.
In addition to raising registered and commercial Angus, Cedar Bluff also grows wheat and milo. The farming operation works hand-in-hand with ranching and allows us to graze our milo stalks and winter wheat, while resting native grass into the spring months.If you come to visit the ranch you will see that we have divided the pastures around the headquarters into small paddocks , which lead into our 1,000 head development yard. This allows us to decrease stress during breeding, calving and weaning season. It also gives our yearling calves ample room to roam while being developed for our customers. And finally, with panhandle winds and dust, these paddocks help prevent any respiratory diseases by allowing us the flexibility to move cattle out of dry lot and into grass pastures.