Farmers You Should Meet: Travis and Renae Gebhart

Inside Dakota Ag

Being willing to try new things to make their farm and ranch more profitable has paid off for Travis and Renae Gebhart, of Meadow, S.D.

Published on: February 15, 2013

Being open to change has paid off for Travis and Renae Gebhart since they returned to the family ranch.

The South Dakota State University graduates returned to the Gebhart family ranch near Meadow, S.D., in 2002. They ranch with Travis’ parents, Mike and Jane Gebhart, and Travis’ younger brother, Dalton, and his wife, Sara. The three families each own their own land and cattle, but all work together.

The ranch used to be primarily a commercial cow-calf operation with some farming to produce feed for their cattle

“With commodity prices tripling, improved no-till technology and genetics in corn advancing, we’ve been growing corn for feed and as a cash crop,” Travis says. They also grow sunflowers and wheat and occasionally plant some oats for hay.

Travis and Renae Gebhart, pictured with their three children (left to right) Kyle, Katelyn and Shannon, farm and ranch near Meadow in western S.D.
Travis and Renae Gebhart, pictured with their three children (left to right) Kyle, Katelyn and Shannon, farm and ranch near Meadow in western S.D.

“Farming is working well for us,” Travis says.

The Gebharts are making changes in their cattle enterprises, too. They used to start calving at the end of February, but this year their AI-bred heifers will start calving in mid-April.

Learning to be open to change and to "think outside the box" are two of the most important lessons from SDSU that Travis and Renae say they have applied on the ranch.

Learn more about the Gebharts by reading Kindra Gordon’s article at http://farmprogress.com/customPage.aspx?p=71 or see the page 71 in the February issue of Dakota Farmer.