Jeralyn Novak, Karnes EC: For over 100 years, the Huebner Brothers Cattle Company has been driving cattle from their winter pastures on the 30-mile Matagorda peninsula to their summer pastures south of Bay City.
Web Extra: Rachael Nielsen, Bluebonnet EC: “This was a bottle calf 10 years ago. We ended up keeping her as part of the herd. She still comes up to the truck window every time we drive out in the pasture. We call her Norma.”
Web Extra: Christine Heimsoth, Bluebonnet EC: “A windmill and a cistern are a common sight in a part of the state that has little surface water and very hot temperatures in summer. Not only do they provide water for homes and livestock, they also make great swimming holes.”
Web Extra: Kamryn VanAusdall, Pedernales EC: Scarlett, the Duroc gilt, in a field of bluebonnets on the ranch she was raised on in Spring Branch.
“I should’ve been a cowboy. I should’ve learned to rope and ride Wearin’ my six-shooter, ridin’ my pony on a cattle drive. Stealin’ the young girls’ hearts, just like Gene and Roy Singin’ those campfire songs. Whoa, I should’ve been a cowboy.”