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Winter 2017

The Magazine of the American Landowner is an essential guide for investors, landowners, and those interested in buying or selling land. The award-winning quarterly is known for its annual survey of America's largest landowners, The Land Report 100.

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112 The LandReport | W I N T E R 2 0 1 7 LANDREPORT.COM Lee Family 275,000 acres After World War I, a doughboy named Floyd Lee (1895–1987) began working as a hand on the Fernandez Ranch in Cibola County, New Mexico. By the time of his death decades later, Lee had assembled an enormous sheep and cattle operation and had served as the president of the New Mexico Wool Growers Association. Anne Marion 275,000 acres A Missouri native, Samuel Burk Burnett (1849–1922) arrived in Texas at age 10; by 19, he was on his own, buying 100 head of cattle that wore the 6666 brand. He soon sold the cattle, but the brand stayed with him and came to be known as the Four Sixes. Following his death, two trustees managed his holdings. In 1980, Burk Bur- nett's great-granddaughter, Anne Burnett Marion, took the reins and now oversees Burnett Ranches, which includes the Four Sixes. Home to some 10,000 Angus and Black Baldy, the Four Sixes has produced more than 100 million barrels of oil. Jones Family 275,000 acres Fe heirs of William Whitby Jones run their South Texas cattle operation under one fence. Fe family's Alta Vista Ranch is known for its biodiversity and produces substantial oil-and-gas revenues. Babbitt Heirs 270,000 acres Established in 1866, Babbitt Ranches dominates the country north of Flagstaff. Fourth-generation family member Billy Cordasco maintains the thriving breeding program as well as an abiding commitment to environmental stewardship. Galt Family 262,000 acres Former Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Commissioner Errol Galt owns the Martinsdale Ranch near the center of the state. Other Galt ranches can be found in Broadwater County, east of Helena along the Missouri River, and Rosebud County to the east of Billings. Fe family's history remains rooted in ranching: Wellington Rankin, Errol's grandfather, was reportedly Montana's largest private landowner. Lyda Family 260,000 acres Sprawled across Pecos County in West Texas and in Baylor County, La Escalera ("Fe Ladder") Ranch retains vaquero traditions while producing high-quality Angus and show-grade Quarter Horses. Coffee Family 256,000 acres Siblings Caren Coffee and Bill Coffee, whose forebears include Montana Rodeo Hall of Famer C.M. Coffee, own the Coffee Cattle Company. Both are active in the financial sector; Bill is chairman and CEO of Stockman Bank while Caren serves as the director of Stockman Financial Corp. True Family 255,000 acres Wyoming-based True Ranches includes seven ranches, two farms, and feedlots. Meanwhile, corn, hay, oats, and silage are mainstays of Wheatland and LAK Farms. 47 | 46 | 48 | 48 | 45 | 42 | 42 | 42 | WYMAN MEINZER The L and Report 100 No. 42 A Black Angus cow grazes on the Four Sixes. Under Ranch Manager Joe Leathers, the ranch maintains a breeding herd of some 7,000 mother cows.

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