From Moon Grazing to Grass-Fed Cattle: The Thoman Brothers Journey to Regenerative Ranching
As they say, follow the money. The USDA, through farm subsidies, and the large seed companies, through marketing, were the main sources of information for most farmers and ranchers. Seeing that these groups did not have the farmers’ or ranchers’ best interests in mind was difficult but eye-opening.
The Thoman brothers did their research, ignored conventional “logic,” and began raising grass-fed cattle to market to the public. Start-up businesses take either a lot of capital or time to build. Recognizing this, their marketing plan included slow growth so their customer base could grow as they did. And not wanting to take on a lot of long-term debt, both currently have off-the-ranch jobs. They say, “Blood is thicker than water,” and ranching is in their blood. They are the 4th generation of Thomans to be involved in agriculture in Wyoming.
Lost Wells Cattle Company operates from the family ranch on the north end of Lost Wells Butte, about 20 miles northwest of Riverton, Wyoming. The ranching/farming operations include alfalfa hay, rotational grazing, cow-calf, and grass-fed beef. A large ranch takes a lot of work, and the Thomans’ are up to the task with a large family to help. Besides, kids are more rewarding than hired hands!
It would be remiss of us to say this would be possible without divine intervention. God has generously blessed the family, and everything is from his providence. However, from time to time, everyone must be reminded that they are not in charge.
What better way to learn to lean on God than to be involved in agriculture? When it rains or doesn’t rain, when it’s bitter cold or scorching hot, when the money runs out before the harvest comes in, and when we wake up every morning, these are all perfect times to bless God.