Hartley Feeders, a 73,000-head feedyard completed in 1972, is located on Farm Market Road 998 a few miles from Hartley, Texas. Hartley is located in the northwest corner of the Texas Panhandle, 70 miles from Amarillo and 7 miles southwest of Dalhart, Texas, and has a population of less than 600.
Hartley feeders is located on the land where a significant part of Texas Panhandle history began. In the late 1800s, the XIT Ranch was the world’s largest ranch under fence, with 3 million acres. A Chicago company was granted the land in exchange for building the state capitol. The ranch was 200 miles from north to south and 27 miles from east to west and included 3,000 miles of barbed wire fencing and more than 110,000 head of cattle. The XIT Ranch is now divided into many smaller parcels, though some still have 100,000 acres or more.
Every year since 1936, a three-day festival is held the first Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in August. The Rodeo & Reunion hosts the world’s largest free barbecue, a great parade, nightly dances, a PRCA rodeo, amateur rodeo events, performances by well-known artists and much more. Five Rivers Hartley Feeders is a major sponsor of the event and a proud member of the Dalhart community.
Hartley Feeders was built by local investors and has carried the names of Continental Grain or ContiBeef and Five Rivers Ranch Cattle Feeding.
10100 FMR 998, PO Box 387
Hartley, TX 79044
Feedyard Area: 480 acres
Irrigated/Dryland: 2,227 acres
Geographical Purchasing Region
East Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, and South Carolina
Average Precipitation: 13 inches
Average Snowfall: 11 inches
Ryan started with the company after graduating from Texas A&M in 1997 with a degree in Agri Business. He grew up in north central Texas on a cow/calf and stocker operation. He continues to operate the stocker operation today. Ryan has worked at Cimarron Feeders, XIT Feeders, and has been at Hartley Feeders since 2009. He and his family lived in Dalhart, TX for 16 years but now reside in Amarillo, TX. Ryan and his wife have two boys, one in college and the other resides at home.