The Flying B Bar Ranch is owned and operated by the Buchanan Family; Brad, Margaret, Grace and Will. We do almost all the work ourselves, summer and winter, but couldn’t get by without the great help of our friends, family, some city slicker cowboy-in-training ranch hands, and a number of seasoned pros who bless us with their time. And of course there are Charles and Pat, but more on them later.
Meet the Buchanan Family at Flying B Bar Ranch
I mentioned above that we couldn’t do what we do without the help we get from a host of places. Our friends come out regularly and lend a hand on everything from mending fences to branding calves. Of particular note are Jon, Howard and Phil all of whom have been MVCs, most valuable cowboys. And there are many others too who jump in whenever there is something to do.
And then there are Mike, and Troy who help me with just about everything and teach me something new every time they do. And Chase and Lou and all the other folks at Four Rivers Equipment, and Dave the best mechanic there is without whom I would still be stranded out in some field as we speak.
John and Katie, Brad’s folks, have been invaluable too, coming out many years to help during calving season. That’s the toughest time of the year because a calf comes when a calf is ready to come, whether it’s 9 am, 9 pm or 3 am, they’re coming. And trying to balance everything that time of year is challenging. Having John and Katie here is just the best, and really helps a bunch.
We welcomed the Bell Family to the Flying B in 2016. Blake Bell is our Ranch Manager and he will be helping us run the place. Blake and Julia have a background in agriculture and horses and just about anything on four legs. They own Lilly Creek Livestock as well where they raise pigs, lambs and chickens, all pasture based.
I mentioned Charles and Pat earlier, and they will just hate that I actually put their names in print but there was no way this website was going to get written without a short note about them. We bought the ranch from Charles and Pat when they decided they only wanted to work one ranch instead of two; they said it was time to “retire”, to slow down a bit. Yeah, right. Anyway Charles and Pat should write a book so that more folks have the gift of their experience and knowledge. There is no way that we would have gotten to where we are today, just no way, without the gentle mentoring of Charles and Pat.
When we first bought the place Charles would occasionally stop by to see how we were doing. I always enjoyed it because I was working my way through a bunch of ranching and farming that I was doing for the first time, and Charles knew what the heck he was doing. Charles would never say exactly what he thought I should do except I started to catch on after a few times that when Charles says “if a guy wuz ta” fill in the blank, you better do it. There were a number of times when Charles said “if a guy wuz ta” something or another, and I didn’t do what a guy wuz ta, well suffice it to say you can learn things the hard way, or you can just listen to Charles. Charles and Pat understand the soil, the trees, the animals, and just the way of nature like you can only hope to someday. If you’re ever at the ranch and Charles is here that day, ask him something, anything and then just stay quiet until he says “if a guy wuz ta”. Then write that down.
“About us” would not be complete, not even close without a serious shout out to all the four-legged members of the family