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Pearcy Angus Ranch

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History of Pearcy Angus Ranch

Hollis and Verne Pearcy started Pearcy Ranch in 1962 on 300 acres upon retiring from Honolulu Oil in Sundown, Texas. Over the years, their third of four sons, Jan W. Pearcy, and his wife Charlotte (from a registered Hereford ranch family in Burkburnett, Texas), purchased 400 acres adjoining Pearcy Ranch. They joined operations in the mid-1970’s and began raising various breeds of beef cattle. Upon the passing of Hollis and Verne, their grandson Van (Jan and Charlotte’s eldest son) and his wife Donna purchased the land and began acquiring adjacent acreage from other surrounding neighbors over the past 16 years – accumulating to about 5 sections. The ranch has been converted to developed grasses - WW-B. Dahl Bluestem and Klein grass - along with other native central Texas grasses. There are several 40+ acre paddocks used for annual winter and early spring grazing on wheat, oats, barley and triticale mixes. Combining the land and keeping the beef cattle business in the family, has been the long-time goal. Over the past several years, PAR has purchased specific valuable Angus genetics with eye-catching phenotype-perfection from some of the top registered Angus ranches in Texas and the United States. PAR continues to enhance their cattle working facilities and techniques to become a recognized name in the development, breeding, and production of structurally correct registered Black Angus cattle known for their high-quality genetic traits and strong $-Beef.

Pearcy Angus Ranch

Ranch Staff Bios

Van Pearcy
PAR President
Van Pearcy, PAR President

Van has a true love for family, God, work, and country. Van’s primary career has been a 35-year dedication of leading his Raymond James Midland office team to deliver high-quality, personalized financial counseling to families to meet their life objectives. However, Van’s second work-love is his passion for the ranching and farming life. Van appreciates the enormity and dedication of the ranching profession - earning an honest day’s work being a steward of the land and cattle. Van was raised in the West Texas town of Andrews. Growing up, he worked summers at both grandparents’ ranches - important lessons of God, family, hard-work ethic, and Country were taught by his grandparents and parents. Today, Van leads their ranching operation, beef sales, and WW B-Dahl seed harvesting. Van encourages and works with Garren Wetzel who oversees the day-to-day ranch operations. Van works with breeding consultant, Roger West, in herd breeding and finding new Angus genetics for their 700+ head registered herd. One of PAR’s breeding protocols is utilizing AAA’s inbreeding coefficient with each mating. PAR believes keeping a low-to-zero inbreeding co-efficient with each mating helps build a healthier animal. Van served as 2021 vice president of the Texas Angus Association board. Van and Donna’s 31-year-old son, Vance, who was a dedicated, integral part of their business operations, ascended into Heaven in November 2021. So, to devote more time to family, ranch and financial counseling business, Van resigned from the Texas Angus board at the end of 2021. During Van’s school years, Van became a standout track and football athlete, establishing state & national records. Van received two degrees from the University of Notre Dame - undergraduate degree in Economics and MBA degree. Van was an Irish wide receiver in the early 1980’s, and co-captain of the Irish track & field team. During his MBA years at Notre Dame, he married his Andrews high school sweetheart, Donna in 1986. After Notre Dame, Van had a brief stint with the Denver Broncos under Coach Dan Reeves. In 2002, Van purchased his grandparents ranch in Fairy, Texas. Van & Donna have two grown children, Erin (married to Brian Hagler with one daughter, Emma) & Vance, who is at home in Heaven.

Jan W. Pearcy
Arrowhead P Ranch President & Rancher
Jan W. Pearcy Arrowhead P Ranch President and Rancher

Jan started working and operating the ranch in 1972 with his mother and father, Hollis & Verne Pearcy. Hollis and Verne first purchased land in Hamilton County in 1962. Jan's early years were filled with miracles that movies are made from. At a young age, Jan was hit by a speeding car, and the Dr.'s gave his family no hope that he would ever walk again. Jan not only walked again, but through extreme determination and dedication he became a record setting Texas high school and collegiate 880-yard runner. He attended East Texas State on a full track scholarship and graduated in the late 50’s and began teaching and coaching out in West Texas in 1960. Jan retired from coaching in the early '90's from Andrews, Texas, and permanently moved to the ranch. Jan and Charlotte have been fully operating the cattle ranch for over 30+ years.

Garren Wetzel
Sr. Ranch Manager & Director of Ranch Operations
Garren Wetzel, PAR Farming Operations Manager

Garren Wetzel oversees and provides daily direction to PAR’s personnel and contractors concerning all aspects to cattle and operations. Garren works with Roger and Van on selecting upcoming Angus-leading sires to each female mating – following PAR’s breeding protocol that has been developed over the past several years. Growing up as the son of a High School football coach, Garren lived in several Texas towns - but he graduated from James Madison High School in San Antonio. Madison is a magnet school for agriculture and one of the largest FFA programs in the state. During high school, Garren participated in several judging teams, showed pigs, lambs and ag mechanic projects. Upon high school graduation, Garren spent a brief time in Crystal City employed by Del Monte Foods as a field mechanic working on specialty harvesting equipment. Following his Del Monte tenure, Garren attended Tarleton State University earning his bachelor’s degree in Ag Services and Development. Throughout his undergraduate work, Garren was a student worker at the Tarleton State farm. Because of his years of experience working in Tarleton’s AG operation, Garren was hired as the college farm foreman in 2017. Garren’s responsibilities were managing all livestock species, farming and providing real hands-on experience / guidance to Tarleton AG students. During Garren’s Tarleton State experience, he had the opportunity to work with black angus genetics and found a true passion for breeding “the business breed.” Garren left Tarleton State for Evans Farms near Proctor where he served as the ranch manager.

Roger West
Cattle Sales & PAR Breeding Program
Roger West, PAR Cattle Production Manager

Roger serves on the board of directors of the Texas Angus Association. Roger works contract with PAR managing cattle production, registrations and sales. Roger works with Van and Garren Wetzel on selecting upcoming Angus-leading sires to each female mating, along with running AAA’s inbreeding coefficient. In his early years, Roger grew up in Mineral Wells on his family’s registered Simmental cattle ranch from 1974 through 1993. Roger was very active in 4H and FFA showing heifers with his sisters at state and national shows. Roger’s FFA career culminated with him receiving the prestigious American Farmer Degree in 1988. Upon receiving his first driver’s license, Roger attended AI school and took over the family’s AI duties. He later began marketing cattle during his families’ private production sales. This led Roger to providing marketing services for other cattlemen while still managing the family ranch. Upon a total dispersal of the registered herd, Roger and his father, Dale, started West Breeding Services - providing Donor and Recipient management as well as AI services. Roger left the family operation in 2000 and began managing other cattle ranches in Texas. This ultimately led to Roger joining forces with Parker Friedrich in 2008. Roger went to work for Parker Friedrich Angus Marketing sales business, a successful partnership that still exists today. Roger took over the cattle management of Pearcy Angus Ranch in June of 2014. In Roger’s spare time, he consults with a very select group of cattlemen around the country under his company, Roger West Consulting. Roger lives in Stephenville with his wife Sharon and their daughter Allee. Allee attends Berry College on a golf scholarship in Rome, Georgia.

Ward Kimmel
Ranch Manager
Ward Kimmel, PAR Ranch Manager

Ward Kimmel works with Garren Wetzel & Tell Ruggles on the daily cattle, breeding and work activities at Pearcy Angus Ranch. Ward was born in Tucson, Arizona and raised in Georgetown, TX. He attended Georgetown ISD where he was involved in FFA, Football, and Rodeo. After High School Ward attended Central Texas College in Killeen, TX, where he studied Farm and Ranch Management. Ward has worked on commercial cattle ranches for 18+ years; 7 of those years as a Ranch Manager. After studying at CTC, Ward went to work for a Ft. Davis, TX ranch. While in Ft. Davis, Ward met his wife, Elise. They were married in 1992. After getting married, he attended Sul Ross State University Law Enforcement Academy. Upon graduation, Ward went to work as a police officer. After 9 years, he left Law Enforcement and went back to working on ranches where his heart has always been.

Tell Ruggles
Ranch Manager
Tell Ruggles, PAR Ranch Manager

Tell Ruggles works with Garren Wetzel & Ward Kimmel on the daily cattle, breeding and work activities at Pearcy Angus Ranch. Tell grew up in north Missouri farming and ranching their family, neighbors and friends’ acreage. Throughout high school, Tell played baseball, basketball, track, and rodeoed. In 2009, Tell moved to Texas to train performance horses and pursue his goal of traveling all over the country to learn from notable equine trainers. Tell feels he has been blessed to learn the ranching way of life from people in Texas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Montana, Wyoming, and California. In 2016, Tell had his son, Brady, and met Morghan who he married in November 2019.

Elise Kimmel
Equine Manager
Elise Kimmel, PAR Equine Manager

Elise Kimmel was born in San Antonio. She grew up in Midland, Texas. Elise graduated from Midland High School in 1986. She then graduated from Sul Ross State University (SRSU) in 1989 with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Animal Health Management. Elise also received her Registered Veterinary Technology (RVT) certificate in 1989. She then went on to receive her Bachelor of Science Degree with a minor in Biology in 1991. Elise worked at various vet clinics from 1984 thru 1996. From there, she transitioned into Banking. She worked in the loan and credit departments and retired in 2012 from full time work. Elise met and married Ward Kimmel in 1992. Elise and Ward have been married for 30 years. Elise rode her first pony when she was 3 years old. The horse bug bit Elise very hard, and she got her 1st horse when she was 16 years old. Elise has been riding and caring for horses ever since. Elise believes that horses are magnificent creatures, and she loves caring for them every single day.

Morghan Ruggles
Angus Beef Sales
Morghan Ruggles, PAR Angus Beef Sales

Morghan Ruggles was born and raised in Round Rock, Texas. She moved to Stephenville in 2014 to pursue her Bachelors in Agricultural Communications from Tarleton State University. While an undergrad, Morghan met and married Tell Ruggles. After completing her bachelor’s degree, she accepted a graduate assistant position in the Department of Agriculture, while working on her master’s degree. Morghan graduated with her master’s degree and completed her thesis in Agricultural Consumer Resources in 2020. Over the years Morghan has been a western industry freelance photographer, magazine article writer, and managed social media platforms for various clients. Morghan is happy to be a part of the Pearcy Angus Ranch team with their goal to successfully launch PAR’s new Angus beef program.

Donna Pearcy
PAR Vice President & Human Resources
Donna Pearcy , PAR Vice President and Human Resources

Donna serves as PAR’s Vice President. She oversees Human Resources/Payroll for both the ranch and Midland financial services operations. Donna married Van in 1986, and moved to South Bend, Indiana while Van finished his master’s degree at Notre Dame. Donna and Van started dating in high school in 1979 where Donna was crowned track queen for the Andrews Mustang Relay. Donna received her teaching degree in bilingual education from Angelo State University in 1983. Donna taught school for several years, but later became a partner with Van Pearcy’s Wealth Services Team in 2001. Van & Donna have two grown children – Erin, their daughter who graduated from TCU and is married to Brian Hagler. Erin and Brian have one daughter, Emma. Erin works for an oil & gas company in Austin. Their son, Vance, graduated from TCU. Vance worked day-to-day with Van, Donna & office Team at Raymond James in Midland, Texas until November 2021 when Vance ascended into Heaven.

Charlotte Pearcy
Arrowhead P Ranch Bills/Receipts
Charlotte Pearcy, Arrowhead P Ranch Bills/Receipts

Charlotte came from a Registered Hereford ranching and wheat farming family In Burkburnett, Texas. She met Jan Pearcy while attending East Texas State University. Charlotte graduated from East Texas State with a teaching degree in the late ‘50’s. They married, and moved to West Texas to start their family. Charlotte retired from Andrews, Texas Independent School District in the early ‘90’s as a long time 1st grade teacher. She took over the books and billing of the ranch over 20 years ago. Jan and Charlotte have two sons, Van and Kirk. Kirk works in the oil and gas industry in College Station, Texas.