The Bar T Bar

The Bar T Bar Ranch, Inc., is a Subchapter S Corporation owned and operated by Bob and Judy Prosser. An Arizona agribusiness since 1924, Judy Prosser represents the third generation of the of the Chilson family. Bar T Bar operates on 348,000 acres on two ranches. Home Ranch includes State and Forest Service Lands. Black Rock Ranch is north of Joseph City and includes State, BLM, and adverse lands.

Cattle Operation

  • 1,150 commercial cows, 800 replacement heifers
  • 350 registered Balancer, Angus, and Gelbveigh cows

Brands

Bar T Bar owns the 3V's, 41, Cross, and –T–. We use the Cross on the right hip of the registered cattle and bulls, and the –T– on the right side of our commercial cattle.

Improvements

  • 617 miles of fence
  • 22 wells
  • 41 miles of buried pipeline
  • 73 steel, concrete, and rubber tire drinking tubs
  • 47 miles of canals and ditches
  • 322 earthen reservoirs and stock ponds
  • 21 working corrals and shipping facilities
  • 5 line camps
  • 72 pastures, 3 cell-grazing systems with 34 paddocks
  • 15 holding traps
  • 3 ranch headquarters

Water Resources

The Bar T Bar owns rights to 1,000 acre-feet of surface water for irrigation, stock ponds, and flood control. This water is stored in Tremaine and Soldier Annex Lakes.

Winter Range

Northern

grasses

  • Blue grama
  • Black grama
  • Galleta
  • Alkalai sacaton
  • Needle & thread
  • Vine mesquite

Browse

  • Four-wing saltbush
  • Shadscale
  • Bigelow sage
  • Mormon tea

Southern

Grasses

  • Blue grama
  • Black grama
  • Squirreltail
  • Sand dropseed
  • Needle & thread

Browse

  • Winterfat
  • Bigelow sage
  • Four-wing saltbush
  • Mormon tea

Summer Range

Low Elevation

Grasses

  • Blue grama
  • Western wheatgrass
  • Crested wheatgrass
  • Squirreltail
  • Junegrass
  • Muttongrass

Browse

  • Cliffrose
  • Winterfat
  • Four-wing saltbush
  • Mountain mahogany
  • Four o'clock

High Elevation

Grasses

  • Arizona fescue
  • Western wheatgrass
  • Mountain muhley
  • Fringed brome grass
  • Muttongrass
  • Kentucky bluegrass
  • Intermediate wheatgrass
  • Crested wheatgrass
  • Orchardgrass
  • Black and pine dropseed

Forages

  • Gambel's oak
  • Yellow sweetclover
  • Pea vine
  • Cliffrose
  • Sages
  • Bur clover
  • Annual forbs

The Flying M

The Flying M Ranch is a family-owned business, and has been around since 1914. The Metzgers got their start at Ashurst Run, just east of Mormon Lake. They acquired the Pollock Ranch, where the current ranch headquarters is, in 1967. Its 93,000 acres is roughly 1/3 Forest Service land, 1/3 State land, and 1/3 private land.

Flying M runs between 850-900 cattle, and are a cow/calf operation, which means that the calves are sold at 7-8 months of age, between October and December. The cattle almost always go out of state. Some cattle is sold as local beef, but that's only about 1-4% of the herd.

Fun Facts

87 – pastures, some fenced with barbed wire and some with electric

30 – average days cattle are on any piece of land in a year

5000 – gallons of diesel just to keep the lights on (the ranch generates its own power)

40 – tons of feed and mineral/salt fed to cattle in a year

10 – employees

19 – dogs

30 – cats

28 – years old, the oldest running pick-up

1950 – year oldest piece of equipment was built (Caterpillar Dozer)

3 – semi-trailers used to haul water

1,000,000 – gallons hauled each year

13 – horses

9 – 4-wheelers

7.5 – gallons of gas a day

60 – acres hunting is not allowed on entire ranch

90 – dirt tanks

6 – wells

9 – miles of pipeline

20 – miles of water ditches

2 – lakes

6 – miles to drive for reliable cell service in 2015

15 – miles of road maintained by the ranch

300 – pounds of coffee used in a year!