South Dakota Farmers Union Celebrates the Kenzy Ranch Family
By Lura Roti, for S.D. Farmers Union
Ralph Kenzy used to tell his sons, “You can’t put it all in your pocketbook.”
“He meant that agriculture is a lot more than money,” explains his oldest son, Brett, 45. “You get to be on the land, raising your kids. You get to work with crops and cattle. You’re never going to get rich ranching … there’s more than dollar bills that make you rich.”
Brett has worked on the family ranch since childhood except for a short break to serve in the Army and attend college. “I came back because I missed the community, the home base, this tie to the land,” Brett explains.
His brother, George, 40, adds: “My dream was always here.”
Like his older brother, George only left the Gregory ranch long enough to get a degree and even when they were college students, the fourth-generation cattle producers drove home to work every weekend.
Listening to the brothers/business partners visit about raising their children and cattle on the family’s ranch, it is clear that Ralph’s philosophy lives on through his sons. Ralph passed away in 2012.
“I kind of figured they would come home to ranch because they were home every weekend to work,” says their mom, Millie.
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