Cattle Ranching Family Endures a Legacy

photo credit: Cody Lee Heyveld

photo credit: Cody Lee Heyveld

Cattle ranching isn’t just a tradition. For one family, it’s a lifestyle.

“There’s more to it than the beef,” said Frank Barnitz, owner of the Barnitz family ranch. “This is something that has been in our family for over a decade now. I can only hope there are families out there who can say the same.”

The family upholds tradition to the tail end—literally. Since 1867, the Barnitz family crowned the Ozark ranch a legacy.

photo credit: Cody Lee Heyveld

photo credit: Cody Lee Heyveld

“When the oldest boy turns 13 years old, it’s his job to kill 13 squirrels on his birthday, and then we hang the tails here in the barn,” said George Barnitz, father of Frank. When George made the statement, his 14-year-old granddaughter Kennedy—standing close to her family—had a little smirk grace her lips and a twinkle in her eye.

The family is going on its sixth generation. The only difference: it’s made up of only females, and Kennedy plans to be the next in line.

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