Mason County Soil and Water Conservation District would like to congratulate Chad Lemke on receiving the 2012 Outstanding Conservation Rancher award.
Chad and his family moved to Mason County seven years ago from San Antonio. He has taken a great interest in managing and making conservation improvements on his land here in Mason County. Working on his own and with the help of the SWCD and Natural Resources Conservation Service, Chad has made many range management improvements on his land. Chad has begun mechanical control of both mesquite and cedar followed by native grass seeding. Along with brush removal, Chad has built nearly 5,100 feet of fencing, drilled a well and used a solar pump at the location to aid in water distribution for his grazing management practices.
With these improvements Chad has implemented a high intensity, mob grazing technique that complements his all natural fed cattle production. He currently runs a mix of all cattle, along with Royal White sheep and Spanish/Boar cross goats. Chad is also involved with several different agencies and organization that provide additional support to accomplish conservation preservation. With the help of his talented and hard working employees Chad has been able to improve his land for both wildlife and livestock.