Minnie Lou Bradley

Minnie Lou Ottinger Bradley
Born (1931-12-15) December 15, 1931 (age 85)
Hinton, Caddo County
Oklahoma, USA
ResidenceBradley 3 Ranch
Childress County, Texas
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Billy Jack Bradley (married since 1955; living apart since 1995)

Monte Jack Bradley (1958-1984)

Mary Lou Bradley-Henderson (born 1961)

(1) Bradley is a pioneer woman in the field of livestock breeding, having been one of the early Texas Panhandle ranchers to introduce Angus bulls to breed with Hereford cows.

(2) Bradley was in 1953 the first woman to graduate with a bachelor of science degree in animal husbandry from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.

(3) In 2006, Bradley was inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Fort Worth. She is also active in the National Angus Association/

(4) Her Bradley 3 Ranch near Memphis, Texas, has won various awards for land stewardship and success in cattle breeding and management.


‹ The template Infobox person has been considered for merging. › Minnie Lou Ottinger Bradley (given birth to Dec 15, 1931) may be the matriarch from the 11,500-acre (47 kilometres) Bradley 3 Ranch in Childress State in the Tx Panhandle. An inductee from the Country wide Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Popularity in Fort Value, she actually is a trailblazer for ladies in the field of livestock mating and ranch administration. She actually is the initial woman to have already been president from the American Angus Association. The Bradley 3 is situated completely in Childress State but includes a Memphis address and an Estelline (both in Hall State) phone connection.

Early years, family, education

Bradley was created in Hinton in Caddo Region in western Oklahoma to Ralph Thomas Ottinger (1904–1970), who was simply employed in street construction, as well as the past Zulema Adolescent (1903–1987), a instructor. Bradley got three siblings: Helen, created March 20, 1930, Ted Calvin, created August 27, 1938, and Linda Sue created November 24, 1943. Bradley later on lived on the wheat plantation near Hydro at risk between Caddo and Blaine counties. Even while a nine-year-old, Bradley participated in the 4-H Golf club, having demonstrated lambs and pigs. At that time, girls weren't permitted in Potential Farmers of America, but, spurred by her uncle, Ted Ottinger, she became concentrated with a profession in livestock and ranching, She graduated with differentiation from Hydro SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, where she was an associate of the condition championship women’ basketball group in 1948.From 1949-1953, Bradley attended Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, where she was the 1st female college student to main in animal husbandry and where she met her husband to be, Billy Jack Bradley (also given birth to 1931). The few wedded in 1955 and got two kids, Monte Jack port Bradley (1958–1984), who passed away in an car accident, and Mary Lou Bradley-Henderson, an accountant by career who found use her mother in the ranch on her behalf brother’s loss of life. Billy Jack port Bradley remaining the ranch in the centre 1990s for personal factors and resides in Vernon, the chair of Wilbarger Region western of Fort Worthy of.The Bradley 3 Ranch began in 1955 throughout a time of drought with 3,000 acres (12 kilometres) purchased by Minnie and Billy Bradley, and his parents, Raymond Jack port “Rusty” Bradley as well as the past Lois Chaney, originally from Electra in Wichita Region, Texas. The family members maintains that Rusty Bradley’s dad, Rufus Jack port Bradley, got in the 1870s been a wagon manager on the famous XIT Ranch western of Amarillo, although that ranch didn't actually can be found until 1885. The Bradley 3 (originally three ranches) started increasing Angus cattle some 2 yrs following its founding. The ranch uses Angus bulls to improve the production from the Hereford heifers.In the heart of the ranch is a somewhat elevated area which you can start to see the lights of Childress, the seat of Childress County, eleven mls (18 kilometres) south and Memphis, the chair of Hall State, some nineteen mls (30 kilometres) towards the western world. On that same place throughout the day, one views only countless ranchland covered in a nutshell lawn, mesquite, juniper, as well as the dark Angus. Not a drinking water tower dots the horizon in the Bradley 3. The Panhandle continues to be referred to as one put on earth to start to see the fartherest but still start to see the least.

Running the ranch

Bradley’s herd usually figures about 500 to 500 heifers and 2 hundred bulls. The ranch is usually possessed by Bradley and her child, Mary Lou, and Mary Lou’s spouse, Wayne Henderson. Mary Lou is usually hence the 4th era of Bradleys to ranch in north Tx. The Bradley 3 materials seedstock to industrial ranchers in the Southwest. There are just two full-time employees for the ranch, Phil and Bob. The cows need human being assistance at delivery, a process referred to as “tugging calves” from your womb. At 2 a.m. during calving time of year, Bradley planks her pickup and drives at night pens, and with her searchlight searches for pregnant cows in stress and, as required, summons for help. She cooks all three foods for the ranch, occasionally providing a half-dozen individuals. For each food, she uses meat from her personal feed backyard and packing service. In 1986, the Bradleys created B3R Country Meat in Childress. These were instrumental in defining nationwide standards for organic beef items. In 2002, the business was offered to George Gillette. Bradley, provided the steaks for the January 20, 2001, presidential inauguration of George W. Bush.

Women’s pioneer

Furthermore to her discovery just work at Oklahoma Condition, Minnie Bradley is at 1952 the initial girl to win the International Livestock Judging competition held in Chicago. She was among the initial females to serve in the panel of directors from the trade association, the American Angus Association, the biggest beef firm in the globe with 36,000 mainly male members in every 50 expresses. She became its initial and thus significantly only female leader in 2004. Even so, Bradley rejects the function of "pioneer for females". She's no programs to retire as long as her wellness permits her to keep working the ranch.In 2006, Bradley was inducted in to the Country wide Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Popularity, having joined up with the ranks of some 180 various other trailblazers, including Dale Evans Rogers, Patsy Montana, Patsy Cline, Sandra Time O'Connor, and Georgie Sicking. Bradley was honored principally on her behalf role in stimulating females to enter the areas of livestock mating and administration. On getting her prize, Bradley retorted that she was unaccustomed to getting in an area with so a lot of women, for some of her lifestyle have been spent together with men in the ranch.She teaches learners in the ranch administration program at Tx Christian College or university in Fort Worthy of. Andrew M. Bivins, area of the management group of his family members’s historical JA Ranch near Amarillo graduated from that same plan. Bradley also hosts learners from other colleges.

Leasing land to hunters

To increase the output using their holdings, the Bradleys rent their lands during hunting time of year. Minnie Lou offers issued ten recommendations to her short-term tenants. The first is “No litter”; anyone captured littering, and which includes cigarette butts, will never be invited back again to hunt on Bradley 3 property. She insists that guests deal with her as a pal, not as a company associate, and they stay in conversation: “We possess a occupied ranch, therefore i like to possess hunters call in advance and i want to understand when they’ll become there. Most of my hunters are excellent at communicating if they plan on becoming out and so are constantly quick to i want to know if indeed they discover any problems for the ranch.”Bradley said that the ranch leaves virtually no time for interests. “I’m always attempting to boost the ranch. It’s not really the largest, but I'd like it to become one of the better. It’s just 11,500 acres, but there’s a whole lot of work to accomplish – controlling clean, improving the lawn. We’ve eliminated from 250 cows to about 400 cows which takes some function. We’re in the center of the Tx deer and quail nation, too, therefore we rent out some property to hunters.


Bradley has received numerous honours, including the Tx Parks and Animals Land Stewardship Prize, that was presented to her in 1998 at that time Governor George W. Bush. In 2004, the Bradley 3 was shown among the very best forty beef companies in the country by ‘’Meat’’ magazine.The Bradley 3 also won the Outstanding Rangeland Stewardship Award presented jointly with the Tx division from the Culture for Range Administration and the Tx and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association in Fort Value. The award identifies a TSCRA member with excellent land management actions. Bradley protects the forage that feeds her meat and the clean that sustains the animals population.Bradley accepted the award at an awards chuckwagon luncheon held on the Muleshoe Country wide Animals Refuge south of Muleshoe, the chair of Bailey State close to the New Mexico boundary. “My life time goal is definitely to keep the ranch in better condition than while i came right here,” she stated.Bradley is roofed in the "Report on Great Texas Females" sponsored with the School of Texas. She's been featured in a variety of ranch periodicals. She was the concentrate as “path boss” within a Feb 23, 2008, portion of Bob Phillips’s Tx Nation Reporter syndicated tv series.

Bradley in perspective

Bradley contends which the Angus have already been great to her. Within an interview with screenwriter Anne Rapp, Bradley recognized that "Majority of the women don’t wish to live out this considerably. You either think it