K Bar K Meats started as the dream of Kent and Karen Black. The first cattle were purchased in 1986 as a small commercial herd. In 1987, our first purebred cattle were purchased from J.J. Smiddy of Sulphur Springs, Texas. Two cows, a calf and eleven heifers with Stick, Enforcer and Victor bloodlines made up the foundation of our herd. A bull was added soon after and we were in the Polled Hereford business.
Manager, K Bar K Meats
We soon began to grow with the acquisition of land and cattle. Our next bull came from Bob Young of Lone Oak. BFY VICTOR BANNER X16 proved to be a great purchase because of the great foundation built in our herd. We purchased cattle from sales like the Texas Harvest, Northeast Texas and Texas All Star.
As the 1990s rolled along, we began growing and meeting many new friends. Montie Soules of Star Lake proved to be a great friend and mentor. Our first bull partnership was a young bull named STAR EMBLEM WS 108D. I still remember the trip to Skiatook and walking into the barn and seeing EMBLEM for the first time. During the Nationals
at Ft. Worth, judge Marty Lueck said, "He was tremendously thick and deep, but with exceptional style." EMBLEM did a tremendous job here and across the country and his impact is still felt on the ranch. He is buried out back and has a monument made by my dear friend Dennis Hulsey.
We had several other partnership bulls and still do with Montie Soules and Star Lake. No matter what the bull did, whatever Montie told us from day one is what he did. I will always hold him in the highest regard for that.
About the mid 1990s, my daughter Brette and I traveled to Fort Payne, Alabama to the Dixieland Delight. From the first time Randy and Kelly Owen met us at the gate, they have always treated us like family. We purchased the best cow we have ever owned, TRM, TRM JELLO 7182, the first time we visited. A MISSILE daughter out of the great TRM E44 SIS 334, maybe the best cow ever at TRM, JELLO never failed. We had great natural and ET calves out of her. Her influence will be felt for years to come. She impressed us so much, we purchased an interest in her sire, TRM BIG T44B MISSILE
3124. His impact has been without measure! We have several herdsires from TRM and have had great success. If you have never been to the Dixieland Delight, you need to
We have been blessed to meet, know and become lifelong friends with many deeply influential and helpful people. Some have
gone on to glory, but their impact will not be forgotten. They call this the "cattle business," but really it's the "people business." I heard a friend say "cattle are only worth so much, the rest is what we make of them." Thank you all for what you have done for us. It will never be forgotten.
We have recently opened a new door that complements our cattle herd, our own
K Bar K branded meat division. Our meat is natural, with no hormones, no preservatives and no antibiotics. Our steers are never kept in a feedlot, but graze freely on pasture. We also raise pasture raised poultry.
Front: Scott Galyon, Kent Black. Back: Nicki Noruk, Brette Galyon Gabbart, Karen Black,
Jamie Galyon, Nancy Black Shriner, Paige Noruk, Shelby Galyon; Not pictured:
Elizabeth Black Satterfield, Scott Shriner, Matthew Gabbart
Harper Marie Gabbart
Daughter of Brette (Scott and Jamie's daughter) and her husband Matthew
AND INTRODUCING OUR NEWEST ADDITION!