Wyatt Ranches donated $150,000 to the Jim Wells County Sheriff’s Office for the protection of rural communities, farms, and ranches, on behalf of The Wyatt Foundation.

In South Texas, the theft of agricultural equipment, including tractors, farm trailers and farm implements is becoming more and more common. Also, ranch owners have reported cattle thefts where rustlers have entered their ranches, enticed cattle to a corral with feed, and then hauled away their livestock.

So as to combat these criminal activities, Sheriff Daniel J. Bueno solicited the grant funds from The Wyatt Foundation in order to further supplement his continued efforts to protection rural areas and to further prevent and reduce these criminal offenses.

“As we continue our progress with the prevention and education about cattle rustling and farm equipment theft in Jim Wells County, we are grateful for the partnership we have developed with our area farmers and ranchers …so that we can better serve all the citizens of Jim Wells County,” Bueno stated. “These funds will be put to immediate use to combat these farm and ranch crimes - and our farmers and ranchers should immediately see the results of this program.”

Serving as the 10th Sheriff of JWC, the Sheriff also said these funds will help safeguard all citizens who reside in the county, which is some 70 miles long, comprising of approximately 860 square miles. Added personnel and vehicles, provided through grants such as these, increase the visibility of the Sheriff’s patrols all over Jim Wells County and deter all sorts of crimes.

Bradford Wyatt, Administrator for Wyatt Ranches, was proud to assist the JWC with recommending approval for this grant.

“Protecting rural assets is becoming more and more important…farmers and ranchers struggle to make it each year…and the theft of their hard-earned equipment or livestock is the last thing a rancher or farmer needs,” Bradford Wyatt said. “Wyatt Ranches is proud to support our local governments, who often find themselves struggling with budget restrictions and hard decisions to make. As neighbors in Jim Wells County, we’re proud to do our part and help.”

Situated in South Texas and also in West Texas, Wyatt Ranches has six cattle ranching divisions. These cattle ranches are scattered south from Agua Dulce to the Rio Grande River; and west from Marfa to Valentine, with some ranches supplemented with agricultural farming operations.

The Wyatt Foundation is headquartered in Realitos, Texas, and their directors include Ana Lisa Garza, Billy Wells, Don Nelson, Steven Wyatt, and Bradford Wyatt. The foundation has made donations to numerous governmental entities and non-profit organizations in the rural areas of both South and West Texas…ranging from ambulances, fire apparatus, grants to sheriff’s offices for community oriented policing, county park enhancements, and city street repairs - to public schools’ security systems, as well as school climate control systems, school swimming pool and band facilities.