Cole Bolton is the owner of K&C Cattle Company and one of the partners of Hometown Meat Market in Luling, Texas.
K&C Cattle Co.
Austin Bred and Fed
The Story of K&C Cattle Co.
In a society increasingly governed by individualism, Cole Bolton stands as a testament to the enduring power of community. His approach to ranching isn't solely about turning a profit or even solely about stewarding the land - though he excels at both. For Cole, the local community is the soil in which his enterprise grows, and it's a soil he's committed to nurturing.
This sense of community responsibility isn't just rhetoric; it manifests in tangible ways. Whether it's by donating sides of beef to local agricultural organizations like FFA and 4-H clubs or by offering his invaluable expertise to emerging ranchers, Cole invests in his community as much as he does in his cattle. He views the success of K&C Cattle and Hometown Meat Market not as a singular achievements but as collective victories - triumphs that uplift the entire community and set a precedent of ethical, sustainable ranching practices.
Dive into the rustic landscape of Texan cattle ranching through "Cowboy Cole" a compelling cinematic journey into the life and mission of Cole Bolton, the dynamic entrepreneur behind K&C Cattle Company and Hometown Meat Market. This revelatory short film, crafted by the artisans at Texas Slim Cuts Productions, paints an intimate portrait of Cole's unyielding commitment to his local community, sustainable agriculture, and the radical notion of cutting out the middlemen to bring quality beef straight from the ranch to your table.
Who is Cole Bolton?
How did Cole Bolton start in the cattle ranching business?
Cole Bolton did not come from a family with generational wealth or significant financial backing. His father co-signed his first loan for cattle, and over the last 15 years, he has been able to grow his business by reinvesting profits.
What inspires Cole Bolton to practice ethical and sustainable ranching?
As a fourth-generation cattle rancher, Cole puts a significant emphasis on ethical and sustainable agricultural practices. He believes in giving back to the land and focusing on rotational grazing, soil improvement, and animal nutrition to ensure a sustainable future for the industry.
### How does Cole Bolton ensure that his practices are better for the consumer, the animal, and the environment?
Cole has conducted extensive studies on the impacts of stress on animals, focusing on providing a non-stressful environment for natural grazing. This not only leads to better meat quality but also allows him to make sustainable and ethical choices.
What is the significance of the phrase "making the grass make our money"?
This phrase emphasizes the focus on rotational grazing and soil health. By allowing cattle to naturally graze, Cole can reduce costs on grain and feed, improving both the welfare of the animals and the quality of the soil.
What is the advantage of owning a USDA-approved processing plant?
Owning a USDA-approved processing plant allows Cole to maintain control over the entire process, from raising the cattle to processing the meat. This ensures that the high standards he sets on his farm are maintained throughout, providing a better quality product.
How does aging beef contribute to its quality?
Aging beef is an important part of achieving the taste profile that Hometown Meats' customers have come to expect. Depending on the type and quality of the beef, they use different aging methods ranging from a 7-day age for grass-fed beef to a 21-28 day age for beef with more fat cover.
Where is the processing plant located?
The USDA-approved processing plant is located in Luling, Texas and opened in September 2022.
What makes your beef different from other products on the market?
Our beef offers a richer flavor and a much more tender texture compared to standard market offerings. Most importantly, we focus on consistency, which the beef industry has been lacking for years.
Why is investing in the community important to you?
We strongly support community involvement, especially in local FFA and 4-H clubs. We have donated sides of beef and monetary support to local agricultural organizations and believe in empowering other producers for collective success.
How do you support local producers?
We have established partnerships with local ranchers and producers to mutually benefit from each other's networks. Our aim is to cut out the middlemen, allowing ranchers to truly earn the profits they deserve.
Can you tell us about your collaboration with John from Amber Oaks?
John Pantalone from Amber Oaks inspired our business model. We've collaborated with him by sharing leases and areas of operation to help both of our businesses grow.
What is your relationship with Texas Slim and the Beef Initiative?
Our partnership with Texas Slim has broadened our perspective on sustainable ranching and educated us on ways to approach ranching more ethically. It has been an enriching experience that is allowing us to redefine the role of ranchers in society.
How has your dual role as a community banker and cattle rancher influenced your approach to sustainable farming?
Being an executive VP for a local community bank has sharpened my business acumen, helping me apply regenerative practices to improve profitability in my ranching business.
What is your vision for long-term sustainability in cattle ranching?
We aim to effectively balance growth and operating costs, thereby changing the perception that profitability and agriculture are mutually exclusive.
What role does your company play in shaping the future of the industry in terms of ethical practices?
We see ourselves as a key player in moving toward more ethical practices and local distribution. Our model educates both producers and consumers to promote a healthier, more ethical meat supply chain.
How does the Beef Initiative contribute to this?
The Beef Initiative allows us to write our own narrative, providing the next generation of consumers with a deeper understanding of the beef they consume, thereby empowering both the consumer and the rancher.