STILLWATER, Okla. —
The Stillwater Chamber of Commerce awarded the Farm Family of the Year to the Clint Hixson family on Tuesday.
Hixson said he was honored to receive the award.
“It was all a big surprise to me,” Hixson said. “It’s quite an honor to think the people recognize what you try to accomplish.”
Hixson said he raises stocker cattle from 400 to 500 pounds.
“I buy those and raise them into 800- or 900-pound steers,” Hixson said. “They’re big enough to go to the feed lots.”
Hixson said there are a number of obstacles to overcome when raising cattle.
“Weather can always be a problem — drought, feed costs and cattle prices,” Hixson said. “You just try to plan the best you can, and just hope for the best.”
Debbie Hixson, Clint’s wife, said sometimes they don’t purchase local cattle, and sickness has been an obstacle the family has had to overcome.
“One year in particular when (the cattle) got here they were sick, and we had a big death loss,” she said. “Unfortunately, that means you lose money. Luckily that hasn’t happened very often, but it sure could.”
Clint Hixson said the cattle business, Hixson Cattle Co., is something that has been passed down through the years.
“It’s what I’ve done for most of my life,” he said. “My parents were in the business, so I grew up around it. It just kind of rubbed off. It’s what I like to do so it stuck.”
Clint Hixson continues to live in the same house he was brought up in and has run the family cattle business for 30 years. His parents purchased the home north of Yale in the 1960s. The business and the home have remained in the Hixson family for more than 50 years. Clint and Debbie Hixson moved there in 1986 and purchased it in 1991.
“I think longevity is a big part of winning the award,” Debbie Hixson said. “Once you’re in the business you have to stay with it, and I think that proves that maybe you are worthy of the award.”
Debbie Hixson said Clint is the primary recipient of the award because of all he does to run the business.
“He makes the decisions that affect whether we are going to do well or not, and he’s done well,” she said.