In 1831, Major Andrew Northington left North Carolina and H.T.T. - "Headed to Texas." He received a land grant as part of Stephen F. Austin's third colony in Texas.
Gustavous Banowsky, our 2x great grandfather serves as a Texas Ranger in the Big Bend region, including facing Indian raids and driving cattle on the Chisolm trail.
Rachel’s grandparents, Sloan and Mollie Williams, gave Rachel +Miss V8 617/2 as a gift to start her Brahman herd. That young heifer went on to be a two-time Reserve National Champion Female, and held the #1 spot in the ABBA Register of Renown for over 25 years.
Throughout her life, Rachel has been blessed to “know” so many great bulls of the breed. And by “knowing,” we mean actually knowing. Knowing their favorite scratching spots, knowing them by name, feeding them by hand.
1982, as a young girl, Rachel grew up on the Brahman show road. Her father taught her that there’s nothing a girl can’t do and gave her opportunities to grow and expand.
Rachel exhibited the 1990 National Champion Female with her bred-and-owned cow, “Amber.” During this time, it was unheard of for a youngster to show in the open shows with “the men.” Rachel had a special touch with Amber.
Rachel finishes one of the most successful junior Brahman careers of all time. Rachel exhibited six Grand Champion Grey Females at the Brahman All-American, a record that still stands today. She was also a two-time Grand Champion Showman of the Brahman breed.
1999, Rachel Cutrer forms Ranch House Designs, Inc., as a “side hustle” while she is a student at Texas A&M University. Over the last two decades, Ranch House has grown to be the leading livestock ad agency in the world, serving over 800 ranchers in their web design, graphic design, and purebred cattle marketing needs.
Miss V8 100/7, bred and owned by BRC, makes Brahman history as the first polled grey Brahman female to be named National Champion. 100/7 later went on to produce our most famous sire, Noble. This was our first National Champion as a married couple.
During this time, we realized the Brahman breed needed some major improvement in carcass traits and felt someone needed to step up and lead this charge. Brandon Cutrer accepted the task. He began spearheading the largest carcass evaluation program of purebred Brahman steers in the ABBA’s Carcass Evaluation Project.
Brandon and Rachel married, with Brahman cattle as their life’s passion and God as their foundation. Rachel’s grandfather, Sloan Williams, invited Brandon to come work alongside him at his ranch, where we spent the first decade of our marriage.
In March 2013, we exhibited our first International Champion Female as a married couple, with +Miss V8 382/7. This female was actually bred by Jeff Smith, and Brandon purchased half-interest in her as a embryo. When we got married, Mr. Jeff gave us his and Mrs. Tammy’s half as our wedding gift. 382 came over to Texas with Brandon as an unbranded weaned heifer calf. My grandfather, Sloan Williams, allowed us to put his brand on her. She went on to win Houston, and is the dam of Boom Shaka Laka, and the granddam of the 2020 Houston Grand Champion Female.
John Down, owner of Southern Cattle Company, called Rachel a few days before Houston and said he’d like to sell out his Brahman cattle. We had established a close relationship with Mr. Down, as he had purchased several cattle from us over the previous few years. Rachel said, give me 30 minutes to call Brandon, but I’m giving you my word that we are 99% certain we are going to do this deal. We felt this was God’s divine intervention putting this opportunity in our path.
BR Cutrer, Inc. was formed in September 2019, as we closed the chapter of our affiliation with V8 Ranch. We treasure these times, and the advice Rachel’s grandparents gave us. We appreciate the four decades they so graciously allowed us to be part of their entity. We weren’t expecting this change, but when it happened, we called upon the strength and inspiration of generations of our ancestors before who boldly and courageously faced the challenges life put in their path over the last 150 years of our family’s ranching heritage.
Noble made his mark at the 2020 International Brahman Show in Houston and established himself as one of the all time great show sires of the breed.
Noble is the sire of the following winners at the 2020 Houston International Brahman Show, the largest Brahman show in the USA. To our knowledge, there is no other sire who has sired this many champions in a single year, by so many different breeders.