History of the Lazy S Ranch Willcox, LLC by Susan Wilson-Sanders: For Arizona Angus Web page
Lazy S is a family ranch with many family members participating, including Jim and Susan McClure, along with Eddie and Natalie McClure (joined by baby daughter Ellie Mae!). Susan grew up on Riverdale Farms in Robertson County, Texas, which had been in her family since the 1830’s. Following veterinary and graduate school, Susan moved to Tucson to join the UA faculty and, thus, leased the farm. In 1995, Susan and her first husband Mark Sanders sold the Texas farm and purchased deeded land and grazing leases in Cochise and Graham counties, establishing the Lazy S Ranch. The ranch started with a mix of Herefords, Beefmasters and Brahman cross cows. Brangus and composite bulls were used. In 2002, Mark passed away as a result of an accident on the ranch; Susan assumed management. Later that year, Susan purchased her first registered Angus cows, four heifers and two pairs from the UA. Dunn ranch females were added, and these were the only sources of outside female genetics until 2016.
Susan has sought out top level genetics and utilized bulls from Leachman, Peterson Angus of South Dakota and Express Ranches. The addition of artificial insemination (performed by Eddie and Natalie) has also helped to infuse top genetics into the herd. Full genomic profiles are performed on every registered Angus calf; this information is utilized, in concert with observation of structure and behavior, for all breeding and retention decisions. State-of-the-art immunization, biosecurity and worming programs have been established for all of ranch animal populations. Currently, they run about 100 registered Angus cows and maintain about 150-175 commercial Angus/Brangus cows. Lazy S sells bulls and females by private treaty and at Bull sales.
In addition to the focus on animal husbandry, much work has been done for natural resource conservation on the ranch. In cooperation with NRCS and others, water and range improvement projects have been implemented. As a result of this work, the ranch was recognized as the Conservation Ranch of the Year 2017 by the Willcox/San Simon Conservation District.
Recently, the family was blessed by the arrival of Ellie Mae McClure. She is a joy and delight to the family and friends of Lazy S!