A Nebraska family that has ranched in the
Sandhills for more than a century is being honored for its land
Gov. Dave Heineman announced Friday that the annual Leopold
Conservation Award is going to the Buell family, which runs the
Shovel Dot Ranch about 30 miles south of Bassett.
Family members installed high tensile electric cross fencing and
more than 50 miles of pipeline on their ranch to water pastures.
The addition helps distribute cattle more effectively, gives
pasture land more recovery time, and increases production.
The family also fenced off 50 acres around two lakes to provide
a habitat for deer, turkey, swans, ducks and geese.
The family’s legacy in the Sandhills dates to 1882. The Sand
County Foundation, Nebraska Cattlemen and Cargill present the award
The photo of the family at the ranch should be credited to the Buell family.
The photo of the Buells with the Governor should be credited to Nebraska Cattlemen
The image of the cowboys in the field should be credited to Texas Parks & Wildlife.