James Fleecs Family of Lincoln County, Nebraska

FleecsAfter returning home from the service in 1970, Jim Fleecs began farming and ranching with his brother, Lloyd. Jim started his own cow/calf and yearling operation in 1987. Through the years, the ranch has added and upgraded multiple livestock watering systems and cross fenced pastures. All of this has enabled the ranch to run larger numbers of cattle for shorter time frames as part of a rotational grazing plan, which has led to improved range conditions, plant diversity, and additional wildlife habitat.

The Birdwood Creek has been fenced off, along with two spring fed ponds that were both fenced off and renovated for water quality and wildlife. Trees for windbreaks were planted to provide protection for livestock, while also providing habitat for wildlife.

Center pivots have been converted to low pressure sprinkler packages, which has increased efficiency and conserved water. Jim has three children: Jill and her husband Dan Vaughn and their children Kate and Ty; Dan; Tracy and her husband Tim Berntson and their children Anna and Max; and special friend Sally, all of Hershey. Jim is a member of the Hershey American Legion and is a fireboard member.

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