Welcome!

Since 1884, the Hitch family has been producing quality beef, swine, and grains at the Hitch Enterprises near Guymon, Oklahoma located in the Oklahoma Panhandle. Hitch Enterprises has taken extraordinary pride in our history and legacy and will for years to come.
Our mission is to produce the highest quality meat through teamwork and innovation while being conscientious stewards of people, the livestock in our care and the environment.

 Highest Quality

Meats

 Conscientious

Stewardship

 Established

1884

About Us

 
Hitch Enterprises is made up of four main divisions included the feed yards, pork operation, crop production and the ranch. Hitch Enterprises is still owned and operated by the Hitch family. Jason and Chris Hitch are the 5th generation to be at the helm of Hitch Enterprises. Chris and Jason serve as Co-Chief Executive Officers at Hitch Enterprises.
Today Hitch Enterprises employees over 320 people in the Guymon area. Alone with the four main areas of business, Hitch Enterprises also offers other services to their customers including an agribusiness company, a livestock procurement company, hedging and risk management services, customer cattle financing and other services that we use on the ranch for the livestock that lives there.
 

History

In 1884, James K Hitch, a Tennessee native, drove a heard of longhorns through the area and started a legacy, Hitch Enterprises, then known as the Hitch Ranch. At the time, the Oklahoma Panhandle was known as “No Man’s Land.” The narrow strip of land between Texas and Kansas that no one wanted became home to the Hitch family. James would settle the Hitch Ranch on the Coldwater Creek near what is known as Guymon, Oklahoma today.
Henry Hitch, took over the farm when his father James passed away. Henry grew the farm and became the largest wheat producer in Oklahoma in 1930. Henry’s son H.C. “Ladd” Hitch was born in 1918. Ladd followed in his father and grandfather’s footsteps as the 3rd generation on the Hitch Ranch. Ladd took over the operation in 1945 when he returned from serving in World War II. He was a pioneer and a forward thinker. Ladd was one of the first in the area to introduce pivot irrigation in 1953 and began building the original feedlot on the Hitch Ranch. Today that feedlot is called the Henry C. Hitch Feedlot. Ladd was inducted into the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame in 2010 and was involved with the ranch until his death in 1996. Like his father Ladd, Paul Henry Hitch was an innovator for the Hitch Ranch and introduced swine to the operation in the mid 1990’s. Paul Hitch had two sons, Jason and Christopher.
Now Hitch Enterprises is operated by brothers Jason and Christopher Hitch. They took over as Co-CEO’s when their father Paul passed away and are integral parts of the Hitch Enterprises Legacy. Jason, Chairman of the Hitch Enterprises board of directors, serves on the board of directors for the Bank of the Panhandle, director of the Water Resources Board, and is a member of the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. Jason and his wife Sara have one son, Tyler. Chris, President of Hitch Enterprises, is a member of the 21st Century Beef Club Peer Group, on the board of directors and is on the executive council of the State Chamber of Oklahoma, a part of the Governor’s Council for Workforce and Economic Development. Chris and his wife Charity have three children, Henry, Lily, and Stella.

Meet the Team

 
Jason Hitch
  • Chairman of the Board
  • Co-CEO of Hitch Enterprises, Inc.
  • Board of Directors, Bank of the Panhandle
  • Director-OK Water Resources Board
  • Lawyer
  • Member-U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef
Chris Hitch
  • President
  • Co-CEO of Hitch Enterprises, Inc.
  • Member-21st Century Beef Club peer group
  • Board of Directors, State Chamber of OK
  • Executive Council, State Chamber of OK
  • Governor’s Council for Workforce and Economic Development
Craig Meis
  • Executive VP & Chief Financial Officer
  • CPA/MBA with 35 years in family owned privately held companies
  • Member of Financial Executives International & former Board Member
  • Former Chairman -- Colorado Film Commission
  • Former Chairman – University of Colorado Executive MBA Alumni Board
  • Extensive Operational & Financial Experience
    • Oil & Gas
    • Rail Transportation
    • Film Industry
    •          Mining
  • Entrepreneurial experience having founded several companies 
  • Racquetball Instructor
  • Bad Golfer
  • Rabid Oklahoma State Cowboys & Denver Broncos Fan
  • International Experience having done business in 21 countries in Europe, South America, Caribbean, Middle East & Asia,
  • Oklahoma Native
Mike Brandherm
  • Vice Pres/Gen. Mgr-Hitch Pork Producers, Inc.
  • 14 yrs pork industry experience before Hitch. 2 years with Seaboard & 12 years at Dekalb Genetics
  • Member-21st Century Pork Club peer group
  • Ag Production/Mgmt degree-Joliet College
  • Raised on a family crop/livestock farm in Northern Illinois
  • Was active in coaching sports and Boy Scouts
Tommy Tomlinson
  • Vice Pres.-Commodities & Risk Management
  • Employed with Hitch’s for 46 years
  • BBA Accounting-Midwestern University
  • Prior experience-Public Accounting/Oil & Gas
  • Controller/BOD-Hitch Feeders I-1972-1989
  • Former Kid’s Inc coach/HS Asst Golf coach
  • Interests-Golf/College football
Jon Vanwey
  • Vice Pres.-Cattle Operations
  • BBA major/BBM minor-OK Panhandle State University
  • Raised on a ranch in Colorado
  • Started in the feedyard industry in 1986 as yard foreman/welder
  • 1994 Co-owner in a grow yard and also owned small construction business until 2005
  • Managed Friona Industries feedyard-2005-2015
Rina Teel
  • Human Resources Manager-Hitch Enterprises, Inc.
  • Employed by Hitch’s 2 years
  • 15 years in pork industry with Murphy Brown, LLC, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods
  • PHR and SHRM-CP certified
  • COSS certified
  • Bilingual
Mike Yates
  • IT Manager/Software Developer-All divisions
  • BBA CIS-OK. Panhandle State University
  • Prior experience-Software Dev/Programmer for PTCI-4 years, Business Analyst/Software Dev-Cargill 2 years
  • 18 years as IT Manager for Hitch Enterprises
  • Serves on Texhoma Oklahoma Public Schools school board 

HITCH ENTERPRISES, INC., 309 NORTHRIDGE CIRCLE, P.O. BOX 1308, GUYMON, OK 73942, 580-338-8575​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​