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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






About Us

About Us
Hitch Enterprises is made up of three main divisions included the feed yards, feed and supplement milling, 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 100 people in the Guymon area. Hitch Enterprises 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.


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, 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

Meet the Team
Jason Hitch
  • Chairman of the Board
  • Co-CEO of Hitch Enterprises, Inc.
  • Board of Directors, Bank of the Panhandle
  • 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
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
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 
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