Tilden, TX 78072Contact StevenCommittees
- Nutrition and Health (member)
Steven Mafrige runs the Y Bar Ranch cow-calf and yearling operation in Tilden, Texas -- in addition to a number of related business ventures. He was nominated to the Beef Board by the Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture in 2014. Born in Houston, Texas, Steven attended Tarleton State University for three years, studying ranch management and wildlife management. He finished his college education at Texas Christian University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in ranch management in 1995. That year, he began managing all divisions of Y Bar Ranch -- including cow-calf, yearling, fed cattle, farming and wildlife. In 2002, he started Y Bar Ranch's commercial hunting operation. Participants in TCU's Ranch Management program have been visiting the Y Bar Ranch on their annual South Texas field trip since 1997, during which Steven gives a detailed lecture and demonstrates the workings of the ranch to students. He also gives a one-day class in Negotiating for the program each spring. In 2012, Steven started Y Bar Hauling, Tilden Trailer Park, and Y Bar Ranch gravel and water sales in 2012. Off of the ranch, he has participated in the beef industry and agriculture through service on the board of directors and the Marketing and Wildlife Committee for Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and on the board of the Texas Wildlife Association, in addition to serving as TCU Range Management Alumni president from 2009-2011.