The Barrett & Crofoot partnership was established in Kansas long before the opening of the first feedlot in Hereford. After Ed Barrett, a newcomer in the cattle business, had sold cattle to E.C. Crofoot, a much more established cattleman, the market swung a considerable amount against Ed. To his word, he still delivered to correct amount with the correct shrink. E.C. soon realized that he was dealing with a person of forthrite integrity, and offered Ed a managerial job in Lubbock, TX. Their partnership became even stronger. After the market crash of '74, Ed traveled to Hereford, TX to see how people were coping, and soon realized that many people were flat broke. Ed told E. C. that he thought it was time to buy a feedlot, and E.C. agreed and said he would partner with him if Ed agreed to run it. They bought the West Pitman Feedyard in the Summer of 1975, and Big Tex Feedyard two years later. The feedlot has grown and has stayed as consistent as possible through the hard times, and enjoyed the good times as well. The operation has been passed down through the family line. Currently, Ed's sons and son-in-law are in charge of the daily operation. He still continues to guide and pass on as much knowledge as possible.