The Barrett & Crofoot partnership was established long before the opening of the first feedlot in Hereford. The relationship started in Kansas. 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. realized that he was dealing with a person of forthrite integrity. Ed soon was offered a managerial job by E.C. in Lubbock, TX. There partnership became even stronger. After the market crash of 74, Ed traveled to Hereford, TX to see how people were coping. He 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 West Pitman Feedyard in the Summer of 1975 and Big Tex Feedyard two years later.