Katzfey Ranches is a second-generation operation that originated in 1966 in part by a partnership of three brothers, Martin, Leonard, and Wilfred Katzfey. They formed a business known as Katzfey Brothers. They operated a feed mill, Coastal Bermuda dehydrating plant, grain elevator, bulldozing and land clearing operation, irrigated hay and forage for feed and they raised hogs and cattle.
The main headquarters known as “The Dehydrator” is located on County Road 440 about a mile North West of George West. The name originated from a large dehydrating plant that was there in the late 70s where the family dehydrated Coastal Bermuda mixed with steam and molasses and made them into pellets for cattle feed. It is now the location of the lodging and the venue, aka “The Barn at Katzfey Ranches”.