Long Pines Land & Livestock
Deb Brown and Larry Licking own and operate Long Pines Land and Livestock, LLC near Camp Crook, SD. Deb and Larry’s cow/calf herd consists of 125 head of registered Irish Black© and Irish Red© females, plus 300 head of commercial cows, replacement heifers and registered bulls. Long Pines Land and Livestock offers purebred Irish Blacks® & Irish Reds® cattle through bull and semen sales, and female and embryo sales.
In addition to raising cattle, the couple also raises registered Quarter Horses which are successful in the National Reined Cow Horse Association, roping, speed events and every day ranch use.
Ranching has always been a way of life for Deb and Larry. Deb grew up on the nation’s largest purebred Rambouillet sheep ranch in northwestern South Dakota, which was the foundation for her keen interest in using production records and genetics. She is a graduate of South Dakota State University and was a graduate student at Oklahoma State. She has a son, Sterling who is an active part of Long Pines Land and Livestock.
Since 1994, Deb has been the CEO/Administrator of Preferred Home Health Inc. which was a pioneer in providing at-home healthcare for rural communities. She is also a Harding County Commissioner and has served on a variety of non-profit boards. In 2016, Deb began serving a two-year term on the Irish Black Cattle Association's board of directors.
Deb has a keen eye for photography and enjoys capturing beautiful images of life on the ranch. An equestrian herself, Deb has won countless Western, English, Hunter/Jumper and Speed classes as horse shows. A highlight of her youth was winning three classes at the Canadian National Appaloosa Horse Show. She particularly enjoys reining and cow horse events. Deb also has a real passion and talent for preserving, restoring and adaptively reusing historic structures.
A life-long cattleman, Larry is happiest when he’s in the saddle on a good horse watching his cattle graze. He grew up on a ranch near Mullen in the Nebraska Sand Hills. In 1956, his family purchased a ranch near Buffalo, SD and they moved north to Harding County.
Larry has raised commercial Angus and Hereford cattle as well as owning a trucking business. One day, while perusing an agriculture publication, he came across a story about Irish Black© cattle and his interest was piqued. In 2008, he and Deb had the opportunity to meet breed founder, Mr. Maurice Boney, and since then, they’ve been developing their own herd of Irish Blacks.
When it comes to the horses, Larry admits Judgemental is his favorite. He hopes to one day see one of the horses he and Deb raise competing in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) in the barrel racing. In addition to raising livestock, Larry also enjoys mountain lion hunting with his black and tan coonhounds.